Friday Dec 21, 2012
CoE Star Party
Grounds good, EEO floors good. Internet NOT working. Both scopes working. Ealing tracked 100%. Donations light is working. The box contained $39 in donations and will go to the treasurer next meeting.
Upon arrival I noticed 2 of my limestone bricks along the walkway near the parking area were pulled up and lying sideways perpendicular next to their holes i dug. Who or what might have done that? I put them back temporarily as best i could. Will have to reset them next visit.
Inside the observatory, the tv filter screen was found to have come off and sitting on the desk leaning against the tv. Some minor scuffs and scratches to the tv screen by that fall. The tv's cardboard cover was still in place, but the screen fell down somehow. I cleaned it all up and replaced and put more tape around the edges to keep secure. I think the packing tape i used is bad. I'll get some better tape next time.
Whoever ran the observatory last, did not attach the Harlan finderscope lens covers in place. Please, operators.... do not make any KNOTS in the pull ropes to assist in making better anchors for tie down.Pew! I noticed a dead smell coming from the SW steel cabinet and found a dead mouse in the lowest shelf tangled in the mess of all those trash bags. Had to throw some of them away. It had shredded some paper towels it got a hold of somewheres (not from the plastic bins Dana had placed there months ago) and had to clean it out best i could. They get access from beneath the cabinet as there are shims on the floor to make it stand correct, and crawl into either corner side crevice behind the hinges. I didn't know there were holes there. I can stuff something solid there, like aluminum foil or wad some rag and stuff in there to keep that from happening again.
The guests didn't begin to arrive until 8pm. Saw one darn good meteor coming down out of the sky to the ENE. Everyone saw it as i was shining the laser at Orion rising low. Between the spotty checkerboard clouds, we saw the waxing gibbous Moon, Jupiter, M31, M42. The last family of 4 (from Fort Bend area near Houston) stayed a while seeing several demos on the big screen and remenisced about the last great time they were there back in 2011. It ended up clearing nicely, but the Moon was so bright, temps chilly with little to no wind.
Left at 10:42p temp 41º.