(WEB RESOURCES AT BOTTOM OF POST)
Though it has fewer venomous snakes than Grasslands dark sky preserve, the ones here near the harbour town of Tobermory are a protected species (you can actually get in trouble with authorities for harming them.) Thankfully, no snakes emerged and our 20-lb mascot Winston was snuggled up in the motel far from any dangerous tall grass.
Meanwhile, local astronomy guru Rod Steinacher was kind enough to spend the night showing me around the local stargazing haunts and he did NOT disappoint!
From the harbour (photo above) near the ferry docks to the Grotto to a Parks Canada lookout tower that lifted us 80 feet above the sometimes pesky treeline, the evening was an embarrassment of riches.
Here (left) is a photo of me weeing away the chance to see a brilliant meteor that the timer on the camera caught but I didn’t, as I got ready to browse the sky via the Star Map augmented reality app on my iPad.
For a review of the blow-you-away breakie we encountered the next morning, check out the last entry in my CAA blog on the subject (breakie, not astronomy or Tobermory ; )
WEB RESOURCES (links from Sky News magazine “Wilderness Astronomer” column)
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