Desert Observing 1-13-12

Last Friday night in the Mojave Desert was great. The sky was clear and transparent. There was a very slight breeze and the temperature was about 42 deg. Saturday morning the clouds came it and stayed all day. Saturday night there was a big hole in the clouds over our head and the sky looked pretty good but the ari was cold.. Butch and I got our cold weather gear on and uncovered my scope. By the time we were ready observe the clouds closed in on us. Sunday morning was clear but at 10:00 am the wind started to blow. It blew all day and into Monday. The trailers were rocking and the temperatures felt like freezing.

Mark Dynge brought his solar scope but we could not use it due to cloud and wind. Mark and his cycle buddies got a lot of riding in. The wind and cold didn’t seem to bother them.

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Greg Eckes


I am a retired music teacher. I make custom violins and violas. I play violin in the Tulare County Symphony and fiddle in the Tule River Bluegrass Band. I like camping and astronomy.


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