Fanshawe C.A. Star Parties 2018

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Fanshawe C.A. Star Parties 2018

Post by DaveMcCarter » July 13th, 2018, 7:52 pm

Fanshawe Conservation Area is requesting two Thursday evening Star Parties, for July 26th and August 16th, both starting at 21:00.

The July 26th date is one day away from the full moon, so observers will be limited to viewing the bright objects Venus, Jupiter, Saturn (just past opposition) and Mars, which is coming to opposition at the end of the month. And of course the moon. There are also a few bright star clusters that might make suitable targets.

The August 16th date will have a five day old crescent moon in the southwest, ideal for lunar observing. Plus the four planets will also be in the sky. We will be four days past the peak of the Perseids meteors, so there should still be a few around to enjoy. And as the sky will be a bit darker we may get to enjoy other deep sky objects.

I will be talking up the events at our July 20th meeting. Unfortunately I will not be able to make the August 16th date. No astro talk is planned. As we are well within 5km of the airport, practically at the end of the runway, leave your laser pointers at home.

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Re: Fanshawe C.A. Star Parties 2018

Post by Peter Jedicke » July 15th, 2018, 4:09 pm

I volunteer to help out on August 16. The rebel in me wants to bring my laser pointer
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Re: Fanshawe C.A. Star Parties 2018

Post by DaveMcCarter » July 26th, 2018, 2:16 pm

An FYI.
Under Doctor's orders, I will not be able to hawl my big heavy telescope out to Fanshawe this evening. As I can't drive at the moment, I hope Jan will drive, and I'll have my little refractor on a tripod, assuming we have clear skies this evening.

I have not seen ANY responses to this post for this evening, so I hope people are planning to be there!

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Post by Everett » July 26th, 2018, 2:27 pm

I will come out tonight but will be coming from work so won't have time to go home and get the scope

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Post by H.MacI » July 26th, 2018, 2:46 pm

I'm going to try to make it out tonight. May be closer to 9:30ish though.
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Post by DaveMcCarter » July 26th, 2018, 4:21 pm

Hi Everett

Go home and get the scope. That is what is most useful at a star party.

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Post by DaveMcCarter » July 26th, 2018, 6:58 pm

Looks like once the last little storm moves threough, currently making noises just to the west of me, it will clear up and cool off and we'll have a good evening of planitary and lunar observing. The ISS makes an appearance, and perhaps if the air is clear enough we might get a look at comet PanStarrs C/2017 S3.

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Re: Fanshawe C.A. Star Parties 2018

Post by DaveMcCarter » August 1st, 2018, 12:56 pm

Thank You Everett and Heather for supporting London RASC outreach at Fanshawe Conservation Area. The attendees were thrilled with their views and with the answers to their numerous questions. I was pleased to meet a new and young London Centre member, and I hope he gets a great welcome Saturday evenings at the Cronyn and at our meeting.

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Re: Fanshawe C.A. Star Parties 2018

Post by Peter Jedicke » August 15th, 2018, 6:45 pm

Weather permitting, I will be at the boat launch at Fanshawe C.A. Thursday evening at dusk. Please come support the event with your telescope.
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Re: Fanshawe C.A. Star Parties 2018

Post by Mike.Hanes » August 16th, 2018, 4:11 pm

Fanshawe C.A just called me and canceled the star party for tonight. There is no hope for clear skies.
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