(meteorobs) Re: Radio accompaniment

Bartel, George gbartel at dunlaps.com
Thu Jan 12 13:07:13 EST 2006

How about replacing the bulb for your car's dome light with a red bulb
when you go out to observe? Maybe too much work, just a suggestion.
Might look neat, though!
	-George Bartel

-----Original Message-----
From: meteorobs-bounces at meteorobs.org
[mailto:meteorobs-bounces at meteorobs.org] On Behalf Of Malcolm J. Currie
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:33 AM
To: Global Meteor Observing Forum
Subject: Re: (meteorobs) Re: Radio accompaniment

> This comment about the drain by a car radio is quite correct.
> However, it is an unfortunate fact that many, if not most, "modern"
> cars do not provide an accessory position for the ignition switch.

Agree wholeheartedly about the radio.  Then you get beeps if you open
the door, while still listening to the radio, but the key is still in
the ignition, because you want to continue listening.  Grrrh.  If it
ain't broke...  Why not provide manual override?  This "we know best"
philosophy is why I hate using Microsoft.

More annoying in my 2002 car is that there's no off switch for the
interior white light.  That's a pain for observing on the Downs,
especially if it affects other astronomers.  There always used to be
three positions: off, on, and come on/go off when the door is

The check list when buying the next car grows, by which time there'll
be other novel features/horrors that will catch me out.

Malcolm Currie
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