Rick, You may be the fortunate one observing from the comfort of home :) I had a fine time from about 4pm when I arrived at Sentinel Fri afternoon until about 9pm when the humidity soared over 80% and quickly rose to 90%+ at which point my humidity meter's upper range limit was reached (it reads from 20-90%). All of my plastic stuff was soaked and dripping with dew by 9:00pm and the metal parts of the telescope started to drip around 9:30 so I covered the scope and decided to take a nap for an hour or two until Saturn and Orion and some other stuff I wanted to see were up higher. For some strange reason I hoped that the dew would abate by then. Definitely did not happen. I like to sleep in the open back of my pickup but that turned out to be a mistake too in 90%+ humidity. I immediately noted that my sleeping bag was getting wet so I put a big tarp over the back of the truck so I was under a tent of sorts. Left a breathing hole over my head so I could see the stars. Seemed cool until I dozed off and woke up about 11:30. All of my stuff was totally soaked by then, plastic and metal parts were dripping water. Big puddles of water were on my observing seat, EP case, telescope cover, etc and the tarp over me had large puddles floating on it. Those puddles spilled right onto my sleeping bag when I tried to get out of the truck. Of course the sleeping bag was already soaked from the dew dripping off the underside of the tarp. I was able to wring water out of my pillow it was so wet. After inspecting the scene, I was not inclined to expose my precious Mewlon to that dew so I went back to sleep (sort of since I was sloshing around in a wet bag) and departed in the morning. Most of the other folks apparently intended to stay for Sat night but I chickened out. I hope the dew did not return for their sake. I did not count but I guess there were about 10 vehicles in attendance. A couple of other folks left before me. I was talking to Dick Harshaw in the morning and he said that the seeing and transparency became near perfect around midnight on Fri which really ticks me off since I did not get to see that via the telescope. Seeing was getting better and better as I observed during the evening and I was getting solid Airy discs on dim tight doubles by 9:30pm. High humidity improves seeing according to folks I have talked to who live in Houston and other high humidity spots. I was amazed by the Phoenix light dome from Sentinel. I had driven about 140 miles south and west from home and Phx still loomed large. I don't remember the dome being so big compared to my last visit to Sentinel over a year ago. Anyway I had fun while it lasted and enjoyed talking with the other folks. Next time however I will take closer note of the humidity forecast :) Regards, Bill Wood Fountain Hills, AZ > As I said, it wasn't Sentinel, But it was better than doing > nothing. Hope > those out at Sentinel had a good time, I await their reports. > > Clear Skies > Rick Tejera > Editor SACnews > Saguaro Astronomy Club > Phoenix, Arizona > SaguaroAstro@xxxxxxx > www.saguaroastro.org -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.