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Well, the wind was biting, the ice was slippery and the sky was cloudy, but the intrepid Adler Telescope volunteers marched onward and outward on Friday 12/1/06. Although we were missing some of our usual leadership, the steady crew of Ron, Fred, Linda and John decided to venture out into the cold Chicago evening.
Sorry, no pictures Joe, and sorry you missed it.
At first, we brought out a solitary 8" dob to spy a hide and seek moon. As the clouds began to break up and more stars became visible, we brought out a 5" mak, and a 4" refractor.
To keep warm, we looked at albireo in the middle of the summer, yeah, I said it, summer triangle. Reminders of summer and frequent trips inside the building are all that kept us warm last night. (Thanks go to the White Sox fans from Rockford for wearing their Sox gear and representing the summer sport in the throws of a Chicago cold spell).
We also looked at the moon, the pleiades, and M42, the great Orion Nebula, along with about 30 or so visitors. Ron brought his laptop with some cool pictues he took of vairous objects like Saturn, Jupiter, and the moon.
All in all we had a good night. The sky cooperated. The patrons were willing to brave the cold, and the company of my fellow volunteers was firs rate, as always. Not surprisingly, we got out on time ... though I'm sure Arvind would have stayed out there until 10PM (as long as someone kept bringing him cocoa).
Respectfully submitted by Adler Telescope volunteer John.
Post by Chicago Astronomer - Astro Joe on Dec 4, 2006 6:50:11 GMT -6
The winds of responsibility kept me at home this December FOF, as I needed to complete my stories for deadline and couldn't get away. And it was quite a cold night too, but I did notice it clear up later, and kinda regretted not being able to participate.
But...I felt confident you all were well in competent hands for the visitors and probably didn't event miss my annoying picture taking!
Thanks for the report...
I say onward to the first FOF of 2007!
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