One pair of winter boots, a fleece, a down gillet, a buffalo and two woolly hats were required this evening. The rest was supplied by the bowl of stars that is the heavens.  Before dinner I had seen shooting stars interrupt the view of the multitude of stars in the pleiades.  I saw the band of Jupiter and his Galilean groupie moons.  I had picked out the double stars inside double stars around the plough.  Orion was just beginning to rise from the trees and it was time to go in and eat.  The scope stands sentry with the snowmen, ready for later.  Later I will try and pick out nebulae and clusters and the craters on the moon.

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