Is anyone stocking up? And some thoughts.

PhilR

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If we went to the Merritt area in May or June and the moon phase was right for viewing(dark) and we have just our binoculars would we be able to view? Which way do you view, from east horizon to west, do you position a certain direction and just wait. Any viewing tips you could share ? I read an article last year that some star is about to go super nova and it will light up the sky for an extended period of time and many are watching for it, that would be quite interesting to see. My wife always has to put in for vacation time in January and the months of July/August are always taken by those with more seniority , but we will be out there sometime this year as we just relax and fish a day or two, hopefully we can catch a night with no cloud cover or moon light.
Hi Chaser, Merritt Lake would be a fabulous place to observe, but the mosquitoes are bad there. In May and June galaxies take the stage early in the evening. A reclining lawn chair that lets you lay completely back really helps with binoculars. With binoculars there are several galaxies, but they will only appear as smudges, the galaxy pair of M 81 and M 82 in Ursa Major, aka "the Big Dipper" in the north sky, Later near midnight, M 13 globular cluster in Hercules; and still later at night the central part of the Milky Way from Cygnus to Scorpius and Sagittarius come up, There are lots of clusters and nebulas that appear as smuges in binoculars, but some will show some details. The Cygnus arm of the Milky Way, aka the northern cross, will rise straight up from the east and later after midnight be straight over head. If you scan Cygnus you will be awed by all the stars that will saturate your field of view in your binoculars. A couple of tips; I would look into a local astronomy club. I'm sure they have one or two in the Omaha, Lincoln, and Grand Island areas as well as other towns and cities in Nebraska. Club members can share lots of knowledge. Also, check out the Cloudy Nights Forums website. If you have like a pair of 6 x30 or 7x 50 or 10x 50 hand held binoculars you will be able to see lots of open star clusters, globular star clusters, nebulas, and some galaxies,, and the Moon in quarter or crescent phase will blow you away. But, the Planets will only appear as just brighter points in binoculars; you will need the extra magnification that a telescope provides to see them well. Most of the open and globular star clusters, nebulas, and galaxies will just appear as faint smudges in binoculars, but some can be pretty impressive, like the Great Orion Nebula, the Lagoon and Trifid nebulas in Sagittarius; The Double Cluster in Perseus, M 31, the Andromeda Galaxy, and M 13, the Hercules globular cluster just to name a few of the more impressive ones.

A couple of things you need: an inexpensive small wheel like devise called a planisphere to show you what is visible during different nights of the year; plus, a simple star atlas for beginners such as Norton's Star Atlas or the Cambridge Star Atlas. Using binoculars makes it is necessary to start learning to identify the different constellations--at least the major brighter ones. With patience and time you will learn to read and navigate the constellations and night sky like a road map and learn the cardinal directions of the night sky; you will learn the latitude and longitude of the night sky, called right ascension and declination which is sidereal time. It is good you are starting out with binoculars, sadly, a lot of people who are getting into this hobby just buy a telescope that is computer operated to automatically find objects for them in the night sky called GoTo assists. But if their GoTo malfunctions they are helpless. Learning the night sky and becoming a skilled observer is something you never completely master, but become better and better at. I started out with just binoculars in the 1980's and then graduated to a telescope., but i still use what is called "star hopping" using the constellations to find objects. Star hopping to me is just part of the fun.
There are a couple of books and magazines that are popular with amateurs. a book called, Turn Left At Orion, and Sky and Telescope, and Astronomy magazines.

Let me know how you do with binoculars.
Good hunting and clear skies.
 
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chaser

Praising my Savior all the day long!
Hi Chaser, Merritt Lake would be a fabulous place to observe, but the mosquitoes are bad there
Thanks for all the great info, my binoculars are Nikon 12x50 5.5* I use them when glassing game, pretty good glass, was going to get DW a 7 x 50. I will print this info later this afternoon, thanks for taking the time to explain to a complete novice.
 

Cindy S.

When he comes, will he find faith? Luke 18:8
Phil, I would ask you to think deeply about how throwing a tantrum in Cabelas (apparently serious enough to scare away other customers) over the inconvenience of "having to" buy some of the few remaining, unsuitable, over-priced boxes of ammo for some trivial purpose is demonstrably superior to those TP buyers?

