It can get COLD while doing astronomy. Really, cold. I haven’t been this cold since I left Colorado. Luckily, where I was had zero moisture in the air, so despite being below freezing there wasn’t any snow or frost. However, I did not use any lotion, and I think every pore of my skin is now cracking open.
I rubbed my leg through my pants (big mistake) and now have, what looks like, a 3″ road rash on my shine. Evidently, denim can also act as sandpaper in the right circumstance. I am afraid to scratch or rub anything else for fear of opening other wounds.
I also learned that there are a great number of nebula that I have yet to image. I found an intriguing nebula, NGC 2174, also known as the Monkey Head Nebula located in the constellation Orion. I haven’t imaged in Orion for awhile, because I think everyone has at least a dozen shots in their portfolios of the great nebula. Of course, I can’t find my images of the big O nebula to share with you at the moment. So instead, here is a quickly (and badly) processed image of the Monkey Head that I did manage to take while freezing my ass off.
I promise a better version when I can process the data.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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