Hammond, LA's annual kickoff to the holiday season, oddly enough called Starry Nights, was held last night. It's a street fair with all the typical stuff you'd find at such an event with one exception; the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society has a outreach event on the outer edge of the festivities.
This year we had a 16" Nightsky dob, a 10" and 8" Orion dob, an 8" Celestron Edge and my 10" Meade R. The crowd was down a bit this year to about 100 or so. Typically, we see well over 200. It was still a fun event.
Starting the evening, the young Moon was a nice object. I started out on NGC457 (ET Cluster). I was asked to show a galaxy, so I slewed to M31 and stayed there. The hilite of the evening was Jupiter once it elevated above the soup. The Galilean moons were in a near perfect line, so it made for a very nice viewing experience.
We had a good time and I got to visit with a couple of club members that I hadn't seen in quite a while. All in all, a terrific evening!
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