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Thursday, May 13th, 2010

I made a mistake this afternoon and didnít nap enough.My friend departed leaving me all alone.This was not a bad thing but I caught up on a few chores in the afternoon rather than try and get a couple of hours of sleep.Thus, after I got the scope set up at 9:30 I started yawning immediately.I didnít want to fight the sleep I knew I needed so I resolved to make it a short night.

The sky all day was clear and that continued into the night.I spent significant time studying Saturn, Mars, Venus, M3, M13, M81 and M82.I also peeked at M57 and M27 before packing it in at just 11:30.

Iím writing this at 10:00AM on 5/14 after a full nightís rest so I should be ready to go this evening.






Comments:
On 05/17/10 at 08:36am Jim McPherson wrote:
Neil,

No, I didn't sketch or further log at this time. As noted in the log of 5/15 I am working right now on learning the skies. The Messier award requires manual finding (no GOTO) so I'm investing time with learning before I go achieving.

-Jim

On 05/16/10 at 09:56pm Neil Heacock wrote:
Ah yes... the old... "jinkies I'm tired!" Daytime sleep is good for those of us who do astronomy all night long. I buy those $1 "space blankets" and cut them up and line the windows of the van or popup trailer on the inside. It keeps the resting place significantly cooler, darker and helps getting good rest in the daytime.

It's cool to see you slowing down in the number of objects being observed. Soaking it in. That's the best way to observe. Were you sketching or filling out observing logs for individual objects?

-Neil



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