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  • #11387
    Jeff Newland
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      Wondering how long this is going to stay somewhat clear.  It looks like a few more wispy clouds coming in.  Forecast and CSC don't look that good.  I'm thinking of heading to Keller if it stays somewhat clear.  I'll keep an eye on things and see what it does.  Haven't been out in a long time.  Get some Messier practice in before next weekend.  🙂    Probably should have headed out last night. 

      If it is clear any night before next weekend, I think I may head out and do a little observing and get some Messier practice.  🙂

      #11388
      bernie engels
      Participant

        Jeff:
        I have obligations tonight, but I may join you at Keller this week if we get a decent evening…

        #11389
        Jeff Newland
        Participant

          Sounds good Bernie.  Hopefully we'll  have a good night in there somewhere this week.  I'll post if I plan to go.  Please post if think you might head out observing this week.  And hopefully you can show up for the Messier Marathon out at Eagle Bluff!  🙂

          Right now, still looks better out there than I was expecting.  Some thin clouds out there, but right now I have to say we'll be heading out to Keller tonight and see what things look like.  Some stuff moving this way.  The one channel still shows clouds a ways out, so maybe a couple of hours before it gets too cloudy.  🙂

          Jeff

          #11390
          Jeff Newland
          Participant

            Still seems to be clear..  for now.  🙂  We're heading out to Keller in a few minutes.  See you all there.  🙂

            #11391
            Luka B
            Participant

              I'm going there too.

              #11392
              Jeff Newland
              Participant

                Well so much for that.  I was hoping the clouds would hold off for an hour or so, but we saw them coming in while driving out there.  It didn't take long before the clouds took over.  Took quick looks at Jupiter and Orion nebula.  Trying to find a few things between the clouds, but getting harder as time went by.  I suppose M42, M43, M45, M31, M32, think M34.  Couldn't quite place where I was at because of the clouds, but saw at least 2 of M36, M37, and M38 in Auriga.  Hopefully we'll some clear nights this week.  🙂

                #11393
                bernie engels
                Participant

                  When I took the dog out at about 8:30, it was looking about 50-75% overcast here(ne roch).  Sounds like the next couple of nights won't be any good either.  Maybe shoot for mid week at Keller?

                  #11394
                  Dave Gross
                  Participant

                    Got my new scope assembled and tried it out on the deck last night.  Saw Jupiter with 3 moons.  M42 in Orion and the quadruple star (only could make out 3 of the 4).  The clouds were too much, so I disassembed and brought the scope in.  Then all the clouds went away.  Think I could have got at least a little more viewing in, but was nice to see a few things even in the city.

                    — Dave

                    #11395
                    Jeff Newland
                    Participant

                      Yeah Bernie, definitely be shooting for later in the week at Keller.  They didn't plow the parking lot there, but plenty of people have driven on it and packed a lot of it down.  We do have 3-5 inches(?) or so predicted for Monday, so there might be a bit of snow there.  You may want to carry a shovel to clear out a patch for the scope. 

                      Hey Dave, eager to see your new scope.  I know you were looking for one at the last meeting.  I guess you pulled that itchy trigger finger.  🙂
                      Watch the forum, could head out to Keller this week.  Come on out to Keller if you get a chance.  Also, hope to see you at Eagle Bluff for the Messier Marathon.    🙂

                      Jeff

                      #11396
                      Jeff Newland
                      Participant

                        I guess that 3-5 was an old forecast, talking about 10 inches now.  Not sure I'll being wanting to try Keller if that is the case.  With them not plowing the lot, not sure if I want to go there and chance getting stuck.    🙂 
                        Guess we'll have to see.

                        #11397
                        bernie engels
                        Participant

                          What would be the odds that someone from the club might have (or know someone who has) a blade on the front of their pickup that would like to come out to Keller to stargaze and "accidentally" leave his plow in the down position as he drove through the lot… ::)

                          #11398
                          Rick Murray
                          Participant

                            Saturday night, at about 9:pm, I thought maybe my time on this planet might be finished as I was looking at the evening sky just above the horizon to the south east. I was looking at the city of lights. There were streams of light extending 15 to 20 degrees above the horizon exactly above the hallow of Rochester…and only above Rochester. After observing for several minutes I was sure that it wasn't a man made apparition. As I went to the dark side of my deck I could make out just a few very faint streaks of light through very thin clouds rising about 30 degrees in the north east………..My time here is not yet over. This event lasted about a half hour.

                            Happy Trails
                            Rick

                            #11399
                            Dean Johnson
                            Participant

                              Wild! I wonder what it was. Very glad you're still here!

                              BTW, I tended bar last Fri and Sat nights. I should have posted to the forum a week ago that last weekend was guaranteed to be clear.

                              #11400
                              bernie engels
                              Participant

                                I would like to head out to keller tonight after 8 to work on my constellations… not sure if the clouds will cooperate or not…
                                Anyone interested? 
                                Prelim forecast for this weekend is not encouraging at this point either >:(

                                #11401
                                Jeff Newland
                                Participant

                                  I would be interested in tonight.  It would be nice if someone could swing by Keller today and see what it looks like after the snowfall.  🙂

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