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Ryan Rapetti's picture
Joined: 11/30/2012
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Astronomy Night?

I'd like to gauge interest in doing a little amateur astronomy meetup in the neighborhood. I've got a 4" refractor to contribute. Anybody up for getting together? You don't have to have a scope- I'm happy to share mine with anybody who shows up.

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Craig Sheumaker's picture
Joined: 06/22/2011
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Star Gazing

Ryan,

I'm surprised no one has taken you up on your generous offer. My wife and I would be very interested in seeing what can be seen through your telescope (we don't have one). It shouldn't be too hard to find a spot away from the lights to get a pretty clear view.

Pick a spot on a clear night and let us know; we'll try to be there. Email me at craigclint@aol.com or text 916 601 5007.

 

 Craig Sheumaker

Teresa Field's picture
Joined: 08/13/2007
Posts: 110
Astronomy night - Yes

That sounds like a great idea.  We'd love to do it when it gets dark earlier.  We just aren't late night people and don't have a telescope.  However, we'd love to learn more and be able to come and take a look.  Count us in.

Lee & Teresa Field

Ryan Rapetti's picture
Joined: 11/30/2012
Posts: 4
Astronomy Night

The weather this weekend looks excellent, so I'm hoping for friday or saturday. Saturn is going to marginal, but there's still plenty to see between 8 and 9 or so. My tentative plan is to head out to the clearing where Fuente de Paz bumps into Puerto around 7pm. I'll post more info here as we get closer.

Lisa Welter's picture
Joined: 06/13/2012
Posts: 18
Cub Scouts too?

Ryan,

Our Tiger Scouts (1st graders) could benefit from an Astronomy night.  Would you be up for that many short boys with a potential for endless questions? :-)  Or perhaps another opportunity in the future?

Thank you,

 

Lisa Welter

Ryan Rapetti's picture
Joined: 11/30/2012
Posts: 4
Astronomy Night

I can run it by my wife, as we're thinking of moving the party to our back deck, to facilitate my 3 year old participating and still getting to bed on time. I see no problem with a large group, so long as everybody is willing to wait for their turn. I can do a short this-is-how-telescopes-work thing beforehand, if that interests anyone.

Ryan Rapetti's picture
Joined: 11/30/2012
Posts: 4
Astronomy Night Schedule

Ok, I talked with my wife, and we are thinking friday at our place. (14909 Venado, on the North) Saturn should be visible between 7 and 7:30, but I'll be doing setup and answering questions starting around 6. As it gets darker, we can get views of the Andromeda galaxy and the Milky Way.

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