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Ed D
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: Quinn]
      #5457585 - 10/06/12 08:30 AM

After reading all the replies either I'm not as strange as I had imagined, or we're all stranger than we could ever imagine.

Ed D


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clmurphy74
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: Ed D]
      #5457679 - 10/06/12 09:57 AM

I walk outside in the evening (the puppie, Nikki, gots to go and play ya know?) and in the last few months I've been looking up and saying things, like: That's gotta be Deneb...so thats Cygnus. Then I will get out my cell phone and use Google Sky to comfirm it.

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REC
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: TexasRed]
      #5457715 - 10/06/12 10:30 AM

Done that a few times without the robe....it was hot out:)

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csrlice12
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: REC]
      #5457737 - 10/06/12 10:46 AM

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Done that a few times without the robe....it was hot out:)




Pics? Police Reports?


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Stargaz18
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5457804 - 10/06/12 11:34 AM

Any of you other "weather geeks" might want to check out this site also. www.goes.noaa.gov/GSSLOOPS/ecwv.html it's the satelite water vapor loop. I'm not sure but I think the less water vapor in the atmosphere above you the better the seeing would be. Please correct me if I'm wrong!

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Andy Taylor
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5457838 - 10/06/12 11:57 AM

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Done that a few times without the robe....it was hot out:)




Pics? Police Reports?




Any interesting mozzie bites?


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Dennis_S253
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: Andy Taylor]
      #5457854 - 10/06/12 12:05 PM

Thx for the link Stargaz18. Added it to my fav's...

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delgado39
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: StarmanDan]
      #5457886 - 10/06/12 12:30 PM

Looking up is part of this hobby's MO (Modus operandi). Like a journeyman with his favorite tools; we train our eyes (our favorite tool) to the subtleties of the heavens, whether its day or night. Quite often, I try to gauge day time weather with potential seeing conditions at night. But generally go to the Clear Sky web site to give me a better idea. My wife (bless her) understands my strange behavior.

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csrlice12
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: delgado39]
      #5457958 - 10/06/12 01:28 PM

Unfortunatly, I have the unique ability that whenever I look outside, clouds form.

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stray1
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5458827 - 10/07/12 05:56 AM

I am learning the Greek alphabet at the tender age of 50. I sit at my desk with a pencil so large that I have to rest it on my shoulder as I write...alpha...beta...gamma...delta...

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FarrOut
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: Ed D]
      #5458875 - 10/07/12 07:23 AM

Quote:

After reading all the replies either I'm not as strange as I had imagined, or we're all stranger than we could ever imagine.

Ed D




That's why group therapy is so important.


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yonkrz
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: StarmanDan]
      #5458898 - 10/07/12 07:49 AM

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Having been in the hobby for 30 odd years, I've found that I have acquired a few unusual habits that others who don't know me well might find odd. For instance, when walking out of a building I find that I'll often catch myself looking up, even if just for a moment, regardless of the time of day or weather conditions. I also appear to have an OCD like condition for satellite and radar loops. I've even gone so far as to make a personal web page with all my favorite weather imagery so I no longer have to switch between multiple websites. Of course, I can't seem to go without checking CN multiple times during the day too!




I do almost the same things you do to a T,whats our problem?


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newtoskies
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: yonkrz]
      #5459016 - 10/07/12 09:49 AM

So then it's all normal, for the hobby that is. Wow I thought it was just me. I have only been in the hobby a couple of months and already do all these things, look out the window, stare up when driving, look up when going out a door. It's good to know I am not the only one who does this...LOL

Rob


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galexand
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: StarmanDan]
      #5461891 - 10/09/12 10:42 AM

A couple weeks ago I was carrying the kid in, after a car trip. It was dark, and raining. I stopped with the kid in the rain, and stared up, looking for sucker holes.

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csrlice12
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: galexand]
      #5462165 - 10/09/12 01:56 PM

Hey, with ES equipment, a little rain shouldn't stop you...

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Tori
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5463415 - 10/10/12 08:41 AM

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Unfortunatly, I have the unique ability that whenever I look outside, clouds form.




You too?? I thought it was just me. It's almost cartoon-like. I can only see clear sky through averted vision.


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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5465111 - 10/11/12 10:27 AM

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Has anyone else woke up in the middle of the night, and decided to peek outside before going back to sleep?




Only once......ok, twice.....really only 2 or 3 times, i swear....................ALRIGHT...dang-it...all the time!....I need help. Looking up IS an addiction.


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csrlice12
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: cadfour]
      #5465115 - 10/11/12 10:33 AM

You'd thing the neck brace industry would be a big supporter of this hobby!!!!

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cadfour
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: Tori]
      #5465153 - 10/11/12 10:59 AM

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Unfortunatly, I have the unique ability that whenever I look outside, clouds form.




You too?? I thought it was just me. It's almost cartoon-like. I can only see clear sky through averted vision.




8PM...look outside and see clear skies and think 'GREAT!'
8:15PM....grab my binoculars to go observe out back.
8:20pm....come back in, dejected, because there's nothing but clouds.


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csrlice12
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: cadfour]
      #5465188 - 10/11/12 11:19 AM

Having been around these forums for a few months, I'm of the opinion it would be far, far easier to list those remaining "Sane" areas....

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