Birmingham gets as much annual rainfall as Seattle.  Nevertheless, I am optimistic that I should get some looking in sometime soon, and when I don’t I can be studying the Messier Marathon book, and trying to figure out what should be where when.  I have a tendency to rely on the kindness of strangers, or relatives, to point out everything worth seeing, but I am trying to do better.

I like the idea of the geometric method.  However, maybe I have some sort of inner ear balance problem.  When I look up I loose directions, and when I look down (as into the eyepiece) everything gets upside down, and maybe backwards too.  But that is what is supposed to happen.

So, in the next few days I will pick some nice M objects to try to find, and then find them.  In the summer haze above my house.

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1 Response to Raining

  1. Mike says:

    Rain. Tell me about it. I’ve lost track of star-gazing here because of all the rain we had well into June. The Sierra is a mass of snow this year; rivers are a torrent; waterfalls in Yosemite are gargantuan. Three 20-year-olds crossed a barrier to get a group photo and were swept over Vernal Falls and 300 feet down; searchers are still looking for the bodies. And my backyard is still a mess. I’ve never cleaned up after all the winter storms and spring storms. My deck too is still a mess. So of course it is harder to move the telescope outside . . . Last night I wanted to attend the local Astronomy Club meeting in San Francisco. The topic was astronomical sketching, and I was going to learn something and use it to get back outside into the night, but there was an accident on the GG Bridge . . . Why don’t you fly out here and help me clean up my yard?

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