Sat October 12, 2013
Canyon of the Eagles Star Party
6:30 - 10:00
Upon arrival, I noticed that the grounds were getting shaggy and needed mowing. I swept the floor and noticed the Harlin's finder scope dust covers were missing, but located them in the metal cabinet.
The sky was overcast and rain was expected, I opened the roof and side doors, but did not set-up the scopes. By 7:15 there were 70 guests in the building, as we had 3 Scout Troops in house at COTE and this was a mixture of Scouts, Leaders and parents. I spent some time describing the telescopes and their operation to the group, then did a sky tour on the big screen. I had just switched to "Exoplanet" to explore the Universe when the first rain drops began... I closed the roof quickly (just in time) as a gust front hit us, then the rain started in earnest.
We were in a serious thunder storm. The wind was pushing rain into the observatory sideways, so I quickly closed all of the side doors. For the next 30 minutes communication with the guests was impossible as the noise on that tin roof was deafening. Finally, the rain let up somewhat and I continued the presentation in a loud voice. The guests indicated that they could hear ok.
After the TV presentation at about 9:30, most of the folks left, only 2 remained and we talked for a while.
For those of you who think that our observatory is rain proof, well you're wrong!
There are a few leaks in the roof, one of which is right in the middle of the north desk. For the most part, the roof did a good job of protecting the telescopes, but in a wind driven rain storm, it is not completely water proof.
At 10:00pm I made sure everything was put away properly and departed, somewhat soggy.
Thanks, Jim S