COE Star Party 11/01/2014
Temp 62 on arrival 55 degrees when leaving
I arrived about 6:20 .pm. Grounds good, lights working, internet working, scopes working. Couldn't get my iPad to connect to the Apple TV. However, Jim Sheets reported that it worked fine the night before. It might be my version of the iPad software, I'm looking into it. Mostly clear skies. About 10% cloud cover.
Jim Sheets stopped by early and helped setup. He put the Ealing on the moon, while I did the same with the Harlan. He was also nice enough to help out during the first part of the night while I helped get a guest setup on a front table with their first refractor.
I did the normal history of the observatory along with a little education on how telescopes work.
We had a great time viewing the Moon, Andromeda Galaxy, Mars, and the ring nebula. Many guests were also impressed with a couple of shooting stars and the laser sky tours. About 3 of us also had binoculars and I pointed out some of the best objects for that type of viewing.
Best moment of the night was several children going "Wow" when they saw the moon for the first time.
The moon was about half full so it was a little bright, many guest said they would return on a darker night to see what else they can see.
Secured the observatory and left just after 11 pm.
As I was leaving I noticed it looks like we might be missing a solar light near the exit in the parking lot. I only saw 1 red light glowing as I was pulling out. I may need to find a replacement.
But all in all another great night of outreach.. :)