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#1 Kevin Ross

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Posted 16 June 2021 - 10:58 PM

be sure to close the lid! Or at least turn off the screen. shocked.gif

 

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Apparently those are mayflies. I thought they were mosquitos.


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#2 Wilsil

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Posted 16 June 2021 - 11:06 PM

What is it, ice?

I have it in a box what is on its side to protect it from dew.



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Posted 16 June 2021 - 11:07 PM

Mosquitos

 

Edit: or so I thought, apparently they are mayflies


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Posted 16 June 2021 - 11:08 PM

A OK, as long as you were inside...…………...


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Posted 16 June 2021 - 11:22 PM

LOL - I used one of these before going to a remote system.

 

https://www.amazon.c...g/dp/B01DRD060A


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Posted 16 June 2021 - 11:25 PM

Mosquitos

LOL at thought of someone who might be tempted to "fix" this with a liberal application of bug spray all over the screen and keyboard. 


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Posted 16 June 2021 - 11:27 PM

Yikes. If you close the lid dont forget to tell windows not to go to sleep.  Ask me how i know haha


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Posted 16 June 2021 - 11:33 PM

And it is the perfect example of why the best capture laptop is the cheapest and ugliest we can find lol.gif



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Posted 16 June 2021 - 11:42 PM

And it is the perfect example of why the best capture laptop is the cheapest and ugliest we can find lol.gif

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#10 Kevin Ross

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Posted 16 June 2021 - 11:47 PM

I don't normally use a laptop, my normal scope computer is a Raspberry Pi. But I needed the laptop to run PEMPro, to program a PEC curve into the mount.

 

And yes, that is not my main laptop, that's an old laptop that still has Windows 7 on it, that I only use when I need a laptop for the telescope. Otherwise it sits in a closet.



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Posted 17 June 2021 - 12:14 AM

Hmm those look like mayflies which don't bite but hard to tell from the picture but I think I am seeing long tails on them?



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Posted 17 June 2021 - 12:18 AM

Hmm, you could be right, I'm no insect expert. I've only seen mayflies when they're full grown, an inch or so in length. I guess these could be babies.


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Posted 17 June 2021 - 12:29 AM

Good lordy!  shocked.gif  Well I'm sure there's a few mosquitos in there.

 

I remember being a kid in IL, and we had one of those UV light + electro-zapper deals.  It went off so much it sounded like firecrackers.  And the next morning you'd have to pour out the bottom, which was just loaded deep with dead mosquitos.

 

I've got a modern version here for my patio, probably had it 15 years; I think it's killed one mosquito. tongue2.gif


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Posted 17 June 2021 - 12:44 AM

Ah, I remember bug zappers from when I was a kid. I don't seem to recall seeing any bug zappers since then. Are those still a thing?



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Posted 17 June 2021 - 12:46 AM

<insert "debugging" joke here>

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Posted 17 June 2021 - 03:13 AM

Yipes!   I use Off! patio-deck (smoking) mosquito coils to chase the skeeters away...works pretty well.



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Posted 17 June 2021 - 05:43 AM

Dang Kevin, that is nasty!

 

In south Mississippi, I deal with bugs all year round. It is like a swamp here!

 

I do use an imaging laptop (7 year old Dell i5), but I have a “custom” Walmart cardboard box that I keep it in. 

I run Teamviewer and control from inside. I keep a towel over the front of the box unless I am setting up and doing initial focus. 

 

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Posted 17 June 2021 - 06:16 AM

LOL - I used one of these before going to a remote system.

 

https://www.amazon.c...g/dp/B01DRD060A

I use one of these and then remote in.  Best thing I ever did..
https://www.amazon.c..._lig_dp_it&th=1

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Posted 17 June 2021 - 02:03 PM

Sorry for the laptop, but seriously, what is it about the laptop that killed the 'skitos in the first place?  a) we need more of it, but b) what is it doing to us as we use the thing?


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Posted 17 June 2021 - 04:59 PM

Interesting ... need to add that to my list of "things that can get onto my gear at night" (currently that's dust, pollen, tree sap, bird droppings and smoke ash) ... my laptops are inside of a large clothing size ziploc, where I can use it through the bag and it stays nice and warm safe when it's cold outside ...



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Posted 17 June 2021 - 05:32 PM

Those are adult mayflies that enjoyed a few hours of above-water life before croaking naturally.  They're cousins of dragonflies, and they don't bite.  But they are a sign of clean waters! 

 

Pollution and acidification have knocked down their numbers in many places, but big hatches have made the news in recent years--appearing as a storm signature in weather radar, causing road and bridge closures, and the like.


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#22 Kevin Ross

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Posted 17 June 2021 - 08:25 PM

Interesting. I haven't seen mayflies that look like that. When I think of mayflies, I think of something like this:

 

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Posted 17 June 2021 - 11:23 PM

It looks like your OS may have been extremely buggy. Maybe you should install a RAID volume.

 

Any thoughts why they would be attracted to your laptop rather than feasting on your flesh in the first place?




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