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    All this is pretty humbling.
    We shouldn't feel too smug for all our striving for the stars.
    That very earthbound tripod leg is right there, ready for us to trip over.
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    Default Re: Ever Do Dumb Stuff While Observing?

    A few months ago I fell asleep waiting for the double cluster to get a little higher in the sky. When I opened my eyes in the morning I realized I had left my scope out all night long!! I got that sinking feeling in my gut and hopped up out of bed to go bring it in. Well the sun was shining brightly and all was clear that morning so I figured everything was OK. Next night I got everything set up and noticed some straight lines on the reticle of my Telrad finder. Yep..the sun damaged the Reticle. Thing is i did read the warning with the instructions and was aware that the sun could damage it if exposed directly. Luckily I can still use the Telrad and the lines are a minor annoyance. Bone head move by me.lol
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    I think I've done it all.....

    Tripped over tripod legs...
    Used wrong flash light to look at star chart, ruined my dark-adapted vision for 10 minutes
    Left lens cap on camera
    Left mirror cover on scope

    If it's dumb, stupid, or careless.... I've probably done it...
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    Yes I use to and Yes I still do!....keeps me sane
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    If we haven't we will except for those in denial.
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    Default Re: Ever Do Dumb Stuff While Observing?

    Yea I've done a few...forget to remove a lens cap and try to use it, try to use my scope as soon as I brought it out without it cooling down, use bright light so I could see what I was doing..(before I got the red lights), Look at a star and wonder why I wasnt seeing the rings around Saturn. And I'm sure a few more things...and I'm also sure I will continue to do dumb stuff as time goes on.

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    Default Re: Ever Do Dumb Stuff While Observing?

    This past spring I bought a Stanley FatMax tool box to use as an accessory kit. Top section has clasps to keep the lid from opening. Bottom section has a pull out drawer.

    So a few nights after getting this thing I'm outside and have nowhere to put it. I know, I'll take one of those outdoor plastic garbage cans and turn it over! It'll be a mini-table but at least it keeps it off the ground. I am the greatest.

    Being all smug about this I start observing. Of course I don't close the bottom drawer because hey, it's sitting on a round, slightly smooth surface. Nothing can go wrong. Besides, I'll be changing out for a different EP anyway soon and --

    THWUMP

    That is the sound of the FatMax sliding off the container onto the lawn, front first. Luckily my recently purchased 13mm Nagler was in the scope but nearly everything in the bottom drawer fell out. Thankfully I wasn't that stupid because I at least had the top section closed. So now I'm putting everything back in the drawer and realize I'm missing an end cap for my Nagler. It's black, it's night, my flashlight can't find it. I comb the area for 20 minutes. I'm searching everywhere, no luck. The world isn't over but now I need a new end cap!

    Fast forward to a couple of months later. Tool box is sitting on the kitchen floor and my wife moves it and notices some black thing that at first she think might be an unfortunate cat dropping. Turns out it was the end cap, which somehow ended up underneath the box in such a way to get stuck. It's mostly okay but a bit squished on one end so it doesn't quite fit right.

    Moral of the story? Don't place your accessory kit, no matter what kind, onto a plastic surface that might have a slight tilt to it. Use a real bench* or table. And invest in eyebolt cases.


    * those folding aluminum platforms used to stand on to do... whatever works perfectly fine as a portable bench/table.
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