At 06:42 PM 12/14/2001, you wrote: >How about the north rim of the Grand Canyon. I imagine the seeing would >be spectacular! Earlier Tom Polakis reported observing at Sunglow last night at +15F as his personal coldest. Mine is about the same, +13F, also at Sunglow. I was wearing every stitch of warm clothing I own and I was still shivering. Tonight at the Grand Canyon it is forecast to dip to 11F. I don't even want to think about it. A couple of years ago I did a real-time report on the January 2000 lunar eclipse for an online publication, for which I had a bunch of people sending in real-time reports from all over North America during the eclipse. One fellow in Wisconsin sent updates every half hour or so, taking photos of the progress of the eclipse. About two hours into it he reported he was calling it quits because his Losmandy mount had frozen solid and he could no longer take pictures. I asked him how cold it was and he said it was approaching -40F and the lubricant in the mount apparently was no longer fluid at that temperature. Quite honestly, for the life of me I cannot imagine being outside doing astronomy in that kind of weather. I really, really don't understand how anyone can do it. I think that if I were forced to live in Wisconsin I'd take up needlepoint or some other indoor activity during the winter. Or maybe give up astronomy altogether: I've camped out in Wisconsin in the summer, and all I recall is being attacked by billions of mosquitoes, each about the size of a B-17. I'm sure there must be a good time of year to be in Wisconsin, but I'm not sure what it is. Wil Milan http://www.astrophotographer.com/ "The heavens declare the glory of God And the firmament proclaims His handiwork." -- Psalm 19:1 --- This message is from the AZ-Observing mailing list. If you wish to be removed from this list, send E-mail to: AZ-Observing-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, with the subject: unsubscribe. The list's archive is at: //www.freelists.org/archives/az-observing This is a discussion list. Please send personal inquiries directly to the message author. In other words, do not use "reply" for personal messages. Thanks.