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A Home Observatory in Poughquag

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Bob sometimes hosts small science classes from local schools. But most of the time, they'll look up at the sky by themselves for anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. "Some nights we'll come up here and we have our lounge chairs and we'll bring a brandy, turn on the music and we'll open up this tiny slit," Bob says. "We're looking at the stars, sipping our drinks and just enjoying."

The Antols document most everything. They tell me I'm the 248th visitor to their observatory. They keep track, because the 250th person to come through will get a commemorative gift, just as the 100th did. On my way out the door, I sign their guest book and they hand me a large postcard of the observatory. It's got some text in the corner: "We can see Uranus from here!"

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