At 09:10 PM 6/15/98 -0400, Carol Simmons sent: >Yes, I'm one of the lurkers resulting from the "Astronomy" magazine >article. I'm jealous. You see, we in upstate/western New York suffer from >Lake Ontario/Erie created clouds. And my lovely rural home is surrounded by >beautiful trees. As a VERY amateur astronomer, I've come to expect such >interference during any "neat" celestial event! I want to be Ed's neighbor >in Texas!!!!!!!!! You know, I grew up in south Texas, and I love Texas very much. However, I'm now in the Air Force stationed in New Mexico. Let me state that the New Mexico skies are the clearest I've ever seen. here in the eastern part of the state, where the land is mostly flat, the visibility is BAD when you can only see 80 miles! Yes, 80. Eighty. WOW! And, if you take the time to drive out away from town, the light pollution goes completely away. Milky Way? Looks like a white silk ribbon on a good night. <snip> > And oh yes, remember when you could earn a pin for sighting Mir....yup, >I've got one of those pins!!! I never knew that -- is it too late? Earl Interested in the Continental Divide Trail Mailing List ? Contact KD5XB@AMSAT.ORG for more information.