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    So I've been taking my scope out a lot lately, ignoring the horrible conditions. I always check the cleardarksky forecast and it always looks terrible but I go out anyway. With that aside, I've checked the forecast for tonight (I'm writing this at 1 p.m.) and it looks to be some of the best conditions in months! I'm down in Pensacola Florida and it just so darn humid and wet all the time. So now that I'm done rambling and complaining does anyone have any suggestions of objects for me to observe? I'd love to be able to take advantage of a potentially clear night. Thanks in advance!

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    Thanks, Kenny! I'm a fellow sufferer, so I relate. Go for a download of Cartes du Ceil and/or Stellarium (both freebies), and pick your own preferences. It depends on what "ring your bell". I love M51, and in the wee dawn light M45 and Jup', but there's lots of charmers in between and beyond.

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    If you have a clear view to the South, look in Scorpius and Sagittarius; There are 20+ Messier Objects there that are fairly easy to find.
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    Way to go on the persistence, Kenny. I only grab my scopes when the conditions are near perfect. I guess I'm a sky snob.

    There are quite a few awesome things to look at in the night sky right now. I don't know what kind of scope you have but here's a few things that will look good in just about any scope.
    -m57
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    Thanks everyone for the help and suggestions! I was happy to get out and the sky was decently clear! I drove about an hour north of me to get as far out of the light as possible. The Milky Way was lookin' lovely! However as I've mentioned the humidity down here is unbearable so my lens was completely fogged almost immediately. Despite the clear skies, the view was pretty horrible through the scope . I suppose I need to bring a small hair dryer with me from now on. I took two friends with me (always trying to get kids my age interested in the universe) and they had a blast despite the fogged up lens! They've since told me to tell them whenever I go out and they'll tag along! Thanks again for the help everyone, I'm going to enjoy getting to know all on the forum.

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    Dew Shield and Dew Heaters are your best friends in that situation. Dew Prevention is the better than trying to get rid of it once it has set in. I learned the hard way.
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    Don't discount the dew shield.. I got mine for my 8" for $25 cut to match the dovetail etc.
    The scope and the case sitting next to it can be dripping and the corrector plate is clear.
    I need to make a little cover for my red dot finder because it dewed up the other night I had a bear of a time re-aligning the scope..
    Get some dark, thin, rough textured plastic and you can make one. I have also used a couple of sheets of construction paper taped to the front edge in a bind.
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    I always use the dew shield no matter what. It's the humidity and the difference in temperature inside and outside the scope that are killin' it.

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    I got the instructions on How to Make Your Own Dew Heaters. Thought I'd give it a try. I'd like to make a controller too, but haven't found any good plans yet.
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    I always use the dew shield no matter what. It's the humidity and the difference in temperature inside and outside the scope that are killin' it.
    I you a bringing it out from AC... it might need to be out 2 + hours from what I have read if its that different. And dew heaters might be needed.. they on are my list for later in the year.

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