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8Nuts MotherGoose

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  1. I live at N26° at the south tip of Texas. I'm 50 miles (80km) from the Gulf of Mexico. We get a cooling breeze off the Gulf and it rarely hits 100° F (38° C.) It will stay just below 100°, about 96 to 99 for weeks. Another 50 miles farther west and it frequently hits 110° F (42° C.) What you folks are experiencing is astonishing.
  2. I have about 1000 Found caches on my Garmin 66s. I can't download them into GSAK. I can't download them to show on BaseCamp. What am I missing? Why are they on my GPS? Where are they stored? If I can't do anything with them, why can't I find a way to delete them?
  3. In all of my travels, I have driven through several towns that have special art forms spread through out the town. All are identical, but each is decorated differently. I've seen: Mercedes, TX. has Boots. Mission, TX. has Butterflies. Hutto, TX. has Hippos (most are 2' high, but two are full size.) Clinton. IA. has Lighthouses (4' high) Papillion, NE. has Butterfly benches A town in IN. has 3' high Horses. A town in IL. has Lincoln top hats. (3' high) I've also seen Porpoises in a small sea side town. Is there a single Category for all these Special Town Arts?
  4. Question for #1 - Are we suppose to publicly post messages from GC Messaging to this forum to prove our point in detail? A person creates a Waymark without following the Category Rules and the Waymark is declined. I receive a message from him accusing that I am one of the group that is trying to get him banned and it was all my fault that he got his Waymark rejected. He then then took the rejected Waymark, changed all the write-up and accused me of doing many things I didn't. He then posted it to the Uncategorized Waymarks where it's available for public viewing. Shortly there after it was removed from that category and put into Alpaca and Llama Farms. Now it says This Waymark has been deleted. WM12TKM.
  5. Thank you, IceColdUK. That's what I was looking for. I knew there had to be something out there but could not find it. I'm just the opposite of you. I keep all my puzzle solving info in GSAK Notes. I want to delete the GC Notes on all the Archived caches. They serve no purpose and I have to set a special filter on Project-GC if I don't want to see them as part of my Solved Puzzles list.
  6. I have hundreds of puzzle caches solved and coordinates written on the Personal Cache Notes on the cache page. Many I have found and many were archived before I found them. Is there a way to bulk delete these notes? I dread deleting one at a time. I'll be at it for days. If it will help, I use GSAK and I am a Premium Member on Project-GC.
  7. Nice photos, thank you for sharing. Did you see NEOWISE? (OOPs, I guess I didn't read close enough) I've tried once in the morning and had too much haze/moisture. I've tried each evening but haze seems to cover everything up to about 30°. Even my ISS View didn't appear until about 45° and there were no clouds in the sky. Tonight it's overcast.
  8. Yes, every two months is best. But September will probably have a shadow between North America and Europe. If you go to Heavens Above and then to the pass list page - in the upper right you see "HOME I INFO I ORBIT I Click on ORBIT. Look at the lower picture showing the entire current pass. When the upper loop of the pass aligns with the night shadow, we have lots of views. The ISS passes move west slightly faster than the night shadow. It will be September when they align again. Right now Europe also has no shadow on the pass in the evening hours. They might be able to catch a pass all the way to Australia for an evening or three. Then the shadow will start to reappear in the pass at the upper part of the loop as it curves downward and a team with Australia will be impossible.
  9. I'm not going to decline any waymark just for math if the time and speed are shown and the math shows the decimal point in the right position. If it's a 3.5 minute observed pass for 10,500 miles, I'm probably going to decline and ask them to check their math. I have already discovered that we are using the ISS speed for our calculations rather than the Earths ground path speed. The ISS orbit Circumference is 42,650 km The Earth's Circumference is 40,074 km Based upon a 90 minute orbit The ISS Speed is 473.888 km/minute (294.5 miles/minute) The Earth's Ground Track speed is 445.269 km/minute (276.7 miles/ minute) These number are still a rough guess because I only checked for Circumference of each on one web site.
  10. You measure the distance along the Ground Track by multiplying the elapsed time by the speed. If you search the internet to see how fast the ISS is traveling, you get anything from 17,200 mph to 14,710 mph (4.777 mps to 4.08 mps) 1509.68 miles divide by 5 min 53 sec = 4.2767 miles/sec. That is in the lower half of the speed range. 1679.574 miles divide by 5 min 53 sec = 4.758 miles/ sec. That is in the upper half of the speed range. If we use 293 miles/minute that is listed in the ISS Category instructions - 5.883 min x 293 = 1723.82 miles. That's 4.88 mps which is a bit above the speed range. Having quoted two people above, I will quote a third, my friend, Burger King, "Have it your Way!" Use what works for you. Personally I feel that 293 miles per minutes is too high. When you are using a coordinate checker you are measuring the distance between two points that are not on the flight path. Is the checker measuring a flat earth distance, or is it using a more complex formula for a curved Earth? In the below photo you can see: Red is the ISS Flight Path Black is the portion that two people are watching Blue is the distance between Coordinates of the two observers. You can see how the blue line is longer than the observed black line since it the hypotenuses of a right triangle verses the base. This is why we use the elapsed time multiplied by the speed along the ground path.
