February in Abu Dhabi, has a dark nights of winter and like many thousands of people around the world, we find the sight of a dark, star-filled sky inspiring moment, there is no better time than the nights of winter to get started as an astronomer.
To start with, here are my five things we learned to this stargazing trip!
Lesson# 1: Checklist of equipments
Before you missed the opportunity of enjoying the stargazing make it sure you have a check list of equipments, gadgets and other things to run through with upon packing in your vehicle to make it sure nothing left behind. Since February is a cold season in UAE, we never forgot to bring jacket to fight against the cold weather.
Lesson# 2: Considering nature’s condition
We reached the place while the sun still up and we appreciate the beauty of the desert in Abu Dhabi, from that time till sunset it brings beauty to the place. The area is not a real desert area but it is good enough for stargazing. The wind blows strong up to where we almost packing up and reschedule for the next time. Luckily, the wind stopped, and as the darkness engulf the place the temperature drop to unexpected range.
Lesson#3: Equipment condition
The plan is to stay in the place until early morning but the stargazing terminated early due to unexpected situation. Initially, it was a windy environment, then it become calm. We set-up the equipments as it is, and not considering to the possible situation. We enjoyed sky watching at first as we aligned the telescopes to have a good accuracy. The evening deepens and the sudden drops of temperature that builds up dews to the equipment. We tried to warm up the telescope by using dew warmer but it’s too late. Our visual worsen up to the extent that we need to terminate the activity.
We took some photos, we enjoyed the place and we have lessons learned.