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Monday, January 19th, 2009
Astronomy is annoying right now. I'd love to be doing it, but every clear night is loaded with fog so thick I can barely see my neighbors house.

However, there was a small break for a few days where the sky was clear, no fog at all... but we were in an "inversion" where the hot air was on top and the cold air was below which caused some seriously nasty seeing conditions.

Even still, it was nice to get out and see the stars.

I set up the photography equipment, but to naught due to the poor seeing. I couldn't get anything in focus. When Saturn rose it was a blob.
 
But some friends (Glen and Carl) went up to Butte Hill in Woodland which was a pretty nice spot. I'll add it to the observing locations along with a map.

The list of objects we looked at was pretty extensive, but a particularly interesting object was a flashing stationary satellite callled AMC-21. It hung there in Orion flashing every minute or two. It must have been a flare, but it was very interesting to watch.

I sure hope we get a clear night to get M42, otherwise I may not get a chance until next year.





Comments:
On 01/31/09 at 03:36pm Barry wrote:
Frustrating for sure. We get a couple of days of relatively clear weather with no fog, and the seeing is terrible because of a temperature inversion. We can't seem to buy a break.



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