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General Outings / Comet NEOWISE
« Last post by Pete Bog on Today at 12:01:44 AM »
    In February I posted about a comet that had a possibility of becoming spectacular. It didn't. Now, Comet NEOWISE is out there. I got a chance to see it this evening. While it is certainly not spectacular yet, it has possibilities.
    So far, it is not a naked eye object. it requires a pair of binoculars at least.
    As soon as you can discern the big dipper in the evening sky, find the two stars that would define the open top of the dipper. Draw an imaginary line from those two stars down and to the right. Along that imaginary line, about half way to the horizon is Comet NEOWISE.  The head of the comet looks like it is headed South into earth's horizon and the tail is pointed almost straight up  towards the North Star.
    I waited 40 years for a naked eye comet and was beginning to think I might go a lifetime and never get to see one. Then in the spring of  '96, Hyakutake showed up. Spectacular, just like a comet should be. But, in a few weeks it was gone. After waiting 40 years, a few weeks seemed like a flash in the pan.  The following spring, comet Hale-Bopp appeared. Big and bright and stayed around for nearly 18 months. I would pull over to the side of the road on the way home from work just to admire it. I was determined to drink in as much of it as I could. After waiting 40 years for the first one, this was frosting on the cake and the possibility I may never see another in my lifetime was and is a possibility.
    Comet NEOWISE is not a naked eye object yet. It is washed out in the evening twilight and to faint to see without binoculars or a spotting scope.
    I have a 5 1/2 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with a clock drive. I'll set that up tomorrow evening for a real good look to the two tails. But it just doesn't  give the same sense of awe that a naked eye comet does.
    If you should go out to look for the comet, keep in mind that I am at 48o North. The further South you are, the closer to the horizon the comet will be.
    Speaking of South, That BRIGHT planet way to the South is Jupiter and it is in opposition. it is as bright now as it will ever get. With a really good spotting scope and some patience, you should be able to see four moons.
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Woodcrafts, Carving and Art / Re: Shop update
« Last post by Alan R McDaniel Jr on Yesterday at 09:15:23 PM »
These days, even with all the doors open and the big fan going it is still hot in there.  I put a sprinkler outside the upwind door (where the fan is) and it cools it off some. 

I work in the garden and yard until about 10:00, then in the shop till about 1:00 and inside for the rest of the day.  I'm sifting through a lifetime of boxes that I have saved stuff and stored stuff.  All that stuff that I never had room to use or appreciate has been sitting in boxes for 25 years, some of it 45 years.  Several years ago I bought a 40' shipping container.  I had it half full in the first week.  I'd have put more in it but my sons started putting their crap in there too!  I'm going to take all mine out and either fix it, use it, display it or throw it away.

Alan
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General Discussion / Re: Hot, and Hotter, and HOTTER!
« Last post by Alan R McDaniel Jr on Yesterday at 08:17:26 PM »
I might give that a try.  I don't really like dill pickles, but I don't like cramps more.

Alan
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General Discussion / Re: Hot, and Hotter, and HOTTER!
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 08:02:03 PM »
We save all our dill pickle juice and when I get cramps a couple of ounces of that gets rid of the cramps quickly.  I don't usually drink it until the cramps force me out of bed but I might start after a hard day in the field.
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General Discussion / Re: Hot, and Hotter, and HOTTER!
« Last post by Alan R McDaniel Jr on Yesterday at 06:47:02 PM »
Here in North FL, it?s 95? and 62% humidity.  Step outside and it just sucks the life out of you.  Literally feels like stepping i to an oven.

That is sure a bad feeling.  Your body sweats trying to cool you down, there's so much humidity that the sweat won't evaporate, so your body responds by sweating more...

At times I wondered how I had all that water in me in the first place. You can't get enough to drink and then the craving for salt starts.  I've known guys who got severe cramps from drinking too much water without any salt or electrolytes. 

Sometimes I'll wake up on these summer nights with cramps in both legs.  I'll get up and walk and walk and walk and drink a couple of bottles of water.  It takes about 15 min for them to stop after I get the muscles rehydrated.


Alan
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General Discussion / Re: Hot, and Hotter, and HOTTER!
« Last post by Alan R McDaniel Jr on Yesterday at 06:40:14 PM »
We get to the high 90's during the day and down to the mid 60's at night.  Got too hot to work outside for more than a half hour at mid-day.  I am irrigating so you're hot and muddy at the same time.  I feel sad for the black Angus cows on days like today.

Death Valley was 124 yesterday, parts of Arizona hit 119.   :P

The fellow who owns the pasture behind the house here runs Brangus cows.  The heat doesn't seem to bother them as much.  I guess it's the Brahma blood.  Black Angus are probably another story.  I don't have much experience with them.  We used to put Angus bulls on first year heifers to throw a small calf, reducing calving problems.  I think they were busy enough not to notice the heat much. 

Alan
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General Discussion / Re: Hot, and Hotter, and HOTTER!
« Last post by windy on Yesterday at 01:13:47 PM »
About 50 when I got up this morning, 77 now at noon with a light breeze outta the north.  Mountain still showing plenty of snow.  Reservoirs are full and clear, humidity about 50 or less.  The Great Northwet lived up to her rep this spring, but we're back to perfection, finally, in mid-July.  Sorry about y'all's summer.
windy
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General Discussion / Re: Hot, and Hotter, and HOTTER!
« Last post by Mannlicher on Yesterday at 12:57:06 PM »
Here in North FL, it?s 95? and 62% humidity.  Step outside and it just sucks the life out of you.  Literally feels like stepping i to an oven.
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Axes, Saws and Tomahawks / Re: Wetterlings Hatchet
« Last post by Plumber on Yesterday at 10:03:21 AM »
I gave my Hatchet an upgrade to help protect it from my ineptness. I had some scraps of leather from another project, and one was big enough for what I wanted. I cut out a rough shape, put in some eyes, wet it, tied it on, and let it dry for two days. Than I marked out the final shape, cut it, dyed it, and let it dry. Today, I put mink oil on it, inside and out, heated it with a hair dryer, and tied it on. 



The old girl got a new bra, to protect her 60+ year old wood.  8)
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Axes, Saws and Tomahawks / Re: Wetterlings Hatchet
« Last post by Plumber on Yesterday at 09:49:22 AM »
I have used Birchwood Casey cold blue with good results.  If you use the axe it won't stay dark for very long.



I used the cold blue on the hatchet.  The Collins Camp axe is one I bought when I was 9 with pop bottle money.  It cost $14 from Herter's at the time.

The hatchet is a garage sale find.  Stamped "Made in Sweden" on one side and 1 1/4 on the other.

Alan

Alan, I have spent many hours browsing through Herter's in Waseca MN. Searching for "Herter's World Famous" hunting, camping, and fishing gear. I still have a few things from Herters. I have a recurve bow, and a "Herters World Famous Vit Glodo Duck Call".
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