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Last season (and previous seasons) clear skies frequently seemed to coincide with a big moon. Looking back I'm not sure if it was my imagination or if that was really the case.

 

At the end of each month I'm going to report here exactly shat happened so we can know for sure. Already August is looking like it will prove the theory.

 

all my extremely scientific judgements made from Shropshire

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Going to split the lunar month into two halves 

1. from first quarter to last quarter over the full moon

2. from last quarter to first quarter to first quarter over the new moon

 

So we (I) had 8 clear days over the full moon, it was hot so probably unsteady air for imaging and the moon was very low in the south.

 

Had 3 imaging opportunities over the new moon even though one was on the last quarter. 

 

Summary 8-3 in favour of the full moon 

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last moon cycle......

 

3 clear nights in the big moon period and 2 around the new moon of which I managed to take advantage of both.

 

Rubbish number of 'clear ' nights whichever way you look at it.

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Moon was nearly full last night and clear skies as was Friday night. However there was lots of mush (local air pollution) from solid fuel fires causing halos around the moon. I’m in the Cotswolds at the moment so last nights almost full moon imaging was not that good up until 23:00. Then when people started going to bed the smoke dissipated and it went really clear.

 

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5 nights clear over the full moon plus a couple of other decent slots, tonight looks clear smack on last quarter so be grateful for the 3 hours before the moon comes up I suppose, let's see what the next two weeks has to offer 😏

 

Well zero clear nights till 1st quarter, unbeleavable. 

 

 

So running total so far over 3 moon cycles is 16 to 5 in favour of the full moon. 

At a current ratio of 3:1 after a pretty good sample of time it really does seem that clear nights coincide with the full moon.

 

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On 10/9/2022 at 9:48 AM, TerryMcK said:

Moon was nearly full last night and clear skies as was Friday night. However there was lots of mush (local air pollution) from solid fuel fires causing halos around the moon. I’m in the Cotswolds at the moment so last nights almost full moon imaging was not that good up until 23:00. Then when people started going to bed the smoke dissipated and it went really clear.

 

Is that going to be the main problem this winter Bryan? Everyone turning to wood burners to offset heating bills?

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14 hours ago, TerryMcK said:

Full moon and clear as a bell tonight - hmmmmm…..

Indeed, Nothing but gloom the previous new moon period, bizarre isn't it but I think my little experiment has proven that there are vastly more clear nights when there is a big moon.

 

I'm going to conclude this thread now because it's so annoying with a final summary of 6 clear nights based on the forecast against 0 clear nights for new moon period for this lunar month and an overall summary of 22 - 5 in favour of the full moon since August. Imagine if it was the other way round.

 

It's a ratio that I knew was happening but had to count them to make sure I wasn't imagining it but it's far worse than I ever imagined, anyone care to offer an explanation? Is their some physical reason or is it down to good old sods law? A sods law that has been casting it's spell for 10 years since I started this hobby.

 

 

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