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azure1961p
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Spring Fever Observing new
      #5761817 - 03/28/13 07:14 AM

Some one mentioned this in another forum. When the evening is unseasonably warmer - even if still cool - and the sky's clear and you know you can lounge around at the scope in a light sweater without the frigid bite of cold - isnt it intoxicating? Those nice clear high transparency warmer spring nights are as uplifting as any warm sunny day.

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Re: Spring Fever Observing new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5761823 - 03/28/13 07:17 AM

And when is this mythical state of bliss supposed to happen?
-- Frozen in March


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Re: Spring Fever Observing new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #5761946 - 03/28/13 09:05 AM

It's still snowing.

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Re: Spring Fever Observing new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5762065 - 03/28/13 09:53 AM

Quote:

Some one mentioned this in another forum. When the evening is unseasonably warmer - even if still cool - and the sky's clear and you know you can lounge around at the scope in a light sweater without the frigid bite of cold - isnt it intoxicating?




You're talking about June or July, right? Unfortunately, that's when the biting insects are at their worst and the nights are shortest.

But yes, it's pleasant to wear only one down jacket, not two, and not to think at all about hands and feet getting cold -- as long as I'm still wearing my mittens and winter boots, of course.

We call it "mud season" here in New England.


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Re: Spring Fever Observing [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #5762083 - 03/28/13 10:02 AM

Yep, spring is nice as the bugs are still not out yet and the pollen in the air, but not for long. Now that the full moon is over, hope to get some DSO time in.

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Re: Spring Fever Observing new [Re: REC]
      #5768142 - 03/31/13 06:40 AM

I think we are on the verge of them. April to me is the thaw out month, squishy ground and such but still beats frigid nights . On that note this is a little cold for the end of March. By now we should've had a few light at the end of tunnel freaky warm days. Or maybe global warming has me too spoiled from other years.

Anyway I think April astronomy is great.

Pete


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Re: Spring Fever Observing new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #5768152 - 03/31/13 07:06 AM Attachment (38 downloads)

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And when is this mythical state of bliss supposed to happen?
-- Frozen in March




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Re: Spring Fever Observing new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #5768154 - 03/31/13 07:09 AM

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And when is this mythical state of bliss supposed to happen?
-- Frozen in March




Sorry but I just can't help myself... (Looking at this photo gives you one free ticket to a night behind the eyepiece at my places.)


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Re: Spring Fever Observing new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5768246 - 03/31/13 08:47 AM

Barefoot on an aluminum ladder? Jon, that's cold!

Ed D


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Re: Spring Fever Observing new [Re: Ed D]
      #5768455 - 03/31/13 10:21 AM

Well jon still has what looks like a sweater on. Envious in chicagoland although its warming up. Had 60 ish this weekend

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Re: Spring Fever Observing new [Re: Bigstar]
      #5768995 - 03/31/13 03:00 PM

Doesn't even have the ladder fully extended. Beginners beware.

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Re: Spring Fever Observing new [Re: chaoscosmos]
      #5769445 - 03/31/13 06:30 PM

TONIGHT! Denver, CO, USA 72* today, clear as a bell, little wind.

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Re: Spring Fever Observing new [Re: chaoscosmos]
      #5769754 - 03/31/13 09:51 PM

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Doesn't even have the ladder fully extended. Beginners beware.



That enables one to get up a little bit higher, and fall down a little bit farther and easier.


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Re: Spring Fever Observing new [Re: star drop]
      #5770234 - 04/01/13 07:48 AM

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Quote:

Doesn't even have the ladder fully extended. Beginners beware.



That enables one to get up a little bit higher, and fall down a little bit farther and easier.




That rickety, old ladder is long gone and has been replaced by a shiny new red one. When I first posted that photo, I didn't realize I was barefoot...

I don't recommend observing barefoot, it's a bad habit, too easy to stub your toe in the dark. And too, some places your feet might get cold.

Jon


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Re: Spring Fever Observing new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5770246 - 04/01/13 08:09 AM

nah round her, currently, barefoot will get you mud up to your ankles,

What scope was that any ways? 12 inch?


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Re: Spring Fever Observing new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5770460 - 04/01/13 10:33 AM

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When I first posted that photo, I didn't realize I was barefoot...





LOL, I thought your barefoot state was the point - that's what made it the perfect gloat

It was 50 degrees and clear when I got home from Easter dinner last night. Dragged all my stuff outside and before I could get my scope aligned a *rare* bank of fog rolled in. DRAT

Edited by Jarrod (04/01/13 10:34 AM)


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Re: Spring Fever Observing new [Re: Jarrod]
      #5770516 - 04/01/13 11:11 AM

This morning we have been graced with another inch of sky dandruff.

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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Spring Fever Observing new [Re: droid]
      #5770523 - 04/01/13 11:15 AM

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nah round her, currently, barefoot will get you mud up to your ankles,

What scope was that any ways? 12 inch?




It's a Meade 1266, the 12.5 inch F/6 "Research Grade."

Jon


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Re: Spring Fever Observing new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5770692 - 04/01/13 12:17 PM

Look at it in a positive manner Ted. The amount of dandruff falling is decreasing.

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Re: Spring Fever Observing new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5770880 - 04/01/13 01:57 PM

Jon; I chased that scope for years, alas I had to settle for a 16 inch ,what a shame, of course I had to borrow against my 401K to do

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