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General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: March 11, 2021, 12:52:14 PM »
Barb or Dean, is Eagle Bluff open this weekend?  Friday night looks like it will be clear.  I know we talked about going out again this weekend.  Friday looks like it will be clearer than Saturday. 

Last Saturday, there were 4 of us at Eagle Bluff.   A great night, Barb (Ellenvega) is fantastic at finding things.   She found some carbon stars and Ghost of Jupiter(?) among other things.  I was mainly looking around at some Messiers.  We left around 10:30, or at least I think everyone was getting ready to leave.   It was Dean, Barb, Luka and me. 

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: March 06, 2021, 03:11:31 PM »
I plan to be there tonight as well.

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: September 20, 2020, 11:25:51 AM »
Too late Barb, I was already gone.   Sun setting before 7:30, I like to get there around that time.  :) 
Somewhat surprising, nobody was saying anything..  so I guess they are still heading down there..  and I went.   :)
Nobody there and figured, I guess everyone is smarter than me, oh well.   :D
Definitely not too could low down.  Jupiter was visible when I got there.  I decided to set up the scope to at least see Jupiter and Saturn.  I found Saturn soon after Jupiter, easy to find at that time, just a little to the left.  Jupiter was nice with all 4 moons strung out on the one side, mother hen and her little chicks following, almost a straight line, really nice.  Hard to pick things out visually in the haze.  The summer triangle was there.  I did find M27, the Dumbbell, surprised me.  Other Messiers were, M13, M11, M57.  The Ring was almost straight up and was easy to see.  I also had the ISS pass starting around 8:03 or so when it came out the soup.  Hard to see things by eye, but using binos or scopes and plenty of stars visible out there.  I left about 9:10 or so.   I was going to wait to see Mars, but I decided there was too much soup to climb up through to wait for it.

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: September 19, 2020, 03:59:35 PM »
The haze appears to be back today, but assuming no changes, I plan to head to Eagle Bluff. 

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: September 18, 2020, 02:00:08 PM »
Anyone going out tonight or tomorrow night?  Is Eagle Bluff available?  Looks like it may be pretty nice.  Not as much smoke in the air today.  The ISS is visible in the evening now.

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: July 19, 2020, 03:04:34 PM »
The ISS is visible in the evenings now.   If your timing is right, you can get a look at the ISS as well as the comet.
Here are the times for the ISS over Rochester:

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: July 16, 2020, 06:16:14 PM »
There are some trees at Keller, so not quite sure if they cover most of the horizon or not.  You could just head west on Salem Road and pull over into some field entrance or something. 

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: July 16, 2020, 05:19:15 PM »
Jim,  not sure if that would be good or thinking Keller should be better.   The comet is toward the NW and Root River has a bright Rochester skyglow in that direction, so not sure how much that will affect it.   Maybe straight east of Rochester or west or north of town.   I'm sure Randy would have a nice view  ;)


General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: July 15, 2020, 11:00:24 PM »
We headed down the road and were across from the soybean field so we had a good low horizon to the NW.  We headed fairly early so we could catch the ISS fly over at 9:48pm.  ISS was great, listed as a -3.4 magnitude.  First found the comet while the ISS was up, about 9:52 or so.  It was around 10:10pm when we could start to see the comet naked eye.  As the sky darkened the comet showed up more and more and easy to find naked eye.  Besides the ISS, also saw 2 bright meteors!  It was a great night, will have to head out to a darker site to see the comet again or find a place that isn't on the road.   :)

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: July 15, 2020, 10:54:07 PM »
Wow, comet is fantastic tonight!   Head on out and look toward the NW.   You may be able to see it naked eye or grab your binoculars.

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: July 15, 2020, 08:23:32 PM »
Is the weather going to be clear this weekend?  Eagle Bluff available or anyone thinking of going out? 

Jim, probably for the comet, I'll just walk down the road to have a look at it.   Head down to the field west of our place.   Should have a low enough horizon for the comet.   Otherwise I'll post if I go somewhere else this weekend.

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: July 13, 2020, 07:47:06 PM »
At 10pm tonight, the comet will be at 9 degrees altitude in the NW.  By Friday, it will be at 17 degrees and going up about 1.5 to 2 degrees a day.  So, looks like a good shot at seeing it in the evening with clear skies and getting darker.  Probably has to be close to 10pm to be dark enough as the sun is setting close to 9pm.

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: July 13, 2020, 12:39:05 PM »
Finally got out this morning.   Agree with everyone else, it is very nice.  I was out at Root River Park maybe about 4:20 or so.  I stopped on the way in to look for it and found it right away with binoculars.  Once I found it, I could make it out naked eye.   It has a nice tail.  I continued on into the parking lot and was able to see it from the parking lot as well.  I would suggest getting out there between 4 and 4:30 or earlier.  By 4:50, I was having trouble finding it with binoculars as the sky was brightening up so fast. 
In the next few mornings, the moon will be getting closer to the comet and comet will be getting a little lower each day.
I did try to find it last evening, but no luck.  There were too many clouds and the sky was bright.  Seeing what it was like this morning, I can see why I couldn't see it last night.  I see it will be getting a couple of degrees higher each night in the coming week, so by this weekend it may show up quite well by 10pm or later and will be in the NW.

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: July 12, 2020, 12:52:15 PM »
What time were you out there Barb?  Did you see it naked eye, binocs?  Or did you have your scope as well?

Looks like it may already be out in the evening, but not too high.

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: June 27, 2020, 07:02:11 PM »
Sounds like fun, not sure if I will make it or not.

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