Posts Tagged ‘Star Party’

An Interview with John Dobson Jan 2010

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Source Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

John Lowry Dobson (born September 14, 1915) is a popularizer of amateur astronomy. He is most notable for being the promoter of a design for large, portable, low-cost Newtonian reflecting telescopes that bears his name, the Dobsonian telescope. The design is considered revolutionary since it allowed amateur astronomers to build extremely large telescopes. He is less known for his efforts to promote awareness of astronomy (and his unorthodox views of cosmology) through public lectures including his performances of “sidewalk astronomy.” John Dobson is also the co-founder of the amateur astronomical group, the San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers

Wow a 30 inch Dob.

Monday, July 19th, 2010

This weekend we had our Monthly Public Star Party at Observatory Park on Saturday.
The weather cooperated with us again for the 2nd month in a row the weather will start out cloudy windy and threating rain. Then the Sun goes down and the clouds go away, and tada it clear. I think this is the reason why we have had such low turnouts the last two month. People see its cloudy and think it’s going to be a bad night. I’m real glad it worked out. Neil from our group brought out his 30 inch dob to share with everyone. You can see it at this link in our gallery under star parties July 17, 2010 Public Star Party Wow M13 looks like you could almost count ever star in it. Then Jupiter oh me oh my gosh……

Colorado Astronomy Day 2009

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Once again the weather skunked us again. We got set up at Observatory Park about 1pm. Wes and Neil brought their telescopes, and had set up the scale model of the solar system at the walk way at the west end of the park between Bromley Lane and Southern Street.
We did have about 25 persons show up, and after the wind died down we were able to do some out reach projects. We had a few people show up and ask several questions about the telescopes. Neil’s telescope is a vintage 8 inch modified Newtonian reflector for astrophotography, and was probably made around 1950’s or 60’s he is not sure. There is a manufacture tag on it saying it was made by Research Optical in Oshkosh Wisconsin.
Mrs. Aden and a few of her students from Overland Hill Middle School made it out to walk the solar system walk. Our next event will be at Barr Lake State Park on Saturday November 14th.

There is a photo of Neil’s Telescope in the Gallery under Star Parties.

Rocky Mountain PBS Star Party.

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

As most of you know we were contacted from the NASA Night Sky Network, to see if we could help out Rocky Mountain PBS with a Star Party a the Historic Chautauqua in Boulder Colorado. We were able to set up three telescopes for the guest to view through after the presentation in the auditorium. We had our biggest turn out for a star party so far. We had about 350 plus guest show up to look through our telescopes. One of the defining moments of how many guest where there, was when I heard Neal from atop of his 8 foot ladder next to his 30 inch dob towering over the sea of people saying “Wes get out the oars” Wow what a night. Pam from Rocky Mountain PBS made sure we had VIP parking and VIP Tickets for the show in the auditorium.
It turned out to be vary warm it was about 70 degrees that night.
About 10pm the crowd finally died down. The wind starting blowing pretty bad, so about 11pm we called it quits.

I have put some photos up in the Gallery under Star Parties.

This is a great park to visit if you every get a chance.

Thanks to everyone that was able to make it out.

Weekend under the stars star party in Foxpark Wyoming

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

This is probably the best site around,at 9200ft and 50 miles from Larimie it is super dark! All 198 people were very friendly and willing to share views all 4 nights I was there.I camped next to a 16 inch Astrosystems and an 18 inch Starmaster with go to.Really nice scopes so I was giving them challenge objects every night.One person let me use his 25 inch Obsession for about an hour once he realized I knew my way around and was an advanced observer.I saw some old friends and made some new ones. I had many people wanting to look through my classic orange C-11 and I gave quite a show.I hunted down extremely tough objects that most thought would be impossible in an 11 inch. This is one star party that I highly recommend.The drive is about 165 miles from Brighton. Take care.Mark Spalding.

Results from the Summer Solstice Star Party.

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Brighton Astronomy Group Logo

Thanks for everyone that showed up for our Summer Solstice Star Party, although it seem more like spring with the clouds coming and going. We had a few clouds roll in from the south as the sun was setting at about 8:30pm. The clouds broke enough so we could get good views of Saturn and the Moon. Then later on in the night we were able to spot in Messier 13 in Hercules, a Globular Star Cluster, and Messier 57 a Planetary Nebula remnant left from a star that died, We were also able to point out the Summer Triangle, and the consolations that make it up, these things were also described in our monthly International Year of Astronomy Outreach Education.  We also talked about things like how telescopes work the different kinds of telescopes. We finally had to pack in about 12am as the clouds seem to return with a vengeance this time, and did not seem like they were going to leave us alone any time soon.

The Summer Solstices Star Party Saturday June 27th

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

The Summer Solstices Star Party

Come an enjoy an evening under the stars with us on Saturday June 27th at our Observatory Park located at 22nd and Bromley Lane. Since it is around the summer solstices, the sun will set about 8:30pm and will not be dark until about 9:30pm.

Our star parties are free, every one is welcome to come and enjoy an evening under the stars with us. If you have a telescope or binoculars and would like help with them, we will have someone in the group that can help you out. You do not need to have a telescope or binoculars to be part of the group, you can view through ours. We will also be presenting educational outreach lectures to.

Weather Again…

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Looks like the only thing we will be looking at tonight is the bellys of clouds tonight, again.  There for I have canceled the Dark Sky for tonight.