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GaryJCarter
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: TexasRed]
      #5465281 - 10/11/12 12:14 PM

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Now... How many of you have ever ended up observing in you robe n slipper after dragging a scope out at 3 AM?




It's nice to know I'm not the only one who's done that...




Robe? Slippers? I knew I musta forgot something!


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Peter9
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: GaryJCarter]
      #5465369 - 10/11/12 01:17 PM

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Now... How many of you have ever ended up observing in you robe n slipper after dragging a scope out at 3 AM?




It's nice to know I'm not the only one who's done that...





I once dragged Yvonne (my good lady) out by mistake. Saw more stars that night than I'd seen in a long time.

Regards. Peter.

Robe? Slippers? I knew I musta forgot something!




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orion61

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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: stray1]
      #5470301 - 10/14/12 06:11 PM

I don't know how many arguements I've gotten into over my watches time.
I check and calibrate my time to the oficial Atomic clock in Colorado, I always right down to the second!
There is one guy in particular every clock in his house is 5 min. fast, yet he swears he is right. I have even taken him onlive to prove it! He says they must be wrong...
I had to walk away before I choked him to death ...


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lamplight
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: orion61]
      #5832565 - 04/30/13 03:12 PM

I've noticed I often unconsciously hum Neil young's "tonights the night" all day long when the forecast looks good.

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geekgroupie
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: rdandrea]
      #5832668 - 04/30/13 04:08 PM

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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?




All the time. And the older you get, the more times you have to wake up in the middle of the night...





YES....


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bluesteel
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: geekgroupie]
      #5834133 - 05/01/13 11:24 AM

I did all the above minus weather loops before getting a telescope or binoculars...
and if anyone knows how to remove the medicine man rain stick that is embedded in me, I'm open to suggestions!


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Classic8
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: bluesteel]
      #5834458 - 05/01/13 01:48 PM

I always look up when I walk outdoors, just habit now. I also many times fall asleep to the music of Jonn Serrie (space music). People seem surprised when they point to what they think is a star and I can tell them immediately that it's a planet and which one. So I'm surprised that their surprised, maybe that's the surprising part. They also look at me funny when I have my (solar) scope set up in the middle of the day in the driveway.

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stargazer424
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: Classic8]
      #5834738 - 05/01/13 04:29 PM

As many have said, I too also look up when I go outside. Especially when its already night and its clear. I have been doing it since I was at least 8 or 9. Just a general fascination of whats up there.

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Billytk
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: stargazer424]
      #5834823 - 05/01/13 05:12 PM

The look on a strangers face when I am waiting for an Iridium Flare. If they ask I tell them I am waiting for a sign. And then there it is...

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SteveNH
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5834952 - 05/01/13 06:19 PM

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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?



This has become a completely automatic motion for me. Every time. And some nights it's many times


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geekgroupie
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: SteveNH]
      #5835407 - 05/01/13 11:13 PM

I love bedroom windows where I can look out at the stars for my lullabuy. I move around frequently for my job and don't always have them.... Then I gotta fight with my kitty over which side of the window sill is his, hee hee.

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geekgroupie
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: geekgroupie]
      #5835416 - 05/01/13 11:18 PM

When you decide you hate trees, hills , mountains and miss the West Texas barren plains..... you might be a scoper

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geekgroupie
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: TexasRed]
      #5835421 - 05/01/13 11:23 PM

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Now... How many of you have ever ended up observing in you robe n slipper after dragging a scope out at 3 AM?




It's nice to know I'm not the only one who's done that...





I wear boots ..... in rattle snake territory most bites are below the knee. Watch where you step, watch where you reach and don't set beverages on the ground


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rtomw77
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: geekgroupie]
      #5835698 - 05/02/13 06:52 AM

I schedule most of my vacations around astronomical events such as New Moon, eclipses, meteor showers, ASAE, and so forth.

Even after 25 years at the same job I get and looks when I tell my coworkers why and what I'm doing on my time off.

Tom


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jacklbartlett
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: rtomw77]
      #5836934 - 05/02/13 06:35 PM

When driving at night in a new area, I keep having the urge to turn off my headlights, to see how dark it is.

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csrlice12
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: jacklbartlett]
      #5837803 - 05/03/13 08:35 AM

"When driving at night in a new area, I keep having the urge to turn off my headlights, to see how dark it is."

Please let us know in advance if you ever visit the Denver area.......

Back at the turn of the 20th century, there were only two motor vehicles in the state of Ohio.....they hit each other at a crossroads.....remember, you may not be the only one with that idea........


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StarmanDan
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5837964 - 05/03/13 10:06 AM

I've been guilty of being distracted driving at night cause I'm looking up out the window instead of down at the road. Good thing my car doesn't have a sun roof!

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Red Shift
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: StarmanDan]
      #5840597 - 05/04/13 07:08 PM

Does wearing sunglasses at night to open up the pupils as much as possible qualify ?

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BoriSpider
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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: Red Shift]
      #5841378 - 05/05/13 10:08 AM

Been guilty of all of the above.
Since entering this hobby I find my self using
averted vision for all sorts of non-astronomy
related reasons.


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Re: Unusual habits of the amateur astronomer. new [Re: StarmanDan]
      #5841388 - 05/05/13 10:16 AM

Ive done that with my Sunroof. Once looked at an Annular eclipse through it as it was getting darker, the blackflies started to come out....LOL

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