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« Reply #150 on: July 21, 2020, 01:03:47 PM »

Nice,shots Joan.

The clouds always ruin so much.  You were so close to a really cool comet picture.  Actually you can say the comet is in the picture, right behind the cloud an below the Big Dipper. I think Neowise was about 1/2 way between the tree top and the lowest star (Merak) in the "cup" of the dipper.  Would have been a stunning picture of the comet, if not for that cloud.
Here it looked like it would be a clear night, but the fog took over.  We are running out of time to catch one of those magazine cover shots!  

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« Reply #151 on: July 21, 2020, 01:41:22 PM »

Nice job, Joan!

We still are having way to many clouds.  I fear we are not going to get to see the comet live.
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« Reply #152 on: July 21, 2020, 02:13:30 PM »

It was so close to visible, just out of reach. I always like the Google train and the space station even if they have regular flyovers. Once again hoping for tonight...
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« Reply #153 on: July 22, 2020, 05:20:37 AM »

Took a little ride today, mostly to check out possible Neowise viewing sites. My home is at about 2200' elvation. Jump off rock, mentioned earlier, is 3000'. So I went up to Sugarloaf Mt., at 3700'. Rather cloudy day with lighting and rain in the distance. Took these pictures to show why it's so hard to view satellites and comets around here. Looking up through a few holes in the clouds the sky looked much clearer than from my yard.
 The background behind the barb wire fence is only about 3 miles away. The second photo is zoomed in on the building that is just to the left of the white top of that fencepost. At 3700' I was above most of the dirty air.  








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« Reply #154 on: July 22, 2020, 01:06:37 PM »

On a clear night, that would be ideal for stargazing ...  Is it a safe drive in the night.... thinking of wildlife running out in front of you?

Be careful out there.
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« Reply #155 on: July 22, 2020, 04:36:15 PM »

Funny you would say that. The last couple miles up there is pretty rough gravel so I was only going maybe 20 mph. Big deer popped out of the woods about 50 feet ahead of me and crossed the road. I've hit one years ago and don't really want to do it again.
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« Reply #156 on: July 23, 2020, 03:52:10 PM »

Shut out again last night due to rain.   Fingers crossed for tonight as it will be closest to Earth.

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« Reply #157 on: July 23, 2020, 10:43:16 PM »

Same here, clouds, rain and fog ...just to be sure. Really hot and muggy too.  26°C all night.
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« Reply #158 on: July 27, 2020, 03:24:26 PM »

FINALLY!! Got to see Neowise last night... well, sort of. With binoculars I was able to see a fuzzy ball with just a touch of tail. Wife couldn't see it at all. Skies were best they've been for a couple weeks so we went up to Jump Off Rock.
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« Reply #159 on: July 27, 2020, 08:47:48 PM »

Congratulations !  Glad you got to see Neowise before it gets lost in the moon light and distant space.  We have to recall that all the good pictures we've seen have been by people with really expensive equipment and many years of chasing comets.  So ...our excuse is in the cloudy sky of June and July.
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« Reply #160 on: July 27, 2020, 08:59:53 PM »

I too got a fuzzy view but at least I finally saw it. Ugh.
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« Reply #161 on: July 28, 2020, 12:17:48 PM »

Glad for ya Joan !!  Sometimes a fuzzy view is all we get. Congratulations!

Again what looked promising near sunset last night became cloudy by time it was dark.

I think really dark skies are needed now as Neowise fades quickly.  Now we await the next one.

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« Reply #162 on: August 02, 2020, 01:18:24 PM »

The Dragon unlocked from the ISS last night with splashdown set for this afternoon (Sunday Aug 2,2020)  They went over here at a maximum 51° elevation at about 9:40 local time.

If I had better prepared this shaky picture might have been much better ..... but take it for what it is.  Ir shows the ISS trailed by the Dragon Crew Capsule.

It did pass close enough to get the Moon and Jupiter in the same shot with it, but that picture is much worse.  Moral of this effort is to keep the hands off the camera during a hastily attempted 3 second exposure on an unstable tripod.   But it was "neat" to see the Dragon near the ISS.  I think at this time they were supposed to be 3 to 5 kms distance
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« Reply #163 on: August 02, 2020, 05:41:00 PM »

Went out last night to look for the ISS. I was unaware of the separation. Should have been easy to see but for watever reason I couldn't see it. The moon, Jupiter and Saturn were very clear and had hoped the ISS would pass close enough to allow me to get all in one picture. Ended up with this shot of the three, minus the ISS. Jupiter above moon, Saturn to the left.

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« Reply #164 on: August 02, 2020, 09:19:37 PM »

Per usual for us of late!  Cloudy.. ugh


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« Reply #165 on: August 03, 2020, 12:46:24 AM »

Maybe tonight about 9:30 your time Yellow Jacket.

