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carastro

Any-one got any clear skies (UK) Sunday 6th?

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3 websites say it is supposed to be clear here (SE London) but it's still cloudy.  Just hoping some is on the way.

I know it's only going to be clear for a couple of hours, but I have some experimentation I want to do.

Carole 

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Perhaps I should have added this to the "So much for the weather forecast" thread. 

But normally when several say the same it is normally right.  Only 1 out of the 4 that I looked at said cloudy.

Carole 

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We had some clear sky forecast for here earlier in the evening, but I certainly missed it, if indeed it ever happened.  There are a couple of hours of clear sky forecast for around midnight on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, but other than that it looks like solid cloud all the way to the weekend.

On the positive side, it hasn't rained for a fair while, the "stream" through the orchard has dried up and walking on the grass is no longer like going ice-skating.

James

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Clear earlier this evening and by the time I had opened the Obsy and set-up the imaging sequence.......You guessed it.....Clouds

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I'll give it a couple of hours before giving up.

Sometimes you can hear of people with clear skies and you know they are on the way.

Carole 

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By the look of the images on sat24.com there's quite a large bank of cloud to the north west that's rotating down across the UK quite rapidly at the moment.  I can't say it's very obvious what's likely to happen after that.

James

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Yes I saw that too, doesn't correlate to the forecasts at all.

But then the other evening I was out and it looked on Sat24 as though there should be cloud and it was clear as a bell.

Carole 

 

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Not even a crack in the clouds.

 

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i have found all the forecasts to be completely wrong over the last month. got my hopes up at 6pm mostly clear in Hull then it was gone by 7pm

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So none coming from Somerset and none coming from North to south, and Sat24 is indicating the cloud is moving towards the South, so not looking good. 

Carole 

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I'm starting to believe that clear skies do not exist anymore in Cornwall

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3 minutes ago, carastro said:

Not even a crack in the clouds.

 

You and I are quite geographically close but I have not seen more than an hour of clear sky since mid-December.  There have been a couple of occasions when I have fired up the gear but by the time I was ready to roll, murk or clouds have rolled in.  Tuesday evening looks a possible but forecasts have been wildly off of late.

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You and I are quite geographically close but I have not seen more than an hour of clear sky since mid-December. 

I managed to get a couple of hours on Thursday night and the forecast was right that night.

Carole 

 

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1 minute ago, carastro said:

I managed to get a couple of hours on Thursday night and the forecast was right that night.

Carole 

 

That was a false start for me.  I got going but there were all-too-frequent wisps of cloud that kept throwing the autoguiding.  The five subs I did get were fuzzed by some high cloud as well, I think, and I could not get a consistent focus so I gave up around midnight.  Very frustrating at the moment.

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@Hallingskies

Just noticed we have same camera and EFW and I have the HEQ5.  Different scope though.  I also stack in Astroart but process in Photoshop.

Carole 

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Couple of tiddly holes in the cloud. But 98% overcast.

 

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I missed out on getting an early version of PS and have no intention of renting the latest one.   I am also a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to software and it probably hampers my processing.  I have had the Atik kit for about 9 months and it is a definite step up from my 15 year old SXV-H9.   That still works fine and I have just fitted it up on a Pentax 135mm lens for a wide(r) field rig I am putting together.

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@Hallingskies

I bought my PS as a used one on Ebay quite a few years ago.  Still going strong.

I am a bit of a dinosaur too.  I use Artemis for capture and PHD1 for guiding.  No dithering since I can't seem to set it up in Artemis. 

Carole 

 

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Forgotten what a star looks like, it's been so long since I saw one.

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OK, think I am going to switch everything off as the skies are no better.

Carole 

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I've managed 2 hours for testing in 12 weeks, never known things so bad.

Some are blaming it on the Russians and Chinese meddling with the weather, there's also some thoughts with the Indonesian Volcanoes disturbing the atmosphere.

Truly a testing time, I thought last winter was bad :-(

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