One of my favorite things about going to the in-laws’ cottage is the chance to wander down by the dock and watch the setting sun. I like sunsets pretty much anywhere, and 2005 gave us some really good ones.
In May of that year, I was still playing with a relatively new point-and-shoot camera, and I wanted to see what kind of sunsets I might get during the the long weekend. Earlier in the day, it looked like there might be too many clouds on the horizon.
But as night began to fall, the colour started.
And then it went spectacular, even with my cheap camera.
Later on in August, I managed to catch one just near the house.
But at Thanksgiving, we were headed back to the cottage and en route, we got these shots.
Having finished the Carp star party on August 2nd, we headed up to the inlaws cottage for the weekend. It’s kind of a small family compound, and there are usually three or four sets of “aunts and uncles” (i.e., Generation 2), a handful of cousins and spouses (i.e., Generation 3), and sundry grandkids (i.e., Generation 4). It can get busy and 30+ is not an uncommon total number of people. This weekend was a smaller bunch, we only had 28.
After we arrived on Saturday, I was frequently asked, “Did you bring your scope?” I hadn’t this time — we just brought Jacob’s smaller scope. The Celestron NexStar 4SE is WAY more portable than my big 8SE, and it has the advantage of having crisp clear images given that it’s a Maksutov-Cassegrain design. We considered setting up on Saturday night, but there was a huge cloud moving in from the north, as there has been on several previous visits. » Read the rest