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dennyhenke
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It was cloudy and I warm...
      #5623180 - 01/14/13 06:16 PM

And so I thought the evening would go... but nooooooooo. It just had to clear up and now I'll be freezing my tail off. I wish I had a say in the matter but apparently the part of my brain that wants to look through an EP wins over the part of my brain that would rather not freeze.

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wky46
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Re: It was cloudy and I warm... new [Re: dennyhenke]
      #5623226 - 01/14/13 06:54 PM

It's really never a question for me if I'm gonna get cold if I decide to go out, I'm not because I'll dress warmly with long johns, heavy clothing, gloves, balaclava, etc. I use a seat warmer for my duff and keep a hair dryer close by for my face. My problem is deciding if I want to put the effort into putting on all that stuff !

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newtoskies
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Re: It was cloudy and I warm... new [Re: wky46]
      #5623249 - 01/14/13 07:10 PM

Right now I'll take the cold just to get an hour behind the new scope.The new scope is a beauty but I can't just look at it I want to use it too.

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dennyhenke
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Re: It was cloudy and I warm... new [Re: newtoskies]
      #5623311 - 01/14/13 07:52 PM

Agree on the layers! I actually stay fairly warm... except the feet, little bits of face, etc. BUT, yes, it's a lot of effort... hahahaha. Which sounds funny but when it's cold I often feel like I'm going into battle. Of course, I'd prefer the cold to the extreme heat... one can only get so nekkid.

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wky46
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Re: It was cloudy and I warm... new [Re: dennyhenke]
      #5623386 - 01/14/13 08:41 PM

Same here Denny, can't shed past nekkid! I never look forward to the extreme heat and droughts of mid to late summer. I do look forward to winter and am always disappointed when they're warm and snowless, like now. Just ain't right

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GeneT
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Re: It was cloudy and I warm... new [Re: dennyhenke]
      #5623433 - 01/14/13 09:07 PM

About 40 degrees is my cold cut off. I live in San Antonio and am not used to the cold.

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drbyyz
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Re: It was cloudy and I warm... new [Re: GeneT]
      #5624073 - 01/15/13 09:42 AM

I wouldn't mind the cold if I could find a way to keep my feet warm. I manage with everything else but nothing I've tried can keep my toes from freezing. I need to invest in some serious cold weather boots or something.

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dennyhenke
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Re: It was cloudy and I warm... new [Re: drbyyz]
      #5624129 - 01/15/13 10:25 AM

Agreed, cold feet are what usually drive me inside!

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Tony Flanders
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Re: It was cloudy and I warm... new [Re: drbyyz]
      #5624990 - 01/15/13 07:10 PM

Quote:

I wouldn't mind the cold if I could find a way to keep my feet warm. I manage with everything else but nothing I've tried can keep my toes from freezing. I need to invest in some serious cold weather boots or something.




That's correct. Street shoes don't even come close to doing the job. But in a good insulated boot your feet will stay toasty.


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orion61

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Re: It was cloudy and I warm... new [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #5625006 - 01/15/13 07:21 PM

Thats exactly why I have my NexStar 127, superb little scope carry with one hand, I keep it in an unheated out building, ready in a snap... Big Views through a little scope...

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brianc99
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Re: It was cloudy and I warm... new [Re: orion61]
      #5625029 - 01/15/13 07:31 PM

I managed to solve the cold feet problem recently. Stumbled across a great deal on insulated boots at the Timberland outlet store. They are waterproof and heavily insulated, and all-day comfortable. Best $50 I've spent in a long time. Now my feet are the last part of me to get cold, and that is a great feeling.

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newtoskies
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Re: It was cloudy and I warm... new [Re: brianc99]
      #5625795 - 01/16/13 08:57 AM

Same here with the feet...and ears...and nose...lol. I HATE the cold, but for a chance at using the scope right now, its worth freezing.

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CJK
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Loc: Northeast TN
Re: It was cloudy and I warm... new [Re: newtoskies]
      #5625917 - 01/16/13 10:15 AM

Quote:

Same here with the feet...and ears...and nose...lol. I HATE the cold, but for a chance at using the scope right now, its worth freezing.




Every time I see residents of the northern climes complain about the cold, it reminds me of an old Sam Kinison bit where he talked about the famine that was going on in Africa at the time (mid 80's): "Of course there's a famine, IT'S THE !&@$^* DESERT!!!"



-- Chris


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newtoskies
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Re: It was cloudy and I warm... new [Re: CJK]
      #5625948 - 01/16/13 10:36 AM

LOL Chris. I hate shoveling snow the most, which I just got done doing. Wasn't enough for the snow blower.
Here in New England the weather changes from one day to the next. We had some mild days this past week, especially two days ago. The week before it was in the teens.


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FirstSight
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Re: It was cloudy and I warm... new [Re: newtoskies]
      #5626034 - 01/16/13 11:23 AM

It was warm enough in Raleigh, NC Sunday night that I was able to go out observing in my driveway at 3am wearing nothign but flannel pajama bottoms and a light cotton sweatshirt (64 deg F at the time). I took advantage of an hour-long sucker-hole in the clouds to get in a nice grab n'go session. It's very unusual, even in the upper south, for it to be this warm at night in January.

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Starman81
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Re: It was cloudy and I warm... new [Re: FirstSight]
      #5626999 - 01/16/13 08:52 PM

After layering up elsewhere, feet getting cold are the killer for me too. Second is my nose and third, hands, but gloves do well enough. After doing a bit of research, I am going to spring for a pair of wool socks, like this one. I am also gonna pick up some feet warmers too.

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kansas skies
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Re: It was cloudy and I warm... new [Re: Starman81]
      #5627038 - 01/16/13 09:18 PM

I don't mind the cold too much as long as there's little or no wind. I can dress for the cold, but that icy wind seems to cut through any amount of clothing that I layer on.

Bill


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mich_al
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Re: It was cloudy and I warm... new [Re: Starman81]
      #5627204 - 01/16/13 10:56 PM

Quote:

After layering up elsewhere, feet getting cold are the killer for me too. Second is my nose and third, hands, but gloves do well enough. After doing a bit of research, I am going to spring for a pair of wool socks, like this one. I am also gonna pick up some feet warmers too.





Loose boots, a regular pair of socks and a good thick pair of sock and you should be good to go on your feet.


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Starman81
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Re: It was cloudy and I warm... new [Re: mich_al]
      #5627348 - 01/17/13 01:59 AM

Quote:

Quote:

After layering up elsewhere, feet getting cold are the killer for me too. Second is my nose and third, hands, but gloves do well enough. After doing a bit of research, I am going to spring for a pair of wool socks, like this one. I am also gonna pick up some feet warmers too.





Loose boots, a regular pair of socks and a good thick pair of sock and you should be good to go on your feet.




Boots are a good idea, along with the socks you mentioned mich_al. It's either that or the wool socks and/or the feet warming packs. This is my first full winter of observing, I'm sure I'll figure it out sooner or later.


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JimMo
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Reged: 01/08/07

Loc: Under the SE Michigan lightdom...
Re: It was cloudy and I warm... new [Re: Starman81]
      #5627559 - 01/17/13 07:48 AM

Good boots are mandatory around these parts. I've had a pair for years and use an old hiking trick of a thin pair of polyester socks under a pair of thick wool socks. For those really cold nights I might use chemical toe warmers stuck onto the socks. This is my 15th winter in the hobby and conditions have to be very good to excellent for me to go out in the bitter cold. Wind is the biggest problem and if it's 5-10 mph or over I usually don't bother anymore.

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