Despite very cold, blustery conditions, our annual star party at Stratford Hall drew a good crowd. The Milky Way was already bright only an hour after sunset. With our five telescopes, we were able to show views of the variety of objects– the Moon, Saturn, Mars, Andromeda Galaxy, and the Ring and Dumbbell nebulae. It was a very engaged and curious crowd with all kinds of questions about celestial objects and telescopes–just what we hope for at our star parties.
The October issue of the StarGazer is now available. Just click the newspaper icon in the right column of this page. Read about Scott Busby’s trip to the great Yerkes Observatory and his experience using the 40-inch refractor. One of the objects he saw there–the Blue Snowball Nebula–is shown as the picture of the month above. Scott took this photo from his observatory with his 12-inch and, except for the depth of color, the photo compares quite favorably. In addition, the newsletter contains the usual variety of articles about products, outreach, etc.