The next observatory was not run by ESO, but was a private "amateur" installation near San Pedro, actually run by professional astronomer, Alain Maury.
To say that the seeing was "good" does it an injustice.
It was phenomenal and the stories you may have heard of seeing shadows cast by the Milky Way are true.
wife were gracious and wildly funny hosts.
The observatory is run both for research, as Alain
has discovered two comets and a number of asteroids, and for public outreach.
Over the span of 4 hours, Alain
would show us sights as diverse as the Lagoon Nebula, and 47 Tucanae, which started looking like the photos.
And of course, the hot chocolate his
wife served us made it even all the more special.