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Here is my experience while living in New Port Richie, Florida.:
December 29, 2010 I was video recording the eclipse of the Moon. Had the equipment set up in back of the condo which is situated by a lake. It was around 9 PM. I glanced behind me and saw these eyes looking at me about 15 feet near my feet. It was a alligator about 8 foot long. I went inside and waited for it to leave. It didn't so I moved my setup to the side of the building. Around midnight the lawn sprinklers came on and got me wet up to my waist. I moved the gear outside of the area being watered. At 2:30 AM the eclipse of the moon began and I was tracking it manually using my crutch tripod. Yepper, right during the middle of the eclipse, the moon disappeared. There goes my manual tracking! I never had an occasion before where the moon disappeared during an eclipse. I should have stopped recording for the duration of the moon disappearance but I kept trying to figure what happened. When it reappeared I was off by a moon width. I finished the video and never looked at it again. Perhaps I will play it on http://nightskiesnetwork.com but I better preview it first.
Thanks Steve for the opportunity to share one of my many experiences.
Nicholas...you moved your gear with the gator still out there? You are braver than I my friend, the gear would have stayed where it was, lol!
Yeow gaters! I'd be calling it a night myself...
I don't get out much in this weather here a little cold but my 2nd last outing we had a full moon and I was viewing a star cluster when my friend asked if he could see it as I moved to the side of my scope I noticed a shadow , when I turned around to see what it was there stood a coyote, I think he was trying to decide which one of us would make a better meal me being the bigger one of the 2 of us, I made a decision he wasn't having either of us so I ran at it to chase it off , he ran out around behind me and turned to stare me down again so , I ran at it one more time to chase it off and away it went. They are getting big here up to 65 LBS and not scared of people now either
Well that doesn't make me feel too good when I camp by myself all the time with 20-30 coyotes within a mile or so. They are damned loud.
There's always a lot less coyotes than it sounds like. They are always near me when i'm out on my deck as well, as it's a big national park my house overlooks. Coyotes, and occassionally the slivering somethings and the occassional animal being attacked under my deck. grrrr.
Don't think your need to turn the fan on!!! LOL
Think Trevor and i in such amazing skies we couldn't tell which star was Polaris so we didn't know how to set up. LOL. Hawaii has some incredible skies.
Jan 2011 I had an imaging night of pure insanity. Just about everything that could possibly go wrong, went wrong. Rather then re-write it here, I'll post a link to the original write up:
There were a few fun comments at the bottom of that post.