On the 4th it should be "almost" straight up. Have to see what the tropical storm does.

Date    Brightness    Start    Highest point    End    Pass type
(mag)    Time    Alt.    Az.    Time    Alt.    Az.    Time    Alt.    Az.
02 Aug   -2.6   21:26:17   10°   NNW   21:29:21   32°   NE   21:31:30   16°   E   visible
02 Aug   -1.1   23:03:24   10°   W   23:04:28   15°   W   23:04:28   15°   W   visible
03 Aug   -2.9   22:15:23   10°   WNW   22:18:33   38°   SW   22:18:48   37°   SW   visible
04 Aug   -3.7   21:27:40   10°   NW   21:31:01   76°   SW   21:33:12   20°   SE   visible
05 Aug   -1.0   22:18:42   10°   WSW   22:19:50   11°   SW   22:20:38   11°   SW   visible
06 Aug   -1.6   21:29:49   10°   W   21:32:24   21°   SW   21:34:59   10°   S   visible

Ahh, but what clouds Maggie.  The clouds give rise to artistic pictures.
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« Reply #166 on: August 03, 2020, 04:46:03 AM »

I agree Maggie, the clouds add to the picture, and you got Jupiter in there too.
Here's my full moon shot tonight. 


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« Reply #167 on: August 03, 2020, 06:18:24 PM »

Thanks Mike and Vic.   I’m just sour because we didn’t get to see Neowise because of the contact cloud cover we’ve had.
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« Reply #168 on: August 04, 2020, 01:30:35 AM »

Same here. Hope I'm still around for the next one. Read someplace one can expect to see about 6 comets in a lifetime.
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« Reply #169 on: August 09, 2020, 07:22:24 PM »

Hope all are cloud free this week.  Wednesday night, Aug 12th, is the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower.  60/hour is the reported rate.  But this must be in ideal setting in dark skies. Plan your location and be amazed.

My wife and I hope to be on this beach, Queensland Beach, and have booked a room in the Surfside Inn, up that roadway to the right and on the other side of the highway.
Not as perfect as can be but should be pretty good. The tide is heading out at 3:05pm and won't be high again until 3:43 am.  On an uncrowded beach at this time of night there should still be lots of room.  Our long range weather forecast looks to be co-operating at the present time.   Fog will be another matter.

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« Reply #170 on: August 13, 2020, 01:41:14 PM »

About 8:15 last night Project Loon went through our area.  The sunset made them “visible”












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« Reply #171 on: August 13, 2020, 02:19:53 PM »

The peak meteor shower was supposed to be between 11 and midnight where we live. Between 10:45 and 11:25, I only saw three. Maybe I'll have better luck tonight.
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« Reply #172 on: August 13, 2020, 07:06:26 PM »

We didn't see any ... clouded out and the fog didn't help either.  I may see some from our back deck tonight.  A cold front has gone through and may have taken the fog with it.

Maggie, must admit I hadn't heard of "Loon" before ...so thanks for this education.  Elon will have people out shooting down "Loon" so to keep Starlink viable.  Sure is a lot of "stuff" up there floating around.

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« Reply #173 on: August 21, 2020, 01:42:51 PM »

Milky Way!! We had clear moonless sky last night.   Tonight and Saturday will be more peak!
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« Reply #174 on: August 21, 2020, 05:39:19 PM »

Very nice Maggie. I've not seen the Milky Way in years. You didn't take that shot in the city did you?
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« Reply #175 on: August 21, 2020, 09:09:17 PM »

Thanks, This was in Washington State Park, about 30 miles south of us.
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« Reply #176 on: August 24, 2020, 01:04:37 AM »

Really nice picture Maggie.  Just goes to show what talent combined with good dark skies can produce.  And only 30 miles from lots of light, too.
Yup, really nice!

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« Reply #177 on: September 06, 2020, 05:44:47 PM »

Thank to this thread and Sailingskier for me renewing  an old interest in the night skies. Years ago I had what I would call a little more than a passing interest that went back to about the 3rd or 4th grade.
As I said earlier, I've never knowing seen Mars. Well last night I finally did and here's the proof.




The moon and Mars were very close to each other viewed from here on Earth. Mars is above and left of the Moon. Even with my mild color blindness Mars still had a very reddish glow to it.
Also got a couple shots of the Moon peeking through the clouds a couple days ago.





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« Reply #178 on: September 06, 2020, 09:14:01 PM »

Nice shots, the cloudy ones are scary!
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« Reply #179 on: September 07, 2020, 03:49:35 PM »

Great moon shots Yellow Jacket!  The Moon with Mars look great. The shots of theMoon in the clouds have an artistic look to them.

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