So Thandiani was great.. so many people joined us from three different cities: Lahore, Islamabad and Abbottabad. I, on the behalf of Lahore Astronomical Society, am very thankful for those crazies who drove all the way up to the 9,000 feet high peak.
It is always nice to be up there.. i think i have been going there for fifteen years now and the main reason is that Thandiani has extremely raw night skies and it has a great scenic beauty; plus for us 'land dwellers', mountains always have very pleasant weather. The above shot is the morning view from my mobile camera, just a few yard away where we were staying.
Though we were struck by the astronomers' nightmare (clouds and a bit of rain), the sky did allow us to set our telescopes and watch clusters, binary stars and planets. Milkyway is always one of the best treats a good night sky can offer us.
I enjoyed meeting my old astro pal Saif Sahib from Islamabad and my new friend Asadullah from Abbottabad. We had a lot of time for our heavenly and earthly talks and everything in between.
I so wanted to image from Thandiani but this time clouds won.. Also, this time i did notice a considerable decline in the quality of night sky there.. It seems the nearby city Abbottabad is growing fast and in a few years we will definitely loose the advantage of a light pollution sky at Thandiani.
Thank you again everyone who came for our two nights observation session at the mountains.. more trips coming up..