Saturday night March 1 at Fiddletown

by Shneor Sherman

Although it was not a spectacular observing night, I had a lot of fun last night at Fiddletown. The sky was quite usable, and I took the opportunity to check out the Peanut Nebula again, as well as spending some time in Virgo using Uranometria's A13 page as my guide. Notable view of the Siamese Twins...While everyone else (Jane, Randy, Gary, Ken, Dennis and Lydia) either left or went to sleep by 1:30 or 2 a.m., I waited for some of the summer objects to rise. I had excellent views of the Swan, Eagle, M4, M27, M13 and M92 in my 25x100s - I can't wait for summer, as I know the views will be outstanding, epecially when my filter adapters arrive.

I began packing a little after 3:30 a.m. and left at 4:40; home at 5:55.

Dennis had an unfortunate experience when his telescope tipped over and the mirror fell out of the cell, but no damage appears to have been done to the mirror, which had to be removed.

It was one of the most enjoyable observing nights I've had in a while, largely thanks to the jolly company.