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    Quote Originally Posted by roverich View Post
    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 ...
    My dog chases his tail, but now I must recommend against the practice, just in case. (That there was funny, Rich).

    LOL, glad you caught it, dude.

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    I started to pull my TV 85 off the cg5 mount without the lock being tight enough-as soon as the scope weight came off the mount,,the 11lb counter weight caused the mount to rotate-hitting my hand and almost making me drop the scope.

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    So I went out this saturday with my sis and a bunch of friends to a caban in the woods and I took my scope along too.Just before sunset I looked for a nice spot to settle and proceeded to putting my scope together, to be ready for observing.

    One of my friends has a dog.He brought the dog along.The dog is hyper-active
    Another guy was throwing the stick for the dog and he was playing like crazy.I was watching them.

    Then, in an unispired shot he threw the very large stick towards my scope.Since I was sitting near, I quickly got up and managed to catch it before it hit the scope dead-on, but I was way out of balance and almost fell over it, but again, managed to fall next to it
    At that time, I had forgotten a HUGE detail : the dog was running towards me and my scope...being so small, he jumped over me and slided between the legs of the tripod into the bushes behind
    After all that commotion, my scope was untouched but I got a bruise (again) and the dog got his fur tangeled with thorns
    ...and of course everybody laughed non-stop for a full 15 minutes
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    I do a lot of public outreach astronomy - "sidewalk astronomy". Recently, setting up to show Saturn's vanishing rings, I was surprised how thin they were - couldn't detect them at all at first, then eventually convinced myself I could see them as a thin line.

    Then I realized I had my bearings off and was looking at Arcturus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ripperj View Post
    I started to pull my TV 85 off the cg5 mount without the lock being tight enough-as soon as the scope weight came off the mount,,the 11lb counter weight caused the mount to rotate-hitting my hand and almost making me drop the scope.
    Hi ripperj,

    Welcome to Astronomy Forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripperj View Post
    I started to pull my TV 85 off the cg5 mount without the lock being tight enough-as soon as the scope weight came off the mount,,the 11lb counter weight caused the mount to rotate-hitting my hand and almost making me drop the scope.
    Hi ripperj , welcome aboard the forums . Your story is a funny one for sure .
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    I was observeing a few weeks ago for about an hour i seen nothing i was wonding y then i realised i had the dust cover on lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by ottUp View Post
    I do a lot of public outreach astronomy - "sidewalk astronomy". Recently, setting up to show Saturn's vanishing rings, I was surprised how thin they were - couldn't detect them at all at first, then eventually convinced myself I could see them as a thin line.

    Then I realized I had my bearings off and was looking at Arcturus.
    LOL smart one

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    I had an episode lastnight . I was at the inlaws house showing the scope off and doing a little star gazeing . when we were done i packed everything up and loaded the rover up , went back inside the house to say our good byes , got in the rover and took off . It is around 5 miles to our house , up and down hills with 7 or 8 lights . When we got back to our place i go to unload the truck and found the bolt case i keep the wedge bolts for attaching the scope to the tripod wedge sitting on the bumper of the rover . LOL . It wont happen again , let me tell you ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by roverich View Post
    I had an episode lastnight . I was at the inlaws house showing the scope off and doing a little star gazeing . when we were done i packed everything up and loaded the rover up , went back inside the house to say our good byes , got in the rover and took off . It is around 5 miles to our house , up and down hills with 7 or 8 lights . When we got back to our place i go to unload the truck and found the bolt case i keep the wedge bolts for attaching the scope to the tripod wedge sitting on the bumper of the rover . LOL . It wont happen again , let me tell you ...
    Hoowee, Rich! Close call, eh?

    Couldn't find my eyepiece case the other night after setting the scope out. After searching for twenty minutes, inside and outside, I finally saw it in the computer chair--black box, black chair, white Orion lettering. In the meantime, all my bino endcaps got scattered after I moved my chair outside where I had left them--flashlight was in the lost eyepiece case at that time. I finally got to viewing and had a great night afterwards.

 

 
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