Post by deepskydarrell on Feb 1, 2017 10:41:04 GMT -8
I've been tempted recently. There's only a bit of snow on the road at Chilliwack Lake and I rechecked my tires on the truck and they are M & S. (mud and snow?) Michelins (they sure were lousy in the snow last month -- even with 300 lbs in the back.)
Alas, the seeing prediction on the Clear Sky Chart is so very poor for tonight. That Jet Stream is still almost directly overhead. And now the moon sets at 10:51 tonight. So I'll wait til the next moonless run starting about Feb 14th.
That conjunction should be good: lovely Moon, (did I say that?) a tiny Mars, and a big crescent Venus. Should be fun for a quick look from the backyard but that's about all. There's a howling northeaster at my place right now -- MacD Park should be the same?
16.5 inch F 5.3 Zambuto Optics homebuilt Dobsonian
Post by Mark McLaughlin on Feb 1, 2017 12:18:57 GMT -8
I froze my eyepiece caps off last night. The wind just would not die back. That and the sky would go from really nice to crappy in a blink. But it was worth it, after looking in Leo and Virgo for all the faint fuzzies. Below the Big Dipper is a whole world I haven't explored yet. Looks like tonight is more of the same,windy and cold. I think rather then pack up the big bucket, I will take the big binos and dslr. Oh, there is a least 3 feet of snow up "my" Sylvester road site. Makes it easier to spot the gun shells! MMc