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I was scheduled to work full moon June 9 at PMO. But this happened:
So they asked I come up for new moon instead. Two weeks later, it was 85 and clear skies, pretty much a repeat of opening night. We had a lot of visitors. Saturn and Jupiter make it easy to give people something showy to see before full dark. Being that the summer solstice happened, it takes a long time to get dark this time of year.
There were also a couple of gangstas.
Saw the usual suspects for this time of year: Jupiter, Saturn, open star clusters: the owl and M6, globular clusters: M4, M22, M13, planetary nebulae: dumb bell nebula and ring nebula, other nebulae: the swan and the lagoon nebula, a star cloud, M24, Albireo, Mizar, and the Veil Nebula… once most people went home. It’s a very dim object that can only be seen with an oxygen filter on the eye piece, but it’s a cool thing to look at.
Still too early for Andromeda or the showy double cluster under Cassiopeia. They’re still blocked by the summit.
Star guiding is cathartic for me. Standing on top of a mountain with a view for at least 50 miles (I think it’s much farther) always makes me feel small. Being surround by other wolds, stars, and galaxies makes me feel smaller. It soothes me. The fresh air doesn’t hurt either.
What soothes you?