Telescope shroud attracts visitor!

I uncovered my scope the other morning and was fairly surprised to see an enormous “spider” on the shroud.

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It measured 12 cm (5”) tip to tip. OK it has a tiny body (about 8mm) but nevertheless it was quite a shock. I had never seem one like this before. Doing some research it is not a spider, but a member of the Opilione family, this one being commonly called a “Harvestman"

AstroKeith 2018