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    Default Re: do you listen to ipod/music/radio while stargazing?



    how many decibels are you using,, I just like a little background music..

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    Have you ever noticed that when you're out driving around in an area of unfamiliar territory with the radio on that you suddenly turn the radio down (assuming that it is on) to concentrate on where you're going?

    It's a biological response that has to do with the evolution of our brain as it relates to audio and visual input received. Audio and visual inputs are processed in different areas of our brain, but as great as our brain is we have a very difficult task with multitasking. Have you seen how much people suck at driving while they talk on their cell phone? As you divert your attention to one modality (listening to your friend on the phone), your brain will detract from another modality (visual input as you drive).

    So my answer to your question is no. You can train your brain to multitask even the least seeming complex operations, but it's already hard enough for the human eye to discern colour in darkness due to our biological evolution. Furthermore keeping an ear up around me while I'm in the middle of nowhere is also good practice of safety.

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    Default Re: do you listen to ipod/music/radio while stargazing?

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    Hey now I never said it wasn't possible, it just makes it more difficult.

    Where in MN are you located?
    Yeah, I'm just messing around. I get what you're saying.

    I'm down in the Mankato area. Rural Minnesota. Corn everywhere.

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    Default Re: do you listen to ipod/music/radio while stargazing?

    I haven't tried listening to music yet while observing, but that's a great idea and I think I'll give it a try next time I'm out. The only thing I'm worried about is someone/something sneaking up on me if I've got headphones on. Interesting thread!
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    Default Re: do you listen to ipod/music/radio while stargazing?

    Pandora with channels like classic rock to chill and ambient on my tablet; with chill and ambient I have to volume up more to give some environment. Many times just silence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by choy View Post
    i go with itunes on my puter and cranking up pink floyd
    I image "dark side of the moon" feels appropriate

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    Default Re: do you listen to ipod/music/radio while stargazing?

    Much as I like music, I don't think I would like having music playing while I am observing. I like hearing the crickets, the tree frogs, and the owls.

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    I sing, that keeps all the big animals away
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miko View Post
    Have you ever noticed that when you're out driving around in an area of unfamiliar territory with the radio on that you suddenly turn the radio down (assuming that it is on) to concentrate on where you're going?

    It's a biological response that has to do with the evolution of our brain as it relates to audio and visual input received. Audio and visual inputs are processed in different areas of our brain, but as great as our brain is we have a very difficult task with multitasking. Have you seen how much people suck at driving while they talk on their cell phone? As you divert your attention to one modality (listening to your friend on the phone), your brain will detract from another modality (visual input as you drive).

    So my answer to your question is no. You can train your brain to multitask even the least seeming complex operations, but it's already hard enough for the human eye to discern colour in darkness due to our biological evolution. Furthermore keeping an ear up around me while I'm in the middle of nowhere is also good practice of safety.

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    Its a habit of mine to put on the headphones when I put my eyepatch on, which is silly, because the moment I have to hunt for something, write in a log, sketch, or concentrate to star hop, I turn it off. Just in the same way I turn off the radio when I'm hunting for a new address while driving.

    Funny how the mind works. The music is usually for the time after I finish my new object hunting and start looking at my old favorites. I usually can't resist peeking at the moon, Saturn, or Jupiter (if they are up) before taking the scope inside. And if the weather and seeing is really nice, I pull the hammock to the center of the yard and scan the sky with binoculars. So worth the lack of sleep. I don't understand why people find the appeal of this hobby bewildering.
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    I usually listen to Coast to Coast AM or Lovelines with Dr. Drew. Music makes me sleepy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithBC View Post
    Much as I like music, I don't think I would like having music playing while I am observing. I like hearing the crickets, the tree frogs, and the owls.
    I wish I had beautiful nature sounds around my house. I live very close to a university and an outdoor amphitheater. So its a lot of cars, barking dogs, college student parties, indistinct amateur music and distant clapping crowds. I guess I'm just trying to block all that out.

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