This is the time of the year when my local astronomy club has its last few star public parties. Friday I took my big scope hoping to get some nice views of Saturn, some star clusters, and a few nebulae. It was a bit on the chilly side but the views were nice and visitors saw some really interesting things in the sky, It was fun to see the usual folks who bring their scopes or operate the club observatory scopes. After the star party we often go the the local Dennys restaurant for the get together that is called "advanced training". I suppose I do learn something now and then while chowing down on my midnight biscuits and gravy with hash browns, eggs and toast. The people in my club are friendly and knowledgeable, and are generally fun to be around. It is too bad we are done for the year but it was cold enough Friday night that my hands were freezing. I was having a harder than usual time breaking down my equipment at the end of the party because I was losing feeling in my fingers. I am looking forward to next spring when star parties start up again. In the mean time I am going to break out my winter astronomy apparel and keep on going even if I have to use my snow blower to clear a place to set up.
Edited by Jeffmar, 19 October 2019 - 02:35 AM.