Posted By Dave budlong
About a week ago we got a new bigger scope, a 12 inch Orion, prior to that the 10 was our big scope. We live in town with a large store to the south of us. So now you have the facts of external circumstances that we work against, typically little time in the winter to observe and suburban light pollution. That being said I had never seen the Eskimo Nebula from the house, and its rarely worth driving somewhere else and risking the rain, so after getting the new scope it took a few days but we got one of those rare winter nights that are clear and that is not during full moon. Oh by the way we do get clear nights several times per winter they just all end up being within two days of full moon. I digress, so here I am out with 12 inch under the streetlight knowing full well that Saturn is a great starting point(of reference) to look for the Eskimo. So I begin to figure out where in relation to Saturn I need to point the scope, after about 15 or 20 minutes I have it, I have double checked the chart and triple checked the Sky software that came with the scope. At this point I start to zero in on it, Ok if the telrad is here in relation to Saturn than the Eskimo should be here... no... OK down and towards me a little....no, hmmm...OK push the scope east a little,DARN where is this thing.
"What are you looking for?" says my lovely wife of 10 years.
"It's a planetary Nebula in Gemini called the Eskimo, real pain in the backside so far." says I.
"What is it by?" says SWMBO(she who must be obeyed)
"Well according to the chart is by that star(DUMMIE IN DRIVEWAY POINTING UP TO THE EAST)and south of Saturn."says Dummie.
"Here let me try." says her sweetly.
So in we go looking at the chart and the software and me complaining and assuring her that this is no piece of cake. Then out we go into the cold dark driveway.
"Is this it?" she asked, (and while it was dark and I love her with all my heart I know she was) smiling smugly.
"Yes thats it." I grumbled. " I am cold, I'm going in the house."
With Valentines Day coming Up I just wanted say spend some time with the one you love doing something that you love.+