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    Daylight/night time hours being what they are this time of year I can only make it out with the scope on Saturday nights.
    I have had poor conditions every Saturday night since I bought it. I try anyway and of course have time with the moon, Jupiter and it's moons, numerous clusters...one really cool , one galaxy (don't know which one) and one unidentified object...kinda silvery gray and like a bunch of yarn very loose in a ball...poor description.
    I have charts, software, etc. but need a clear night. Sometimes I think the city lights from 6 miles away may be a bigger problem than I realized.
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    How to get a clear night? That's tough. I've been asking that exact question all summer. In the mean time, I just muddle through taking what I can get.

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    I find I have to take advantage of any clear air I can get around here, even if it's just from my back porch in the city (and it frequently is...)

    I'd recommend just being ready to grab n' go when you notice that nice clear evening. It can be tough with work schedules, but sooner or later you're going to get that good night that makes it all worthwhile.
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    It's been a tough spring and summer here and I'm not limited to one night a week. I'm still fairly new at this and I admit that sometimes it can be frustrating. I got out last Thursday for the first time in many weeks. Sky looked pretty good. Got about 45 minutes in and everything dewed up. Scope, eyepiece, Telrad, binoculars, even my eyeglasses that I keep on a string around my neck. First time I had issues with dew. The nice thing though is that I have had a few decent nights viewing along the way. When it comes together it makes it all worthwhile for me. Hang in there.
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    Wow, it seems that I have had the smae luck, I got my scope last Friday and that was the only good night I had. I work graveyard shift, so 4 nights r gone for the week, the fifth I work afternoon, so in total I have 3 nights to get some viewing, but only one of the three days was I able to get some viewing. I hope this week is better. Here's praying lol. I hope you get some viewing in soon as I know how it feels not being able to do something you love.
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    Its a thing with getting favorable conditions. When I first got my telescope last month I too had the same luck. But as the summer is winding down, I find that there are more and more clearer nights. Hopefully you get some clear skies your way soon.
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    The weather is an issue everywhere. Light polution is a major issue even when the weather is clear for a lot of us too. I reckon there's only 2 choices really: move to a desert/the top of a mountain/somewhere mostly cloud + light free but wildly impractical; or wait for the cost of satellite launches to come down enough to launch your scope into orbit.

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    Dont worry, its called the new scope curse. I had it when i got my new scope. Also when you get new eyepieces etc, same thing happens! Just try to get everything ready, get a plan going for what you want to see and how, and make sure everything is ready to go. That way when you get a clear night you will see tons of objects and be finally be at peace with the mother nature
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