Thank you Eric. 6pm potluck. I'm preparing for the class. Here's what we have thus far: Scopes attending: Eric Alfred Don Peter & Wife (maybe) Rodney Howard Kevin Witts - Maybe PAS Members attending but without scopes: William Terri Mike Bob David & Melinda (Dr Who fan) - Wear your Dr Who shirts tonight! Who's in the potluck? No one has signed up for the potluck. I just did, but i'm not sure what we are bringing, as we have discussed pizza or rotisserie chicken. not sure yet. What are you bringing? So, I see these folk bringing food to the potluck, but they haven't signed up for anything yet: Howard: Green beans & Corn (YUM!) William & Terri: Pizza or maybe a rotisserie chicken & some side. Rodney: Dessert Bob: Usually brings something that has to be warmed up at Mike's, but is very tasty. Pete: ? Don ? Mike: case of water & Ice Now this is all based on the idea, we are having the event, for the minimum of socializing, and hopefully some observing. I'm compiling the homework. It is suggested you print the pages and bring them to class. Many thanks to everyone who submitted their homework. Those who didn't do the homework, aren't passing the class J/K. So, here is how class will go. Since we only have Alfred and Pete as new members, let's make sure they are set up and ready. Alignment, etc. Sunset is 6:20pm Once aligned, lets all focus on something bright in the sky. by 6:20 we can see Mercury, Saturn and Mars. Then, when it gets dark enough, let's have a sky tour by Eric. Dark is 7:45pm so around 8pm, sky tour. That will put us in the mood to star hop. Mercury sets 7:15pm Saturn set 8:45pm Mars sets 9:30pm - ish Let's be sure to observe these three planets, if possible, before they set. Then, we will begin with the objects that were gathered for the homework. I have made slips of paper with an object on each piece. I will bring a bag from which to draw them from. William or I will start the process. Draw one object, and the person who submitted that homework item will talk about what they found out about the object. You can read from your homework, if you need to. Let's share the info about the objects, and then star hop to find it. Everyone goes to each object together. When we have all viewed through our own scopes and other scopes, and hopefully Eric's scope, then we will move to the next object. The person who's object that was, draws the next piece of paper. And we continue through the night like that. Anyone with star charts should bring them to help out. I didn't ask for coordinates of where these objects are, so it is up to the person who submitted them for homework to help me know where they are in the sky, so i can help others learn how to star hop to it. Remember, our goal in this class is to share knowledge of how to find the objects, and knowledge about the objects. Everyone with a scope should be looking for each object as we go through the list. When the night ends, by either uncooperative weather or we get tired, use the rest of the list to observe for the next month. If the objects are high enough off the horizon, and not to the West or S.West, we should be able to see them into October. Let's have a super time tonight. I will bring plenty of Advil for my ankle and the migraine I currently have. Terri, Event Coordinator Many thanks to Eric & William for their help running this class. If you have an idea for the future NSTS, send it my way and we can incorporate it into the event. Now, back to compiling the homework, so you have time to print it before class tonight.