The August Star-B-Que turned out
to be a very successful event - despite some last
minute Murphy's law trying to prevent us from having
the Gas BBQ working. With some running around and
some great help from members the problem was solved
and we managed to get the thing working.
OCA Members and their guests enjoy the food and
company at the August Star-B-Que
The clouds definitely did not help
the turn-out - although things seemed clear back
in Orange County - while approaching the area everyone
could see the expanse of clouds that appeared to
be growing right over our site. Ever the Astronomical
optimists - we were all hoping it would clear up
I wonder how many of our members looked at the web-site
and saw the clouds displayed on the WeatherCAM and
decided to stay away? In this case - as far as observing
was concerned - I must say that was the right decision!
Although through a couple of lucky breaks in the
clouds I personally managed to have a few good minutes
looking at M13 and M57 and a few other objects.
The Kuhn Telescope
This month recently re-trained Star Members Barbara
and John Torrence operated our Kuhn telescope. Although
the weather did not help - I know many members and
their guests managed to enjoy viewing a few objects
through the scope. Thankfully It looks like we are
fully covered by Star Members for the remainder
of the year - so we can all benefit from the Kuhn
telescope being open on Star Party nights. