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NorthWolf
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Reged: 02/23/09

Loc: Eastern Canada
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: zippeee]
      #5626879 - 01/16/13 07:52 PM

You know it's too cold outside when your husky starts complaining about it lol.

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Brian Risley
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Reged: 09/04/06

Loc: SW Florida
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: Steve Cobb]
      #5627205 - 01/16/13 10:56 PM

Steve, you all are welcome to come down, but I only have a dozen or so scopes for you, so you should bring your own!

Brian


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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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Starlon
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Reged: 04/18/06

Loc: desert, USA
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: Brian Risley]
      #5627240 - 01/16/13 11:43 PM

Oh - it's ok for a 10-15 minute quickie, IF it is no lower than the mid-50s. That is just too cold for me these days. I'd rather sit out there at 100 degrees at mid-night than freeze in the below 68F (20C) temps. Check out these chilly guys:

http://www.gdargaud.net/Antarctica/AstroAntar.html


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albert1
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Re: It's too cold out for observing when... [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5629341 - 01/18/13 04:39 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Two sets of long johns, thermal socks, head/face mask and I'm still uncomfortable at 30 above after an hour.
All I keep thinking about are the summer nights in shorts and sandals behind the binoviewers.




Any mosquitoes around your parts?




Plenty, Jon. They tend to avoid me while feasting on everyone else.


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orion61

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Reged: 10/20/07

Loc: Birthplace James T Kirk
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: RobertED]
      #5629578 - 01/18/13 09:55 AM

Quote:

Sorry guys!....I just don't do cold as well as I used to!!! What time does "Big Bang Theory" come on???....lol....




HEY Thats my favorite show!!
Did you know about the secret behind the 2 main characters? Sheldon and Leonard?
It is a Tribute to the Actor/Producer Sheldon Leonard, he did the Danny Thomas Show, Dick Van Dyke and many others,
Including writing for I Love Lucy..
He usually played gangsters in Movies and TV,
Another one, Remember the Movie Grumpier Old Men?
The old Lady who played the Mother of Sophie Loren?
She played "Millie" the Dentists Wife that lived next door!!
Cao... I'm hungry for Sphagetti


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RobertED
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Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: orion61]
      #5629807 - 01/18/13 11:54 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Sorry guys!....I just don't do cold as well as I used to!!! What time does "Big Bang Theory" come on???....lol....




HEY Thats my favorite show!!
Did you know about the secret behind the 2 main characters? Sheldon and Leonard?
It is a Tribute to the Actor/Producer Sheldon Leonard, he did the Danny Thomas Show, Dick Van Dyke and many others,
Including writing for I Love Lucy..
He usually played gangsters in Movies and TV,
Another one, Remember the Movie Grumpier Old Men?
The old Lady who played the Mother of Sophie Loren?
She played "Millie" the Dentists Wife that lived next door!!
Cao... I'm hungry for Sphagetti




"THAT is sooooo cool!! Yeah, I do remember Sheldon Leonard....a great actor, director, and comedian!!!......loved his work!!


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BigC
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Reged: 09/29/10

Loc: SE Indiana
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: Don Taylor]
      #5630622 - 01/18/13 09:30 PM

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Yup - I was out last night working on a new (to me) scope. Only 50 degrees colder outside than inside. Hmmmmm could those be tube currents? Too cold for me. I lasted only about an hour and half. Couldn't figure out the nebulosity I saw everywhere until I realized my breath was frosting the eyepiece. I'm ready for summer.


Nobody warned me about that one-I discovered how easy and quick one can ruin the view by exhaling andd instantly fogging the eyepiece.
Will an eyepiece heater stop that ?


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BigC
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Loc: SE Indiana
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: albert1]
      #5630632 - 01/18/13 09:43 PM

Quote:

Two sets of long johns, thermal socks, head/face mask and I'm still uncomfortable at 30 above after an hour.
All I keep thinking about are the summer nights in shorts and sandals behind the binoviewers.


Instead of two sets of long johns, try thermal underwear(top and bottom) and jogging pants and top;the two layers of longjohns act as one layer but the looser jogging clothes will trap warmed air .Over those you want something that will stop the wind.Currently I make do with denim pants and a flannel shirt and one of several sweaters covered by a unlined or insulated hooded hoodie,or an industrial rated insulated coat.Knit cap too.

Thinking of getting the knitt face mask!

And sometimes it is just too much bother to get bundled up .

All those construction and outdoor workers must wear Carharts and Dickies for a reason.Keep in mind many of them are pretty active and the heavy equipment operators nearly all have heated cabs or at least cabs unlike the old exposed bulldozer seats.


