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RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

Looking at the tripods and binocular adapters. Seems the size of the tripods varies, 50-72". I would think the 72" would be more comfortable as I could set it to eye-level and tilt up. Can use it for spotting wildlife and then letting the DW see. She misses it sometimes as she can't handle the big binoculars. Mine goes up to 80" but that's too high for me. I probably use it at 72" or a little lower. Fifty inches would be too short for astronomy unless you are sitting down. Pat
LenSatic 03/02/15 06:07pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Shock Absorber Addition to Travel Trailer

Hmmm. I just learned that a company in TX offers a Monroe Shock kit for Casitas. I'm definitely going to upgrade ASAP. I've replaced several broken cabinet door hinges over the last couple of years as well as broken dishes and glasses. LS
LenSatic 02/26/15 03:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Joy of off-grid

The freedom is priceless. Absolutely! I lived 35 years in Los Angeles, the last 25 in a 2,000 sq ft house on a 35x100 foot lot with 8 foot separation (wall to wall) from the neighbors on both sides. Now we have a 1200 sq ft house on 10 acres and surrounded by thousands of acres of BLM and State land. The nearest neighbor is almost a mile away as a buzzard flies. And, we are totally off-grid. ;) LS Just bought 5 more acres to block a guy that thought he just had to be our neighbor. ;) It's not adjacent, but too close, nonetheless. :D LS
LenSatic 02/20/15 03:45pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: In search of silence -- a new map may help, but . . . .

Len, I thought that the unfamiliar pounding in my ears while we are "silent boondocking" was a plus -- now I suddenly realize it's an annoyance!? Uh-oh. But it still beats the constant freeway noise of urban Southern California. Mine is not pounding, you might be hearing your heartbeat. Mine is steady at a constant pitch, but not a constant volume. The frequency is roughly that of crickets and cicadas. I can't hear either unless my wife tells me that they are chirping, then I can, usually, concentrate and make them out. I don't miss the city noise, though. ;) LS
LenSatic 02/18/15 10:01pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Darkest sky Utah, Az, Nm???

Portal, AZ Rodeo, NM area. +1! LS
LenSatic 02/18/15 06:25pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: In search of silence -- a new map may help, but . . . .

With my tinnitus, I find silence more annoying than noise, as long as it's steady. LS
LenSatic 02/18/15 06:22pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Joy of off-grid

The freedom is priceless. Absolutely! I lived 35 years in Los Angeles, the last 25 in a 2,000 sq ft house on a 35x100 foot lot with 8 foot separation (wall to wall) from the neighbors on both sides. Now we have a 1200 sq ft house on 10 acres and surrounded by thousands of acres of BLM and State land. The nearest neighbor is almost a mile away as a buzzard flies. And, we are totally off-grid. ;) LS
LenSatic 02/16/15 03:36pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Darkest sky Utah, Az, Nm???

Grand Canyon, North Rim, 8,800' Elevation. I seem to recall a lot of trees there. Got a nice meadow to recommend? LS
LenSatic 02/14/15 09:43pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Darkest sky Utah, Az, Nm???

What do you want to do during the day? Dark sky is readily available out here, but only after the sun goes down. ;) LS
LenSatic 02/13/15 10:21pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Green Comet?

Tail or not, you still saw the comet. ;) As in a link I posted above, U-2 pilots see comets, with tails, that we can't see at all on the surface. Obviously that's true with the space station crews also. LS
LenSatic 01/31/15 09:35pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Bouse 14 day camping enforcement

Thanks for the info/ideas. In 7 years of boondocking, we've seen no BLM Rangers, one FS Ranger, and one sheriff. I imagine that we stay in areas that they are not concerned about, though, not high-traffic (popular) areas. Never the less, we'd be hard pressed to make it past 14 days anyway. :D LS
LenSatic 01/25/15 01:36pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Bouse 14 day camping enforcement

What if you've only been there 10, 12, or 13 days? How can you prove it unless a ranger or sheriff had recorded the start date (or, at least, the date that they first noticed you)? LS
LenSatic 01/25/15 11:44am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 12 volt mattress pad warmers

We use this: Don't even have to plug it in. :D LS What do you do if it is a 3 Dog Night ? Sleep on the floor. ;) LS
LenSatic 01/23/15 05:23pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 12 volt mattress pad warmers

We use this: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/Max-EPR/KumoriWash.jpg Don't even have to plug it in. :D LS
LenSatic 01/23/15 05:14pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

It's too depressing to go to Griffith Park to see the stars -- it requires a long struggle across the entire LA basin, and then when you get there, there are hordes of people and not enough parking, and then the sky is so light-polluted that you can't even see Polaris. I wasn't encouraging you to go, just pointing out that there are far worse places than Benson, AZ. ;) Since we never use commercial campgrounds, I don't know what a good price is, but theirs seem reasonable. It's far cheaper than a motel room and you have a free observatory every night! I could do that. Well, if I could stay awake past 10pm. :D Now if they had a solar telescope... LS
LenSatic 01/22/15 04:19pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

But speaking of Arizona and stars and RVs, I just stumbled across this: Butterfield RV and Observatory They have a 16 inch telescope on premises, and a nightly star show! Does anyone know if this is a worthwhile place to stay? On the map, it does not look particularly rural -- lots of brightly-lit shopping centers nearby. Hmmm. Just up the road from us but I've never heard of it. The location isn't perfect but better than most. Have you looked through the 12" at the Griffith Observatory or gone to their star parties? That's about as far from perfect as you can get but still good enough for casual observing. Looks like they have a wood shop and HAM shack, too. LS
LenSatic 01/22/15 11:06am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

AstroRig57, I certainly can't argue with any of your advice. My recommendation was based on my knowledge of Dan's camping style and storage limitations. Very few scopes can take the banging around that goes with boondocking without taking up a lot of space to provide cushioning. Also, I didn't mean to knock Chinese made products in general. They can make some very good stuff, but the contracting company needs to stay on top of quality control. Clearly, Edmunds didn't. ;) LS
LenSatic 01/19/15 11:44am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Quartzsite snowbirds not here..Update They have arrived.

Geez Dave, all of our tanks are smaller than yours and we can do 10 to 14 days. Cut out the coffee. Hey Pat, my propane tank location doesn't give me an accurate view of the dial. Looks like it's showing just under 1/2 a tank. The idiot panel lights shows 2/3. Unless the temperature drops down below freezing for for a few nights, I am fine. But I want to refill at Quartzsite as I have had problems with moisture in the tank freezing up the regulator when the temperature drops below 40 degrees. I had to have methanol injected into the tank to remove the moisture. Seems to happen when I buy from my local dealers. I meant the fresh, grey, and black tanks. Pat
LenSatic 01/17/15 11:18pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Quartzsite snowbirds not here..Update They have arrived.

We are only good for 3 days tops. 30gallons fresh water with 30 gal black tank and 32 grey water. Yes, we take navy showers and drink bottled water. Geez Dave, all of our tanks are smaller than yours and we can do 10 to 14 days. Cut out the coffee. ;) LS
LenSatic 01/17/15 11:00pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Green Comet?

I saw it tonight. I wasn't dark-adapted so it wasn't very bright and I could not discern a tail. Being a "deep sky" guy I caught it in my peripheral vision before using my binos but now I have an idea where to look, if the weather holds up. Tonight may have been my best night, though. I posted this from a U-2 pilot in the "Naked-eye astronomy" thread, but it fits better here: http://www.flyingsquadron.com/forums/topic/20563-satellites/?p=392046 LS
LenSatic 01/09/15 10:14pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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