Fanshawe C.A. Star Parties 2018

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Re: Fanshawe C.A. Star Parties 2018

Post by Peter Jedicke » August 16th, 2018, 4:52 pm

New date is Thursday August 30. Hope for better conditions!
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Re: Fanshawe C.A. Star Parties 2018

Post by H.MacI » August 16th, 2018, 10:29 pm

Awesome. I can be there for the 30th.
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Re: Fanshawe C.A. Star Parties 2018

Post by Mike.Hanes » August 30th, 2018, 9:20 am

Tonight is suppose to be The Fanshaw Starparty. The CSC is showing iffy transparency but the Aviation forecast is showing scattered clouds.
I will be there if it is a go.
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Re: Fanshawe C.A. Star Parties 2018

Post by DaveMcCarter » August 30th, 2018, 4:26 pm

I shall be there as well. Should be able to see the planets and a few deep sky objects.

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Re: Fanshawe C.A. Star Parties 2018

Post by ewap » August 30th, 2018, 4:30 pm

Are you really going. It looks like clouds are in the forecast



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Re: Fanshawe C.A. Star Parties 2018

Post by Frank » August 31st, 2018, 10:06 am

It’s been a while since I have been there, Is the boat ramp near the dam?

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Re: Fanshawe C.A. Star Parties 2018

Post by Frank » August 31st, 2018, 10:09 am

Sorry,apparently I have been traveling near light speed, I am a day behind. :oops:

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Re: Fanshawe C.A. Star Parties 2018

Post by Peter Jedicke » August 31st, 2018, 12:40 pm

The star night at Fanshawe C.A. was a qualified success last night (2018-08-30).
Mike Hanes and I arrived at the customary location, which is the picnic area beside the boat launch on the north end of the dam, about 20:00, under mostly clear skies. Mike set up his 42cm dobsonian. Dave McCarter arrived with his 25cm dobsonian. We looked at Venus, low in the west, where a bank of clouds was slowly creeping towards us. Mars, Jupiter and Saturn appeared as twilight deepened, and the clouds gradually covered them, one by one.

About a dozen visitors showed up and most of them got to see at least one of those planets in turn. There was also time to check out Albireo before the zenith was blotto. We talked about the news that researchers using data from the Gaia spacecraft have concluded that the two components of Albireo are much too far apart, along the line of sight, to be in orbit around one another. This lays to rest a long-standing issue for double star observers!

Two Iridium flares were predicted for shortly after 21:00, but the clouds prevented us from seeing them in all their glory.

It being Heather MacIsaac's birthday and last volunteer event before she returns to Nova Scotia for her final year of debutante school, we served up a birthday cake and sang her a celebratory refrain.

The evening ended about 22:30. The event coordinator from the Conservation Authority was pleased and expressed hope that events can be scheduled again next summer. The sky cleared up as the Moon rose, but we were already gone. Figures, don't it?
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