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Re: How Safe is Your Observing Site
« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2018, 06:28:14 PM »
Back when I was allowed to wonder a bit I would drive up to a quiet turn out near Rangeley Maine. I saw a few moose there from time to time. One stood 20 feet from me and inspected me for a few minutes before moving on. As nervous as I was then, the real panic hit when after hearing a distant roar slowly became deafening and my secluded turn out filled with a dozen bikes with their riders showing their colors pretty much filling the area. A couple of shaggy looking members of the group peeled away from the rest as the group started a quickly set up campfire and the beers were opened ect. One of the two, an impressive man/beast growled out my name. I tried to see past the long hair and beard and there was something " natural and known there" Lucian ? I ventured... Butch came the response quickly, I knew I'd better not use that name again and most likely forget about the days of yore when Butch was a member of The Hootin' Owls patrol in my Boy Scout troop. I guess discussing how good the patrol flag his mother made for us was best forgotten. I decided to switch the topic to my telescope and the dark sky and a shared view of Jupiter and Saturn and a few DSO's with a few of his new patrol members. Butch barked a few orders and the fire was extinguished the group saddled-up and headed out leaving me alone surrounded by empty beer cans and trash.> Maine the way life should be.
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Re: How Safe is Your Observing Site
« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2018, 04:09:39 AM »
From what I understand, everything in Australia is out to kill you. From bird eating spiders to the snakes and crocs and those pics of the bugs were INSANE.

I observe from my backyard mostly and the biggest threat I have is dew and the occasional mosquito.

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Re: How Safe is Your Observing Site
« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2018, 04:11:02 AM »
My back yard is my dark site. On cloudy nights you can't even see the house.
I feel perfectly safe.
Except for mosquitos.

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Re: How Safe is Your Observing Site
« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2018, 05:09:08 AM »
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From what I understand, everything in Australia is out to kill you. From bird eating spiders to the snakes and crocs and those pics of the bugs were INSANE.
Yeah, and then there's the women!

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Re: How Safe is Your Observing Site
« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2018, 09:08:15 AM »
1 of 4 wasp nests being made at my place, apparently this is a Paper Wasp and they have severe stings.Want to unload the bug spray on 'em, hope they don't get ****


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Re: How Safe is Your Observing Site
« Reply #20 on: January 23, 2018, 10:10:39 AM »
I saw a garter snake once and that was enough to keep me away from my backyard for extended periods of time. That's why I like Astrophotography, open the observatory, turn everything on and back to run everything from the safe of my couch.

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Re: How Safe is Your Observing Site
« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2018, 03:29:59 PM »
, Alpha Bits on my computer screen ,lol .

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Re: How Safe is Your Observing Site
« Reply #22 on: January 23, 2018, 05:02:46 PM »
I used to think it seemed quite intriguing, but I now officially have no desire, whatsoever, to ever, ever visit Australia!

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Re: How Safe is Your Observing Site
« Reply #23 on: January 25, 2018, 07:51:33 PM »
I feel perfectly safe on 14 acers surrounded by fence and a gate. I can leave my mount outside covered if the weather is good and sleep just fine. Off in the woods I can hear animals but it is probably just deer running around. the occasional nut falling on the garage gets my attention as my senses are always heightened.  The worst would be an ant or two that is wondering around on my table. Thank goodness that is the worst. No bears, skunks, killer snakes or spiders. Now if I could just get the weather to cooperate.

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Re: How Safe is Your Observing Site
« Reply #24 on: January 30, 2018, 08:23:51 AM »
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F&*$ that!

I saw a garter snake once and that was enough to keep me away from my backyard for extended periods of time. That's why I like Astrophotography, open the observatory, turn everything on and back to run everything from the safe of my couch.

Aw Sam... This ain't Brasil! Garter snakes are nothing to be worried about. They eat flies and other bugs and the occasional mouse, shrew, or mole, but they don't want anything to do with us and they're non-venomous. They are your garden's best friend. Well maybe besides you.

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Re: How Safe is Your Observing Site
« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2018, 03:58:04 AM »
Hellskitchen,

You are a brave man!!! I just have grizzlies and cougars and wolves to worry about, and I don't really worry about the former or the latter. Brown Snakes, Taipans, deadly spiders....no way!

Dark skies.

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Re: How Safe is Your Observing Site
« Reply #26 on: January 31, 2018, 05:31:18 AM »
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F&*$ that!

I saw a garter snake once and that was enough to keep me away from my backyard for extended periods of time. That's why I like Astrophotography, open the observatory, turn everything on and back to run everything from the safe of my couch.

Aw Sam... This ain't Brasil! Garter snakes are nothing to be worried about. They eat flies and other bugs and the occasional mouse, shrew, or mole, but they don't want anything to do with us and they're non-venomous. They are your garden's best friend. Well maybe besides you.
Xiando,

Never saw a snake in my 30 years living in Brazil. Barely saw trees, it’s all concrete down there!

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Re: How Safe is Your Observing Site
« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2018, 06:12:50 AM »
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F&*$ that!

I saw a garter snake once and that was enough to keep me away from my backyard for extended periods of time. That's why I like Astrophotography, open the observatory, turn everything on and back to run everything from the safe of my couch.

Aw Sam... This ain't Brasil! Garter snakes are nothing to be worried about. They eat flies and other bugs and the occasional mouse, shrew, or mole, but they don't want anything to do with us and they're non-venomous. They are your garden's best friend. Well maybe besides you.
Xiando,

Never saw a snake in my 30 years living in Brazil. Barely saw trees, it’s all concrete down there!
Sorry, with your apparent fear of snakes, I had visions of you growing up in proximity to 15 foot long anacondas and tree snakes somewhere along the Amazon...

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Re: How Safe is Your Observing Site
« Reply #28 on: January 31, 2018, 07:52:57 AM »
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F&*$ that!

I saw a garter snake once and that was enough to keep me away from my backyard for extended periods of time. That's why I like Astrophotography, open the observatory, turn everything on and back to run everything from the safe of my couch.

Aw Sam... This ain't Brasil! Garter snakes are nothing to be worried about. They eat flies and other bugs and the occasional mouse, shrew, or mole, but they don't want anything to do with us and they're non-venomous. They are your garden's best friend. Well maybe besides you.
Xiando,

Never saw a snake in my 30 years living in Brazil. Barely saw trees, it’s all concrete down there![/quote]
Sorry, with your apparent fear of snakes, I had visions of you growing up in proximity to 15 foot long anacondas and tree snakes somewhere along the Amazon...[/quote]
That's usually the vision people have. Or playing soccer on the streets, or dancing samba naked on a bar table! LOL

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Re: How Safe is Your Observing Site
« Reply #29 on: January 31, 2018, 09:08:36 AM »
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That's usually the vision people have. Or playing soccer on the streets, or dancing samba naked on a bar table! LOL

Well in all fairness, I worked with someone briefly (visiting researcher) from Brasil back when I was at NASA, who had grown up with the whole caricature...right down to piranha in the swimming hole... And my uncle was career military stationed in Panama for a couple years, and both my cousins reported a large quantity of snakes and other "exotic" wild life where they lived in Panama...Me, I'm a wonderbread cow town boy from Ohio who's been almost nowhere, the most exotic thing we have here are tree frogs and flying squirrels (and the darned deer who like to use my inner ring suburban backyard as a motel at least once a week), so I'll admit to a certain naivete...