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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:50 pm 
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AccuWeather.com offers a "quick-check" stargazing forecast for the next five nights.

For example, here is the forecast (along with other useful astronomy information) for Manchester, NJ:

http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/manche ... my/2258304

You can set up and bookmark a web page for your own location:

www.accuweather.com > "Your Day Starts Here" > "Outdoor" > "Astronomy"

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:56 pm 
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I love this link thanks Matthew. This is similar to a smart phone app Ro showed me. Being I do not own a smart phone I check this one daily. It also factors in moon glow and gives planet and moon rise and set times.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:49 pm 
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Matt,
I'm glad you found it useful. I just read an interesting article that I got from it: "Big Bang Was Actually a Phase Change, New Theory Says"
http://www.accuweather.com/en/outdoor-a ... hase/70674

I don't own a smart phone either. Also, I prefer to do my astronomy mapping from my home desktop computer before I observe. I like the free program "Cartes du Ciel" ("Sky Charts").
http://www.ap-i.net/skychart/
I print out charts to help me locate the objects that I want to find and bring them with me to the observing site. One can also print out mirror-reversed charts for use with refractors or catadioptrics.

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