THE EYEPIECE

This month’s tale comes from Birm­ing­ham Astro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety sec­re­tary Paul Tru­elove

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One night in the 1980s I was set up at 2am in my gar­den with a 6-inch re­flec­tor, poised for a lu­nar oc­cul­ta­tion of Venus. Alone in the dark, I drew a sud­den in­take of breath as a large warm mass slid along my leg. Jump­ing away from the eyepiece, I looked down to find next door’s cat hud­dling up to me for some night-time warmth! My sur­prised re­ac­tion caused the fe­line in­truder to scarper into the night. Luck­ily, the furry in­cur­sion didn’t mar my pride at hav­ing given a talk in the pres­ence of one Sir Pa­trick Moore ear­lier that evening. Be­ing a cat lover, Pa­trick may have ap­pre­ci­ated the Venus-fe­line con­junc­tion. In the im­age above, I’m pic­tured with Pa­trick at Kitt Peak Ob­ser­va­tory… or should that be Kitty Peak?

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