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Observing With The Boyscouts 03/15

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Posted by Bob Sal on March 21, 2002 19:27:12 UTC

Hi All;
I went camping with my sons boyscout troop last weekend. Brought the scope in hopes of showing them the usual Jupiter, Saturn and some Messiers among others. Of course the weather was bad. Saturday was a complete wash. I did get set up for about 2 hrs. Friday. It looked good when we got to the sight. Nice clear field to set up in, sky was clear dispite the reports. But by the time we set up the tents and some other boyscout stuff got done, the sky was going sour. I set up anyway and we did get a look at Jupiter and Saturn. Also a very unimpressive look at M42, M35, M37, & M38 through the clouds. They were impressed anyway never having looked through a telescope before. They went off to play man-hunt, I hung out for a little while. I saw a few double stars from the list of 100 I'm working on from the Astronomic league. It was great, I got to 4 I can't see from yard because they are too low. Wish it would have cleared up early Saturday night. 11:00 it looked like it was clearing, but all the guys went bed and I was too cold and tired to set up just for myself. The wind was really kicking up also. About midnight, the sky was clear and I sware I could hear it calling me. I guess I was delusional from lack of sleep Friday night. Between the hard ground, Hoot Owls, dog barking off in the distance, some type on unknown animal just screeching all night and the 20 degree angle I was on (head down of course) it was a wonderful night. Of course I love the sound of Woodpeckers in the morning, 6:00 am. in the morning. Had a great time anyway.
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