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Old 06-23-2014, 06:10 PM   #1
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So get this.....

Last night I had my telescope set up near the bathrooms (Third night in a row actually.) and was showing passers by the night sky. A grand time was being had by all, again, third night in a row.

Out of the blue a guy camping near the bath house about 100 feet away from us, at 10:00 on the dot bounded out of his camper, flashlight in hand demanding to know who we were and what we were doing.

I told him what we were doing, for the third night in a row, and invited him over to take a look.

All while his flashlight in our eyes is decidedly unwelcome.

I asked if we were disturbing him, if he was the host (He didn't answer, but he wasn't.) and he just grumbled something about it being unusual for people to hang out around a bath house. Never mind my camper was literally 100 feet away. He stomped back inside not to be heard from again.

And no, we weren't being loud, no music. Just pointing the telescope and describing what they were seeing although there was an enthusiastic "WOW!!" when I showed someone Saturn for the first time.

Self appointed watchdogs, gotta love em!
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:14 PM   #2
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Sorry, but I would think the worst of someone with a telescope near a bathhouse too. You have heard of peeping Toms haven't you?
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:22 PM   #3
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The CG's we have stayed at have a "quiet time" rule, in one of them you might have been in violation (9pm-7am) third night in a row or not.

Could be it took him that long to get fed up.
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:30 PM   #4
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I'm with Oakman, kinda creepy having a telescope next to the latrine. Folks could think you were luring kids coming out of the bathroom by offering them a peek through the telescope. This is a different world we live in.
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:41 PM   #5
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Gotta say.....I concur with all of the above.
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1. Scope was pointed up. Not at any of the 9' in the air, frosted over windows.

2. It can't point that low anyhow.

3. He didn't seem bothered by the partiers one site over.

4. If a kid walked up, I asked where their parents were and that they needed to get them. I've been doing public outreach for nearly 20 years, there's rules of engagement. Parents present (Of which there were anywhere from 3-6 adults there at a time.) or I won't say good evening to a kid.

5. All of you are MORE than welcome to keep walking if you ever see me setup. Meanwhile, I'll keep educating those interested in the night sky.
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:59 PM   #7
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Have to say, it was the first thing I thought of too.
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Well I can honestly say that there were a total of about 175 people over the weekend that didn't think that. I keep track so I can report it to the Astroleague.
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SKnight, I will admit I find the reaction here a bit odd. Not all campers are interested, but enough are that we continue showing off the heavens!
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I have to agree with the majority here, would probably have called the mgr or host. Would think there would have been other places to set up.
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