While it is certainly nice to stay cozy and warm inside these cold nights, if you dress properly you will be treated to some great views of the night sky outside. Gene Lucas and I will be making BVRI CCD observations of theta Orionis throughout the night. I have been doing some baseline work during the week. It has been chilly. Last night was in the 20's. Hopefully it will be a bit warmer tonight. Mid-eclipse is about 17 minutes after midnight, but we hope to get as much data on either side as we can. Perhaps in 65 days we can try again and will have more time with Orion above the observatory wall. Earlier this week I set up my 13.1" DOB in my driveway and let the neighbor kids view the Moon. The cold clear air made a fantastic view. I got a note from a fellow photometrist in MN who was out two nights ago doing BVRI single channel work on epsilon Aurigae. It was 8 degrees. And I thought in the 20's was cold. He said it there was no blowing snow, however. so it was a good session. Jeff -- Jeff Hopkins HPO SOFT Counting Photons http://www.hposoft.com/Astro/astro.html Hopkins Phoenix Observatory 7812 West Clayton Drive Phoenix, Arizona 85033-2439 U.S.A. www.hposoft.com -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.