Post by deepskydarrell on Jul 26, 2014 12:25:21 GMT -8
There were 5 of us. Sorry I didn't post earlier -- it was Adrian that lit the fire under me to get out.
It went really well. The seeing was good to very good. Perched on the knob 400 feet above the river probably helped. But the transparency was only fair (couldn't see Baranard's galaxy). So we didn't break any records. Sky Quality Meter reading was 21.28 which wasn't as good as in early June (21.45) but the transparency was probably causing that.
Dew was heavy and my secondary was fogged when we packed up at 02:30 so every type of dew shield is an asset if not a requirement. Keeping the scope horizontal whenever not in use would help me more. Even my log book under my extended canopy window was hard to pencil in. My eyepieces in their 6 pockets stayed warm and dry.
A bit tricky finding the Helix without Fomalhaut to start my hop and had to start off of the flux capacitor then down to Sckat. So nice to see Globulars. Even M 56 was nice. Bagged a few new planetaries and galaxies while passing by. Saw the central star in the Ring -- so that meant great seeing. From that spot it was too late in the year to go after the Snake like I'd hoped and the Lagoon was out of position just as it got fully dark. Merritt next month should help with that.
The weekend warriors were all way down by the river. One fellow had his stereo full tilt all night and we could hear the boom in the distance -- what a way to camp. But no one showed up where we were nor passed thru.
Post by deepskydarrell on Jul 26, 2014 16:42:43 GMT -8
I think the seeing could be better over all than Chilliwack Lake. Just in the winter it could get more snow than CL even tho Shylock is 100 feet lower in elevation. Plus CL has a highway cam looking east, blocks from where I set up on the dead of the highway.
Not sure if it was the fires -- the transparency on the Clear Sky Chart shows north of here was progressively worser-ly-ish. Fires can be a problem some summers anywhere. There's even been years when all back roads have been closed by forestry. I think Kobau has had more influences from fires over the years but MSQ is a Run later and tends to not be a problem by then.
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