Friday night, my fellow volunteer, Gary, and I hosted a star gazing event at the top of Pilot Butte here in town. The butte rises almost 5,000 feet in the center of town. Great vantage point. If only we could get the city to turn out the lights.
One of the first things I noticed up there was a forest fire in the direction of the observatory. A phone call revealed a neighboring peak, China Hat, was burning. It produced a whole lot of smoke which drifted into town.
The evening started out crappy with clouds and smoke. It seemed after most of the crowd cleared out, so did the sky. The viewing was pretty decent even with all the light pollution. We talked to the park ranger about possibly coming back in October after the observatory closes.
Saturday, I was back up at Pine Mountain Observatory. A really big cloud followed me in from town.
Luckily it didn’t hang around. Ran into gangsta momma cows.
Momma was about to kick my ass. Can you tell?
It was a great dark night up at PMO. Looked at many objects. When the crowd went home, I took my time really observing some of them, knowing they’d soon set for the season and I’ll have to wait until next summer to see them again. Only six weeks left. I can’t believe that. Where’d the time go?
How was your weekend?
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