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#1 TX4812

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 07:05 AM

Anyone in CA planning to take advantage of the power outages to do some observing?

 

Actually it might be a great opportunity to share the beauty of the dark sky with neighbors.  They won't have much else to do!


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#2 George Bailey

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 07:32 AM

Nah - they will be too busy putting gas in their generators to look up.


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Posted 10 October 2019 - 09:02 AM

Nope, even if I lived there I wouldn't leave the house....all the crazies will be out, no stop lights, no power for gas stations, zombie apocalypse,  etc...



#4 John Fitzgerald

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 09:24 AM

Full moon is near
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Posted 10 October 2019 - 07:28 PM

Nope, even if I lived there I wouldn't leave the house....all the crazies will be out, no stop lights, no power for gas stations, zombie apocalypse,  etc...

LOL!  I'm glad it's not that way around here---dark, remote, and nobody around for miles...



#6 Stardust Dave

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 03:05 PM


"Anyone in CA planning to take advantage of the power outages to do some observing?"

"Nah - they will be too busy putting gas in their generators to look up"

 

Good thing we didn't have much food in either fridge or freezer. Wasn't needed to run one (generator) - my stuff stayed frozen.smile.gif

 

.Just those two AM's I went out once the moon was out of the way.  I did not set up a telescope.

 

As we were one of the many counties affected ,I did only general naked eye sky observations of constellations and how low to horizon I could see stars to the W N and E.

 

Was beautiful and lightless out . Was almost worth the 2 days of flashlights and candles without power.

Did comparisons (based on impressions from notes) to my neighborhood sky with & with out porch and streetlights with & without my lightproof shelter.

 

Actually less local LP influence than I expected. 


Edited by Stardust Dave, 11 October 2019 - 03:11 PM.

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 04:36 PM

Sadly because the lights were not out in most of the areas immediately adjacent to the SF Bay and nor in some suburbs, and when you added in the moon light it wasn't worth even taking out binoculars while our town was "dark". By dark I mean that you might have needed a flashlight to read Sky and Telescope by moonlight.

 

What it was, was a PITA caused by shortsighted, some might say corrupt PGE management aided and abetted by a similar generation of state officials. What a relief to have the governor and other politicians speak up as if this was a surprise to them and promise that something will be done eventually.

 

That said I could go for one night now and again if the whole Bay Area went dark during the dark of the moon. It would be good for the country and the world if we had national dark sky nights.

 

By the way I have it on good authority that 9 out of 10 zombies actually prefer to be out in the daytime wearing stylish sun glasses.


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#8 Astroman007

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 09:43 AM

Anyone in CA planning to take advantage of the power outages to do some observing?

I've done that in the past, and would do it again.

 

Only difference: I live under dark skies. If the power goes out at night, it's dark in the house. Can't read or do anything else that I normally would do. If it's clear, I'm out!



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Posted 12 October 2019 - 09:48 AM

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