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#26 mich_al

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:39 PM

If beer freezes into a beercicle when you open it it's too cold.

#27 cavefrog

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:11 PM

Jim, I did not know what to think of you when I first signed on. :confused: . then after awhile I realized who your avatar was. :p your latest sig is one of your best yet... entertaining. :lol:

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#28 Steve Cobb

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:29 PM

Brian, I'm a member of SWFAS based in Tennessee and I know you've been having 80+ degree weather while the rest of us freeze. Shame on you for making fun of those of us suffering in the north! Invite us all down!

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:33 PM

When it is colder than 40 degrees F. :grin:


40?? More like 50! lol!! We have a cold spell going on here!!

#30 zippeee

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 04:11 PM

. . . our stir crazy cat won't come with me.

#31 skullpin

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:39 PM

Hmmph. I actually prefer -7C (20F) to mosquitoes and dew.

Down pants and down jacket. A handwarmer helps too, then I can manage with leather gloves to maintain dexterity. One to four hour sessions are regular with good clothes, depending on humidity and wind.

-20C (-4F) is my limit, and even then I will go out only if I have a new toy to test or some celestial event is happening, and there is no better weather in the forecast.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:14 PM

Keith,
My limit is also -20C, if there is no wind. I have to drive to my dark observing site, so demounting my scope & mount can be a tough game after a half night sitting still at the eyepiece. But who can resist a rare clear sky? Warm clothes (scooter-overall)are just as imortant as good and well collimated optics when one has to observe in minus C degree climate 4-5 months/year. Of course a choclate bar and something warm to drink is also essential.

/Magnus 57N.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:32 PM

. . . your eyepiece is stuck to your fingers . . . and you can't get it off without removing some skin ! ! !

Gloves just don't cut-it,
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:03 AM

. . . your eyepiece is stuck to your fingers . . . and you can't get it off without removing some skin ! ! !

Gloves just don't cut-it,
Bob


Triple Dog Dare you to put your tongue on your scope...

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:26 AM

I grew up in Wisconsin where we had to plug in our cars at night, but having lived in the desert for about 28 years now, I don't even like to go outside when it gets much below 50F anymore. I never thought that I would find seat warmers useful in my car in the desert, but I was wrong. :coldday:

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:40 AM

I grew up in Wisconsin where we had to plug in our cars at night, but having lived in the desert for about 28 years now, I don't even like to go outside when it gets much below 50F anymore. I never thought that I would find seat warmers useful in my car in the desert, but I was wrong. :coldday:


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:18 AM

:grin: :grin:

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:45 PM

The Declination drive on your LXD75 starts playing silly buggers. As happened to me on Saturday, up in the Sierras at 5000ft, approx 12°F. I was fine, but the mount couldn't take it. My first opportunity to observe under nice dark skies as well...

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:46 PM

It's never too cold (except when using a Mak). My personal best is observing at -35F.

Last night it was -4F. Quite pleasant, really.

I'd like to winter-over at NPX looking after the South Pole Telescope.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:42 PM

Coldest I've set up in was around -10F. My filter wheel worked for 6 hours before it finally 'gave up'. The driver keeps track of the time to the next position and the motor slowed to the point it failed the test! :) Luckily, it seems like in SD that when it's really cold out, it's not very windy... at least in my part.

Get a mallincam and do your winter observing from inside with a few active repeater cables :).

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:52 PM

You know it's too cold outside when your husky starts complaining about it lol.

#42 Brian Risley

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:56 PM

Steve, you all are welcome to come down, but I only have a dozen or so scopes for you, so you should bring your own!
:cool:
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Brian, I'm a member of SWFAS based in Tennessee and I know you've been having 80+ degree weather while the rest of us freeze. Shame on you for making fun of those of us suffering in the north! Invite us all down!



