Friday, Nov. 1, 2013
Canyon of the Eagles Star Party
6:30 - 10:30
I arrived at the viewing field at 6:30, the grounds looked ok and the building was secure. I opened the observatory and prep'ed the scopes for viewing. By 7:20 no guests had arrived yet. I had hoped that some would show, as I was anticipating the arrival of the ISS. It was scheduled to breach the western horizon at 7:36 and take a low track toward the south. Sure enough, right on schedule, it appeared and moved in an arc from west to south rising to about 10 deg at its zenith. The ISS passed just under Venus and began to dip just under the Tea Pot asterism, then slowly descended to the horizon almost due south. I wish some of our guests could have shared this view, however it was not to be.
Shortly after that folks came and the number grew to 11 by 8:00. I spent a short time describing the facility and the scopes, then did a laser tour. The sky was beautiful, no clouds, temp. comfortable at 72, Transparency 10/10, Seeing 5/10 and the humidity was listed at 28%. We viewed M31, M110, M2, M8, M20, M13, M57, double-double, Alberio, and a magnificent Milky-Way.
There were 18 guests at one time, then they started to leave, saying it was getting chilly, as the temp had dipped to about 58 deg by 9:45. The last guests left at 10:20.
I closed down and was gone, Jim S