10. Do not wear those heated mittens your wife gave you for Christmas. (Your fingers will sweat and you will feel a tingle.)
9. Clamp the snow shovel handle to the leg of your tripod so you can locate it to dig out your accessory case later.
8. Buckle or zip your galoshes or you'll never find that Nagler you dropped.
7. Liberally use the heater on your drawtube so your eyelid doesn't stick to the eyepiece.
6. Do not warm the hot drinks on top of the 12v power supply.
5. Don't keep tapping your peltier cooler since it's reading
is higher than the outside temperature.
4. Spray paint your cell phone irrididescent yellow so you don't
confuse it with your hand controller when your eyelashes freeze together.
3. If the film advance lever won't budge or the shutter won't open,
do not dunk it in the hot chocolate.
2. When using a tall DOB, make sure you put snow cleats under the
feet of the ladder.
1. Flamethrow the snow BEFORE setting up any equipment and
AFTER removing all pets.
Following the above, if you still feel like Jack Nicholson in the last scene of 'The Shining', you might want to consider getting a Series IV 'Stiletto' focuser. The Series IV is guaranteed to put your camera in pinpoint focus in only seconds whether it's a 35mm, CCD, or even a new 35mm DSLR camera.
But don't take my word for it. See the photos other winter survivors have gotten with a Series IV 'Stiletto' in our website photo Gallery. Great astrophotos are not a result of just persevering the winter, rather maximizing the use of one's own noodle.
Oh..and don't forget: You get a Free STI LightPen with any Series IV purchase so you can easily follow your snow tracks back to the house.