Things to do when you can’t sleep (xiv):


xiv : Astronomy

This hasn’t been an option for some time owing to our pathetic summer, but waking at 4.15 (BST) I did as I always do and peered through the curtains. Instead of the usual blank clouds I saw Venus and Jupiter rising spectacularly together, and bundled myself out.  I basked in their effulgence for a little while, and then RAN the 5″ scope from where it has been parked for two mortal months.  So I had a chance to look at Jupiter’s moons and the fat crescent Venus for fifteen minutes as they paled into the dawn sky.

There’s a reason why astronomers call their small telescopes ‘grab and go’. NB mine needs collimating.


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