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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jan 15, 2013 20:23:01 GMT -6
I would be curious on your description of Chinese skies.
For stores in the Chicagoland area...sorry - Non-existent. It's all practically on-line stores now.
February is a pretty cold month for Chicago Astronomer Star Parties.....and none are planned. But....if the weather warms up, the crew will probably get together to test out some equipment for the 2013 Observation season.
Monitor this website for upcoming Chicago Astronomer events and activities - and hope to meet you during your visit.
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Welcome to the discussion group, David. And welcome home soon to Chicago.
My brother lives near the Albany Park neighborhood and has attended Chicago Astronomer star parties in nearby Horner Park. He has a summer cottage in Turner Camp to which he is inviting Chicago Astronomers, but not as early as February. The sky is dark in Turner Camp which is between Chicago and Rockford. I live in the northwest suburbs between Turner Camp and Chicago, but in the past I've worked in both Chicago and Rockford.
Hi David - welcome to the CA forum! Ask Joe said, watch these forums for any last-minute get-togethers by the CA crew; most star parties at this time of year are in the southern part of the U.S. because it's too cold here in the northern section to have them.
Regarding retailers, I learned recently that Optics Planet in Northbrook does have a showroom to see products, but at the moment it is by appointment only.
China skies: Well in Beijing if you are in the city. its a total hit or miss. We get a lot of fog. But out in the countryside it can be near perfect conditions especially if up in the hills above the pollution lines.
I like to view in the winter. I find the sky to be just a bit more clear at those times.
I didn't think anyone would be holding anything but it was worth a try.
No stores? bummer. I wanted to see different mounts and things for fun
The stories, asterism and groups of stars are different here from an ancient text point of view but things are same here as we are about 40 degrees north as well. so not much changed for me.
thanks again ill be back online shortly. just got up from being out all night with Leo and Orion.