Saturdays Suckers Gap Sunshine 16th January

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Saturdays Suckers Gap Sunshine 16th January

Post by marktownley » Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:46 am

Yesterday we had a well defined band of rain pass swiftly east wards overnight, and behind followed a 'suckers gap' a band of transparent clear air before bands of showers kick in. I moved the mount slightly to allow me to image earlier as by my usual afternoon slot it would be cloudy again. It was a race against time, and the full disk wasn't on band properly, so I quickly switched to a different camera and scale for the closer view as I knew the cloud wasn't far off hence dust bunnies not being removed. Minutes later cloudy!

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Imagear12796-colour by Mark Townley, on Flickr

It is nice to get some sunshine time!

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Re: Saturdays Suckers Gap Sunshine 16th January

Post by Fabio_Imm » Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:20 am

Well done Mark,
Beautiful southern hemisphere.

I know the "race against time" feeling :)

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Re: Saturdays Suckers Gap Sunshine 16th January

Post by marktownley » Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:52 am

Thanks Fabio, I might give some imaging a try in a bit but is quite overcast here at the moment.


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Re: Saturdays Suckers Gap Sunshine 16th January

Post by ffellah » Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:24 am

Good results from the suckers gaps, Mark

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Re: Saturdays Suckers Gap Sunshine 16th January

Post by LTHB » Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:36 am

Nice shots, Mark!

And your experience sounds very familiar! The joy to see any sun at all after days and days of grey cloud cover, the lack of time for flats, the slightly desperate efforts to find a spot for the mount where the telescope can see the low sun. (In my case it's the corner of a balcony, the mount running with counterweights up, the scope barely clearing the house wall.)

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Re: Saturdays Suckers Gap Sunshine 16th January

Post by Stardust5858 » Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:54 pm

Well done Mark, I know that feeling, I set up yesterday and today hopefully chasing gap's to no avail 😭


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Re: Saturdays Suckers Gap Sunshine 16th January

Post by dhkaiser » Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:06 pm

Nice quick grab Mark! We take what we can get.


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Re: Saturdays Suckers Gap Sunshine 16th January

Post by EGRAY_OBSERVATORY » Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:10 pm

Well done Mark at being able to get the captures at last

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Re: Saturdays Suckers Gap Sunshine 16th January

Post by Montana » Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:21 pm

Well done Mark! great shots :bow :hamster: just 100 miles north and we have had dark grey clouds and rain all weekend :(

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Re: Saturdays Suckers Gap Sunshine 16th January

Post by eroel » Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:41 pm

Mark:
Happily you got the Sun in the gap, very nice images.
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Re: Saturdays Suckers Gap Sunshine 16th January

Post by Carbon60 » Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:25 pm

Hi Mark,

He who dares....and all that...

Nice images resulting from your patience. Those types of sessions can be so frustrating, but worth the effort.

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Re: Saturdays Suckers Gap Sunshine 16th January

Post by yltansg » Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:44 pm

Great shots, Mark. Your posting reminded of the weather I experienced in the UK (mostly in London,Hertfordshire and Bristol in the 1982-83). Winter was cold and grey :)

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Re: Saturdays Suckers Gap Sunshine 16th January

Post by MapleRidge » Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:50 pm

Hi Mark...

Nice to see you caught some sun in the breaks :bow

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Re: Saturdays Suckers Gap Sunshine 16th January

Post by marktownley » Mon Jan 18, 2021 6:29 am

Thanks everyone for the kind comments, it's just nice to be able to observe the sun. Thursday and Friday are coming up as sunny days so I might see about working at home then and having a solar lunch break...


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Re: Saturdays Suckers Gap Sunshine 16th January

Post by MAURITS » Mon Jan 18, 2021 9:10 am

Nice to see Mark.


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Post by marktownley » Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:38 pm

Thanks Maurits!


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Re: Saturdays Suckers Gap Sunshine 16th January

Post by marios i. » Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:15 am

Fantastic images Mark.


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Re: Saturdays Suckers Gap Sunshine 16th January

Post by rsfoto » Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:16 pm

Hi Mark,

Well done. Did not see until today


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Re: Saturdays Suckers Gap Sunshine 16th January

Post by DeepSolar64 » Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:55 pm

Mark,
You did better than I did on Saturday. I was completely clouded out. The images look really good.

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Re: Saturdays Suckers Gap Sunshine 16th January

Post by marktownley » Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:57 pm

Thanks Y'all!


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