With telescopes ready, a crowd, above, gathers in anticipation of stargazing after a walk on the trails of Fernandez Ranch, in Martinez. Youngsters, like 4-year-old Charlotte Banker, of Pleasant Hill, right, look at the crescent moon through an 18-inch Obsession telescope during the stargazing and ice cream social which followed the walk. The ranch was purchased by the Muir Heritage Land Trust in 2005, and is protected open space, providing habitat for a variety of wildlife.




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