Green Lake Star Party

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Open to Public

Type: Star Party

Held on: Jul 28, 2012 (Sat) at 09:00 PM to Jul 28, 2012 (Sat) at 11:00 PM

Sunset Times:

  • Official at 08:48 PM
  • Civil at 09:24 PM
  • Nautical at 10:12 PM
  • Astronomical at 11:10 PM

Location: 47.680880, -122.341411

Event Coordinator: Mary Anderson

Green Lake Star Party

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Latitude 47.68088, Longitude -122.341411

Notes

The Green Lake Star Party of last Saturday night, July 28, featured the best sky in many months, five telescopes, a large public turnout, and many of the usual "ooh's" and "aaah's" over telescopic views of the moon. With clear skies stirring excitement, many passers-by and people who had come to Green Lake specifically to attend the star party had great views of the moon, the Ring Nebula, Albireo, and many other exciting objects through a variety of telescopes: a four inch Dob-mounted Newtonian, a four inch tripod mounted Newtonian, a 102 mm refractor (mine), an 8" SCT, and a 12" SCT. With these representatives of the major telescope types, belonging to members of Through the Clouds, (Bill, Ray, Deborah, Mike, and me) we were able to give the public a good idea of the range of telescope resources available. I also found that the large number of attendees seemed very eager for astronomical knowledge, and it seemed that we (telescope owners) spent much time explaining the telescope characteristics, constellations, star types, lunar features, and many other astronomical topics. I lost count of attendees, but I would say that at least 50 people used our telescopes and absorbed information about astronomy. It was the best star party experience in recent memory until our enthusiasm was "dampened" considerably by the onset of a serious amount of dew around 11:00. The 12" SCT was shielded by an ingenious dew shield made from insulation material, but other unshielded 'scopes soon succumbed to the dew and were literally dripping. So the party ended by around 11:00 p.m., and I noticed by the time I had returned to my home that clouds were reasserting their accustomed dominion of Seattle skies. But those two cloudless hours of great observing and interaction had made the evening a memorable one.
Mary Anderson

Summary

Number of Supporters: 5

Number of Attendees: 50

Number of Telescopes: 5

Duration (hours): 3.0

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