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Living in Ohio and enjoying astronomy, I've learned one thing. If there is an interesting, unique, once in a lifetime astronomical experience, it will be cloudy.131930027_3982681271742016_4367052862143027372_o.jpg.7b24b37010a9f0b54a02ad4acf1de5da.jpg

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10 minutes ago, DocWard said:

Living in Ohio and enjoying astronomy, I've learned one thing. If there is an interesting, unique, once in a lifetime astronomical experience, it will be cloudy.131930027_3982681271742016_4367052862143027372_o.jpg.7b24b37010a9f0b54a02ad4acf1de5da.jpg

YUP!!

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54 minutes ago, DocWard said:

Living in Ohio and enjoying astronomy, I've learned one thing. If there is an interesting, unique, once in a lifetime astronomical experience, it will be cloudy.131930027_3982681271742016_4367052862143027372_o.jpg.7b24b37010a9f0b54a02ad4acf1de5da.jpg


It happens everywhere I have lived. Especially here in CA. The “Marine Layer” always rolls in from the sea whenever there’s an astronomical event. Always! 

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Ohio and Pennsylvania are close relations.  We have the same problem with Astronomical Events.  Clouds.  Lots of really THICK clouds.  I have a nice Telescope.  It's covered with Dust.  Just too cloudy to use except on evenings when there is nothing to see.

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2 hours ago, Pat Riot, SASS #13748 said:


It happens everywhere I have lived. Especially here in CA. The “Marine Layer” always rolls in from the sea whenever there’s an astronomical event. Always! 

 

Night and morning low clouds and fog, burning off mid-morning, to become mostly sunny.

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3 hours ago, Subdeacon Joe said:

 

Night and morning low clouds and fog, burning off mid-morning, to become mostly sunny.

Yep...perfect conditions for watching night time astronomical events. :P

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2 hours ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

Clear skies predicted here! :)

 

Bob, did you ever get your telescope?  :)

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12 hours ago, bgavin said:

Forecast for Clear in Sacramento on 12/21...
That is the day when Summer is coming!

You mean WINTER don’t you?

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I've seen a lot of the celestial events that occurred during the summer, but winter is always a bad time here in WA because it's our monsoon season. I last saw the planets a few weeks ago when they were close enough to get in the same shot with my camera, but it looks like I'm SOL tonight because it's been pouring all weekend and will continue for the next several days. Unless of course I hike up to the top of Mt Rainier.

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Yep. 
That is absolutely true.
This gives hope to those in the hot climates...

Here in Sacramento, it gets so hot I caught two Hobbits trying to drop a ring into our pool.

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4 hours ago, bgavin said:

Nope.
Winter solstice is the shortest day of the year.

The first day of winter is Dec 21 the winter solstice. What are you talking about? You said summer !:blink:

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17 hours ago, bgavin said:

Forecast for Clear in Sacramento on 12/21...
That is the day when Summer is coming!

Again it’s winter on Dec 21 not summer!

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Saw them Saturday but too late as they were right by our street light and already very low on the horizon.  Looked last night right at dusk with my 10x binoculars and could clearly see the two dots one larger that the other.  Tonight will look again with my 25x Kowa spotting scope on a tripod to hopefully see them better.

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If course it’s raining here right now and it’s been cloudy all day and into the night. Guess I’ll see a picture of it’:angry:

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Well it finally got dark enough to see them and with my 25x spotting scope I could barely see the outline of the rings of Saturn, pretty neat.

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On 12/19/2020 at 8:48 AM, DocWard said:

Living in Ohio and enjoying astronomy, I've learned one thing. If there is an interesting, unique, once in a lifetime astronomical experience, it will be cloudy.131930027_3982681271742016_4367052862143027372_o.jpg.7b24b37010a9f0b54a02ad4acf1de5da.jpg

And it certainly was in Cincinnati!

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19 minutes ago, Dutch Wheeler said:

And it certainly was in Cincinnati!

 

And Springfield.

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The seeing was a bit wispy, but we did well with my Dad's old Bausch and Lomb binocs.
It would have been better if they were tripod mounted, though.
The telescope would have brought them in much closer, but the seeing was hazy enough it would have soured any telescope photos.
If I'm still here 800 years from now, maybe the seeing will be better...

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