Re: [delmarvastargazers] My first star party
- Ray, it was nice to meet you and Pat (I was the guy setup across from you), and I'm glad to hear you had a good time. One of the things I really like about Delmarva Stargazers star parties is that they are really laid back and everyone is friendly and willing to share views. That's generally true of most amateur astronomers, but I think it's especially true of the Stargazers and their star parties. Sometimes the bigger regional star parties can feel a little impersonal, just because there's so many people, but Stargazer events always seem to be just right.Clear skies,Chris ToddOn Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 9:24 AM, Raymond Diedrichs <rdiedrichs2001@...> wrote:This was our first star party as well, and my wife and I really enjoyed it. Everyone was very friendly and helpful, and I learned a lot. I enjoyed the opportunity to look through lots of different scopes, and I would like to thank everyone for that.I'll also never forget looking at the moon through Don's 24 inch dob. What an image that was!Regards,Ray DiedrichsFrom: "david.heberling@..." <mail@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 8:23 PM
Subject: [delmarvastargazers] My first star party
While DSG was holding its 20th anniversary star party, I was attending my first. Since I live only 15 minutes away from Tuckahoe State Park, I did not have to campout at the star party. Thursday was the only day I could stay for most of the day. I had to go to work on Friday morning. However, my trip brought me back to D.C. for a 32 hour overnight Friday night. This allowed me to drive back home that evening to attend the festivities on Saturday. Unfortunately, I had to leave by 8:30pm to be back in D.C. that night for an early departure the next day.
I want to thank all of those who were kind enough to let me peek through their telescopes for my first observations since I was a teenager. I was not all that sure of what I would be able to see with my glasses on. With a little patience, I was able to see what each 'scope had to offer. First up was the crescent Moon, even before the sun had set. Then Jupiter in all of it's glory. The last thing I saw before having to leave was Orion's belt.
Finally, I was a winner of one of the door prizes. It was a Televue Plossl 20mm 1.25" eyepiece. That made losing some sleep all worthwhile.
Antares Launch UpdateThu, 18 Apr 2013 06:34:56 PM EDT
Orbital has confirmed the next opportunity to test launch its Antares
rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia will be no earlier
than 5 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 20.
NASA TV coverage of the launch will begin at 4:30 p.m. By the time
coverage starts, the launch window will likely have been reduced to 10-15
An attempt Friday was called off after review of the weather forecast.
The forecast for Saturday indicates an 85 percent chance of favorable
conditions. If needed, a back-up launch opportunity is available on Sunday.