Star gazing has been curtailed for the day on account of the clouds that have descended over Parkes for the day. However this didn't stop us visiting the town and eating some hearty $10 T-Bones before retiring for the evening. We visit "The Dish" tomorrow morning and possibly also an open cast gold mine before heading across to the wine growing region of Mudgee for wine/port/mead tasting for the next free days. Our attempts at celestial observation aren't completely abandoned. Hopefully we will find the clouds have parted when we visit an optical observatory on Saturday evening.