Couple more questions came to mind:
1) I have some wide red tape, I suppose I should cover the dome lights? Anyone duct tape the exterior lights so you can start it to charge something or run a laptop off an inverter for a bit?
2) How secure are your things there? If walk off to go to the bathroom should I worry about that?
3) How is the cell service?
1. Yes, if you cannot disable the interior dome lights, cover them with a double layer of red cellophane. However, running an engine even briefly on the observing fields is severely frowned upon, which is why most of us use big external battery packs for our electronics. I once also covered my backup lights with a layer of rubylith, although you have to be careful to remember to pull it off later on
. I can switch off all my minivan's interior lights using the main dashlight control on the dash, but the darn odometer still often sits there and glows bright green for a while if I open a door. I sometimes just throw my jacket over the dash to keep it from being seen. Some people who can't control their interior lights will put duct tape on one of the light pins in the doors to keep that spring-loaded switch in the off position.
2. I like to observe in a group (helps with security), and while over the past 21 years at NSP I have never had anyone mess with my stuff, I suppose it might happen.
3. Cell service is a little spotty depending on the carrier, although some people's data service is fairly good (good enough that one of my friends sets up a wi-fi hot spot for us down near his trailer).
Well, I have arrived in Valentine and checked into my motel for the week, but the satellite images show lines of developing thunderstorms approaching from the west that may get here in an hour or two. So much for tonight, although unlike the rest of Nebraska right now, the temperature is rather pleasant (75F in Valentine and a nice breeze in distinct contrast to my home in Beatrice where it is in the upper 90's with humidity approaching 60%). I just got back from the motel's bar/restaurant after a good beef brisket sandwich, so I guess there are worst places to be right now (nice just sitting on the bar's deck tonight and not doing anything after a 6-hour drive). I need a little more sleep anyway, as I didn't get much last night (I never seem to the night before I head out to NSP). Tomorrow is supposed to be clear, but lately, the National Weather Service forecast office has not exactly had a stellar track record in predicting sky conditions. Like most years at NSP, it is just wait and see....
Clear skies to you.