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John Miele
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 05/29/05

Loc: North Alabama
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: aa6ww]
      #5624249 - 01/15/13 11:46 AM

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You try to observe and your eyes water so much you instantly freeze to the eyepiece, too cold.. tonight,
sorry Jupiter.




Jupiter was exceptional here. I had my C14 out all weekend here in calif. I agree its way too cold, but I run two propane heaters on me, away from my scope and it gets the job done, 42000 BTU's each. Id never manage to observe with out them this time of the year.

...Ralph




Ralph,

I really like your light blocker panels. Do you set them up each time you observe or do you leav eyhem up for longer periods of time?...John


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bierbelly
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Reged: 01/23/04

Loc: Sterling, VA
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: Douglas729]
      #5624254 - 01/15/13 11:50 AM

WSP...WSP...WSP

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Patrick
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Reged: 05/16/03

Loc: Franklin, Ohio
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5624302 - 01/15/13 12:25 PM

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WSP...WSP...WSP




I'm going this year! Yeah! I'm tired of this cold weather and we're only half way through. Worse than the cold though is the constant cloudiness...

Patrick


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JoeR
Pooh-Bah
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Reged: 03/07/10

Loc: Columbus, OH
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: Patrick]
      #5624319 - 01/15/13 12:34 PM

When your hand warmers cease to warm your hands anymore.

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jrbarnett
Eyepiece Hooligan
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Reged: 02/28/06

Loc: Petaluma, CA
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: orion61]
      #5624369 - 01/15/13 01:05 PM

I use the "citrus test". If it's cold enough that I need to cover my citrus trees with plastic, it's too cold for anything but a brief session. Moving around, I can be comfy in shorts and fleece jackets down to about 30F. Sitting still, though, is a different beast. I bundle up for long sessions and my cut-off is about 34F for an all-nighter.

- Jim


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mich_al
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 05/10/09

Loc: Rural central lower Michigan ...
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5624437 - 01/15/13 01:39 PM

If beer freezes into a beercicle when you open it it's too cold.

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cavefrog
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 11/11/08

Loc: loozyanna
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: mich_al]
      #5624489 - 01/15/13 02:11 PM

Jim, I did not know what to think of you when I first signed on. . then after awhile I realized who your avatar was. your latest sig is one of your best yet... entertaining.

Theo


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Steve Cobb
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Reged: 04/26/10

Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: Brian Risley]
      #5624528 - 01/15/13 02:29 PM

Brian, I'm a member of SWFAS based in Tennessee and I know you've been having 80+ degree weather while the rest of us freeze. Shame on you for making fun of those of us suffering in the north! Invite us all down!

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wolfman_4_ever
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 07/15/11

Loc: El Segundo, Ca, So. Cal
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: GeneT]
      #5624653 - 01/15/13 03:33 PM

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When it is colder than 40 degrees F.




40?? More like 50! lol!! We have a cold spell going on here!!


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zippeee
sage


Reged: 12/27/10

Loc: Alberta, Canada
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: wolfman_4_ever]
      #5624728 - 01/15/13 04:11 PM

. . . our stir crazy cat won't come with me.

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skullpin
sage
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Reged: 03/13/09

Loc: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: zippeee]
      #5624860 - 01/15/13 05:39 PM

Hmmph. I actually prefer -7C (20F) to mosquitoes and dew.

Down pants and down jacket. A handwarmer helps too, then I can manage with leather gloves to maintain dexterity. One to four hour sessions are regular with good clothes, depending on humidity and wind.

-20C (-4F) is my limit, and even then I will go out only if I have a new toy to test or some celestial event is happening, and there is no better weather in the forecast.

Keith


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Happy Birthday magnus
professor emeritus


Reged: 03/17/04

Loc: Visby, Sweden
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: skullpin]
      #5624918 - 01/15/13 06:14 PM

Keith,
My limit is also -20C, if there is no wind. I have to drive to my dark observing site, so demounting my scope & mount can be a tough game after a half night sitting still at the eyepiece. But who can resist a rare clear sky? Warm clothes (scooter-overall)are just as imortant as good and well collimated optics when one has to observe in minus C degree climate 4-5 months/year. Of course a choclate bar and something warm to drink is also essential.

/Magnus 57N.


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Doc Bob
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Reged: 02/27/09

Loc: Maryland, USA
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: magnus]
      #5624936 - 01/15/13 06:32 PM

. . . your eyepiece is stuck to your fingers . . . and you can't get it off without removing some skin ! ! !

Gloves just don't cut-it,
Bob


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bierbelly
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Reged: 01/23/04

Loc: Sterling, VA
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: Doc Bob]
      #5625805 - 01/16/13 09:03 AM

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. . . your eyepiece is stuck to your fingers . . . and you can't get it off without removing some skin ! ! !

Gloves just don't cut-it,
Bob




Triple Dog Dare you to put your tongue on your scope...


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EFT
Vendor - Deep Space Products
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Reged: 05/07/07

Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5625937 - 01/16/13 10:26 AM

I grew up in Wisconsin where we had to plug in our cars at night, but having lived in the desert for about 28 years now, I don't even like to go outside when it gets much below 50F anymore. I never thought that I would find seat warmers useful in my car in the desert, but I was wrong.

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bierbelly
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Reged: 01/23/04

Loc: Sterling, VA
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: EFT]
      #5625960 - 01/16/13 10:40 AM

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I grew up in Wisconsin where we had to plug in our cars at night, but having lived in the desert for about 28 years now, I don't even like to go outside when it gets much below 50F anymore. I never thought that I would find seat warmers useful in my car in the desert, but I was wrong.




Wimp.


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yonkrz
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 11/16/06

Loc: SW Minnesota
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5626022 - 01/16/13 11:18 AM



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Ed Holland
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 06/16/10

Loc: San Jose, CA and Oxford, UK
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: yonkrz]
      #5626231 - 01/16/13 01:45 PM

The Declination drive on your LXD75 starts playing silly buggers. As happened to me on Saturday, up in the Sierras at 5000ft, approx 12F. I was fine, but the mount couldn't take it. My first opportunity to observe under nice dark skies as well...

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hottr6
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 06/28/09

Loc: 7,500', Magdalena Mtns, NM
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: orion61]
      #5626232 - 01/16/13 01:46 PM

It's never too cold (except when using a Mak). My personal best is observing at -35F.

Last night it was -4F. Quite pleasant, really.

I'd like to winter-over at NPX looking after the South Pole Telescope.


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Raginar
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Reged: 10/19/10

Loc: Rapid CIty, SD
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... [Re: hottr6]
      #5626563 - 01/16/13 04:42 PM

Coldest I've set up in was around -10F. My filter wheel worked for 6 hours before it finally 'gave up'. The driver keeps track of the time to the next position and the motor slowed to the point it failed the test! Luckily, it seems like in SD that when it's really cold out, it's not very windy... at least in my part.

Get a mallincam and do your winter observing from inside with a few active repeater cables .


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