by Jeffrey Gortatowsky
Wow! What a great time! Weather was superb IMO. Not too hot during the day
(mid 80's) and comfy cool (mid 50's) during the night. Wind was MINIMAL with
just a moderate breeze during the day which was WELCOME to keep things cool
and comfy. Skies were very good for RTMC. A few hours of clouds some nights
but never a complete night washout. Pretty dark. The pipe nebula was visible
with a bit of knowledge where it was. Mark Wagner counted 60 to 70+ stars in
the Alpha Corona Bor, Alpha Bootis, Gamma Bootis region. I counted about 45.
Not too bad for the supposedly 'Sucky skies of RTMC'. Mark was, as usual, a
real joy to observe with. The guy is first class all the way. In fact all
the people were superb.
I am not sure about the organizer reference as I know these guys to be
wonderful amateurs and hard workers. But I suppose since everyone is always
riding them about something, after a while even the nicest of folk get jaded
and may seem uppity.
I miss RTMC 2003 already. It is a bit sad to see some of the stalwarts who
host and MC there getting on in years... and ATM'ing on the west coast is
definitely in decline.
I look forward to Shingletown. Long drive. I hope big rewards. God I hope
it's cooler than last year! Gotta go find a bigger tent...
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