« on: March 18, 2013, 11:47:31 AM »
After a few tense moments they realize that I am not sitting with a cannon getting ready to lob projectiles at our nation's capitol but instead trying to photograph Saturn's rings.
Moral of the story: You can get into a lot of trouble when people with guns mistake what you are doing.
Second moral: Police can't tell the difference between a dobsinian telescope and a cannon in the dark.
When I was a younger man with a full head of dark hair, Pope John Paul II visited Guam while I was stationed there. Some friends and I were set up on a hill overlooking the podium he was to speak from, I had a Pentax ME on my orange C8 (2000mm f/10) to take photos. Not long before he arrived, a van pulled up and several armed federal agents came over to see what I was up to...I'd been spotted by security folks who were on higher ground. Showed them it was a telescope and camera, the lead agent radioed in that all was okay. We went back to beer and waiting. Who knows how things would go down today.