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#1 azure1961p

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:14 AM

Some one mentioned this in another forum. When the evening is unseasonably warmer - even if still cool - and the sky's clear and you know you can lounge around at the scope in a light sweater without the frigid bite of cold - isnt it intoxicating? Those nice clear high transparency warmer spring nights are as uplifting as any warm sunny day.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:17 AM

And when is this mythical state of bliss supposed to happen?
-- Frozen in March

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 08:05 AM

It's still snowing.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 08:53 AM

Some one mentioned this in another forum. When the evening is unseasonably warmer - even if still cool - and the sky's clear and you know you can lounge around at the scope in a light sweater without the frigid bite of cold - isnt it intoxicating?


You're talking about June or July, right? Unfortunately, that's when the biting insects are at their worst and the nights are shortest.

But yes, it's pleasant to wear only one down jacket, not two, and not to think at all about hands and feet getting cold -- as long as I'm still wearing my mittens and winter boots, of course.

We call it "mud season" here in New England.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 09:02 AM

Yep, spring is nice as the bugs are still not out yet and the pollen in the air, but not for long. Now that the full moon is over, hope to get some DSO time in.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 05:40 AM

I think we are on the verge of them. April to me is the thaw out month, squishy ground and such but still beats frigid nights . On that note this is a little cold for the end of March. By now we should've had a few light at the end of tunnel freaky warm days. Or maybe global warming has me too spoiled from other years.

Anyway I think April astronomy is great.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 06:06 AM

And when is this mythical state of bliss supposed to happen?
-- Frozen in March

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 06:09 AM

And when is this mythical state of bliss supposed to happen?
-- Frozen in March


Sorry but I just can't help myself... :( (Looking at this photo gives you one free ticket to a night behind the eyepiece at my places.)

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:47 AM

Barefoot on an aluminum ladder? Jon, that's cold! ;)

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 09:21 AM

Well jon still has what looks like a sweater on. Envious in chicagoland although its warming up. Had 60 ish this weekend

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 02:00 PM

Doesn't even have the ladder fully extended. Beginners beware. :p

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 05:30 PM

TONIGHT! Denver, CO, USA 72* today, clear as a bell, little wind.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 08:51 PM

Doesn't even have the ladder fully extended. Beginners beware. :p

That enables one to get up a little bit higher, and fall down a little bit farther and easier.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 06:48 AM

Doesn't even have the ladder fully extended. Beginners beware. :p

That enables one to get up a little bit higher, and fall down a little bit farther and easier.


That rickety, old ladder is long gone and has been replaced by a shiny new red one. When I first posted that photo, I didn't realize I was barefoot... :foreheadslap:

I don't recommend observing barefoot, it's a bad habit, too easy to stub your toe in the dark. And too, some places your feet might get cold. :)

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 07:09 AM

nah round her, currently, barefoot will get you mud up to your ankles, :roflmao:

What scope was that any ways? 12 inch?

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 09:33 AM

When I first posted that photo, I didn't realize I was barefoot... :foreheadslap:


LOL, I thought your barefoot state was the point - that's what made it the perfect gloat :roflmao:

It was 50 degrees and clear when I got home from Easter dinner last night. Dragged all my stuff outside and before I could get my scope aligned a *rare* bank of fog rolled in. DRAT :bawling:

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:11 AM

This morning we have been graced with another inch of sky dandruff.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:15 AM

nah round her, currently, barefoot will get you mud up to your ankles, :roflmao:

What scope was that any ways? 12 inch?


It's a Meade 1266, the 12.5 inch F/6 "Research Grade."

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 11:17 AM

Look at it in a positive manner Ted. The amount of dandruff falling is decreasing.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 12:57 PM

Jon; I chased that scope for years, alas I had to settle for a 16 inch ,what a shame, of course I had to borrow against my 401K to do :roflmao: :roflmao:

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 11:24 PM

Eighty degrees, windless, and dry, clear air here today in San Antonio. :grin:

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 11:26 PM

TONIGHT! Denver, CO, USA 72* today, clear as a bell, little wind.


Lying is a sin you know. :grin:

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 09:17 AM

Look at it in a positive manner Ted. The amount of dandruff falling is decreasing.

Please keep quiet up there. Sprinter has arrived. This morning we had five inches of snow and then another inch before the winds got up to forty miles per hour making it difficult to determine further accumulation. At 7 a.m. the temperature was -10°C.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:47 AM

And when is this mythical state of bliss supposed to happen?
-- Frozen in March


Sorry but I just can't help myself... :( (Looking at this photo gives you one free ticket to a night behind the eyepiece at my places.)


To really have a little fun and rub it in to our northern members, you should pose in a pair of short pants and perhaps even bare-chested. :grin:

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:54 AM

We're supposed to be in the 80s and 90s the rest of this week in Phoenix. Spring is here; many businesses and at least one local newspaper columnist have "Guess the first 100-degree day" contests at this time of year.






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