Amateur astronomy through the eyes of a computer geek – Now with Full Frontal Nerdity!
||18:15 Boy scout troop due for a special program sometime this evening. Opened observatory and conference room to cool off at 18:25 hours. About 90F in observatory.
||Scoutmaster called my cell from Hollister, delayed, only ½ of the scouts had arrived there yet, est 21:00 arrival.
||Taking some time to look at the moon.
||Ed Huston arrived. Informed of Scouts late arrival. Ed and I began observing the moon and Jupiter while we waited. Also observed M13.
||First of scouts arrived. Gave an abbreviated version of the program I had prepared. Talked mostly about sizes and distances to various objects.
||Began naked-eye observing on the west pad. Used GLP to illustrate constellations. Second group of scouts arrived during this time, for a total of 13 guests (10 scouts, 3 leaders)
||began observing with the Challenger. Looked at Jupiter, Antares, M13, M31, M57, Alberio, the double-double, etc.
||Scouts had left, Ed and I tried but were unable to see M101, too much sky glow.
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