Yeah, I could have figured out what it was. At least, what it's name was, what we call it. But that's meaningless. Doesn't tell you anything about the object. Well, I live in a seriously light-polluted environment, like Bortle Thermonuclear. So looking south, the most open sky I have, I could see Fomalhaut, Diphda, and..... that's about it. Saturn was behind a crepe myrtle. Jupiter was pretty much gone. I had my ES AR102 out because earlier this evening I was trying to switch out the straight through finder with a Celestron 9x50 RACI. Not the brackets, just the finders themselves. Didn't work, the diameter of the Celestron is too small for the adjusting screws. That's not too hard of a fix, a trip to the neighborhood hardware store. The one that gives beer away. Free.
So now I wanted to see some something, I don't care what. Started sweeping north and east of Fomalhaut, and found a beautiful reddish star. I love refractor stars. Different than what you see through an SCT or any other reflector. Pure unobstructed light. Tight and crisp, light like a cut gem.
I looked at that star for a while, I didn't observe it, I didn't study it. I sure as heck didn't image it. I hate that term. Image is a NOUN, not a verb. Everybody images now, nobody takes a photograph, they sure don't just LOOK. I had a guy in my club, I didn't know him, he approached my Skyshed Pod at my club's dark sky site, said he had always wanted to have a look inside. Then he says, with the same tone of voice and inflection as if he had said "You don't change your underwear?", he said, "Do you IMAGE from in there??" No, I look. I see, I observe.
I looked at that lonely red star, and thought: I see you. It was a ridiculuous connection, but it was a connection, nonetheless. Absurdly tenuous, across who knows how much space and time? Doesn't matter. It's far beyond possibility. And that's what makes it cool, because no matter how far, there was still a connection.
Edited by khingdheano, 18 October 2019 - 11:24 PM.