This year I was was hoping to go with my astro-pals (aka Axe Men - don't ask, I won't explain) to a dark sky observing site for a few nights of glorious skies. And every summer our family travels to north-central New Mexico for 2 weeks of vacation. And yes, the dates overlapped. Depressed.
Kind of like when the cafeteria at work has two dishes I really like on the same day after weeks of less appetizing fare. Well like that but orders of magnitudes worse.
Of course the family vacation is going to happen (and I love that time) but I realized that if I could somehow get some astro equipment to New Mexico I could attend the astronomy event, well virtually, or in spirit or whatever.
I have always had an interest in astrophotography ... hmmm, maybe I could pull together (aka buy new gear) and ship it on ahead. All without any real experience in astrophotography (though I am a complete camera hack). All decided about 8 weeks till departure.
Some ideas seem so beautiful, so crisp, so perfect at the time. Thus began the journey of the previous 2 months or so. We leave tomorrow morning. Follow along if you wish.
My hair shirt is packed.
This account is dedicated to the Axe-Men. With you dudes! All Hail the Axe.