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#1 Tori

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 04:00 AM

Your alarm goes off. It's 2 am. You look outside, giddy to see steady little pinpoints of light everywhere, just as the clear sky chart told you it would be. You've been clouded in for weeks! You sneak into the kitchen to make coffee before going outside; You've done it so many times you can easily do it in the dark. Your eyes have been shut in the dark house for six hours, so you can make out the tiniest shadows as you move around your kitchen. The smell of fresh coffee fills the air as you open the refrigerator to get the cream... :foreheadslap:

Anyone else considering an external light switch on their refrigerator?

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 04:16 AM

Oh, this sounds familiar... LOL!

It is also annoying to forget to turn off your car's cabin light when you're out at that special dark site and need something in the car at 1.00 AM after three hours in the dark.


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Posted 02 November 2012 - 04:41 AM

Anyone else considering an external light switch on their refrigerator?


The refrigerator and microwave at my country home are real problems. I've kinda learned to use them with my eyes shut, but that's not a great solution. I'm having trouble figuring out how I would rig an external switch, though.

The refrigerator at my astronomy club has a red light.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 05:05 AM

The refrigerator at my astronomy club has a red light.


Dedication! :salute:


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Posted 02 November 2012 - 05:16 AM

Depends on your priorities, coffee>astronomy

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:11 AM

Unscrew the bulb. Put a red flashlight on a fridge magnet...

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:29 AM

Use a laser, that way you'll have it handy to collimate the scope when you go outside.....or, you can collimate the fridge at the same time....... :lol:

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:34 AM

Skip the coffee. It is probably not good for us to consume and the sky might cloud back up right after the pot has finished brewing.
Another annoyance are the bright LED lights on satellite modems.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:07 AM

Skip the coffee.


Sorry. If I wake up in the early a.m. -- no coffee, no observing.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:44 AM

Eyepatch the observing eye on those trips inside. Keep the eyepatch on the non-observing eye while observing, and you'll reduce eyestrain too.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:57 AM

Skip the coffee.


Sorry. If I wake up in the early a.m. -- no coffee, no observing.


Ohhh Nooooooo!!!!!!!! No early morning coffee??????? What kind of Monster are you????????????

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:51 AM

Are these the solution?

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:04 AM

Get the milk first. By the time the coffee is finished being made you will be well towards dark adaptation again. Besides, last night at 0200 a large waning gibbus Moon was well above the horizon.

If you are talking about any other time then I stick with my "get the milk first".

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:08 AM

I have a red light in my camper refer but not at home. I have used the red goggles and it helps a lot. Good Luck!

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:09 AM

Maybe keep some creamer cups handy for those times when you don't want to open the refer.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 11:09 AM

Your alarm goes off. It's 2 am. You look outside, giddy to see steady little pinpoints of light everywhere, just as the clear sky chart told you it would be. You've been clouded in for weeks! You sneak into the kitchen to make coffee before going outside; You've done it so many times you can easily do it in the dark. Your eyes have been shut in the dark house for six hours, so you can make out the tiniest shadows as you move around your kitchen. The smell of fresh coffee fills the air as you open the refrigerator to get the cream... :foreheadslap:


Learn to drink coffee black when you're about to go out to observe, and that cures the problem.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 11:14 AM

Maybe try a shot of Jack instead, or Bailey's Irish Cream, or my favorite, Kahlua and coffee...

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 11:24 AM

Fascinating thread!

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 11:55 AM

:lol: This is why I only consume red wine.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 12:13 PM

Look in your coffee aisle for the powdered coffee "lightner". I keep some around for the times I forget
to pick up the "good stuff" as I don't like black coffee.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 12:38 PM

Maybe try a shot of Jack instead, or Bailey's Irish Cream, or my favorite, Kahlua and coffee...




I'll second that!!! :lol:

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 02:34 PM

It wasn't last night, it was on several occasions and it has finally reached the point that I feel it necessary to do something about it. A dim red light or unscrewing the bulb would be great and feasible if I lived alone... I could do an eye patch I suppose.... I'm still thinking an override door switch would be the best solution, for me.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 02:56 PM

A simple way to keep the refrigerator light off would be to tape the door switch "closed" with a piece of masking tape the night before you're going out. It would be easy to remove the next day. Use your red light to find the cream....

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 03:12 PM

My fridge light has been burned out for about 5 years.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 03:17 PM

Your alarm goes off. It's 2 am. You look outside, giddy to see steady little pinpoints of light everywhere, just as the clear sky chart told you it would be. You've been clouded in for weeks! You sneak into the kitchen to make coffee before going outside; You've done it so many times you can easily do it in the dark. Your eyes have been shut in the dark house for six hours, so you can make out the tiniest shadows as you move around your kitchen. The smell of fresh coffee fills the air as you open the refrigerator to get the cream... :foreheadslap:

really?

fresh cream does not spoil in six hours. why isn't the obvious solution here to pour out the cream before you go to bed? pour it into the cup, or into the thermos, and you're done. better, room temperature cream does not cool the coffee as much.

put the cream and coffee in the mug, put the mug in the microwave. all you have to do at 2am is push a button and remove the heated mug with your eyes closed.

heat the hot coffee almost to boiling, put the cream and hot coffee in a thermos. six hours later it will still be very hot.






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