Go Back   IceInSpace > General Astronomy > General Chat

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1  
Old 13-10-2021, 04:34 PM
Startrek (Martin)
Registered User

Startrek is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Sydney and South Coast NSW
Posts: 4,156
October, a lean month for Astro on the East Coast

There’s some big east coast lows pushing across Victoria and NSW since Monday so cloudy weather with some heavy showers at times along the coast
Forecast doesn’t look that good for the next week or so , especially around Sydney and south ( Saturday night might get a 4 hour window ? )
With the moon at 50% and full next week , looks like October is going to be a lean month on the Astro calendar
I was hoping to capture some more galaxies but that will have to wait until late October into November now
Shouldn’t complain , the country needs the rain
How’s it looking over in the West and way up north in QLD ??
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 13-10-2021, 05:19 PM
Pepper (Steve)
Registered User

Pepper is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Daruka
Posts: 350
Wet out here. Similar situation. No clear nights for the foreseeable future.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 14-10-2021, 05:23 AM
mura_gadi's Avatar
mura_gadi (Steve)
SpeakingB4Thinking

mura_gadi is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Canberra
Posts: 421
La Nina this year

We've had thunderstorms here pass through between 3am and 5am.

I think 6 of the 7 indicators are pointing to La Nina again this year...


La Nina:

"The increased rainfall and cloudiness in the western Pacific associated with La Niña usually means above-average winter–spring rainfall for Australia, particularly across the east and north.

Unlike El Niño years, the impacts of La Niña often continue into the warm months. In eastern Australia, the average December-March rainfall during La Niña years is 20% higher than the long-term average,

The relationship between La Niña strength and rainfall is closely linked. The greater the sea surface temperature and SOI difference from normal, the larger the rainfall response"
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 14-10-2021, 06:29 AM
The_bluester's Avatar
The_bluester (Paul)
Registered User

The_bluester is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Kilmore, Australia
Posts: 3,107
Thunder storms in south central Vic last night too. The forecast keeps threatening to give me a half decent night now and again, but it only ever materialises on nights when I don't have time to set up.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 14-10-2021, 06:43 AM
xelasnave's Avatar
xelasnave
Gravity does not Suck

xelasnave is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Tabulam
Posts: 14,989
Although I am wanting to do some astrophotography, particularly with my new set up nearly ready to go, I am rather happy if it just keeps raining as that means no bush fire and they are so scarey here I really dont mind the rain...but it helps make more fuel so things will be worse when the fires come again.
The very next project at the observatory is to rebuild the jetty reaching over the dam and place the new ( last year) fire pump directly over the water and hopefully distant enough from the bank so it cant be burnt in a fire...we need to set up a run out hose and a system to spray water on both the van and the observatory...when that is done perhaps I can focus on the main game.
Alex
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 14-10-2021, 07:37 AM
multiweb's Avatar
multiweb (Marc)
ze frogginator

multiweb is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Sydney
Posts: 21,564
Imaging session few and far in between in Sydney too but loving the rain. Everything is green and growing. Quite normal for the season. Take it all in while it lasts. Not looking forward to the next drought.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 14-10-2021, 08:30 AM
AdamJL
Registered User

AdamJL is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 948
Quote:
Originally Posted by multiweb View Post
Imaging session few and far in between in Sydney too but loving the rain. Everything is green and growing. Quite normal for the season. Take it all in while it lasts. Not looking forward to the next drought.
^ this
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 14-10-2021, 09:23 AM
Dave882 (David)
Registered User

Dave882 is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2020
Location: PADSTOW
Posts: 194
All these clouds are a good opportunity to go through all the data from last couple months of amazing lockdown weather. I literally just finished going through the last of my planetary videos and found what I think is the best capture of Saturn for the whole season tucked away from about 6wks ago!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 22-10-2021, 08:30 AM
Startrek (Martin)
Registered User

Startrek is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Sydney and South Coast NSW
Posts: 4,156
Haven’t imaged since the 5th October due to the unstable weather we’ve been having lately. Tonight in Sydney is clear but unfortunately the humidity will be climbing to 90% by midnight and fog forming by 3am
The moon is low at dusk so I might get 3 hours on the Helix before the guiding goes haywire due to the heavy atmosphere
Anyone else imaging tonight ?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 22-10-2021, 08:59 AM
multiweb's Avatar
multiweb (Marc)
ze frogginator

multiweb is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Sydney
Posts: 21,564
It has been very variable and unpredictable here on a very small time scale which is the problem. If you can't get a reliable window of a few hours at least you're running a greater risk of a" sun shower" or even worse.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 22-10-2021, 10:24 AM
AdamJL
Registered User

