Friday April 6, 2012
CoE Star Party
Grounds mowed, 85% than usual (12" tall flower stems around the N field) made for rubbing beneath the car. Harlan working, Ealing tracked 80%, Internet working .51d/.44u. I returned the Ealing finder eyepiece. The crosshair wire is disfigured a little, but still shows in the center. I need to replace all Ealing velcro, though.
4 Cars waiting at gate as I was a little late due to my church's Good Friday service orchestra special (I play trombone). I was certainly pretty exhausted already as 7-11a worked at my job, hauled off a 16x6x3 trailer full of brush (offloaded myself), came home and raked, filled 6 bags of limbs/leaves clippings, played the horn for 30 min at church, then drove to EEO.
Mostly high cirrus clouds allowed only the planets (Venus, Mars) and Full Moon. That was it, Orion belt stars not visible, but Sirius, Betelguese. The seeing was maybe 6/10 by 11:30p and I upped the Harlan to 847x on Mars with 2 barlows. Very nice, the N polar cap was super easy (just a white dot now) and dark markings were excellent. They matched my Starry Night display perfectly. All in all, a very pleasant crowd, some returnees from last week.
Left at 12:10a, temp 68º. ps-Emptied trash last week 3/30.