[Chaos-l] Post-paddle public production...
walterfowler at gmail.com
Sun Aug 12 17:40:33 EDT 2007
On 8/12/07, Jon Stewart-Taylor <joncst at earthlink.net> wrote:
> Hi all. Jayme and i were at Farrington from about 9:30 'til just after
> midnight. Before the paddlers came in, we spent about an hour setting
> up and looking at tourist traps. The night was kinda mediocre, but not
> bad for mid-August: very humid, but the Milky Way was visible overhead
> and to the south. In the early part of the evening, Jupiter was Very
> Shaky. I suspect we may have been getting heat off the parking lot. As
> time whet on, it improved steadily.
> The paddlers got off the water around 11:00, and we showed two waves of
> them quite good views of Jupiter. One of the galliean moons started
> transiting shortly after we arrived, and was about half-way across by
> this time. Many of the paddlers managed to see the shadow. Most of the
> paddlers left after about 20 minutes, but some stayed to look at M13,
> M57, and several double stars: Alberio (beta Cyg), Ras Al Gethi (alpha
> Her), and Mizar and Alcor (Zeta Uma). Jayme even managed to find M17 (
> the swan/checkmark/omega nebula) without a finder or telrad: impressive
> We ended the night trying to put Kumar's (sorry for butchering your
> name) bino-viewer on our 'scopes to see what it would do. Neither my
> 10" nor Jayme's 6" had enough focuser in-travel to be usable.
> Not a bad night. Tomorrow the Perseids. Speaking of which, we saw
> several very nice sporadics, and at least a few early Perseids towards
> the end of the evening. Whetted my appetite for More.
> Tomorrows Perseid events start with a Morehead session at ECRA. Since
> they have to close at 11:00, we're continuing at the Farrington boat
> ramp from 11:30 'til whenever. I've already taken Monday morning off,
> but some of you may need to get in earlier.
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