ESP 2016: Forecast shows many good nights this week!

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    ChuckBaker
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    Welcome to ESP 2016, if you have already arrived! Currently the conditions are mostly clear and 67° F; 20° C. Low tonight will be 55°, so if you are camping, bundle up! This will be about as low as the nighttime temps will drop this week, though, so the weather will be mild rather than wintry.

    For those traveling now or coming tomorrow or later in the week, we wish you safe journeys, and we look forward to seeing you at X Bar Ranch where we are predicted to have great skies most of the week!

    Cheers!

    Chuck

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    #4501

    ChuckBaker
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    11:00 PM: The skies actually cleared of clouds earlier than expected – horizon to horizon window was open by 8 PM,observing and imaging have been underway all evening so far!

    #4502

    ChuckBaker
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    Wow! Another great night here at ESP! From a cloudy day, the skies cleared off as dusk came on and again we had horizon-to-horizon viewing. We had high humidity so dewheating equipment came into use; humidity will be dropping for the rest of the week though, and the forecast is showing clear nights all the way through Sunday, so shaping up to be a great run at ESP this year!

    #4503

    ChuckBaker
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    We are definitely on a roll this week! Leftover daytime clouds dissipated and gave way to fully clear sky again last night, and mildly cool temps in the low 60s, dipping in the early morning to 57 by about 4:30.

    There are a couple of vendor tents with us on the field this week, so if you have yet to visit Scott and Gary at Explore Scientific’s canopy or Bruce at the Polemaster canopy, by all means stop by and check out the scopes and accessories.

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    ChuckBaker
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    We had clouds moving through for a while last evening, but once again the sky cleared up for us, this time about midnight. Good thing to know: there are visually stunning views to be had by cruising a partly cloudy sky with binoculars. M7 and M6 with a very 3-dimensional dark cloud grouping that looked like it belonged in the Milky Way decorating the view and framing the objects was one of the most breathtakingly beautiful sights I’ve ever seen.

    Nope, not going to give up hoping for clear skies on observing nights, but all of a sudden partly cloudy doesn’t seem to mean skip it and stay in anymore.

    We have more viewing ahead for the weekend, plus guest speakers Stephen Odewahn, speaking on Galaxy Morphology and Evolution at 4:00 PM today, and Michael Prokosch speaking on Astronomy in Chile Educators Ambassadors Program at 4:00 PM tomorrow.

    Doorprizes will be awarded on Saturday afternoon (must be present to win).

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