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AstroMum

Where did all the stars go?

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So I wasn't planning on doing any stargazing tonight, but looking out of the window after my toddler had gone to bed revealed a nice clear sky. Not exactly perfect conditions, but good enough and not too chilly either.

I spent about an hour setting up, aligning and viewing a few objects. Then I popped back indoors for a hot cuppa and to make myself a little itinerary of things to see. I'm not usually very organised, so was quite pleased with the resulting list I'd made and headed back outside to get started.

Only I couldn't see a blasted thing. I assumed my night vision was completely shot and waited for my eyes to adjust, but then I noticed I could barely see the trees at the end of my garden.

Would you believe it, the skies are perfectly clear for the first time in ages and I get..... FOG!!!

:) :) :)

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This is clearly because today, someone somewhere bought. A new scope :)

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Not good. More people buying astro-kit, I guess. :)

I managed to get an hour in this evening before giving up.

Fingers crossed for the weekend.

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This is clearly because today, someone somewhere bought. A new scope :)

ooop would this be due to the 16inch dob i just bought :)

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ooop would this be due to the 16inch dob i just bought :)

Aha! Culprit found! :)

And with a scope that size, we're not going to be seeing anything for at least a month! :)

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Its happened to me for the last 3 nights, all clear and looking good. Get the kids to bed and its turned into a real pea souper.

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we don't even get nice weatherduring day all we have is grey cloud :) not seen a star for over a week now

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Same here, night before last. Got the scope outside to cool nice and early, clear sky through dinner and doing children-type stuff. The last thing I had to do before having time to go out was pick up my son from cubs and about ten minutes before I left the fog rolled in and I didn't see a thing all evening :)

James

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Here's a suggestion about dealing with poor weather conditions:-

How about ignoring it and hope it goes away. After all talking about it will only encourage it!

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ooop would this be due to the 16inch dob i just bought :)

Oh!!

Well the rest of us might as well sell all our kit, it wont be out in anger for at least 3 years!! :)

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Here's a suggestion about dealing with poor weather conditions:-

How about ignoring it and hope it goes away. After all talking about it will only encourage it!

That's a point - the clouds can hear us!!

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I bought a Canon 350D body because it was cloudy, it's very expensive when it's cloudy :-)

I did manage to print off a load of great Telrad maps though. Crab nebula here I come (When Daniel's astro-purchase clouds have gone)-

Sky Maps

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Its not nice to go out only to find clouds or fog, But last year just about all of the uk was clear skys may be 6 days in a run and everone was praying for clouds or rain so thay can get some sleep.

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I know the feeling Becky only to well....Living in South Lowestoft, next to the beach (60 yards or so) I get terrible fog. The thing thats keeping my sanity together right now is knowing everybody else has terrible viewing also....normally its just us here!!!

Chris

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Lowestoft is a beautiful place, so kind of makes up for the fog.

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I know the feeling Becky only to well....Living in South Lowestoft, next to the beach (60 yards or so) I get terrible fog. The thing thats keeping my sanity together right now is knowing everybody else has terrible viewing also....normally its just us here!!!

Chris

I've always wanted to live by the sea, but looks like sand and stars don't go together well (at least not here in the UK).

That said, I do love the north Suffolk coast and would jump at the change to have a home there.

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Thanks for that post Astromum. Thats helped me to make my mind up! "Shall I go see my parents or not"? they live on the Deal, Kent coast. I was going to try some imaging or gazing down there - to escape the arguments on an evening. but if its tricky being by the sea then I'll stay here :)

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I'm going to buy some books on clouds and try and convince them that I really want them there!!

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