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Orion Nebula

By crumbs we don’t get many clear nights do we. In fact, it only seems to be clear on the third Wednesday of the month or when I’m out somewhere. But tonight, despite being a tropical -2C, it was just so beautiful out, so I dusted off the telescope and dragged it outside. I was wearing: the usual items on my lower half, which I’ll spare you details of, 2 t-shirts, 1 jumper, 1 very thick fleece, 1 big coat and 1 thick wooly hat. I was pleasantly warm.

Anyway, the reason I’m writing this right now is because I finally got to look at the Orion Nebula through the telescope. I’ve been looking forward to this and I wasn’t disappointed. This won’t be news to you old hands out there but it’s beautiful isn’t it. Even with my modest ‘scope you can see structure to the cloud, whisping away in different directions. It took my breath away. Then I looked away from the eyepiece and just looked around the sky. Worth losing the feeling in my fingers and toes for, any time.


This entry was posted on Thursday, December 9th, 2010 at 10:41 pm.

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  1. I trust the the items on your lower half weren’t borrowed from the lower half of your better half. ;-) I hear they work well but haven’t tried it. Besides ‘long johns’ sounds just a tad more acceptable.

    It was certainly a rare clear one though. Orion never fails to please however many times you see it. We had guests so I was only able to sneak out quickly for an eyeball view but the sky was a nice one. Great meteor sighting. An early Geminid perhaps?

    Comment by Ron — 10 December, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

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