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    After a couple of weeks of cloudy weather, North Texas is clear for the next
    few days, and I want to get out and do some viewing with my F/5 10"
    Newtonian. Had an excellent bit of seeing Sunday night, but the clear dark
    sky forecast for my area is for poor seeing (2/5, transparency average) for
    the next few days. Since they use a site about 15 miles from me, these
    forecasts have been pretty accurate, but I hate to stay indoors. What
    strategies do you use in these conditions? In similar conditions I have
    tried breaking double stars, but find viewing planets to be a waste of time.
    What else works? Thanks.

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    Just about any deep sky object. The only thing that keeps me in on a clear
    night, is the cold, or bugs.



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    John, I wouldn't worry too much about transparency. Mind you, transparency plays a huge factor in clear and crips views but with your 10" Newt, and if skies are indeed clear, you should be able to get in a decent amount of viewing clusters, galaxies, Saturn, double stars, etc., provided you know where to find them. For a start, M81/82 and M94 and even M51 are easy picks.

    Why do you say viewing planets is a waste of time? Saturn is spectacular even during the worst seeing conditions and with a good widefield eyepiece, you should try to discern as many things as possible. Some astronomers even spot 'storms' and ofcourse many have seen the Cassini Division. You could try and make out the clear bands. The more you see, the more eye/brain co-ordination you develop, the more your mind will get attuned to deep sky viewing.
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    I think this thread is long dead Maverick, but I agree with what you have to say anyway..
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    John-- don't worry about it. Seeing affects things like "splitting double stars", and "planetary detail". Actually city light pollution is far more constricting than seeing conditions.

    Basically I never pay attention to seeing conditions if the sky is reasonably clear.

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    Yes!!,,, but I was able to get something from it just the same..

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    I think this thread is long dead Maverick, but I agree with what you have to say anyway..

 

 

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