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    Default My viewing last night in South Africa



    So, the skies were clear all day and the cloud cover which usually builds up in the late summer afternoons on South Africa's Eastern coast never materialised. All was set for my first evenings stargazing since arriving a month ago. I got the 6SE set up in the garden, table and reference data on hand, and allowed myself a generous glass of good red wine while awaiting the evening darkness.
    I was keen to pick out the two Megallanic clouds, and in particular C104 and C106, which are off the menu when I am in the N hemisphere.
    I aligned using Rigel and Acherner, then into action......magnitudes 4 and 6.6! surely can't miss! Unfortunately the background glare from the Durban metropolitan area refused to give me any useful access below Acherner, and the dew came in thick and fast. I changed my viewing to the opposite direction and had a quick glance at Orion's nebula before the evening moisture put an end to things. Fortunately I still had most of my bottle of red to savour, and I now await our trip in February to the drier and kinder area (for stargazers!) of the Eastern Cape Karoo.

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    Default Re: My viewing last night in South Africa

    Thanks for posting. No matter where we are living we all seem to have the same problems. Clear skies and less dew.
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    Default Re: My viewing last night in South Africa

    Great report!
    You need reasonably dark skies to get a glimpse of the LMC/SMC especially the SMC.
    The Karoo should afford you the opportunity to view them.
    The skies were clear here in Durban last night but we had near gale force winds!

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