I think I’m just not meant to see Orion this year.
I stayed to see it on Saturday, Oct. 1, the last night the observatory was open. Ten minutes before it rose high enough, clouds took over the sky.
Two weeks ago, it was too bitter cold outside to withstand more than the hour I was out there.
I met up with some of my fellow star guides last Tuesday. We met at PMO to use the 24″. Another bitter cold night in the 20’s. The dome offered some protection and we could go get warm in the bunkhouse when needed. We were prepared. We looked at the Moon, the comet Garrad, M13, M2, an NGC globular cluster, a galaxy, and were on our way to Jupiter. And … the telescope went ‘clunk’. It was a horrible sound. So, we had to pack it in.
It was our last chance to use the observatory before the snow started and it was a bust. The good news is that it seems only the batteries needed to be changed in the handset. So, we hope.