I joined the group at the Antennas last Thursday night and had a great time observing with the 25” until clouds rolled in around 11 pm. The blue sky Friday morning looked like it was behind gauze. The Clear Sky Clocks looked butt-ugly through Saturday night, so I packed up, spent some time telling lies with Ken Naiff, Steve Coe, and Mike Wiles, and then drove home. I think Lynn Blackburn was still there sacked out somewhere. So, it was a lot of effort for a few hours of observing. Most memorable was NGC 750. I was surprised to see 2 tiny discrete glowing blobs and figured this had to be a pair of colliding galaxies. I see today it is called the “dumbbell galaxy” together with NGC 751. Both are ellipticals, which is apparently unusual for colliders. No dumbbell through the 25”; it was 2 separate galaxies for sure. I was really affected by the sight of this object and got put into a reverie. I was here witness to an eerily silent cataclysm of cosmic proportions unfolding at an inconceivably great distance with nothing between it and my soul. Here in the tranquility of the dark-sky Arizona desert I was getting a freeze-frame of an upheaval that started long before humans appeared and will continue on long after we are gone. A time interval where a freeze-frame is longer than the ice ages. I think I was so moved because a palpable sense of the immense time over which the universe evolves combined here simultaneously with the usual appreciation of the great distances that cause these blazing island universes to be such tiny little objects. It became a human encounter with the vastnesses of both time and space that cannot be otherwise experienced. This alone was worth the whole trip cut short by clouds. This lifelong passion to experience the universe with human eyes is lots of work, time-consuming, and expensive. It is regularly frustrated by clouds, wind, turbulent atmosphere, fatigue, shoddy build quality of commercial telescopes, and relentless pressures to do other things more tangibly productive. But even brief encounters like this one continue to make it all deeply meaningful and worthwhile. I'm already longing for the next New Moon. I know many of you feel exactly the same way. Videmus Stellae!! Paul Knauth -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.