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Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
Vancouver, WA:  Early in the evening the sky cleared and looked promising for a night of imaging.   As it turned out I didn't get any imaging done but I did give a newbie (a house guest from the SF Bay area) some relatively mediocre views through my 12" Dob.    He was getting cold long before the sky was totally dark, so we viewed Saturn about 9:45pm.   It was quite crisp tonight until obscured by clouds.   Then we viewed M81 (not too impressive in the twilight), M13 (quite nice in a 10mm eyepiece.....considering the light sky and the rising moon, and finally M57 (very cool).   By 11pm, the clouds were becoming a serious problem, and my friend was freezing (it's been in the high 80'sd and mid 90's this Spring in Concord, CA where he lives.   He kept saying, "Aren't you cold?"   And yet, he was quite amazed by the views [especially Saturn....of course] but also the Messier objects.   He also asked for and got a preliminary lesson in "backyard astronomy 101". 
 
At any rate, we called it a night at 11:15pm.   He was cold, and the clouds had just about filled the sky.   By comparison to some of the nights I was out last Winter, it felt like a balmy night to me.  LOL
 
I was all set to try for a better image of M82, but it'll still be there if we get a clear night fairly soon........certainly not a given around here, though.   I may keep a futile eye on the sky for a while to see if it clears (hope springs eternal)......jupiter would make a good target.   Webcam imaging is relatively fast and easy.
 
Clear skies to all!





Comments:
On 06/26/08 at 12:26am Barry wrote:
I think it got down to 46 that night, but that's just light jacket weather.....at least for us Northwesterners.
Californians think anything below 75 is cold.

On 06/19/08 at 07:56am Gene 'The BigWingBoy' wrote:

COLD? It's not cold 'till the hull is frozen solid. 'Then we walk.

Thanks for your report!

Gene



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