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    Quote Originally Posted by star drop View Post
    Once in a while I make a mistake while observing but not very often.
    Last summer I stumbled over the same pile of extra driveway stones on two separate nights. One of those nights I stumbled over the pile three times. What made it all the worse was the fact that I had a few friends observing with me.
    I have over the years stepped back off my ladder a few times from the second step up. One time that resulted in my dropping a 2"/1.25" adapter onto the concrete.
    Ouch, Ted. I about broke my knee doing that ladder trick at work once. Scary thinking of climbing one in the dark.

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    I haven't had any close encounters myself, but my little brother did a few times.

    When I got my ETX90, I gave my old refractor to my little brother. He is well known for his clumsiness in the family. We were carrying our equipment out to the middle of a field. I suddenly hear the tripod feet clatter as they drag the ground followed by hearing him hitting the ground. Honestly, I'm amazed the old refractor survived that night, especially after being steam-rolled like that.

    about a month earlier or later than that, I was observing the planets and my little brother had a small throw-away scope from Kmart I think. he kept trying to look at the planets and asked for my help. I quickly get the finder scope aligned and then found a planet. He later assumed that you had to adjust the finder scope before you could look for another object, so he quickly ran that out of alignment. after adjusting the finderscope three times, I told him not to mess with it. Needless to say, he was quickly trying to find things with a miss-aligned finder scope. Not believing me when I told him the problem was the finder scope, he began to change positions trying to find a position that would allow him to magically have the scope centered on Jupiter or Saturn. He got up onto the neighbor's truck for a few before he decided to get down. I had my scope set up on the very edge of the neighbor's drive way because that was the only spot where I could get a polar alignment at. Next thing I know, I feel pavement under my feet suddenly shake and I hear a dull thud. My little brother fell off the truck and landed on his head. Amazingly enough, he didn't have a concussion or any damage to his brain case.

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    That story is funny flyingcadet , it caused me to spit soda all over my monitor . LOL . LOL .
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    Not entertaining, but dumb - Leaving the Hartmann mask in place and thinking "these exposures seem very long".

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    Yes, never combine alcohol and an imaging session.

    I was in the course of an series of long exposures one winters night so while the camera was clicking away and would be for the next hour or so I decided to warm my insides while sitting in the dark by consuming a nice glass or two of merlot, which soon became three.

    Needless to say I was becoming a little inebriated and sleepy so in the process of getting up to go inside for another refill, I'd forgotten that the cables from my laptop to the mount and camera were hanging about a foot off the ground between the table and mount etc.

    While getting my first and second glass I'd taken a wide berth around the mount etc but this time I decided to walk between the table and mount and in the process tangled my feet in the cables.

    I managed to pull the laptop off the table and dislodge the all the cables from the mount and camera.

    Well as I was only a third the way through the imaging session and by then too inebriated to go through focussing etc etc I gave up for the night.

    So don't drink and drive a telescope.

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    LOL great stuff guys. I have to think of something I did
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    Did the proverbial "forgetting to take the dust caps off" the binos the other night. But I caught myself before I got them to my eyes. (Getting better?). I wish I had a log written down over the years for that one.
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    Ok so heres my contribution xD

    The night that I received my telescope and was pulling it outside with the mount and stand and all, I accidently rammed it into my stupid wall walking out of the room. I must have forgoten I had a huge ota to my side xD I really freaked out because ive heard how sensitive they were. It all was fine though as I got my first crystal clear image of the moon that night What a beautifull sight, not to be forgotten

    There was also a time pretty recently that when moving my scope to another direction (on a GEM) the OTA also moves and will end up sideways. So that time I forgot to fasten my EP and it slid out of the focuser luckily with my LIGHTNING SPEED reflexes haha I caught it just in time as it fell. Pretty scary moment for me haha.

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    I guess this will be something that I'll continue to do. Night before last was beautiful, for a change. I was out there with the ST80 having a blast. Of course, the EQ-2 mount is all hand driven. I gotten accustomed to it, but always find myself groping around to find the axes' lock knobs. You know, they're always in a different place, depending on where I'm aimed. So, once again I was groping around. Ah, found the declination lock knob. So I turned it to lock that axis, and turned it, and turned it, and turned it--when I came out of my daze, it hit me that I was turning it the wrong way. It was about at the last thread. At least I didn't have to look for it in the grass.

    Another night, my finder fell off. I had accidentally loosened the dovetail screw thinking it was the focus lock. Well? It's dark out there.

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    I did something simular to russls accident , I was out observing with the small 114eq reflector and thought i was loosining a lock for the alt-az and turned and turned , i said to my self something isent right , just about then , the optical tube fell off the mount ...I was loosining the dovetail bolt .. They are right there toghether ...I was right there and managed to catch it , but let me tell you , my tail was growing dentures for sure ...
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