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BigC
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Reged: 09/29/10

Loc: SE Indiana
Re: Extreme cold weather question new [Re: Gil V]
      #5602848 - 01/03/13 12:00 PM

Temp 8F this morning at 5 a.m. after work,-parked car and went inside to stay.Too cold,too tired.

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MawkHawk
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Reged: 08/23/09

Loc: SE Michigan, USA
Re: Extreme cold weather question new [Re: BigC]
      #5602868 - 01/03/13 12:07 PM

The solution to cold temps is called "The Night Skies Network", wherein you can sit inside in your Lazy Boy with your dog on your lap and view thru someone else's scope while HE stands out in the cold...

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JayinUT
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Reged: 09/19/08

Loc: Utah
Re: Extreme cold weather question new [Re: MawkHawk]
      #5603121 - 01/03/13 02:29 PM

I go out in -10 F (my lowest) temps if needed. I have a single Propane Tank heater as found in this link so I can run that on one side of the car if I get too cold. Works like a charm though it will kill your dark adaptation. Dressing for the cold is the number one thing and I find that I don't get cold due to the clothing. That is the key for me, to be dressed for it and to keep the feet, hands and head covered up. Once my hands and fingers get cold, I'm done until they warm up.

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JMW
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Reged: 02/11/07

Loc: Nevada
Re: Extreme cold weather question new [Re: JayinUT]
      #5605177 - 01/04/13 04:40 PM

I keep my laptop on a heating pad. It is big enough to allow me to rotate a few eyepieces on the edge of the heating pad. Once I see an eyepiece starting to fog, I swap it out with one staying warmer on the heating pad.

I like to where insulated bibs over long johns and sweats. I put a down jack over the bibs. The large overlap keeps me from feeling the cold are around my middle. It is easy to feel cold when you aren't moving around much.


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mountain monk
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Reged: 11/06/09

Loc: Grand Teton National Park
Re: Extreme cold weather question new [Re: JMW]
      #5605795 - 01/04/13 11:52 PM

I was just out for an hour at -11. Jay is right: good clothes make all the difference. Nice sky for a change. I'm going back out now....

Dark skies.

Jack


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NeilMac
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Reged: 09/25/10

Loc: MedHat, AB, Canada
Re: Extreme cold weather question new [Re: mountain monk]
      #5606358 - 01/05/13 11:16 AM

keeping fingers warm is most important, once their burnt by the cold they wont forget, each time you go out when its cold they start to ache.

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mountain monk
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Reged: 11/06/09

Loc: Grand Teton National Park
Re: Extreme cold weather question new [Re: NeilMac]
      #5606386 - 01/05/13 11:30 AM

Agreed. I wear a thin pair of wool gloves inside mittens rated to -40. Last night we reached -28 here. I keep it simple: one scope, three lenses in pockets of my down coat, Sorel pacs, Mad Bomber hat, snowmobiler bibs, and the usual under layers of polypropylene. A light, my iPad resting on a hot water bottle. GLP is dead, but the Telrad works like a champ. Except for the fan on the scope, no electrical. Guerrilla observing.

Dark skies.

Jack


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Seldom
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Reged: 08/05/12

Loc: N of Cedar City Light Dome
Re: Extreme cold weather question new [Re: mountain monk]
      #5606434 - 01/05/13 11:53 AM

Having problems with cables. All my DSC cables are stiffening up at -8F. Coiled phone handset type cables for the controller pad are losing their flexibility and contracting.

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