by dennis steele
All told, we had about 7 or 8 guys up on the hill for the evening. One of the folks, Christopher, brought along a temperature/dew gauge. Throughout the evening, he'd announce the temerature and dew!! It was interesting and fun. Toward the end of the evening, it was 36-degrees with 76% dew!!
I tried out my new TeleVue 102 for the second time, and took a look at some of the cool stuff the others were finding (I gotta get better learning about the Winter sky!). There was a bit of dew, but dew shields kept things mostly dry. One of the guys (sorry I didn't get his name), has a C9.25 without a dew shield. I think he was kinda skunked a bit, but mostly, it wasn't too bad.
I thought I'd be leaving about 10 p.m., but it wasn't until midnight that I started packing up. Most of us were leaving about that time.
It's funny, but I was thinking about time-travel. I got up there about 6 p.m. and about a minute later it was midnight!! Hummmmm, there must be some sort of quantum mechanical, astronomical, highly scientific Keplarian, Newtonian law or theorum about this time travel thing -- especiallly when you are on a mountain-top with a telescope and a bunch of other folks with telescopes having a heck-of-a-time!!
Great evening, and I'm looking forward to the next one.