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ramapali

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Re: How Safe is Your Observing Site
« Reply #30 on: February 02, 2018, 03:04:45 PM »
Been observing twice in Australia. Only saw one Eastern Brown. The local Aussie amateurs dispatched it in a hurry. That was about it in two weeks under the darkest skies I've ever seen.

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Re: How Safe is Your Observing Site
« Reply #31 on: February 04, 2018, 09:41:59 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...
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See? I've been living in Ohio for the last decade and never, EVER saw a flying squirrel!

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Re: How Safe is Your Observing Site
« Reply #32 on: February 09, 2018, 10:01:26 AM »
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How safe is your observing site from animals, humans etc.

My dark sky site is safe, out of the way from from any trouble-makers and haven't come across any dangerous animals, it is dry and very hot in summer, and frigid in winter. So far the scariest thing I experienced there was Kangaroos messing about in the distance.

My dark site doesn't get mosquitoes, but the flies during daylight hours are a disaster.

My home site though, I will not observe from there. Forget it, especially form Oct to May. The massive overhanging gum trees deposit all kinds of crap, from leaves to this black stuff, don't want any this on my mirrors. And on more than one occasion, I have seen Eastern Brown Snakes, the second deadliest snake in the world, move around my front yard. My parents 2 doors down saw not one but 2 snakes peeking onto their property recently. In the warmer months, the bugs are plain insane, there is no hope, the mosquitoes and bugs are in plague proportions, to the extent where you have to cover your flyscreened doors and windows with your curtains and shut off all interior lights. The deadliest snakes in the world here are an actual threat, i heard horror stories from the locals and have seen these freaking snakes right outside my door myself.

This is in addition to the mosquitos and bugs at home, which are just insane. The word "insane" is not even close to expressing the annual mosquito and bug plague here at my home.

Always wanted to travel to Australia, I don't know now.

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Re: How Safe is Your Observing Site
« Reply #33 on: May 23, 2018, 12:51:31 PM »
good to see informative post.