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Tori
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Annoying way to lose dark adaption
      #5500401 - 11/02/12 05:00 AM

Your alarm goes off. It's 2 am. You look outside, giddy to see steady little pinpoints of light everywhere, just as the clear sky chart told you it would be. You've been clouded in for weeks! You sneak into the kitchen to make coffee before going outside; You've done it so many times you can easily do it in the dark. Your eyes have been shut in the dark house for six hours, so you can make out the tiniest shadows as you move around your kitchen. The smell of fresh coffee fills the air as you open the refrigerator to get the cream...

Anyone else considering an external light switch on their refrigerator?


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Astrojensen
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Re: Annoying way to lose dark adaption new [Re: Tori]
      #5500411 - 11/02/12 05:16 AM

Oh, this sounds familiar... LOL!

It is also annoying to forget to turn off your car's cabin light when you're out at that special dark site and need something in the car at 1.00 AM after three hours in the dark.


Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark


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Tony Flanders
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Re: Annoying way to lose dark adaption new [Re: Tori]
      #5500428 - 11/02/12 05:41 AM

Quote:

Anyone else considering an external light switch on their refrigerator?




The refrigerator and microwave at my country home are real problems. I've kinda learned to use them with my eyes shut, but that's not a great solution. I'm having trouble figuring out how I would rig an external switch, though.

The refrigerator at my astronomy club has a red light.


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Astrojensen
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Re: Annoying way to lose dark adaption new [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #5500438 - 11/02/12 06:05 AM

Quote:

The refrigerator at my astronomy club has a red light.




Dedication!


Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark


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Qwickdraw
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Re: Annoying way to lose dark adaption new [Re: Astrojensen]
      #5500445 - 11/02/12 06:16 AM

Depends on your priorities, coffee>astronomy

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BSJ
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Re: Annoying way to lose dark adaption new [Re: Qwickdraw]
      #5500514 - 11/02/12 08:11 AM

Unscrew the bulb. Put a red flashlight on a fridge magnet...

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csrlice12
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Re: Annoying way to lose dark adaption new [Re: BSJ]
      #5500532 - 11/02/12 08:29 AM

Use a laser, that way you'll have it handy to collimate the scope when you go outside.....or, you can collimate the fridge at the same time.......

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star drop
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Re: Annoying way to lose dark adaption new [Re: BSJ]
      #5500537 - 11/02/12 08:34 AM

Skip the coffee. It is probably not good for us to consume and the sky might cloud back up right after the pot has finished brewing.
Another annoyance are the bright LED lights on satellite modems.


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Tony Flanders
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Re: Annoying way to lose dark adaption new [Re: star drop]
      #5500580 - 11/02/12 09:07 AM

Quote:

Skip the coffee.




Sorry. If I wake up in the early a.m. -- no coffee, no observing.


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JasonBurry
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Loc: Cape Spencer, NB, Canada
Re: Annoying way to lose dark adaption new [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #5500609 - 11/02/12 09:44 AM

Eyepatch the observing eye on those trips inside. Keep the eyepatch on the non-observing eye while observing, and you'll reduce eyestrain too.

J


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csrlice12
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Re: Annoying way to lose dark adaption new [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #5500630 - 11/02/12 09:57 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Skip the coffee.




Sorry. If I wake up in the early a.m. -- no coffee, no observing.




Ohhh Nooooooo!!!!!!!! No early morning coffee??????? What kind of Monster are you????????????


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Tom Polakis
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Re: Annoying way to lose dark adaption new [Re: Tori]
      #5500696 - 11/02/12 10:51 AM

Are these the solution?

AstroGoggles


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Bill Weir
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Re: Annoying way to lose dark adaption new [Re: Tom Polakis]
      #5500707 - 11/02/12 11:04 AM

Get the milk first. By the time the coffee is finished being made you will be well towards dark adaptation again. Besides, last night at 0200 a large waning gibbus Moon was well above the horizon.

If you are talking about any other time then I stick with my "get the milk first".

Bill


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cliff mygatt
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Re: Annoying way to lose dark adaption new [Re: Bill Weir]
      #5500713 - 11/02/12 11:08 AM

I have a red light in my camper refer but not at home. I have used the red goggles and it helps a lot. Good Luck!

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cliff mygatt
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Re: Annoying way to lose dark adaption new [Re: cliff mygatt]
      #5500714 - 11/02/12 11:09 AM

Maybe keep some creamer cups handy for those times when you don't want to open the refer.

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FirstSight
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Re: Annoying way to lose dark adaption new [Re: Tori]
      #5500825 - 11/02/12 12:09 PM

Quote:

Your alarm goes off. It's 2 am. You look outside, giddy to see steady little pinpoints of light everywhere, just as the clear sky chart told you it would be. You've been clouded in for weeks! You sneak into the kitchen to make coffee before going outside; You've done it so many times you can easily do it in the dark. Your eyes have been shut in the dark house for six hours, so you can make out the tiniest shadows as you move around your kitchen. The smell of fresh coffee fills the air as you open the refrigerator to get the cream...




Learn to drink coffee black when you're about to go out to observe, and that cures the problem.


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csrlice12
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Re: Annoying way to lose dark adaption new [Re: FirstSight]
      #5500838 - 11/02/12 12:14 PM

Maybe try a shot of Jack instead, or Bailey's Irish Cream, or my favorite, Kahlua and coffee...

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Man in a Tub
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Re: Annoying way to lose dark adaption new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5500850 - 11/02/12 12:24 PM

Fascinating thread!



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Gastrol
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Loc: los angeles
Re: Annoying way to lose dark adaption new [Re: Man in a Tub]
      #5500914 - 11/02/12 12:55 PM

This is why I only consume red wine.

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Tom and Beth
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Loc: Tucson, AZ
Re: Annoying way to lose dark adaption new [Re: Gastrol]
      #5500943 - 11/02/12 01:13 PM

Look in your coffee aisle for the powdered coffee "lightner". I keep some around for the times I forget
to pick up the "good stuff" as I don't like black coffee.


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