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The Rule of Twos

August 26, 2017

I still have an eclipse observing report to get posted, but I wanted to pop in and memorialize a nice little quick-peek session last night. London and I decided to pop out into the driveway and see the young crescent moon and Jupiter. At first we were just going to use his little 60mm Meade refractor, but then we decided it would be nice to have two scopes going, so we brought out his XT4.5 as well. Both the moon and Jupiter were low over LA and the seeing was not good, so we stayed at low power. Although we did a bit of switching back and forth, I mostly used his refractor and the 28mm RKE, and he mostly used the XT4.5 and the 25mm Plossl that came with it. We traced the lunar terminator and marveled at craters whose rims were just poking up into the sunlight.

I only realized after we packed up that we’d followed The Rule of Ones, but doubled: two people, two scopes, two eyepieces, and two targets. After all the eclipse mania, it was nice to have a simple, relaxing grab-n-go session. We both agreed that we should do that more often – but then, we say that about almost every one of the million or so things we do.

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One comment

  1. A friend and I are proof that astronomy is, indeed, an aerobic sport. Running back and forth between two scopes keeps the blood flowing — and a gentleman never leaves an empty eyepiece! We made it our viewing challenge which provided many hours of great fun. My friend recently passed away and left me his 15″ Obsession; it’s only one scope but many will benefit.



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