I'll take the blame for this one. The last three times I've driven my (uncovered) truck bed with foam padding to a site, it's poured (the last two "sites" were camping sites, but it still counts). This is the first time my scope had to endure the deluge, as well. I guess it really is time for a camper shell, which I've been avoiding for years. I escaped the worst of the downpour (and lightning) by spending half an hour under the overpass bridge at the Sentinel exit. Steve Coe, Dave Fredrickson, and I ended up staring at a sucker-hole sky after dinner at (gasp) the Space Age Lodge restaurant in Gila Bend (home of the November 13th Shrimp Festival), but were well aware of the prospects for heavy dew once clearing began due to the very damp conditions back at Sentinel. I almost stopped at Vekol on the way back, but noticed the damp road conditions there, as well. A four-hour round trip with no scope observing at all has to be the worst outing for me in as long a time as I can recall. I'd have to agree that it was the shortest star party I've ever attended. Still, it was fun hanging out at the Space Age, so all was not lost, of course. Now maybe by Sunday night it will start clearing out.... - Bernie ----- Original Message ----- From: <Jeffmight@xxxxxxx> To: <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, November 12, 2004 9:20 PM Subject: [AZ-Observing] Worlds shortest star party > As I arrived at Sentinel, Steve Coe and 2 other hearty souls were just > deciding to leave. The heavy rain and lightning was formidable. I decided > to try and > get some lightning strike photos during the storm. I got off 4 exposures > before the lightning stopped. 10 minutes later the rain stopped also. I > even got a > view of a few stars off to the southwest, but the night looked like a > bust. > On the way home the sky cleared to the west but by Vekol road I hit rain > again > which continued till I got to Phoenix. Jeff Vandecar > > -- > 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.