A) Don't be part of the problem and, for sure, B) don't blame so-called "hoarders" if you're right there in the line trying to buy the stuff you just assumed would always be there waiting for you at bargain prices. From where I'm sitting, they're not that different than you, except maybe more polite to the staff at Cabelas.
I just have to jump in on the t.p. hoarding. One day I went to 8....EIGHT stores just to find a 4 pack and never found as much as a square. I was disgusted.
 

sawas

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I just have to jump in on the t.p. hoarding. One day I went to 8....EIGHT stores just to find a 4 pack and never found as much as a square. I was disgusted.
Cindy - I appreciate your distress. The comments that I (and some others) have offered in this thread were intended to encourage folks to stock on staples during normal times so that they would not contribute the chaos that erupts during a panic. Hoarding behavior does (of course) happen during such a panic, but that's a very human (secular) response to fear. I simply don't want to add my demand even for relatively "small" purchases if it easily be put off. That would be pretty hard to do with some things like gasoline, of course, but we still do the best we can.
 

PhilR

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Thanks for all the great info, my binoculars are Nikon 12x50 5.5* I use them when glassing game, pretty good glass, was going to get DW a 7 x 50. I will print this info later this afternoon, thanks for taking the time to explain to a complete novice.
Chaser, actually 7 x50 binoculars would be a better choice for astronomy. 12x50 make it too hard to hold steady for hand held use.
 

PhilR

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Chaser, I am seriously thinking of spring turkey hunting this April and May. If you do spring turkey hunting let me know. Most of these guide services charge like $600. for just semi-guided hunts here in Kansas. I'm looking for a less expensive alternative.
 

Ghoti Ichthus

Pray so they do not serve alone. Ephesians 6:10-20
I just have to jump in on the t.p. hoarding. One day I went to 8....EIGHT stores just to find a 4 pack and never found as much as a square. I was disgusted.

Me too. I didn't get an extra pack at the beginning of the pandemic thingee, so when I opened the spare, I went to the store(s) to get a new spare, there wasn't any at all. We came within a small part of one roll of having zero when I was able to get a package of a store brand someplace :eek
 

ChildofLight

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I may be to the point where I won’t stock up but just replace. Just spent $103.

I know one thing and that is I won’t be making casseroles with multiple ingredients. This may be my last tator tot casserole. No more buying the tator tots, can of onion rings, cream soup and (if I don’t have any on hand) green peas that go in it. If I do, it’ll be a scratch tator casserole.

I was going to buy a pork jowl but they were gone this week so bought a large pack of 2 pork roast to cook down and get the lard from. It was like $1.69 a lb. and the pack was about $10. Also bought a pack of thick sliced bacon 1lb. for o_O $10.

A lot of empty and pared down areas on the shelves and of course I went after lunch again when I said I wasn’t.

Try explaining pared down to cats that only eat certain cat food. :catball
 

Everlasting Life

Through Faith in Jesus
Great ideas in this thread! :nod

You know, in all the prudence of stocking up remember to pray for God's guidance. He's so faithful to lead to what's needed or simply provide. I've been so thankful at how God has been faithful to my family in this regard.

There's a wonderful rest in knowing I don't need to be afraid (of course seeing danger ahead and mitigating is good) but trusting the Lord, as I ask for what we need or what He seems to be prompting to act on.

So, don't be afraid, ask God for guidance, He'll help. :nod. Just want to put that out there. :)
 

RobinB

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New item to stock up on-- I'm seeing that they may try to make aspirin eventually be an Rx item, no longer over the counter. Big pharma is missing out on a lot of drug money when folks can take a simple aspirin instead of a fancy blood thinner. So suddenly the "studies" say it's not a good idea to take them daily. So, not a bad idea to pick up a few bottles.
 

Lynn

Longing for Home
folks can take a simple aspirin instead of fancy blood thinner So suddenly the "studies" say it's not a good idea to take them daily. So, not a bad idea to pick up a few bottles.
Some people may be able do this, but it might not be safe for everyone. There are some serious health conditions that rely on a good, time-tested blood thinner that is stronger than aspirin.
 

The Saint

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I am not prepping for the end of the world. I have maybe three months, enough to get by basic shortages. We will keep shopping through any shortage.
One thing I did was focus on was rice. Its a carb heavy food...but more importantly it does not produce much smell while cooking. Making bread gives off a wonderful, "Come and get it!" smell. I'm not looking to attract hungry people.

I am also going heavy on canned meats: diced Ham and chicken. socialist countries cannot keep the power on and my freezer may not be good for long. I have #10 cans of freeze dried hamburger.

we are keeping the stock piling secret from the kids, and relatives. The reason is this may last longer than we're prepared for...and I'm beginning to think it is a deliberate strategy from the Democrats, designed to usher in the great reset.
 
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