That's my favorite salutation to my Astronomy friends, for me it has the same meaning as "I hope you win the Lottery tonight!"
Standing in our backyard one night I recall my Dad pointing to a fuzzy spot overhead and say "Son, that cluster of stars is called the Seven Sisters". I didn't ask him how he knew, I just took it as gospel, and never forgot. He was right.
In 1972 I bought a small 3" refelector to look at the Celestial sights of the Hill Country. Back then Jupiter's great red spot was firery red, not a washed out pink as it looks today. Renewing my interest in Astronomy for the 1986 Halley's Comet return, I purchased a 8" reflector and have been a "born again Astronomer" ever since.
The peace and quiet of a late night's observing session is sometimes as if Nature herself is whispering in my ear.
I hope you enjoy these images as much as I have.
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