Agreed Jeff, it was a wonderful evening and the attendees were most appreciative - and inquisitive. I showed some Sun spots, the Moon, and Saturn during daylight to the early arrivals (the seeing was uncharacteristically solid at this point). A family had purchased a small scope for one of the children and I was able to correct its assembly and they were then able to view the Moon. Aside from the "usual suspects" being shown at nightfall, I targeted a couple globulars and a galaxy as well. Later on, I locked onto comet PANSTARRS and several SAC folk and a couple of attendees were able to pick out the really faint fuzzball. Toward the end of the evening a gentleman spent some time with me discussing various astronomy topics and clearly knew what he was talking about. He then said "when I discovered Hale-Bopp" and I immediately questioned him as to what he meant by the word "discover." He then introduced himself: Dr. Thomas (Tom) Bopp. In an instant the conversation became much more interesting. Bob Christ On May 19, 2013, at 9:44 AM, phxjeffx@xxxxxxx wrote: > 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. > > -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.