Last Saturday of every month...
Posted 29 July 2013 - 11:52 AM
Based upon this I am considering the idea of moving this show over to the community park and putting a time/date/place up on the community facebook page. I just need to make SURE the county controlled park has had the lights and the sprinklers turned off on those nights.
Posted 02 August 2013 - 08:57 AM
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Posted 06 August 2013 - 09:58 AM
The "first Friday" is easy for the public to remember, but the moon is at random phase, sometimes new and sometimes full. So during the months with no Jupiter or Saturn we have little to show people. this event takes place in a parking lot of a science center with most lights off, but still some lights present.
The "Saturday closest to first quarter moon" is guaranteed (clouds permitting) to have excellent stuff to show on the moon. If Jupiter or Saturn (or every few years, Mars) are in the sky, we have 2 or 3 additional excellent targets. This event takes place downtown with bright lights. The only drawback is that you can't as easily put it on your calendar as it moves around in the month.
To be as certain as possible of being able to show something interesting, I recommend the second schedule.
Posted 06 August 2013 - 01:07 PM
I go to our clubs monthly star party so my schedule can't conflict with that and I am semi-active with our outreach program. My schedule will flexible and I'll try to find the best Saturdays I can. I actually plan to bring my 14" SCT and my 8" SCT and set them up before hand. Lot of work setting up and tearing down but I think it would be worth it. I plan to start next month if things go well.