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Josh Wilson

You know you're an astronomer when...

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When you go to a dark sky site and instead of being worried about animals deciding to join your observing session, you're more worried about the moon being out or not being far enough from the city lights.

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When your walking down a very steep very wet mountain in the dark. Take a quick look up and instantly switch head torch to red light to take in the incredible views then suddenly remember where you are, get very disorientated in the dark and slip over and land on your Bottom ( I did this last night in snowdonia )

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When your walking down a very steep very wet mountain in the dark. Take a quick look up and instantly switch head torch to red light to take in the incredible views then suddenly remember where you are, get very disorientated in the dark and slip over and land on your Bottom ( I did this last night in snowdonia )

On the bright side, once you're sitting down it's much easier to enjoy the view :)

James

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On the bright side, once you're sitting down it's much easier to enjoy the view :)

James

Haha!!! It was very cold and wet though and kept snowing so didn't really enjoy falling over for the 100th time x

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When your kids are on a ride and you notice the top would make an excellent pier....

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Typed by me on my fone, using fumms... Excuse eny speling errurs.

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You have five different versions of 90 degree right angled correct image finder scope saved in your eBay search !!

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When you're shopping for a new winter coat, you've narrowed the choice down to three but then base the final choice solely on the fact that only one has nice deep front pockets perfect for holding your eyepieces on a cold night observing (me, last Saturday) ... :)

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When you're wife asks you to remove your refractor (not telescope), off the dining room table so she can tidy up!

Typed by me on my fone, using fumms... Excuse eny speling errurs.

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When you call what others call a shooting star, a magnitude -10 Leonid meteor.

When you have to tell people that see a 'shooting star' that shooting stars are scientifically impossible and pure fiction.

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You have an astro book on the linen bin in the bathroom, one on the microwave in the kitchen a few in the back room, a few more in the front room, one on the bedside locker and one on the dash in the van..

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Ha yes, your fashion standard slips amazingly. When I arrived in one evening with many, many layers looking like the Michelin man, wearing an open face balaclava, a snood and woolly hat over my head, tastefully adorned with a headtorch and eyepatch, my wife was stopped in her tracks and was actually speechless for a few seconds. Her wide eyed, silent, genuinely amazed look told me something along the lines of 'What have I married here?' or 'That's it, he's finally gone' was floating around in her head. I think she struggled to find something sensible to say next......

Barry

I can't believe SWMBO was rendered speechless. :p

There are many wonders in the universe , the fact that someone's SWMBO is speechless ranks up there with the top ones ;)

I did say speechless 'for a few seconds', and 'struggled', so, you know....

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When you couldn't care less about what the weather is doing during the day and you're only interested in the night forecast!

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Whilst out with your 2 year old daughter you are constantly updating her as to where the planets are then get iPhone apps out just to check your right so you can give yourself a smug pat on the back

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I've posted this pic before on another thread.

BUT! You know your an astronomer when you can see Jupiter in your cappuccino!

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I've posted this pic before on another thread.

BUT! You know your an astronomer when you can see Jupiter in your cappuccino!

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Hahaha..the other half spotted Jupiter the moment I opened the picture larger...but she like to mess with my telescope too.. ooeer missus!!

Seriously though, you know your an Astronomer when you;

  • Consider moving to a Mountain Home
  • Consider moving into the desert
  • Have taken your Land Rover to Morocco for the night sky instead of the camping Safari!!
  • Buy a Land rover simply to move your telescopes to dark Sky locations.
  • Spot all the space technology and Astronomical errors in films and TV shows
  • Have Astronomical software on all of your computers, tablet and smart phone..along with accurate compasses to ensure you know true North at all times!
  • Consider visiting your mother in laws village home just so you can build a remotely controlled observatory there so you have dark skies for the majority of the year as she lives only 38° north of the equator!!

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You see a photo like this on the web ...

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... and all you can see is light pollution.

That is so true...A lit city at night can be beautiful, but the best pale against a velvet black sky full of glorious wonder...

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