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Back in the '80s I was way out on the side of a dark county road, north of San Antonio, observing with an 8" telescope. Only 2 or 3 cars drove by during the first 90 minutes I was there. Apparently one of the cars was some people who lived down the road because about 2 hours into my observing session a county sheriff pulled up with lights blazing and asked what I was doing. I explained that I was using a telescope to look at the stars. He laughed and said someone had reported a person on the side of the road "hugging a water heater". I guess a fairly tall, white, 10" diameter telescope tube being grasped by yours truly could look like a water heater to someone zooming by at 45 mph. I showed the officer Saturn and he went on his way. I packed up soon after.
Reminds me of something i saw yrs. ago in Ocampo, Coah. One nite i pulled out onto the only paved road into town and about a dozen men jumped up off the blacktop. they had all been laying there like a bunch of snakes, for the warmth, i figured. It was also the winter of the comet "Kotex", so maybe they were sky gazing. I never bothered to find out. It wasn't until yrs. latter that i thought about seeing that. Just one of those strange things in the Chihuahuan Desert. I also learned to drive with headlights off at nite, like the locals.
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