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Old 01-21-2012, 01:35 PM   #7111
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dark, gloomy and showers
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Old 01-21-2012, 01:39 PM   #7112
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Stopped raining. Now that I have the afternoon off I can start framing the walls of my observatory as long as it stays dry the rest of the day.
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:18 PM   #7113
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Stopped raining. Now that I have the afternoon off I can start framing the walls of my observatory as long as it stays dry the rest of the day.
That's really cool that you're building your own private observatory. I think I saw a photo you posted showing that you poured a pad for it with plumbing and electrical built into the pad.

The pad is to keep it extremely stationary, right? For tracking purposes?

I know almost nothing of the subject, but it's always fascinated me. I've thought about buying one of those tracking telescopes myself.
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:42 PM   #7114
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It's 79! Is this the global warming? It's January! It kind of makes up for the extremely hot, dry and no breeze summer.
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Old 01-21-2012, 04:09 PM   #7115
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High of 18F today. It's 14F now at 3 pm. The wind has started to pick up & it's blowing all the fluffy snow around. We ended up with 5 inches of it in SE S.D. Freezing rain on it's way tonight. We are on our way out to a catering in the country hoping for plowed roads.
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:50 AM   #7116
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a pretty snowfall is contouring the trees and shrubbery in a fluffy white coat. it's a picturesque wintry scene. the flakes are large and sparse, perfect for catching on the tongue. oh, and it's still as a church, with 27F at 12:00 pm here in the old dominion....
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:53 PM   #7117
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a pretty snowfall is contouring the trees and shrubbery in a fluffy white coat. it's a picturesque wintry scene. the flakes are large and sparse, perfect for catching on the tongue. oh, and it's still as a church, with 27F at 12:00 pm here in the old dominion....
So eloquently stated.
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:56 PM   #7118
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I love snow as long as I can watch it on TV, falling on someone else.

I've always equated snow with increased traffic accidents, hassles and freezing cold.

You guys up there in North where ever can have it!
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Old 01-22-2012, 01:09 PM   #7119
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I love snow as long as I can watch it on TV, falling on someone else.

I've always equated snow with increased traffic accidents, hassles and freezing cold.

You guys up there in North where ever can have it!
Snow doesn't always equate cold. When the sun is shining really bright, and there is no wind, it can be a beautiful day. The kind of day you want to be out in. Today is not one of those days. A good day to stay in sideand watch the Pats win.
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Old 01-22-2012, 01:13 PM   #7120
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That's really cool that you're building your own private observatory. I think I saw a photo you posted showing that you poured a pad for it with plumbing and electrical built into the pad.

The pad is to keep it extremely stationary, right? For tracking purposes?

I know almost nothing of the subject, but it's always fascinated me. I've thought about buying one of those tracking telescopes myself.
Thank you , and yes the concrete pad/pier is to hold the equatorial mount in its permanent position, aligned with the Earth's axis, for accurate, vibration free tracking.
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