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    This made for a popular thread on another site, so I thought I'd try one here with my pals on AF. I'll go first:

    I just told in another thread that the other night, when I was freezing out there, that when I went to move my SCT I heard a thud in the grass. Yep--eyepiece. It was an old Criterion 12.7mm Ramsden. Not worth much, but try to find one. No harm done to it, though. But that's not the first time. A while back I did the same thing with my 40mm Plossl. Still no harm done, but geez. (I think that was the same night that I had trouble finding things. I thought I had the 40mm in, when it was really my 25mm in the Barlow--well, it's dark, ya see). Then, there was the night I tripped over the cat getting out of my chair. Wheeee!!!

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    Haven't been around scopes long enough (yet) to really do anything too dumb (aside from forgetting/leaving the bino's out all night)...but rest assured, it won't be long. Most days I have the grace and coordination of an intoxicated goose...

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    I have told this story before, but you guys will get a good laugh so I will tell it again (especialy since I almost did it again yesterday morning). When observing in my driveway I used to use the trunk of my wife's car as a table. So I'm out one night and all my lense covers, end cap to the scope, finder scope covers - all that stuff - is on my wifes trunk. For some reason my wife decides at 10:00 that she is going to run into town for gas (that would be the larger town 5 miles from the small podunk town I live in). It wasn't until after she left that I remembered that I left that stuff on her trunk. I found three of the covers the next day a mile away from home.
    I did really well after that making sure I put nothing on her trunk; bought a roll table. Everything is well. Yesterday morning I go out for a while and use her trunk this time to hold a star chart, planisphere, notebook, red flashlight, and pencil. Half hour after packing it up I remembered I left that stuff on her trunk; fortunately she hadn't left for work yet. I think I need to put a big sign on the back of her car saying "NOT A TABLE".

    Another dumb thing I did is not tighten the screw that holds the finder scope to the dovetail mount enough. I was I was replacing the covers when it slid out of the mount. I swear my heart stopped beating when I heard the sound of the finder hitting the concrete. Fortunately it seems to have survived the fall. Now I always have a blanket under the scope (and I use a white one so when I drop something it is a little easier to find). I do stupid stuff all the time, but as long as I learn something from it I don't mind too much.
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    ... your stories have lead me to the grass and off the sidewalk on front of my house ... that said ... last night I discovered the neighbors dog has also been enjoying my front yard ... we'll be having a talk with the neighbors ... ahem ...

    ... I did come close to trying to insert a Barlow into a 32mm EP last night as well ... whew ... close call ... not sure how I'll work around that one ...

    ... another lesson ... take the towel off your head when talking to the people walking by and asking "How's the viewing" ... lol ... wife says it makes me look crazier than I already do ... and keep a hat handy for "towel-hair syndrome" (bikers will understand this one) ...

    ... and ceiling fans are very hazardous to your 90mm reflector when you bring it and the mount in at the same time ... it was close ... very very close ...

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    I never had any episodes like the ones already posted , besides bills episode with the ceiling fan . I was bringing in my old bushnell dob on the base and almost broke the ceiling fan whene the tube hit the blades . Its a good thing it was winter time and the fan wasent running . LOL.
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    I saved the scope, but it got me a nasty bruise

    So in the first night I took my scope out to a nearby field and put it on a concreet slab for stability and off I went to stargazing...soon my cousin arrived and we decided to chance locations.
    As I was trying to get the scope out of the mount, it sliped from my hands (I was wearing gloves...) and almost fell...only I caught it and held it to my chest but lost balance and dropped like a rock on my back with the scope on top of me...
    I still have that bruise on my back but hey, I saved the scope
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    Close call there dora ! Hope your O.K.
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    Heh, heh, guys, this is going well.

    I just remembered one from when I was about 14. I had the old RV6 Newtonian reflector out in the daytime for some solar fun. I didn't have a clue as to what I was doing. My dad had brought home a glass from some welder's goggles, so I figgered that if it was good enough for welding, it was good enough to look at the sun through. And indeed it was. One problem, though. I didn't have anything to cover the end of the scope with. I mean, it didn't even occur to me that it mattered. Man alive, nearly cooked the coating off that mirror. I finally had it recoated many years later.
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    There was the time I was trying to impress my (adult) son with my mastery of aiming and focusing on a double star. I couldn't seem to get the star into the eyepiece even on my lowest power. Then I discovered I'd left the cover on the primary...


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    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.

 

 
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