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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:43 PM

Oh - it's ok for a 10-15 minute quickie, IF it is no lower than the mid-50s. That is just too cold for me these days. I'd rather sit out there at 100 degrees at mid-night than freeze in the below 68F (20C) temps. Check out these chilly guys:

http://www.gdargaud....AstroAntar.html

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:39 AM

Two sets of long johns, thermal socks, head/face mask and I'm still uncomfortable at 30 above after an hour.
All I keep thinking about are the summer nights in shorts and sandals behind the binoviewers. :tonofbricks:


Any mosquitoes around your parts? :)


Plenty, Jon. They tend to avoid me while feasting on everyone else. :smirk:

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:55 AM

Sorry guys!....I just don't do cold as well as I used to!!! :shrug: :snowedin: :stuck: What time does "Big Bang Theory" come on???....lol.... :coldday: :coldday: :coldday: :imawake:


HEY Thats my favorite show!!
Did you know about the secret behind the 2 main characters? Sheldon and Leonard?
It is a Tribute to the Actor/Producer Sheldon Leonard, he did the Danny Thomas Show, Dick Van Dyke and many others,
Including writing for I Love Lucy..
He usually played gangsters in Movies and TV,
Another one, Remember the Movie Grumpier Old Men?
The old Lady who played the Mother of Sophie Loren?
She played "Millie" the Dentists Wife that lived next door!! :question:
Cao... I'm hungry for Sphagetti

#46 RobertED

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:54 AM

Sorry guys!....I just don't do cold as well as I used to!!! :shrug: :snowedin: :stuck: What time does "Big Bang Theory" come on???....lol.... :coldday: :coldday: :coldday: :imawake:


HEY Thats my favorite show!!
Did you know about the secret behind the 2 main characters? Sheldon and Leonard?
It is a Tribute to the Actor/Producer Sheldon Leonard, he did the Danny Thomas Show, Dick Van Dyke and many others,
Including writing for I Love Lucy..
He usually played gangsters in Movies and TV,
Another one, Remember the Movie Grumpier Old Men?
The old Lady who played the Mother of Sophie Loren?
She played "Millie" the Dentists Wife that lived next door!! :question:
Cao... I'm hungry for Sphagetti


"THAT is sooooo cool!! Yeah, I do remember Sheldon Leonard....a great actor, director, and comedian!!!......loved his work!! :lol:

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:30 PM

Yup - I was out last night working on a new (to me) scope. Only 50 degrees colder outside than inside. Hmmmmm could those be tube currents? Too cold for me. I lasted only about an hour and half. Couldn't figure out the nebulosity I saw everywhere until I realized my breath was frosting the eyepiece. I'm ready for summer.

Nobody warned me about that one-I discovered how easy and quick one can ruin the view by exhaling andd instantly fogging the eyepiece.
Will an eyepiece heater stop that ?

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:43 PM

Two sets of long johns, thermal socks, head/face mask and I'm still uncomfortable at 30 above after an hour.
All I keep thinking about are the summer nights in shorts and sandals behind the binoviewers. :tonofbricks:

Instead of two sets of long johns, try thermal underwear(top and bottom) and jogging pants and top;the two layers of longjohns act as one layer but the looser jogging clothes will trap warmed air .Over those you want something that will stop the wind.Currently I make do with denim pants and a flannel shirt and one of several sweaters covered by a unlined or insulated hooded hoodie,or an industrial rated insulated coat.Knit cap too.

Thinking of getting the knitt face mask!

And sometimes it is just too much bother to get bundled up .

All those construction and outdoor workers must wear Carharts and Dickies for a reason.Keep in mind many of them are pretty active and the heavy equipment operators nearly all have heated cabs or at least cabs unlike the old exposed bulldozer seats.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:19 PM

When I was observing outside, two words. Snot sickles .

Now I just snooze in the warm room of my observatory between exposures no matter what the temp. ;)

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:12 AM

When it is colder than 40 degrees F. :grin:


The good news for us South Texans is that only happens twice a year.... :roflmao:






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