…and I can’t observe thanks to having done some damage to my left knee. It got twisted round at an unnatural angle yesterday morning and I felt something snap inside accompanied by an excruciating pain at the same time. I decided to ignore it in the hope it was nothing serious only for it to get worse and keep me awake last night. So, it was off to A&E this morning for them to take a look. I was in there four hours and, out of that four hours, I was actually only being seen by a member of staff for a grand total of about 10 minutes.
Anyway, when I eventually got seen, they X-rayed it, proclaimed it to be a possible ligament or cartilage tear and sent me on my way with crutches (which have to be the work of diabolical forces, I hate crutches), instructions to keep the knee up and an appointment to see a specialist next week.
This week has not got off to a brilliant start, I already have a
slight bad case of the ‘I wish I was somewhere else, that somewhere being the TSP‘ blooz and now this. It also means I can’t work this week and no work means no pay. Anyway, I’ll keep off it for a few days and see what happens.
Still, it’s probably the best time of year to do yourself a mischief – nights are too light for any serious observing, and I was only planning to do some sketching of the brighter Messiers and DSOs anyway. Knee damage definitely rules out using the big scope but I can probably still do something with my little scopes and binoculars. Small scopes can go in bags, although I don’t know what can be done about carrying my tripod outside…I must have a spare camera strap somewhere.
While feeling sorry for myself this afternoon, I browsed through some of the astronomy stuff I have gleaned from the net and other sources. There’s plenty of material for observing projects when I want a change from the Herschel 2500. I’ve downloaded some of the TSP observing lists and I already have Larry Mitchell’s Advanced Observing Lists on computer and in a paper file I brought home in 2008. I am getting an 18″ f/4.5 dobsonian from David Lukehurst, thanks to a tax rebate a couple of months ago (that paid half the cost and my aunt is lending me the other half), so I have a good chance of doing Larry’s lists, apart from the stuff that’s too far south to be easily seen from here. An interesting project would be to sketch each of the objects on the ‘easier’ lists. Ok, I won’t get an ‘observing pin’ for it, as the lists have to be completed in situ at the TSP, but it’ll be a fun project to do.
The dob, by the way, should be completed by the end of July, just in time for the return of the dark skies after mid-summer. Like most deep sky observers, I have always wanted a big scope >16 inches. Life got in the way of me getting one last year, as the savings I had needed to be spent on something else but the chance came round again, thanks to the tax refund and my aunt lending me money, and I took it.