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Weather at Star Parties!

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We all like to have a good moan about cloudy skies at star parties but this email received today from one of our US suppliers does rather put things in perspective:

I went to Canada last week to attend Starfest and the weather was horrific! A tornado touched down just five miles north of the campground killing an 11 year old boy. It was sunny during the day and raining at night. Many houses destroyed ;o(

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Yes we do moan but even on my one night (Saturday) I saw the veil in a 20 inch had good views of Jupiter, M13,M57,M27 in the gaps.

I even found out it cleared at 4am after I went to bed.

So now my weather forecast of occassional clear patches becoming more frequent was not so far out after all.



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Gee that certainly does put our weather into perspective and just having returned yesterday morning from a wonderful 4 days at the Salisbury star party ( thanks Darren you did it again ) im not about to complain we had a glorius night on thursday with the the milky way stretching from Horizon to Horizon and Sagitarius blazing away in the south which i cannot see at all from my home. And just to cap it all, did a head count this morning when my brain finally awoke from its star filled slumbers, and all told bagged 25 messiers including the awesome veil nebula and 6 NGC's and thats the first time i have ever seen the double cluster in Persius as a naked eye object and also the very first time i have seen all three objects in Andromeda curtesy of Light Buckets big Dob and to top it all England won the Ashes what a great great week, Now i know why I love this Hobby as much as i do dark skies and good seeing

regards Pete

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