Tom Karpf (tkarpf) Vice President, Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford www.asgh.org
Selsi 60mm f/13 Lunt 35mm Solar Scope Stellarvue SVR70ED
Astronomy Technologies AT6RC Home-built Dobsonian with home-made mirror -
8" f/6.8 Unistar Deluxe on a surveyor's tripod
Quote:Loose layers of cloths. Long johns, sweat pants, snow mobile suit and good boots. Battery pack blew up... OMG
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"Another new world, no beer, no women, no pool parlors, nothing to do here but to throw rocks at tin cans and we have to bring our own tin cans." Earl Holliman (Cookie)- Forbidden Planet
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
"It takes all the running you can do just to stay in one place." - The Red Queen
Who you jivin' with that Cosmic Debris? "all science is either physics or stamp collecting" -- Lord Rutherford
-- Matt -observing since fall 2012 16" F/4.5 truss DOB / EON 120mm ED / 10" F/5 strut DOB Paracorr (T1 tunable),telrad, RACI finders, AltAz Tripod mount ES 82° 4.7,6.7,8.8,30mm AT Paradigm 60° 25,18,12mm Pentax XW 70° 20,14mm , Baader zoom observing list/notes.. beginning dslr astrophotos (moon/widefields)
Happy owner of-- A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform A PST Double Stack
CPC1100 AstroTelescopes 80 mm f/7, 102mm f/11 ES AR127mm f/6.5 Zummell 254mm F4.9 Dob Coronado SolarMax II 60mm Delos 14mm, Axiom LX 10mm, 15mm 1.25"; 19mm, 23mm, 31mm 2" AstroTech Hi Grd Plossl 4mm, 6mm, 12.5mm, 17mm, 20mm UO Abbe Ortho Volcano tops smoothies Titan 26mm 2" ES 20mm 1.25" Celestron 40mm Plossl (came w/ scope) 1.25" Meade 5000 series 14mm Plossl 1.25" Baader Hyperion MkIII 8-24mm Zoom Pentax XW 7mm 1.25" TMB II planetary 3.2mm, 5mm 1.25" Lumicon UHC filter 2", OIII 2"
Quote:I want to know what people are doing to keep warm and not freeze.
Quote:Hi, its cold outside. I want to know what people are doing to keep warm and not freeze. Also on telescope equipment: I am interested in those scope dew heaters, but i am afraid to use one, because when i did turn on my dob's built in fan, the battery pack exploded, and the dew/wetness might of shorted it out, so i need suggestions on how to safely keep my scopes (dob/sct/refractor) and eyepieces from freezing and fogging up. I haven't been out in months, so your useful tips are greatly appreciated.
Quote:Live in the Southwest?
Remember, if the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.
I don't know how old I was when I was one.
Quote:In truly cold weather, batteries must be in an insulated box to keep them from freezing or at least losing most of their voltage. An ice chest works great to keep the battery warm if you don't have a battery box.
Quote:Quote:Live in the Southwest?
In my experience, stargazers in the Southwest have more trouble with cold weather than people anywhere else in the U.S.
That's due to several factors. First of all, the desert cools off in a hurry as soon as the Sun sets. Second, the best observing sites are often at some altitude, where it gets really cold at night. Finally, people there tend to live in a kind of winter-denial, not even owning clothing that would be adequate for staying outside long on a stormy day, let alone at night.
Quote:. . . heated motorcycle outfits . . . Batteries for go-to, telrad, i-pad, and suit!
CPC1100 Nexstar 8i + GPS & Rays Brackets Denk S1 power switch Orion 100 mm Refractor Meade LXD 55 ...AR-5 127 mm Refractor Gerbring heated clothing in the winter Exploradome Observatory S.I.E. (Smiling Irish Eyes) 39*21'03" N 77*28'12" W The sky over my head....