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Had family around today to celebrate my nephews 30th birthday. Him and my other nephew, also grown up, are both interested in Astronomy so as the moon is at 80ish % tonight went out into the garden with my 20x80s binos and set up so they could see the moon and Jupiter. They both enjoyed it, along with my brother, their dad, and my nephews wife also came for a look. The number of OMG ‘s that she emitted was wonderful as she had never seen anything like this before and she was blown away.

A successful impromptu outreach project methinks.

 

Typically none of the weather apps had predicted the clear night we are having and none of my mounts are setup for astrophotography tonight. Oh how I wish for a permanent setup.

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Spending the weekend in my home town (Bortle 4). Beautiful clear night but with a moon that 'you could eat your dinner by' as they say here. Brought just the ST80 and a CG3 and picked out the brightest of targets - Andromeda, Orion for the first time this year, and Jupiter. It's just great to be able to see anything given the last few months of clouds.

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The rig has been out imaging more SH2-91 in O3 for a few hours until the moon rose fully - fortunately SH2-91 was in a completely different direction to where the almost full moon was. Then switched target onto the Heart nebula in Ha.

 

I've never been able to image the heart so wide before as the Redcat gets the whole lot into the FOV.

 

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Last nights forecast was for 8 hrs overall of clear sky with 1 hour of cloud in the middle. Sounded great and planned to image through the cloudy bit. 1hr in I had to run out and cover up as we had 20 minutes of heavy rain! I closed the session, dried off the optics with a hairdryer and then mopped out the observatory tent 🥵. Hoping things dried out overnight with the fan heater on - planning there is enough air flow to move the humid air out. 

 

Time to build a rain sensor!

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10 minutes ago, paul said:

 

Time to build a rain sensor!

Indeed that would be a great addition no matter how one images whether tripod setup in the garden through to full blown observatory. Hopefully everything has dried out ok Paul and all is ok.

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1 hour ago, TerryMcK said:

Indeed that would be a great addition no matter how one images whether tripod setup in the garden through to full blown observatory. Hopefully everything has dried out ok Paul and all is ok.

Thankfully, things are looking dry in the obs tent so should be good for a second attempt tonight 🤞

 

I'm designing my own automated dew heater-controller. I will now add the rain sensor and alarm capabilities too! 

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Imaging already. Setup to catch some S2 on the Heart before the moon comes up. Not 100% sure how long this clear spell is going to last tonight in these here parts but it is forecast until at least 9PM.

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Hi all, not been doing much astro apart from a few minutes here and there with bin's. Been busy preparing to move house to a much darker site. Going from an SQM of 19.35 to 21.23 😁 Only another 10 days to go.

 

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Cheers Terry, the move will be spread out over a week. First is emptying the workshop, specialist heavy movers coming in for that lot. Then there's the bulk of the house being collected the day before and being delivered the day after completion. On the day it'll just be essentials and last odd bits. The following week comes all the workshop gear.

 

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Sunday, I started a late run on Pickering's Triangle, 4 hours [SII] in 15 min subs but 2 1/2 hours in the wind triggered the weather monitor shutting everything down, except Sequence tried to carry on the run pushing the OTA into the roof which had closed. I  still have no idea why.

 

Didn't do anything yesterday, as I thought it was going to be clouded out, turned out to be clear. Bother.

 

Tonight MO said cloud, but CO and good To Stargaze both said clear until at least 11 o/c so did another 4 hour [SII] run which completed without incident. Camera is warmed up and everything shut down for the night.

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Tonight was looking good at 17:15 so went out and brought my system on line, ready for some imaging. Initial focus images didn’t look very good so went outside to find the sky totally clouded over in less than 15 mins. Boy, am I fed up with this weather.  This year appears to be repeating the last 2 and based on prior experience it might be possible to image for a night or 2, mid to late January. This hobby is becoming less viable, what with the increased number of Elon satellites and the promise of more from the new Canadian, Russian and China networks. 

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Tonight was my first clear sky for 3 weeks and unbelievably we have been without power since 0500 this morning and Western Power now advise it could be 02:30 before we are reconnected, just before the clouds close out the sky according to CO. Fates way of saying I shouldn’t have bought so much new gear this year. Hope the rest of you are ok.

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Western power managed to restore power earlier than expected and managed a couple of hours last night before clouds stopped play. The sky was the clearest I had seen this autumn as the temperature went sub zero, I hope others had a good night.

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Had snow in Northants this afternoon, however the sky is clear for now, so with moon not rising until after midnight I have started aquiring Oiii for my narrowband horse project, by the look of it I am going to need a lot of subs, very very faint Flame visible.

I may get a couple of hours before clouds roll in accroding to CO and Ventusky.

Take it while you can I think as next week does not hold out much promise of any clear weather, Apps in my neck of the woods are red for whole week...certainly at night, few bright days in prospect,,ho hum

 

Bryan

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