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    Tonight was one of those nights that I didn't take the scope out due to a haze that I thought was really going to effect the viewing. Well, I stepped out to have a smoke about 10:30 (when it's finally dark here) and saw the haze had gone and some incredible skies had replaced it. Too late to go through the work of taking the scope out, I decided to step out later with just the bino's.

    What I noticed most when I went out with the bino's at 11:00 was the absolute quiet. That is one benefit of living in the boonies, as at night you could hear a pin drop a block away.

    Tonight, aside from some great bino views of M44 and the Coma Berenices, the local nature was also giving a "concert" in that peace and silence.

    Started off with one owl in a tree about 50 yds. from my house, then I heard a huge splash out in the river that runs behind the house. Could have been a beaver as I saw one feeding across the river earlier this evening...that or a big Spring Chinook salmon, as they are running in the river right now. As I was thinking about that, a second owl joined the first one in some kind of owl argument that went on for the next ten minutes.

    No dogs barking, no city sounds...just the owls, a few frogs, a salmon or beaver or 2 and a lot of great sky to look at.

    No special objects viewed...just a great night.woot-035.gif

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    Sounds like a nice peaceful night i just saw M44 for myself with the scope about an hour ago my first sight of it its a beautiful cluster
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    That sounds wonderful, Dizz.

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    Very pleasant report, Dizz. That's nice to be able to connect with nature close at hand while gazing at the stars so far away. Kind of a good way to identify with the whole cosmos at once. Any special scents in the air? I'm beginning to catch some here. Last week there was a nice earthy smell mixed with plant smells that gave viewing a certain character and feeling to me.

    The only time it gets that quiet around here is usually Christmas Eve, late, or if we get a rare snowfall. But, in a coupla weeks we'll be in the Blue Ridge Mountains at our favorite little motel. It's by the highway, but there's little traffic.

    Great read, bro.

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    Hi Mike,

    No coyotes or wolves howling? I almost always hear coyotes and sometimes raccoons fighting. I like when it is quiet enough to hear the bats clicking noises and wing flappings as they fly past.

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    Couple of weeks ago I went out with my PowerSeeker, Looking at M42. It was a Moment i will never forget seeing the wispy clouds of M42 and hearing crickets and loons . . . Oh yeah, and enough frogs to take over the world. (hope they don't lol) I Also looked at M45, but dogs started barking then. (wasn't very peaceful)
    (I hope Vinnie doesn't hear the part about the crickets)
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    Last night i heard koalas climbing the trees lol
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    The night does seem to have it's own language, doesn't it? I always thought of it as the animals taking back over their "kingdom" after all the humans have gone off to sleep. Seems nature has a "night shift", as well, including Koalas it seems..

    Any special scents in the air?
    The air is very clean and clear here, and the smells of Spring are all over. Now, if you mean "smells", then come October it might be a bit odiferous out in my backyard (and around the block..LOL). There are about 2 million Pink Salmon due up this river in Sept/Oct, and once they die they have a tendency to drift up on our beach...and they do have that "special scent", if'n ya get my drift...toilet-6.gif

    Ted, the raccoons around here are pretty bold, and I've had them come walking past me while I was out front viewing. They just looked at me, growled a bit and then hauled ass when I picked up a 6' 2x2 that I had leaning up against the wall...

    Coyotes stay pretty quiet around this area, but they are here, no doubt, but they don't seem to cause much trouble. Wolves are moving deep in the N. Cascades this time of year. I would love to hear them howl one night though, just to let my wife hear how unique they can sound.

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    Since there is a paddock behind my house i can hear horses most nights and once in a while a kangaroo! or two
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazza11 View Post
    Since there is a paddock behind my house i can hear horses most nights and once in a while a kangaroo! or two
    Do you mean hear as in you can hear them walking or moving about, or do they make a unique sound?

    I've been around a lot of exotic critters from all around the globe, but never a kangaroo..

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