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Post by Chicago Astronomer - Astro Joe on Jul 8, 2006 0:29:00 GMT -6
Far Out Friday Public Observing Session at the Adler
For me, this was a pleasant, easy-going evening of public observing at the Adler's monthly event. The weather was slightly warm, but very humid, and the skies were kinda murky.
The only objects to view this evening were Jupiter and the Moon, but the clouds were threatening to obscure some views. A good sized crowd were there to see, and they were not disappointed. We had the 6" & 8" Dobs out, 2 Maks and the 10" SCT out. Early on , some solar views were presented, but the clouds in the west did not offer much in a clear horizon.
Jupiter was good in the 10" SCT. I couldn't remove the 2" right angle, so I was stuck with using the 32mm 2" eyepiece. I wanted to kick up the magnitude some and use a filter, but...oh well. I thought to try and pick out M57, but it hadn't cleared the Adler building, and the high thin clouds prevented any serious observation this evening.
The evening went by really fast, describing telescopes to the visitors, talking astronomy and helping those who brought their own telescopes seeking assistance in getting the best from the instruments...and before I knew it, it was 10:00 pm! It was a good night to share astronomy with my Adler buds and welcomed a new member to the team.
Wearing our new Adler T-shirts reflecting the brand new Gemini/Lovell exhibit - From left to right: Linda, Jude, Fred, Steve, Myself, Oran, John & his son Michael and new Telescope Operator - Daley.