[AZ-Observing] Arrowhead School Star Party

  • From: phxjeffx@xxxxxxx
  • To: az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 9 May 2013 11:06:23 -0400 (EDT)

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 

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.


Hopkins Phoenix Observatory
Counting Photons
Phoenix, Arizona

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