First of all, other than the actual stargazing, the one thing that I love the most about it is the “get-away-factor”. When I take that 30 minute drive along the Nature Reserve, I feel like I’m leaving my normal life behind me. My mind and my senses turn to a new task, taking in the trees, beautiful hills, fresh air, and ultimately that serene night sky. All of it put together stimulates my soul in such a way that helps me forget any troubles I might be having from the day-to-day grind. The tranquility of it is incredible and I’m sure you know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever spent time in awe of nature.
When I’m driving around, I like to spend some time choosing the ideal spot for stargazing. Usually, it should be in a clearing, near the top of a hill, or atop a stony area. Once I’ve chosen my spot and my gear is all set up, it’s usually just me, some nibbles, my tea, and the grand theatre of stars.
All this is part of the ritual. Since I’m just an amateur, I usually take my queues from Stardate to figure out where to point my gaze. Once my eye starts peering out there, I’m usually lost for a few hours!