Last night was the big Thunderbird Park Star Party in North Phoenix. What a grand night. Everything was just about perfect. A big thank you and hats off to Jack Jones for arranging this! The weather was perfect and the skies great. About a dozen and half telescopes were set up and as darkness fell the crowds arrived. It was hard to tell how many people were there, but it was surely in hte hundreds. While the Sun was up my assistant Leah Hopkins (granddaughter) helped me set up my 8" LX90 telescope and view some Sunspots. This was her first star party and she had a great time. The Moon was nearly overhead and half illuminated (I know it was half, but called a quarter Moon, dumb). As most know, this is an excellent time to view the Moon as the craters along the terminator have lots of contrast. We could even see illuminated mountain tops in the dark area of the Moon. This was good even while the Sun was up. The ISS was supposed to make an appearance, but it looks like it was either too bright out or too far South behind a big hill. As the Sun dimmed Venus and Jupiter popped out. Mercury was supposed to be there too, but it was probably too low behind some objects. Jupiter was a bit fuzzy due to the low position and great amount of atmosphere the light was traveling through. Even so the bands could be easily seen and there were three moons visible. For the grand finale Saturn made an appearance to the East. Titan was just above the planet and the scene wowed many observers. I think the Star Party was a huge success. Again, THANKS JACK! 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.