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Offline Bazzaar

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yup, I know what your thinking "what's that idiot blithering on about now?"
clouds that aren't forecast, dont show on IR satellite images and yet have rolled in the last three nights anyway!

Its getting quite ridiculous now, even after gorgeous days with horizon to horizon blue sky, I cant get a clear night.
Even though it should have been.
Twice now I have set up only to be clouded out by 11:30pm, buuuut, go online and check the latest satellite cloud images? clear.
Stick me head outside? orange glow a-go-go.
did me subscription to clearnights monthly run out?
did I get black balled from the cloud god club?
wtf?
aaaaarrrrgggghhhh!

I'm taking up Origami, going to try for me black belt.

Barry


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Re: ..and the latest thing stopping my imaging, stealth clouds!!!
« Reply #1 on: 18:06:11, 24 July, 2014 »
Do you know what, Barry.... I was thinking EXACTLY the same thing!!

All the way through the day, I am subjected to looking outside to a fantastic hot day with blue sky.... stuck at work.... and when I get home & dusk finally arrives.... open the roof to the obsy... and wumf! arrgghhhhh!

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Re: ..and the latest thing stopping my imaging, stealth clouds!!!
« Reply #2 on: 19:28:04, 24 July, 2014 »
A lot of the stuff that is coming in of an evening is pretty thin so won't show up on the sat piccies.

I am checking the Meteoblue forecasts (they also do a seeing prediction) and finding it more accurate than the met office for the most part.

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Re: ..and the latest thing stopping my imaging, stealth clouds!!!
« Reply #3 on: 11:46:41, 25 July, 2014 »
I feel ya pain too Barry...had a great night Monday night when I imaged, missed Tuesday night due to having to be up at 5:30am (and the mist rolled in anyway) then was hoping for a clear night last night but the stealth cloud struck... still stayed up till 1am with my new radio telescope (sounds grand doesn't it... it's just a 3 element Yagi aerial pointing blindly into the sky) listening to meteor strikes - much better than Origami and highly recommended ;)  That said, there's a lot of dead time so maybe origami isn't such a bad idea  :laugh:

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Re: ..and the latest thing stopping my imaging, stealth clouds!!!
« Reply #4 on: 14:05:45, 25 July, 2014 »
Fortunately the clouds relented last night and I got a couple of goods runs in trying out a new guide scope.

Chris, the clouds showed up well enough on the visible light images. I think IR(darkness imaging),that use temperature to see clouds(cold=cloud), didnt detect them possibly due to a temperature inversion where warm air sits on top, unusually, of the colder cloud.
Fortunately this only happens infrequently so normal service should resume soon!

Si, like the meteor detection gear, takes me back to my amatuer radio days. We used to try and make contacts using the ionized trail left briefly behind the meteor. Half a second at a time. Madness or what?

I wonder if Origami masters can fold a 20" RC?

Barry
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