  11. The rules are vague. Waymarking rules say you can always Visit your own Waymark. ISS Category Rules say when you observe an ISS Pass you can Visit the nearest Waymark created for that Pass. I don't think the author ever considered two or more groups Waymarking the same Pass. I believe the intent was for you to visit the nearest Waymark of your Group. Lets keep it that way. I can see penalties if we impose cross Visits between groups to nearest Waymark. Vulture 1957, through hard work and some good luck, finds a partner in Monaco. He wants no other partners because he wants to Visit Monaco. All goes well and two Waymarks are created. BUT on the same Pass, someone in Chicago pairs with someone in New York and they create Waymarks. Vulture 1957 now has to Visit Chicago instead of Monaco. If there are two groups creating Waymarks on the same Pass. Vulture1957 creates a Waymark but his partner gets clouded out. He can Visit his own Waymark and he can Visit the nearest Waymark created by the other group.
  12. Don't say, "Ah, if Only...." Check for a Pass near you [I know there is one] and spend some time to find partners like we do. I have found a possible group of five for my Pass. If you have forgotten how, ask me, I'll retrain you.
  13. There will be night time visible passes across the Atlantic for a few days in July starting on the 13th. I'm not sure about the 12th. I am in Texas, near the USA/Mexico Border. I have a Pass on the evening of July 13 at 21:47 to my South. It will pass near New Orleans, LA, and Washington DC. It will hit the coast of Frence on July 14, near Nantes at 05:08 , and continue SE along the west coast of Italy. This Pass is far enough north so viewers can create Waymarks in the southern part of Ireland and Great Britain. Let me know If anyone is interested in partnering with me.
  14. As long as the Sun continues to shine on and light up the ISS, the ISS is not in the Earth's shadow. It is actually above the Earth's shadow. During the northern Summer months, the north polar region is tilted toward the sun. The Sun shines over the north polar region and keeps the ISS lit all the way across the Atlantic. When the ISS reaches morning daylight, it is no longer visible and the viewable pass is done. An ISS Pass from NW to SE in the middle of the night will still enter the Earth's shadow when it gets far enough South. The NW to SE passes in Europe that we work on are late enough they are being lit by the morning Sun from the NE.
  15. THE LAST EARTH'S SHADOW BETWEEN NORTH AMERICA AND EUROPE SHOULD BE TONIGHT. As near as I can tell: May 15 pm-16 am - two passes are available Texas - 21:23 to Bordeaux, France, 04:44 to Sicily, 04:48. (I AM AVAILABLE AS A PARTNER IN TEXAS) San Diego, CA - 20:59 to West Coast of Portugal 05:21 (bluesnote should be available as a partner in California) May 16 pm - 17 am - One pass is available Tampico, Mexico to Brest, France 03:55 to Rome, Italy 03:59 (I AM AVAILABLE AS A PARTNER IN TEXAS) May 17 pm - 18 am - two passes are available Jacksonville, FL, 20:52 to Orleans, France, 02:09, to east coast of Italy 02:12 to Greece. Oklahoma City, OK, 21:27 to Madrid, Spain, 04:44. (Max and 99, and vulture1957 are available as partners in Oklahoma) There will be other passes available in the near future for which I have not checked. If you are within 200 miles (320 km.) of the flight path, you are probably within the 45° viewing area. For one pass or another, the viewing area includes all of Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy. It also includes the southern part of Great Britain and parts of other Countries to the North and East. You will have to determine which Pass is within your viewing area.
  16. Much of it depends upon whether the cache Owner remained active. Even before we had local Reviewers, if a cache got stolen and the owner didn't replace it, GCHQ would archive it. Ammo cans were frequently used back then and stolen too.
  17. If I had been there first to create a legal Waymark, I would not have logged Mingo. I already have it logged from years ago.
  18. I had a Starlink pass last evening at ~20:50. only 27° NE and didn't see any of them. Then at ~21:40 another train to my West flew right next to Venus at 26°. I really didn't expect to see them. Lots of haze. I couldn't see any stars much below 45°.
  19. My Niece lives in Loma Linda, CA. She went out to see them with neighbors last night. They were scheduled to pass at 85°. None were seen due to haze. These satellites are about the size of a table and weigh 500 pounds. Although still gaining altitude, they are currently 100 km lower than the International Space Station. That also means they enter the earth's shadow sooner. You will also see larger changes in their flight path. You have to check the schedule almost daily. For the ISS - If it's path is NW to SE and OK City sees it at 45° SW, I will see it at about 44° NE. from Donna, TX. The schedule (at this moment) shows for Starlink-1332 on May 1, OK City will see it at 31° SW and I will see it at 44° NE. Because of the lower flight path, the altitude of view drops faster also.
  20. My brother was sitting in his outdoor hot tub in northern Illinois and saw a Starlink train pass over. He asked on Facebook what they were. I explained. I have a Starlink train of 60 coming right toward me on April 30 out of the NW. They should have been about 85° but the first one enters the Earth's shadow at 61° to the NW at 9:20 pm. At 9:23:30 the middle of the train enters the shadow at 50°, and the last of the train enters the shadow at 30° at 9:33 pm. An interesting note is the last one is 2.5 minutes behind the previous one. The last 11 hit shadow below 45°.
  21. I have an ISS Pass tonight NW to SW at 9:12 pm. It's only 44° to my West but the path hits Venus and then disappears into the Earths shadow two minutes later. Mostly thin cloudy right now. Maybe I'll get lucky. I have another pass tomorrow, NW to SE, at 8:26 pm at 82° to the NE. It's so early that El Paso, Texas will still be daylight.
  22. Definitely chocolate-covered cherry Waymark. Shorten it to initials and you have a CCC Waymark. I do enjoy the cherries but will take Peanut butter Taffy Kisses any time.
  23. Some of us Yankees have learned and can convert in our head approximations for distance, and volume. I personally prefer the Robertson head screws over the Phillips, but they are hard to find.
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