There is not a climate or location or season that I have not found interesting, although some present more of a challenge to the body. Summer nights on the Eastern Seaboard during the â€œdog daysâ€ are some of those mixed blessing evenings: full of dew, high humidity, and warm but also coupled with a unique stillness, varied summer sounds, and hazy air that spreads the moon light. We had two of those nights this week as the moon was low in the south-southeast and casting shadows with a slightly golden light. These are the nights where Linda and I sit with an iced coffee and enjoy the quiet in the moonlight on our observing pad. Normally an SCT gets pretty wet fast, but we rely on concrete pads or a sky shed pod â€“ both of which tend to mitigate the moisture issue as long as sketch times are less than an hour. Although she retired early each night, the time together was a good introduction to peaceful sketch periods. August 2 was for Shickard, using a Denk II binoviewer with 14 mm Antares and a C8.