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Into the Wilderness

Early this morning we left civilisation at the invitation of Greenman, and headed west into the wilderness!

Greenman has a ‘green’ place out there (in the wilderness) and so the three of us travelled there together in the hope of doing some astronomy. I therefore packed my telescope in the back of my vehicle leaving barely enough space for my two passengers.

When we reached Lithgow, we stopped and I read the writings of a disgruntled local who had recorded his opinion of the town…

We then continued, until the road ended and we found ourselves driving across a stark landscape…

We eventually arrived at Greenman’s place. The greenness was immediately evident – note the solar panels…

The problem with not being on the electricity grid and producing your own power, is that you might die at any moment in a massive explosion…

The balcony…

Although we were now in the wilderness, soon after arriving, we went for a walk even further into the wilderness, where there isn’t even solar power…

Of course, Yuko took pictures and I wore the funny touristy hat that I bought on the cruise…

Greenman has ponds because he read in a book that you’re supposed to have ponds…

The astronomy situation was looking bleak. It was cloudy all day and the forecast predicted cloud all night too.

But at about 9pm, we went outside and the stars were visible! I therefore decided to setup my scope. However, by the time I had it set up, the sky was cloudy again.

We managed to glimpse Jupiter through thin clouds, so I pointed my scope at it. Greenman had earlier ridiculed the idea of looking at Jupiter, referring to it as a ‘boring planet’. However, we were able to see four moons, a dark belt and the red spot – making it non-boring.

After a while, the sky became much clearer and we looked at a few deep sky objects – a globular cluster, a dim galaxy and finally the Andromeda Galaxy which was seen close to the northern horizon between trees.

However, what thwarted us in the end was the insects. In the darkness, we couldn’t see them, but we could feel them constantly flying into us. They were very pesky indeed and caused us to give up after a relatively short observing session.

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Today a pesky cruise ship blocked my Opera House view! It’s the end of civilisation as we know it…

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