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Monday, June 9th, 2008
The sky was about 75% clear at approx. 11:00pm.   I carried my 80mm refractor out (on my Celestron 4se mount), did a fast "solar system alignment" and then punched in M81.   I was actually able to see it in the small scope, but barely.....required averted vision at first.   I wasn't able to find M82.   Before I could do a better alignment and set up my imaging equipment, the clouds had reduced the clear sky to about 50%.........and it looked like it would be down to 25% in a few minutes.   I gave up and put everything away.   Very frustrating!





Comments:
On 06/11/08 at 07:01am Gene wrote:
Don't encourage him...he'll be impossible to deal with now. Seriously though Neil...congrats. The new baby sounds like a sharp imager.

On 06/10/08 at 02:39pm Barry wrote:
Annoying to be sure. I don't want to say this very loud...might jinx us.....but it looks like we may actually have a few days of clear skies coming up soon. Of course the moon will be full or nearly full. LOL

Your new scope sounds like a gem. We will expect nothing but pristine images from now on! LOL



On 06/10/08 at 01:21am Neil Heacock wrote:
I did the same thing tonight Barry! I saw the sky was very clear so I thought I might have a little time to try out my new scope (did I mention I got a new scope? See my equipment page)

Anyway, by the time I had the scope on Polaris and was about to dial in the NCP I couldn't see Polaris anymore! I looked off into the western horizon (noticing the clouds were moving east) and there was nothing but cloud as far as I could see coming in.

I was muttering foul things under by breath as I brought the gear back in. This has been an annoying year so far.

-Neil



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