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City Kid
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: jeff heck]
      #5848551 - 05/08/13 07:39 PM

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My current favorite observing site in central Kansas.


That looks like a cool place as long as the only faint fuzzies you see are in the eyepiece.

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David PavlichAdministrator
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: Tom and Beth]
      #5848967 - 05/08/13 10:44 PM

Shortly after Barbara bought my first scope (60mm Meade refractor), there was a lunar eclipse. There were so many trees around our home that we popped the scope into the ole' PT Cruiser and went to a very light polluted realtor's parking lot to watch. We had two different patrol cars stop to see what we were up to. A little strange, but sure doesn't beat the cemetery! I wonder if Barnubus Collins came to the outreach?

David


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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: jeff heck]
      #5848987 - 05/08/13 10:51 PM

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My current favorite observing site in central Kansas.




I have just started to work on my family genealogy. This would be a very fun project to photograph a scope on the vicinity of their burial plot.


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Adam Taylor
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: Tom and Beth]
      #5849094 - 05/08/13 11:36 PM

Enjoyed the 1999 total solar eclipse from a topless beach in Eastern Europe. Just three months later, watched the Leonids Meteor Storm while lying in the bottom of a bomb crater in the Kuwaiti desert. Life is good!

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Jon Isaacs
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: Adam Taylor]
      #5849155 - 05/09/13 12:33 AM Attachment (12 downloads)

Great thread, interesting and definitely exotic places...

For me, nothing too special. I think it was last year I setup a couple of scopes on La Jolla Hyatt Regency's swimming pool deck for some public out reach, I got to that meet astronaut Scott Altman.. it was pretty fancy and there were lots of people to look through the scopes.

About the only other unusual place was Mulholland Drive over looking the San Fernando Valley.. My wife had been hired to perform her Japanese Bamboo Flute music at the home of film producer Joel Silver and I had driven up with her from San Diego. I took along a 70mm or 80mm refractor and I had about 3 hours to kill so I found a spot up on the hill and setup. As I recall, there was so much light pollution that I basically couldn't see anything..

Jon

Edited by Jon Isaacs (05/09/13 12:54 AM)


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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: Tom and Beth]
      #5849420 - 05/09/13 08:09 AM

Spillway of a Hydro generating station. A spillway regulates the flow of water down the river.

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csrlice12
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: festa_freak]
      #5849526 - 05/09/13 09:06 AM

My backyard, hey, it's a weird place.....

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David Castillo
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5850080 - 05/09/13 01:53 PM

I once observed a total eclipse of the Moon from a boat launch ramp at Inverness, California. The site was lit up like a theater marquee-not good for general observation- but the view of Luna was spectacular!
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: David Castillo]
      #5850345 - 05/09/13 03:56 PM

On the Piestewa Freeway (Route 51) in the Dreamy Draw between Northern and Shea Rd. No, really, on the freeway. OK, it was still being built at the time, and the freeway ended at Northern. This was a local high spot to look for a young crescent moon.

Observed Comet Hyakutake with binoculars from the flight deck of a 747 headed from Sydney to LAX. This was back when you could easily talk your way into the flight deck.

Chase Field, during a Diamondbacks game. The game was getting dull, and we went to the top of the stands to look through the only windows in the place to see a planetary conjunction on the western horizon.

Began my observing career in 1978 viewing from the Muskegon County Wastewater Treatment Plant. That smell always brings back good memories. Today, there are several observatories of the Muskegon Astronomical Society built on their property.


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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: jeff heck]
      #5850359 - 05/09/13 04:05 PM

ok, I literally, with no exaggeration almost hit 23 deer individually, driving into the Uinta mountains in Utah to get to my favorite spot just short of 11,000 feet right off the main road (no kidding!)

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csrlice12
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: Todd Gross]
      #5850366 - 05/09/13 04:08 PM

A mosquito infested swamp......didn't view long, packed up and got outta there.....

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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5850779 - 05/09/13 07:42 PM

From my kitchen table.

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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5850797 - 05/09/13 07:49 PM

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A mosquito infested swamp......didn't view long, packed up and got outta there.....




A beach near the south end of Eleuthera Island, Bahamas with some spectacularly dark skies accompanied by some spectacularly aggressive mosquitos. Eleuthera Island is one of the "out" islands that's still very much the laid-back less-developed "old" Bahamas. The Milky Way was vividly braided with strands of bright star clouds and dark nebula, and the sky was so dense with stars that it took quite a bit of effort to articulately pick out even some usually obvious constellations. The only astro equipment I had beyond naked-eye was a pair of 10x50 binoculars. Trouble was, it was hard to stay out to look very long before the skeeters became unbearable and forced a retreat back to the small resort a half mile away.


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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: FirstSight]
      #5850928 - 05/09/13 09:03 PM

Not actually weird, but unique, I spent a year at Thule, Greenland...NO LIGHT POLLUTION (except in the summer, it never got dark). Thule is about 300 miles from the North Pole...yes it got a bit chilly at times. Only had military binocs available at the time.

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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5851839 - 05/10/13 11:33 AM

A dark spot in Texas, on top of a fire ants colony...

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csrlice12
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: JKoelman]
      #5851859 - 05/10/13 11:43 AM


"Them"!

When in Texas, Please don't feed the fire ants!

Edited by csrlice12 (05/10/13 11:44 AM)


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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5852132 - 05/10/13 02:27 PM

If everything is lined up just right, I can view the Moon with binoculars through the skylight from the comfort of the couch in my family room. (downside is it shows that I need to get up there and clean it more often!)

Also, I was impatient to see it, so I started watching the transit of Venus last year from the passenger seat of our minivan (my wife was at the wheel) on the way home from our son's doctor appointment, by projecting onto a piece of paper while holding my binoculars.


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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: Matt2893]
      #5852217 - 05/10/13 03:31 PM

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If everything is lined up just right, I can view the Moon with binoculars through the skylight from the comfort of the couch in my family room. (downside is it shows that I need to get up there and clean it more often!)

Also, I was impatient to see it, so I started watching the transit of Venus last year from the passenger seat of our minivan (my wife was at the wheel) on the way home from our son's doctor appointment, by projecting onto a piece of paper while holding my binoculars.




No doubt that would have made for an interesting Medical Report if it had started a fire

I see a Cemetery is a fairly popular spot to observe from.


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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: Tom and Beth]
      #5852276 - 05/10/13 04:18 PM

Well that is an interesting question?

Once saw some meteors through the house skylight.

An Annular Solar Eclipse through the moon-roof of my car as there was too many bugs that came out as the sky was getting darker.

Looking at M13 from inside my Kitchen with the patio door open as it was rising.

Observing Solar Ha from inside my house window cause it's too hot in the Sun!

Watched a very big Leonoid shower at 5 am through my car window open as it was freezing out and had the heat on.

Where there is a will there is a way:)


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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: REC]
      #5852357 - 05/10/13 05:20 PM

I saw Saturn, for the first time, from Hainan Island in China. Memorable in many ways!

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