Thom- Yes, but they can see the Moon thru a telescope from their backyard or the city where they live. They can't be blown away by a view of M51 or the Dumbell unless the moon phase is small. I don't mind the event a few days after full - as long as there is SOME dark sky. People do like to see the moon, but with an 8 day old Moon, nearly every scope will be showing it, Jupiter and Venus, period (Oops, scratch that, won't have Venus next year, though Saturn improves, as Jupiter rises much later). They will miss some truly amazing stuff like B86, the Triffid, Veil Nebula - you get the idea. We want to introduce them to astronomy, but also to what a really dark sky looks like. -Dean > I can wait....I was just looking at the Moon calendar and thought I would let people start thinking about what they want.to do. > > Wasn't it 2 years ago we had it real early and people wondered if they could > make it. We are almost hitting Riverside if go May 31st. > > Good thing this is a public star party, people like to see the Moon anyway. > > Thom > -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.