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Now that the trees are getting leafed out the back yard is even better. We've planted some trees and bushes and pampas grass in strategic line-of-sight locations between the observing area and area yard lights. Most of them are still too small to have an effect, but the potential is starting to show itself.


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The tree planting sounds like a good strategy, Dave! :)

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I am lucky. My skies are mag 6.5 and that's a REAL number! Generally, though, and many of you know me, I view at Sunriver Nature Center Observatory in Sunriver, OR. I volunteer there several nights a week and that's the sum of most of my observing time since it's an hours drive each way.


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Hey Larry. Glad to see you here!

Man, mag 6.5 is impressive. I can't wait until that type of sky is right outside my door. I may not post quite as often when that happens... :grin:

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Erik, what are the skies like in your Hawaii locale?


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About as dark as I've ever seen. And the southern sky is just incredible- no viewing Sagittarius through the muck near the horizon. :cool:

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Erik, I read your post, then looked at your CSC. I have to predict that your Sky Clock will induce more jealousy on a regular basis than most others. Bravo, dude! I'm one of the envious, BTW. If our family ever gets out there, we'll have to crash your party, and do some observing. :lol:

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llanitedave wrote:
Now that the trees are getting leafed out the back yard is even better. We've planted some trees and bushes and pampas grass in strategic line-of-sight locations between the observing area and area yard lights. Most of them are still too small to have an effect, but the potential is starting to show itself.


Mine too. For now there are almost no streetlights interfering.This stays until octobre. But now we are in what we call 'grey nights' meaning there is no astronomical darkness...That will return only end of July...

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fmeireso wrote:
But now we are in what we call 'grey nights' meaning there is no astronomical darkness...That will return only end of July...


I'm only a couple of hundred miles or so from Freddy and it's the same for me. No proper dark until the end of July. :(

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Erik, I read your post, then looked at your CSC. I have to predict that your Sky Clock will induce more jealousy on a regular basis than most others. Bravo, dude! I'm one of the envious, BTW. If our family ever gets out there, we'll have to crash your party, and do some observing. :lol:
Well, actually my CSC is still from California (where we'll be for a few more months). Hawaii doesn't have any CSC's, presumably because almost every night is clear! :cool:

After we do move, we'd love to have you come out and visit! You'll be amazed at the skies, not to mention all the beaches, hiking trails, and everything else. :)

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Well then, looks like you have some good skies these days in San Fran. Too bad the LP is a bummer. As for visiting, thanks for the welcoming. That trip is likely a few years off, but we'll gladly take you up on it. :grin:

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Not having transportation, I observe from an unused parking lot out front of my place. The northern and eastern skies offer the most unobstructed viewing. South is cut off by a seven-foot tall hedge and a house. My place and a huge tree block a good deal of the western sky. I have to put up with a very light-polluted sky. The light-dome over Los Angeles is huge and bright. Good thing I?ve got a ten-inch reflector else I?d be out of luck. Hazy skies all spring have been a curse too. Around here it?s referred to as Grey May and June Gloom. I live for a night of wide-spread power blackouts. Maybe this summer. DWP power usage has set records this year for southern California and it?s only June.

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Ouch! I visited Irvine, CA in the heart of Orange County, where the NELM is about 2.1. I couldn't even see all the stars in the Big Dipper! People like you and Mike impress me greatly. I know I wouldn't be in he hobby viewing under conditions like yours.

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I'm fortunate to live in the suburbs where the light pollution is only bad and not horrendous. On a good night I can see stars past mag 5. And the next door neighbors are friendly about turning off the porch lights if they see my scope out. Now if I could just get the the folks 2 doors down to follow suit.

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I remember staying in Ontario, CA a few years ago for work. I brought the 6" f/5 SNT I had at the time, hoping to get some viewing in. That didn't happen much. Because of the lack of stars, the thick smog, and nearly off white/gray skies at night, it was often difficult to tell whether it was actually clear or not. I could see 3 stars in the Big Dipper, and the Pleiades were a difficult naked eye object. I can't imagine observing in those conditions.

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I can see all but one of the Big Dipper, which is Megrez (3.3 Mag).

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