2009
11.28

Go ahead…  make my day.  Tell me how good or bad your weather is.  Lemme tell ya’, this PNW weather is dragging me down.

I’ll start,  It’s Nov 28.  The last chance I had  to do some astrophotography (actually just good enough to do some mount testing) was on the 13th, the time before that was the 10th of October.  Now you know why I’m workin on the web site and blog so much….  no long nights to sleep off, no images to process.  <heavy sigh>….

al

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  1. Ok…. So we got two clear(ish) nights in a row. 1 & 2 December. Not good enough to image…. because of course the the good weather came with the full moon…. bummer.

    Anyway. Can’t complain tooooo much. Finally some time to do a couple guiding tests.

  2. No clear skies since early September but as luck would have it I spent the time modifying my EQ5 mount goto and for my troubles had half the wires to the RA Drive shear off. Then it became clear for one night last week and I am still waiting for a replacement part from China to arrive sometime in late January. Just know we are going to have a couple of clear nights before then. Wonder if it would be wise to fix mt goto since I am certain that when fixed the abundance of cloud will wade in a continual motion from thw West.

  3. I feel your pain. Two days ago, we finally had a one night break and headed up into the hills to take images during the meteor shower. It was decently clear, but cold…. about 15 F. It was looking like we’d get a good night of pictures but then my little CG-5 mount acted up and just wouldn’t calibrate for guiding. After trying all that my cold shaking fingers would take, I gave up and proceeded without guiding but after a couple hours the mount quit tracking at all. Pretty much a lost night.

    The next day I disassembled and checked the electronics. I still can’t believe it, but the problem was the on/off switch. The contacts were acting flaky, making intermittent and partial/resistive contact. As luck would have it the switch is an DPST with only one set of the poles used, so I was able to reuse it by just flipping it end-for-end on the board. What a weird way to lose the night.

    If it’s not the weather…… feels kinda Karmic.

    al