[SQM] snow and the ground albedo

Arne Danielsen arnedani at online.no
Mon Jan 11 10:11:45 UTC 2010

Hello everyone,

I have similar readings from my observatory located about 40km outside Oslo (Norway's capital and largest city). 

Using a SQM-LE my readings dropped from ~20.4 down to ~19.0 after we got a snow. The temperatures have been around -15C to -20C during the last 2-3 weeks.

Best regards,
Arne Danielsen
Brages vei 2
1540 Vestby

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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Glenn and Gail Muller 
  To: sqm at unihedron.com 
  Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2010 3:13 PM
  Subject: [SQM] snow and the ground albedo

  January 11, 2010

  Hey Everybody (Jan & Fabio, in particular),

  Last night I managed to get the sought after SQM readings with snow cover.  My backyard observatory is in town, though away from the brightly lit center. On a clear night, like last night with good (but not great) transparency, I usually get readings around 19.7 - 19.8. Last night, with snow cover everywhere except the main streets, my best reading was 19.13 - a difference for my location of about 0.6 .  It was really cold, too, about -12C but the seeing was very steady - With my 12" reflector I easily picked out the E & F stars in Orion's Trapezium http://www.astropix.com/HTML/B_WINTER/TRAPEZ.HTM, and Rigels' companion was a piece of cake.

  Clear skies!

  Glenn Muller

  The GEM 'N I Dobservatory


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