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Next Dark Sky Public Star Party Carp Diefenbunker TBD
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Next Dark Sky Public Star Party Kanata Chapters TBD

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Carp Star Party – good attendance, poor sky

The RASC star party at Carp Library went ahead last night.  About 15 scopes, including quite a few people who were at their first star party, and several who were literally using their new scope for the first time.    Several OAFs among the scopes.  I recall 6 of us — maybe more that I didn’t notice. I would guess about 100 non-scope visitors including, again, many people for their first time.

One nice event — a couple were there with a newly-bought scope, and got help assembling it. The scope was actually a gift for a friend, who they had invited to join them at the star party and presented with the scope as a surprise.

Scopes arriving and setting up.

Scopes arriving and setting up.

Unfortunately, the sky wasn’t as cooperative.

The evening started well — just around Sunset Jupiter was spectacular in the South, with fair seeing.  Everyone had a good look.  Saturn rose through a low layer of cloud in the western horizon and many people had their first look at Saturn, with the appropriate “ooohs” and “aaahs”.  The view wasn’t very good, as it was low and in the soup.

However, there was a nasty dark bank of clouds in the West which eventually covered more than half the sky.  By 11:00 I had succeeded in showing only two DSOs to visitors – M3 and M13 through sucker holes, and neither of those lasted very long. I gave up at 11:00 and packed.  By the time I was leaving — 11:30ish — I think the few remaining scopes were having more success, as the clouds cleared somewhat.

See you at the next one.

New OAFs Site

OAFs, the Ottawa Astronomy Friends group, has done a much-needed refresh of its web page. Welcome to the new site. Please forgive the dust while we finish construction.

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