[pasmembers] Re: Washington school Friday Mar 2 Winds

  • From: Bob Christ <bchrist@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: pasmembers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2012 10:40:39 -0700

The winds will seriously degrade the seeing - so expect bright objects to look 
like celestial kaleidoscopes given the scope remains upright.

Bob Christ

On Mar 2, 2012, at 10:14 AM, insanas@xxxxxxx wrote:

> Terri, NOAA indicated 16 mph winds with gusts to 24 mph until 8 pm, then only 
> 13 mph winds. It may be possible to set up just south of the school buildings 
> since the winds are to be out of the north. That may give us somewhat of a 
> wind break. The main objects we will be looking at are the moon, jupiter, 
> venus and orion nebula, so a blocked Northern view won't hurt. We will have 
> problems polar aligning, but with 500 people, we will probably only have one 
> object per scope and they will be easy to find. If you decide to go ahead, we 
> need to make sure all our scopes that rsvp'd will show. I don't want another 
> year like last year when Frank and I were the only scopes with 500 people, it 
> was very stressful. I am willing to try it tonight, but everyone needs to 
> commit. If there is swirling dust, we just won't unload the cars.  Anyway, 
> let everyone know if it is cancelled or not. Take care, Sam

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