A good night at the Observatory

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The Moon was bright and illuminated most of the parking lot until after midnight, but the stars were out and shining brightly too.

Jupiter was gorgeous, and the Red Spot was visible as was a transitingJovian moon shadow.  Plus, I saw the asteroid Juno!

The sky was a kinda funky purple, magenta color in this long exposure–but I’m guessing the smoke cloud drifting in from the west had a lot to do with that.   Also, sky glow from Albuquerque to the north and behind the observatory added to the blend of colors here.

Fun times!

more digging for the observatory

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Observatory building is a slow process….especially when rain interrupts the digging schedule.  It’s been over a week since the last shovel of dirt was turned because it’s been raining every afternoon.

The dirt here is very clingy and gets really sticky when it’s wet.   The progress so far is above.  The final digging will show about a 2.5 feet deep footer for the slab that will support the walls.  Since the property has a gentle slope to it, the sticks serve as leveling helpers.