AdamJL is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 948
Yeah October is a write off for me. Maybe early November and a trip up to the mountains can improve things
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 22-10-2021, 08:22 PM
Startrek (Martin)
Registered User

Startrek is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Sydney and South Coast NSW
Posts: 4,156
Perfectly clear all afternoon and at 8.00pm when focused and framed up captured 2 subs on the Helix , totally clouded out by 8.40pm
Cloud Free Night had tonight clear until morning , Weather Zone had tonight clear with only up to 14% cloud between 9 and 12

Cloud as far as the eye can see ( mostly coastal cloud coming in from the north east ) Checked Satellite and yep coastal cloud

Shut down , packed up , covers on , cuppa tea and picked up a book to read

Definitely not a cloud free night
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 22-10-2021, 08:36 PM
Dave882 (David)
Registered User

Dave882 is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2020
Location: PADSTOW
Posts: 194
Yep that came in quick! I thought I’d get some time with the binoviewers tonight… had it all ready to go and then full white-out. I’m still holding onto hope and keeping it setup for the moment
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 22-10-2021, 10:09 PM
Venter (Michael)
Registered User

Venter is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Sydney, NSW
Posts: 10
Pretty much same experience here in North Sydney. Was planning on running some more tests with NINA sequencer. Looked good early evening, and then clouded up pretty quickly with no sign of improvement. Packed up, made some hot tea and settled down with a nice movie.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 23-10-2021, 12:22 AM
Drac0 (Mark)
Registered User

Drac0 is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2020
Location: Nowra, NSW
Posts: 101
Still clear here on the South Coast - hope it holds for another hour as testing my new setup & need about another hour to complete Orion, my test subject. Very happy with what's coming up on screen so far...
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 23-10-2021, 08:27 AM
Tropo-Bob (Bob)
Registered User

Tropo-Bob is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Cairns
Posts: 1,318
Ha, the whole of 2021 has been a lean year for viewing from Cairns.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 23-10-2021, 09:48 AM
AdamJL
Registered User

AdamJL is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 948
Quote:
Originally Posted by Drac0 View Post
Still clear here on the South Coast - hope it holds for another hour as testing my new setup & need about another hour to complete Orion, my test subject. Very happy with what's coming up on screen so far...
Orion season coming in

So excited!! Can't wait to try it again this year.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 23-10-2021, 09:55 AM
floyd_2's Avatar
floyd_2 (Dean)
Registered User

floyd_2 is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Cecil Hills (Sydney)
Posts: 333
I was nearly tricked by Cloud Free Night into setting up last night. Luckily the full moon gave me pause and I decided against the whole thing. I looked outside at 9pm and the clouds were rolling in. I’ve probably brought it all on myself by buying all sorts of gear in the last few weeks to hook up an EAA rig
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 23-10-2021, 11:35 AM
Saturnine (Jeff)
Registered User

Saturnine is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Wollongong
Posts: 1,731
Quote:
Originally Posted by Startrek View Post
Perfectly clear all afternoon and at 8.00pm when focused and framed up captured 2 subs on the Helix , totally clouded out by 8.40pm
Cloud Free Night had tonight clear until morning , Weather Zone had tonight clear with only up to 14% cloud between 9 and 12

Cloud as far as the eye can see ( mostly coastal cloud coming in from the north east ) Checked Satellite and yep coastal cloud

Shut down , packed up , covers on , cuppa tea and picked up a book to read

Definitely not a cloud free night
Hi Martin and All

Had the same cloud problem down here as well, clear all day, set up after dinner and it clouded over despite the forecast. Being the patient type, watched TV for a while and checked the sky a few times and realised it was clearing after about 2 hours. Spent an enjoyable few hours observing and imaging the planets in reasonable seeing until they started getting lower in the west.
Living within walking distance of the beach does have its pros and cons
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 23-10-2021, 12:01 PM
Astronovice (Calvin)
Registered User

Astronovice is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Cairns Northern Beaches
Posts: 73
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tropo-Bob View Post
Ha, the whole of 2021 has been a lean year for viewing from Cairns.
How true, clear days until 4pm and then the clouds roll in. Total frustration here.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +10. The time is now 01:24 AM.

Powered by vBulletin Version 3.8.7 | Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Advertisement
NexDome Observatories
Advertisement
Bintel
Advertisement
Testar
Advertisement
Limpet Controller
Advertisement
Astronomy and Electronics Centre
Advertisement