Then the lightning from a retreating cell to the NE began echoeing off the clouds. Then the wind changed from nothing to 15-25 miles per hour. One minute there would be light reflections off bands of high bands of clouds, then it would clear for a few minutes, then the wind would pound the scope, then it was calm...it never stayed the same.
I hurriedly put in the astro video camera, set it on a pretty high gain and found the target, then modified the integration time to 28 seconds. Under wind conditions, this means I live with the Dobsonian "jostle" that blurs the image, but at least I get the target.
Then a nice long band of cirrus, whose long line was traveling directly over the target, stopped any reasonable image. After 15 minutes, clearing, then 10 minutes of sketching, then the next band. Then the wind kicked up enough that I was afraid the Dob would topple off the platform. A little later I got one more brief look period and called it quits. Linda came and looked at the target at the end but it was not very impressive by that time.
There is a portion of a bible book called 1 Peter that warns of a common condition for a believer: a wide variety of trials but a common faith that can sustain us through them. This evening's observation period reminded me of that lesson. It was a minor many-faceted trial, but a good reminder of a larger more serious truth. (1Pet 1:6-7)