[Chaos-l] Observing Session Sat @ Jordan Lake?
joncst at earthlink.net
Sat Jun 9 22:45:42 EDT 2007
Hi all. After Mark put out the notice on the list server, 5 of us (2
members, 3 nonmembers) showed up and began assembling 4 telescopes as
dusk fell. It started out as an extraordinary night, with stunning
views of Saturn. They were the best i've ever gotten out of the 10"
Coulter. Conditions were steady enough to allow use of a 5mm eyepiece.
Unfortunately, the evening continued to be extraordinary, as lightning
began to flicker in clouds to the north. After about 15 minutes, Mark
quite sensibly began taking down his 15" truss-tube dob. The rest of
us waited, hoping that the clouds would blow over.
When the wind suddenly rose out of the west at about 10 mph, the rest
of us started packing. Good thing too. We were nearly done when the
first raindrops began to fall, with lightning now visible to the
south-west. Only non-essential equipment got wet (chairs, tables,
clothing) as we finished packing up.
Driving home we went through a real "frog-strangler" with rain so dense
it was hard to see the road. I once wrote a newsletter article about
Foul Weather Astronomy, but this was definitely too foul for me. The
trip was worth it to see Saturn though. The worst night of astronomy
really is better than the best day at work.
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