A Poor Second Last Week
Friday started out with a lot of smoke. The fire burning in the Cascades blocked our view of the Cascades in town for days, and thirty miles east at the observatory, they were even less visible.
It was incredibly warm for a late September night on Friday. I never had to put on my mittens or winter coat. The smoke and a waxing moon made some portions of the sky unviewable. But we had the moon, Andromeda, the owl cluster, the double cluster, the ring nebula, M13, M92, M15, and the Dumbbell nebula to view. So, Friday evening started out well.
Then it was as if someone threw a blanket over the sky, and in an instant it was gone. We packed it in and hoped for better skies on Saturday.
The smoke had cleared quite a bit on Saturday, well, there was less of it, but there were more clouds. Barely a view of the sun, although, some of the mountains could be seen again.
This is the best view of the Moon we got Saturday night. So, yeah, a bust. This coming weekend with the full Moon, even if we get clear skies, we still won’t be able to view much.
At least I didn’t freeze my toes off. So I’m thankful for that. How was your weekend?