News Flash! Cloudy Streak continues….

This is getting ugly. The first time we’ve had clear skies in weeks, and it closes in again by late afternoon. Apparently the weather gods are really angry, and won’t allow any night-time observing at all. If I were a solar observer I could at least have checked out the nearby star, but I don’t have an h-alpha filter, and frankly, most of the time the sun is kinda dull in white light. Hmm…

Lunar Eclipse October 27

Starts locally about 8.09 pm – don’t expect to see much as penumbra passes over the moon

Second contact – and the start of the umbral eclipse – about 9:16

By about 10.26 we’re into full totality, with all of the moon into the umbral shadow, but that’s all over by about 11.42, and third contact is about 12.51 am. About 12.55 the moon starts to leave the penumbra, and it’s all over by 2 am.

One problem, of course, is that this starts on a Tuesday night, going into the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Will I be up to catch this? I hope so, but it’s going to depend on the weather gods and on my alertness level. If my diabetic dopiness hits, everything is cancelled!

Good Intentions

We all expect to do the Right Thing. In this case, the Right Thing is to plan observing sessions rather than simply go out and observe haphazardly. Now, there’s nothing greatly wrong with observing haphazardly, but if you want to Get Things Done, you need to Follow the Program. Right. Uh-huh. Sure.

Well, being realistic, I’m more likely to want to do something and get sidetracked by something else – I have the attention span – and some may say (shut up!) the intellect – of a butterfly. So, while my intentions are good, chances are I’ll blow it and will only follow the program to a limited extent. This is a track of how much I follow the plan. You can sneer from the sidelines if you like, but don’t bother to berate me – most of the time, I won’t be listening. My place, my rules.

Standard weather after equipment upgrades! (Just keep chanting!)

For the past couple of weeks we’ve had some of the best weather since the beginning of summer, with warmish days, coolish nights, and relatively clear skies. The day the observatory was ready for use, the clouds came in, and apart from sucker holes too small to use anyway, it’s been cloudy ever since. This normally lasts a week or two, so it’s unlikely I’ll get any observing in for a while. In the meantime I’ll work on making the SkyShed more comfortable, and I’ll cross my fingers in the hope that once the adapter hardware arrives the weather gods won’t start the clock all over again on the cloud timer. The mantra for today is… Clear skies!

Clear skies! Clear skies! Clear skies! Clear skies! Clear skies! Clear skies! Clear skies!

OMMMMMMMMM!

Footings are in…

For the past couple of weeks we’ve had some of the best weather since the beginning of summer, with warmish days, coolish nights, and relatively clear skies. The day the observatory was ready for use, the clouds came in, and apart from sucker holes too small to use anyway, it’s been cloudy ever since. This normally lasts a week or two, so it’s unlikely I’ll get any observing in for a while. In the meantime I’ll work on making the SkyShed more comfortable, and I’ll cross my fingers in the hope that once the adapter hardware arrives the weather gods won’t start the clock all over again on the cloud timer. The mantra for today is… Clear skies!

Clear skies! Clear skies! Clear skies! Clear skies! Clear skies! Clear skies! Clear skies!

OMMMMMMMMM!

No news is.. well, no news.

Sigh. The software insists I fill in the body of the note, but there’s really very little to say. Sometime this week I expect to move to phase 2 of the observatory project and the guys from Skyshed will install the footings for the mount.