May 30-31, 2019 at KW star party near Goderich

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May 30-31, 2019 at KW star party near Goderich

Post by HenryL » May 31st, 2019, 4:50 pm

I dropped into the KW star party on Thursday evening. Mike Roffey and Pat Whelan were also there representing London, along with about 15 KW members.

It was a very friendly bunch, who were most welcoming of us.

Beer flowed freely, and though I don't drink anymore I enjoyed the creative craft beer labels, like Grand River's "Beam Me Up" !
There was lots of fun socializing, and evening turned to night. We joked about remaining optimistic of the weather. A look at the most recent forecast seemed promising, with drier 6C air moving in. Patrick played "Let's count all the stars we can see", but this ended ignominiously after Pat called out "one", as Vega disappeared back into the clouds. Friendly chatter continued. KW certainly has some first class story tellers!

Spirits lifted as the sky slowly cleared up, and by perhaps 11pm a more serious chatter ensued. "Anyone have a replacement CR123 battery?". "I forgot my 3.5mm power cable". You know. The usual. In reality, Mike R. did have to make an earlier run to Goderich in order to get a replacement battery for his laser collimator.

The field was muddier than in previous years, but it wasn't bad if you carried your equipment. Pat and I set up with a good view to the south.

People shared views through their scopes. Mike Roffey shared wonderful OIII filtered views of the Veil Nebula using his Sky Watcher Dob.
Mike from KW toured the sky with his 16 Dob. Views of Jupiter, M13, M57, and M11 through Ethos 100 degree eyepieces were amazing.

As I waited to photograph the StarLink satellites I sketched M6 and M7 using my 70mm 22x birding scope. Oh man, I can't wait to dig into Sagitarrius this summer. It's dripping with clusters and nebulae!
Ultimately the 2:30am StarLink satellite pass was a dud. We saw the first one go by, and that was it. After 10 minutes we gave up. I ended with attempting some Milky Way shots. I decided not to sleep over, and was home by 4am.

They gave a nice dark site, with good views in all directions.
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Re: May 30-31, 2019 at KW star party near Goderich

Post by HenryL » May 31st, 2019, 7:38 pm

Rhett, the organizer, asked me if I knew a tall, good looking man from London who had brought his 16" Dob to this event in the past. My mind drew a blank (pun intended) :lol:

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Post by Peter Jedicke » May 31st, 2019, 7:49 pm

Our club has many tall, good looking members who can draw a blank :-)
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Re: May 30-31, 2019 at KW star party near Goderich

Post by darmstrong » May 31st, 2019, 10:12 pm

Looks like a nice observing field.

You've got a bit of colour in M8 in that first shot.

Thanks for letting us have a peak at this event.

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Re: May 30-31, 2019 at KW star party near Goderich

Post by HenryL » June 1st, 2019, 9:43 am

Dale, I forgot to tell that the star image was a 30 sec. exposure with the T2i, F2.8 17mm setting on the Sigma 17-50mm, 3200 ISO.

Mike Roffey and I viewed M8 and M20 in the 70mm birding scope. I was really impressed by the colour that one can see visually.

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Re: May 30-31, 2019 at KW star party near Goderich

Post by mroffey » June 1st, 2019, 2:59 pm

Good to see you out there Henry, it turned out to be a good night. Friday night was a write off but lots of socializing. Looking forward to their event in September in Bayfield. Many thanks to the organizers of the event from the K/W RASC.

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Re: May 30-31, 2019 at KW star party near Goderich

Post by PatrickW » June 3rd, 2019, 8:41 pm

Thanks for the photos and the write up Henry.

I really liked that there were many cabins to stay in. Both small private ones and larger multi bunk cabins.
I got to cook in a big kitchen that would normally feed about 50.

Normally people drive out into the field to setup their scopes but the rain made it muddy so everyone stayed near the road.

They have another star party at this camp in September. I hope it is clear!
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