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#1 StarmanDan

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 09:49 PM

Having been in the hobby for 30 odd years, I've found that I have acquired a few unusual habits that others who don't know me well might find odd. For instance, when walking out of a building I find that I'll often catch myself looking up, even if just for a moment, regardless of the time of day or weather conditions. I also appear to have an OCD like condition for satellite and radar loops. I've even gone so far as to make a personal web page with all my favorite weather imagery so I no longer have to switch between multiple websites. Of course, I can't seem to go without checking CN multiple times during the day too! :D

#2 Dennis_S253

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 10:27 PM

I'd like to know more about your weather imagery. I usually check the ir on the Gulf of Mexico. Plus the local dobbler for Florida. What else to you look at?

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 12:15 AM

I tend to check the clear sky clock at lunch (gotta take advantage of your opportunities in Seattle), although I have gotten out of this habit the last three months. I also have a lunar phase indicator on my watch so I can quickly decide whether it would be worthwhile to drive to dark skies.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 07:19 AM

At least it's not snowing there! Today, Friday, October 5, 2012, and it's snowing pretty good.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 07:24 AM


Askin everyone about their sky for light pollution. I'm even beginnin to annoy myself.

#6 StarmanDan

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 10:24 AM

I'd like to know more about your weather imagery. I usually check the ir on the Gulf of Mexico. Plus the local dobbler for Florida. What else to you look at?


Check my website link below and click on "Atmospheric" and you will see what I've got.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 11:37 AM

Each time I stop at a traffic junction whilst driving back, I tend to look up even though I know its gonna rain.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 12:01 PM

I've been in the hobby for a grand total of 8 months & I already find myself looking up at the sky every time I walk out the door...

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 01:02 PM

It's Stopped Snowing!!!!!!!!!!!!! had to look...

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 01:06 PM

Has anyone else woke up in the middle of the night, and decided to peek outside before going back to sleep?

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 01:11 PM

Dan,

Nice Wx page, I like it!

I use binoculars at work when on breaks to show people sunspots with the projection technique. I do this all the time. I show people stuff on the night shift too. The Venus transit was a great time with some of my coworkers.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 01:57 PM

It's even rubbed off on my wife who almost never observes with me. She says she looks at the sky much more than she used to.

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#13 Dennis_S253

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 02:45 PM

Nice Dan, All in one place.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 02:54 PM

Grinding teeth while observing.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 03:11 PM

Has anyone else woke up in the middle of the night, and decided to peek outside before going back to sleep?


All the time. And the older you get, the more times you have to wake up in the middle of the night...

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 03:18 PM

It's why they build bathrooms next to the bedroom....

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:19 PM

Has anyone else woke up in the middle of the night, and decided to peek outside before going back to sleep?


All the time. And the older you get, the more times you have to wake up in the middle of the night...


So often that I wonder if the neighbor every looks out his window at night.....well, he wouldn't sleep well after that I'm sure! hahaha

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:10 AM

Has anyone else woke up in the middle of the night, and decided to peek outside before going back to sleep?


Well yes. Yes I do. Practically every night. :jump:

Now... How many of you have ever ended up observing in you robe n slipper after dragging a scope out at 3 AM?

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:19 AM

Now... How many of you have ever ended up observing in you robe n slipper after dragging a scope out at 3 AM?


It's nice to know I'm not the only one who's done that...

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:51 AM

Now... How many of you have ever ended up observing in you robe n slipper after dragging a scope out at 3 AM?


It's nice to know I'm not the only one who's done that...


It was almost the uniform of the day at the end of this summer when Jupiter and Company were just rising.

#21 Ed D

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 07:30 AM

After reading all the replies either I'm not as strange as I had imagined, or we're all stranger than we could ever imagine.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 08:57 AM

I walk outside in the evening (the puppie, Nikki, gots to go and play ya know?) and in the last few months I've been looking up and saying things, like: That's gotta be Deneb...so thats Cygnus. Then I will get out my cell phone and use Google Sky to comfirm it. :)

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 09:30 AM

Done that a few times without the robe....it was hot out:)

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 09:46 AM

Done that a few times without the robe....it was hot out:)


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Posted 06 October 2012 - 10:34 AM

Any of you other "weather geeks" might want to check out this site also. www.goes.noaa.gov/GSSLOOPS/ecwv.html it's the satelite water vapor loop. I'm not sure but I think the less water vapor in the atmosphere above you the better the seeing would be. Please correct me if I'm wrong!






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