Neighbors and Binoculars
Posted 07 April 2004 - 06:07 PM
I offered to let him look at whatever it was I was looking at and he looked crestfallen when he realized I wasn't looking into the cabs of the many trucks that were in front of me. Sigh that was the last time I used my binocs in such a public place.
Posted 08 April 2004 - 07:08 AM
Posted 08 April 2004 - 08:48 AM
I had a run-in with your local constable when I was driving to visit my folks in the Springs. I was pulled in the then-famous Castle Rock speed trap (out of state license plates only), and he told me I was clocked at 80 mph. I respectfuly noted that the only way my 62 VW would go 80 mph at altitude is if you dropped it off a cliff and asked him what my options were. He said I could either pay the $200 fine or come back in 2 months for a court appearance (that was the hook for the out-of-staters). I told him I was a poor college student and didn't have $200 to my name, and he replied, "Well, how much DO you have?" I showed him my last $20, he took it and put it in his pocket, and sent me on my way.
You need to move, bud!
Posted 09 April 2004 - 11:50 PM
My latest ploy is to make it as public as possible so there doesn't appear to be anything sneaky about it. This includes bringing out unnecessary gear, a dog, some beer, and friends.
Posted 10 April 2004 - 01:00 AM
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Posted 11 April 2004 - 03:59 PM
I have a Bouvier who is my constant companion. Not only is she a natural protector but has also been professionally trained (by me). There is not any better friend and guardian than a good canine. You just cannot beat the senses they have. I guess this is off topic so I shall cease. But I am in agreement with you about having a sense of security while observing the night skies in a public park with my trusty hound along. My 22mag. laser sighted(in grip) S&W is also a nice pocket companion.
"Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again."
Posted 11 April 2004 - 09:02 PM
Out here a .22 would just tick off the bears. Thankfully the only things we contend with at the dark sky site are a few owls and the occasional porcupine, maybe a skunk or two, and various fowl. Now if you head for the mountains... that's a different story.
My Schnauzer is a great alarm, but not much of a guard.
Now if I could just figure a way for my neighbors to all drop by the driveway some night and see what I'm really looking at.....
Posted 11 April 2004 - 09:19 PM
Posted 11 April 2004 - 09:37 PM
For a second I imagined you being married to one of Marge Simpsons' sisters...
I have a Bouvier who is my constant companion.
(That is her maiden name, right? I didn't know it was also a dog breed...)
Posted 12 April 2004 - 10:09 PM
After seeing my "Yard Cannon" (CR150/Atlas) out in front of my house on multiple occasions, the neighbors don't even blink when I'm creeping around in the dark. Doesn't matter if I have a scope or binos, they just smile at the crazy amatuer astronomer down the street.
Or is the USMC decal on the scope: "Mk VI Mod 7 150mm Rapid-Fire Mortar"? :dabomb:
Posted 12 April 2004 - 10:14 PM
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Posted 13 April 2004 - 05:22 AM
The things we see in binos.....
You have to give him credit for originality.
Posted 13 April 2004 - 06:50 AM
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