Paramount Park Star Party

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Open to Public

Type: Star Party

Held on: Mar 03, 2012 (Sat) at 07:00 PM to Mar 03, 2012 (Sat) at 07:00 PM

Sunset Times:

  • Official at 05:58 PM
  • Civil at 06:29 PM
  • Nautical at 07:05 PM
  • Astronomical at 07:41 PM

Location: 47.7402338, -122.3200539

Event Coordinator: Mike Langley

Paramount Park Star Party


Latitude 47.7402338, Longitude -122.3200539


The Paramount Park Star Party was equally successful and enjoyable with about the same number of participants: four SAS astronomers with telescopes and about 15 members of the public.  A major difference was that the Paramount Park Star Party participants were able to view Mars in the glory of its opposition because of a more exposed eastern perspective and because of the absence of cloud cover in the east.  In all other respects the two star parties were very similar, especially in the fun that was had by all.

The Paramount Park Star Party last Saturday night worked out well in spite of the poor weather. I arrived at 5:30 and set up my 90mm Mac. The Moon was the obvious target; well honestly it was the only target. A group soon gathered and before you knew it we had a star party going. Before long Venus and Jupiter were visible and now we really had the star party in full swing. Soon David Cook and a new member, whose name escapes me right now, arrived and we had two scopes to serve the public. Dave had an equipment failure with his new Orion 10" Intellescope (well, not exactly an equipment failure so much as forgetting to bring the whole scope to the star party). We all took pleasure in examining the moons of Jupiter, Venus in phase, the craters on the Moon, the Orion Nebula, the Owl Cluster, and other usual targets. Soon Mars was up and became the new kid on the block. Rick Dickson arrived and joined in. Around 8:00 the sky started to give way to cloud cover and it became apparent that we were done for the evening. All in all it was a successful evening with a dozen or more people who stopped by to view and ask questions. We left around 8:45.

Mike Langley


Number of Supporters: 3

Number of Attendees: 15

Number of Telescopes: 2

Duration (hours): 2.0



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