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Tom and Beth
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What weird places have you observed from? new
      #5846452 - 05/07/13 07:38 PM

When I started in this hobby as a kid, I used to take my Kmart 60MM into a Cemetery.

Edited by Tom and Beth (05/07/13 07:43 PM)


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mich_al
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: Tom and Beth]
      #5846483 - 05/07/13 07:57 PM

When I was a kid I wasn't brave enough to be in a Cemetery at night. Probably still am not.

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Tony Flanders
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: Tom and Beth]
      #5846556 - 05/07/13 08:34 PM

The first one that comes to mind is Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve in India. We were in bungalows with lights, and it was a little unnerving seeing all the eyes staring back at me from the edge of the forest. Probably just jackals, but you never know. For once in my life, I was not tempted to walk away from the lights.

The observation deck of the Empire State Building was fun.


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Tom and Beth
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: mich_al]
      #5846758 - 05/07/13 10:19 PM

Shucks, one place I rarely had to worry about somebody sneaking up on me.

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Tom and Beth
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #5846760 - 05/07/13 10:20 PM

I could imagine what it must have been like to see eyes staring back at you. You COULD have been dinner for them!

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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: Tom and Beth]
      #5846780 - 05/07/13 10:30 PM

Cemetery to see shoemaker levy impacts.

Pete


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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5846795 - 05/07/13 10:35 PM

Near a nuclear reactor tower. Downtown Baltimore. Parking area of a tiki bar. Next to the dumpsters at a Brazilian hotel. Cemetery (two to my credit, they're actually good places usually).

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roscoe
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: bunyon]
      #5847070 - 05/08/13 02:48 AM

A 15 acre coral lump called Aiku Island in a remote area of the Pacific called Johnston Atoll, which was a 4-island Air Force and Coast Guard base (26 CG on Aiku) populated only by male military personnel.....where I was stationed for 14 months. Weird is an understatement.....
Russ


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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: roscoe]
      #5847194 - 05/08/13 06:20 AM

I observed a lunar eclipse from my local cemetery. I carried my 60mm scope almost a mile through the woods to get there. I observed the May 1994 annular eclipse from a roadside pull off in Vermont.
Barry


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cuivienor
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? [Re: bherv]
      #5847205 - 05/08/13 06:53 AM

The outside emergency stairs at my company, in winter when the sun sets early, a few minutes at a time. Some have cigarette breaks. I have telescope breaks.

No wonder people think I am crazy! Especially since basically no one has used them since the earthquake in March 2011...

Yannick


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Feidb
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: cuivienor]
      #5847408 - 05/08/13 09:43 AM

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, Oklahoma. We had buffalo wandering through the telescope field. You don't want to mess with them, trust me!

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tigerroach
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: Feidb]
      #5847488 - 05/08/13 10:28 AM

We saw the solar eclipse last November from a cow pasture in Queensland, Australia. The cows were all penned up somewhere else, but there were plenty of land mines.

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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: tigerroach]
      #5847802 - 05/08/13 01:47 PM

The edge of the Grand Canyon for the Solar Eclipse last May. You made sure to not move while looking through the welder's glass!

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orion61

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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: Kevdog]
      #5847863 - 05/08/13 02:12 PM

we were 10,000 ft up in the Rocky Mountains. It was great untill a Summer Lightening Storm blew in, I mean FAST!
Lightning was all around, we were hugging the ground,
When I say ALL AROUND I mean it! At that altitude we were IN the Clouds. My Hair was standing up all over me.
It Scared the S***T out of us.
But I had never seen such transparent Air and good seeing
before or since!
I'd never torn a C14 down as fast as that day either!
12 Minutes, still a record.


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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: mich_al]
      #5847865 - 05/08/13 02:14 PM

Quote:

When I was a kid I wasn't brave enough to be in a Cemetery at night. Probably still am not.





"Want Brains!"


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csrlice12
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: roscoe]
      #5847871 - 05/08/13 02:16 PM

Quote:

A 15 acre coral lump called Aiku Island in a remote area of the Pacific called Johnston Atoll, which was a 4-island Air Force and Coast Guard base (26 CG on Aiku) populated only by male military personnel.....where I was stationed for 14 months. Weird is an understatement.....
Russ




Knew a guy who was stationed there while in the Air Force...Weird doesn't even begin to describe him....


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SteveSMS
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5847883 - 05/08/13 02:21 PM

The Missus and I watched a Venus transit from the Seaside Heights, NJ boardwalk.

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jchaller
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Loc: Tenino, WA.
Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: tigerroach]
      #5847897 - 05/08/13 02:26 PM

I viewed from the top of a old army observation tower - not from the deck, but from the roof of the shack at the top. About 110 feet above the ground and no handrail. Sometimes, teenage boys do stupid things.

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GeneT
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: Tom and Beth]
      #5848508 - 05/08/13 07:19 PM

Ely, Nevada; Las Vegas, Nevada; Death Valley.

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jeff heck
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Re: What weird places have you observed from? new [Re: GeneT]
      #5848544 - 05/08/13 07:37 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

My current favorite observing site in central Kansas.

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