Saturday, June 30, 2012
CoE Star Party
Grounds seemed good.
Observatory clean. South door was ajar. I think it might open itself based on the way I see the door lock slowing unlocking itself when the door shakes in the wind. There seems to be some type of short in the read light switch that is next to the front door. I believe there is a short in the switch for the donations box light as well. I couldn't get them to come on until I was closing the roof, then the light popped on for a second and went back off.
Both scopes working well. Internet working .66mbs/sec down .44/mbps up.
Guests arrived soon after dark. The moon was big and bright but was able to show it off using the moon filter. Mars and Saturn were big crowd pleasers as well. Several guests took pictures with their phones through the eye pieces and I noticed a couple people even brought their iPads to the observatory. I quickly showed them all the best astronomy apps. The clouds were about 50-60% all night. But there were still many "oh wow" moments from adults and children that saw the moon or Saturn for the first time.
Left at 11:30pm