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Patbloke    233


On my fourth trip to Cairns and am stopping this time at Clifton Beach... I am determined to bag the large and small Magellanic Clouds this visit!! I've picked the right time of year but need a good clear view south, currently the ranges and light of Cairns is in the way...

Anyone local doing a spot of observing soon? :-) Current plans are to drive up to the table lands somewhere near Mareeba over the weekend, any other ideas?


I have come tooled up with my trusty Apollos 15x70's

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Horwig    774
On 14/11/2017 at 05:24, MarsG76 said:

Ah Cairns, my one and only Solar Eclipse experience... Eclipse of 2012

AAAh, remember it well, on the beach of Port Douglas, clear sky till just before totality, then wall to wall thin cloud. Still an awesome experience though.

Sorry Patbloke, totally OT, enjoy Cairns, I had a go at both clouds from Chile last Month, very low there, best of luck from OZ



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MarsG76    1,522
4 hours ago, Horwig said:

AAAh, remember it well, on the beach of Port Douglas, clear sky till just before totality, then wall to wall thin cloud. Still an awesome experience though.

Sorry Patbloke, totally OT, enjoy Cairns, I had a go at both clouds from Chile last Month, very low there, best of luck from OZ



I was luckier... I stayed down in in Cairns and got lucky, the clouds parted 10-15 minutes maybe before the eclipse, then didnt return until the eclipse was over.... I did study the weather maps, and synoptic charts for two day before trying to determine the best place... Sure things was Townsville but only for 30 seconds or less of totality... than the next bet was cairnd with a maybe something chance between holes in clouds, but Port douglas looked bad...

I should have bought a lottery ticket...



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