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Aircrftr
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Reged: 09/29/06

Loc: Claremore OK
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: BigC]
      #5632235 - 01/19/13 09:19 PM

When I was observing outside, two words. Snot sickles .

Now I just snooze in the warm room of my observatory between exposures no matter what the temp.

Edited by Aircrftr (01/19/13 09:19 PM)


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Erskin71
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Reged: 12/13/10

Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: GeneT]
      #5632766 - 01/20/13 09:12 AM

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When it is colder than 40 degrees F.




The good news for us South Texans is that only happens twice a year....


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Paul Schroeder
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Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: Douglas729]
      #5634952 - 01/21/13 01:15 PM

For me, it's too cold to observe when you can do this.

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starrysolace
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Reged: 08/11/09

Loc: Ashburn, VA
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: Paul Schroeder]
      #5635528 - 01/21/13 06:49 PM

I spent 4 hours out last night in freezing weather. i'm considering one of these musuc bags.

http://www.sleepingbagsuits.co.uk/musucbag-classic-adults-yellow.html


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wky46
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Loc: west Ky.
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: starrysolace]
      #5635540 - 01/21/13 06:57 PM

It's too cold when the wind is blowing 20 mph, single digit temps and with a waxing gibbous moon..... like tonight. However, I do have the telescope set up out there and waiting, just in case the wind abates.... Phil

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gerfmon
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Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: wky46]
      #5638006 - 01/22/13 11:25 PM

My eyelid tries to stick to the top of my favorite volcano top ortho.

Happened to me a couple of weeks ago, it was -5F. I lasted 45 minutes. I managed to frost over two eyepieces with my breath. I won't be observing in those kinds of temps again.


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Sarkikos
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Loc: Nyctophobia, Maryland, USA
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: orion61]
      #5638428 - 01/23/13 08:51 AM

It's too cold out for observing when...

your 150mm Mak never cools down. Hey, that's not so very cold!


Mike


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Sarkikos
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Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: Doc Bob]
      #5638440 - 01/23/13 08:58 AM

Bob,

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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




I know what you mean. I've never had a pair of gloves that actually keep your hands warm enough and give you enough tactile sensation and grip to do the work required in amateur astronomy.

Usually I just do without gloves. If I wear gloves at the telescope, I end up tearing them off in disgust within five minutes anyway.

Mike


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Sarkikos
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Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5638456 - 01/23/13 09:05 AM

I would rather have mosquitoes and dew than cold and frost. I find it's easier to deal with the mosquitoes and dew.

If it's colder than the '20's, I usually don't go out to observe. I've been at my dark site for as long as six hours in 20 degree temps. But about every hour-and-a-half I take a break in the warm car for 20 minutes or so.

Mike


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mich_al
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Reged: 05/10/09

Loc: Rural central lower Michigan ...
Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5638466 - 01/23/13 09:11 AM

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All those construction and outdoor workers must wear Carharts and Dickies for a reason.



I can only speak about Carharts. They are high quality, very much wind resistant and warm. Carharts are available in Brown and Black. The black are much warmer. Don't wear the black if you're involved in any activity cause they will be too warm.


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Sarkikos
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Re: It's too cold out for observing when... new [Re: mich_al]
      #5638483 - 01/23/13 09:17 AM

The only parts of my body that really get cold and stay cold are my hands and feet ... especially the hands. It's easy to keep the trunk, legs, arms and head warm.

Mike


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Sarkikos
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Re: It's too cold out for observing when... [Re: BigC]
      #5638497 - 01/23/13 09:25 AM

BigC,
Quote:

Instead of two sets of long johns, try thermal underwear(top and bottom) and jogging pants and top;the two layers of longjohns act as one layer but the looser jogging clothes will trap warmed air .Over those you want something that will stop the wind.Currently I make do with denim pants and a flannel shirt and one of several sweaters covered by a unlined or insulated hooded hoodie,or an industrial rated insulated coat.Knit cap too.




Yes, doubling up the thermal underwear and wearing sweat pants and top do the trick for me. Then I wear a double-layered coat and over that a DarkApparel vest. I put a tube warmer - I don't know what they're called - around my neck, and a thermal cap over my head and ears. If it's really cold, I'll wear a face mask.

The only parts that still get cold are my hands and feet. Two layers of socks, chemical heat packs on the toes, and high loose boots make my feet bearable, but not as warm as the rest of my body. But the hands are a lost cause. I need them exposed in order to work at the telescope.

Mike


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