Tales from THE EYEPIECE
Stories and strange tales from the world of amateur astronomy by Jonathan Powell
Several months ago I spent a long time queuing behind an elderly gentleman at a car park pay and display machine, only to discover he was only interested in how the machine worked and didn’t actually want to buy a ticket! Like the machine, I too have experienced inquisitive staring from strangers while out observing, but I’ve never pretended to stargaze as an excuse. Once while out driving at night, my brother was stopped by the police and asked what he was doing. Thinking of me, he replied he was an astronomer looking for an observing location. He was expecting a barrage of questions or sarcasm, but the officers were pleased at his honourable leisure time pursuit and sent him on his way. May the force be with you!
Email your own tales to Jon at TalesfromtheEyepiece@themoon.co.uk
Jonathan Powell is the astronomy correspondent for the South Wales Argus