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January 2021 - Anybody Playing Tonight?


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I got 12 hours on IC59 and IC63 ghost nebulas with the ASI183 MC OSC. The RGB data is good and now I’ve swapped the camera for my ASI183 MM mono camera, carefully setting the camera angle to be the same as the first camera. I want to get some Ha and OIII to add to the RGB.

Then it started to snow and the sky looks to be full of cloud for most of Saturday night/ Sunday morning so imaging is off :(

Sunday evening is looking better though fingers crossed.

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My absence from here is a reflection of the abysmal weather I have had here for months. My last usable clear night, without interference from moonlight was September 13th. There have been 4 or 5 clear nights since then (I'm ignoring ones for example where it forecast say a clear slot starting at 3am) but all but one have been close to a full Moon.

Current forecast shows clear next Saturday - but that is so far away as to not be credible.  

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Nothing doing here either.  Met Office shows cloud or worse every night for the foreseeable future!  Anyway, I'm working on my next multi imaging rig with remote rotatable cameras as discussed in another forum on here.

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Every time I have looked at CO for the past few months I hear the Ride of the Valkyries. Forecast is for an Easterly airstream here for the next few days that can be the precursor of very good seeing; I hope CO is wrong. Having said that looking out of the "lab" window at present it is now lashing down.  

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It is looking ok for tonight here in west Mancunia according to ScopeNights, ClearOutside and MeteoBlue. So I’ve setup already and will be getting some Ha on the ghosts fingers crossed.

I'm confused! I have a friend in Liverpool who is currently setting up for what looks like a clear night. Seems that you are in a similar position... But no chance here. I'm about 40 miles south of both (as the crow flies - rather more by road) 

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It is looking ok for tonight here in west Mancunia according to ScopeNights, ClearOutside and MeteoBlue. So I’ve setup already and will be getting some Ha on the ghosts fingers crossed.

I'm confused! I have a friend in Liverpool who is currently setting up for what looks like a clear night. Seems that you are in a similar position... But no chance here. I'm about 40 miles south of both (as the crow flies - rather more by road) 

The clouds are a bit thicker than forecast Ron but I’m currently imaging on IC59 which is pretty much straight up here through the thinness part of the atmosphere. Are you down in Cheshire?

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Very clear earlier, with a patchy forecast. Spent an interesting hour calibrating a new Sesto Senso electronic focuser. It's still a little touch-and-go with autofocus, but we'll get there.

I had about two hours to play with before bedtime, so thought a quick look at the Heart nebula before it went too low would be good fun. First 300s Ha frame was fine, but lots of hazy high cloud played havoc with RGB and guiding so packed up early.

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Last night was reasonably clear here but I faced a new weather problem !!!

I couldn't open the observatory roof !!!

It has been well below freezing both night and day for 2 weeks now but yesterday afternoon the sun was on the obsy - slight thaw then back to freezing hard.

It was -9º and there is no way I could open it without breaking something.

Snow forecast for tonight but Thursday looks promising so I am armed with 4 cans of car window de-icer ;-) 

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The prediction for a clear sky tonight from ScopeNights looks good so far with clear skies from 15:00 to 21:00. Sun down at 16:07 so should be able to get some Ha on IC410 The Tadpoles from around 17:15 ish to add to the RGB I captured on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day morning.

Fingers are crossed.

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Not much of anything happening, but maybe tomorrow. Yep, there's always tomorrow.

Blow that, a lot of green has turned orange or red.

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And a lot of green is too late to be starting an imaging run

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@skipper-billy You need a large dew heater for the dome!

Probably nothing doing here tonight either - cloud at present, forecast to clear for two hours before midnight. However we also have a different version of the Flaming Bush here. Quite a bit of furze burning on the mountains with lots of smoke.

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Just been checking on blink how many good subs I got last night/this morning with the mono camera. It was 60 x 6 min Ha and 24 x 6 min OIII to add to the 87 x 6 min good RGB subs I shot with the OSC on Christmas Eve. So total integration time so far on IC410 tadpoles will be around 17 hours. There was quite a bit of data in OIII which surprised me as I thought the vast majority of data in this target is Ha.

I went out to put the lens cap on the scope at about 6AM as it had clouded over around 4AM when I was still asleep. It was a crisp morning with ice on the floor and scope. I looked out the window at 7AM and it was snowing (!) so I went out to cover up the rig. I still have to shoot some flats but will do that later on when the weather becomes a little more favourable.

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