It sounds like the view of 253 was not memorable. When Tim and I viewed it from Farnsworth Ranch (old AAMM and AASP site) some years ago, the experience was "religious." We viewed incredible detail and color in the 9/.25" scope. Too, the foreground stars that framed 253 were an interesting and uncharacteristic sight. Bob Christ On Dec 12, 2012, at 11:12 AM, Eric Steinberg wrote: > Hey- > > The evening started out beautifully with clear skies, good transparency > and decent seeing. Views of Jupiter, M31, the Sculptor Galaxy, Hubble's > variable (NGC2261), and a bunch of other nebulae and Messier's were > truly stunning in the 22". Slewing and tracking were dead-on until the > Mitsubishi "heavy-duty" batteries shipped in the Argo-Navis gave out - > had to beg and borrow some real one's. > > There was a light breeze which very gradually became less "light" as the > night wore on. It was interesting to watch the pinpoint stars grow into > blobs and finally disks as the wind increased. > > Because of the wind, people out there knocked off around midnight. I > declutched the scope and pointed it at the horizon - always wanted to > have the world's most expensive weathervane. The wind continued to > increase until morning when it was close to 20 MPH. > > We put a layer of mylar under our tent fly which worked great keeping us > warm. Unfortunately, the surround-sound of 30 square feet of mylar in a > 15 mph wind is something like sleeping in a giant frying pan. Live and > learn. > > Eric > > -----Original Message----- > From: az-observing-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > [mailto:az-observing-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Tim Jones > Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 10:52 AM > To: az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: [AZ-Observing] Re: Anybody Going Out Later This Week? > > So, don't keep those of us that live vicariously through your freedom in > suspense. How was it? > > Tim > > On Dec 11, 2012, at 8:57 AM, Eric Steinberg <eric@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > >> That's definitely on the list. Should be stunning in the 22". > > -- > See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and > please > send personal replies to the author, not the list. > > -- > See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please > send personal replies to the author, not the list. > -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.