Last night was the Arrrowhead School Star Party. It was combined with a science fair. While there were many hundreds of people the timing and weather were less than favorable. I brought my 8" LX90 and there were at least 3 others from SAC. I set up at the entrance next to my Xterra while others had their gear transported out to a field. The star party was set to begin at 6:00 and last to 8:00 PM. I was set up at 6:00 PM, but of course it was still very bright out. I put a solar filter on the front of my LX90 and we looked at some Sun spots. There were a lot of clouds and most of the time we looked at clouds. Around 7 PM a lot of people came buy and want to look through the telescope. The Sun was too low and it was still bright out and lots of clouds. Many kids still wanted to look through the telescope so I let them. They just looked at coulds. I did hand out some handheld spectroscopes. The solar spectrum was easy to see as was some of the light's in the area spectra. Most were amazed at what they saw. So maybe there was some inspiration. About 7:30 PM I was able to see one bright star to the SW. I think it may have been Sirius. I put the Star Analyser spectrograph on an eyepiece and several people got to see the star's spectrum. As we approached 8 PM the clouds to the west cleared and Jupiter was available. Several peopl got good views of Jupiter, but since things were over at 8 PM most people had left. All in all it was fun, but certainly could have been better. As Jack Jones said, the timing was poor for a star party that ended just about when it should have gotten started and that time and date there was little to see from a bright city location. Jeff Hopkins Phoenix Observatory (187283) Counting Photons Phoenix, Arizona www.hposoft.com/Astro/astro.html -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.