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#51 coopfore1

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 02:05 AM

Well, I have decided to stay on the + side of the zero. Too much trouble for an old guy like me, to be out below 0 degrees. + 15 or 20f is going to be my new limit..LOL

#52 Scott99

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 08:17 PM

Ahhhhh, mostly clear forecast for tonight! Any takers???

>>Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 3. Wind chill values as low as -12. Breezy, with a west wind between 11 and 21 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.

#53 Dwight J

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 08:35 PM

I live in Southern Alberta (lat 49 deg, 42 min N) and used to go out regardless of temp when I was much younger. Now I limit myself to about - 10 C as I can't tolerate colder than that for long. I used to use a Super C8 with a drive corrector connected to the car battery and had no troubles up to - 30. Then I had to sit in the car and warm up after just setting up. It just became more and more difficult to get out the warm car to observe or photograph, especially manually guiding. Electric socks and gloves helped a little. My later goto mounts like Lxd 55 and EQ6 had handcontroller issues about -15 C - a chemical handwarmer helped them. In the colder weather now I spend in a warm shed imaging with the mount in the cold. I found that a dew zapper wrapped around the motors really helped.

#54 coopfore1

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 01:13 AM

Clear here right now. I'm not going out. Call me what you will. LOL... Low of 5 to 10. Just built a fire in the old wood stove.ahhh


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