Just a note to let anyone who is searching for new stuff I just wanted to say it might be several days til I have some new posts. I have put together a very formal review of the XX14i that I'll be posting either this weekend or early next week. I also have the original sketches to finish putting up and I'll do that. I'm just working through some very personal issues right now that will require my time. I'll be back in full force for the wanning crescent phase and new moon phase as more than anything I need to spend time out in the wilderness observing and hiking, giving me time to reflect.

On the good side I had a "surprise" arrive about a month early so that was nice. I'll be transporting that to its new home (that got done last week! good timing) over the next several days and that will be a good, very good trip. I'll try to remember to post some pictures of that. The monsoon season has hit and hit hard with lots of large thunderstorms here and lots and lots of clouds. It's killed my double and lunar observing I had planned! Weird weather pattern for the last year. I am thinking of keeping a weather log from the NesoNet Weather stations here to record the conditions and to track them over time. Figure I might find a patter? Probably not. Clear skies and good viewing where you are.

Based on a funny thread at Cloudy Nights I thought I might provide some laughs on astronomical observing (warning, some might one offensive so remember my favorite quote: "Those who are offended when offense is not intended are fools, and those who are offended when offense is intended are great fools." So, don't get offended, just don't scroll down!

From, Big Dobs come in handy:

Wouldn't you love a poster like this when you do public outreach?

Another Public Outreach:

Why Astronauts have job satisfaction:

Finally, the destiny of all old astronomers . . . looks like fun.

An ending thought I saw from another blog:

"Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion human beings have walked the planet Earth.
--Now this is an interesting number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred billion stars in our local universe, the Milky Way. So for every man who has ever lived, in this universe, there shines a star." (from Clarke's foreword in 2001, A Space Odyssey, 1968)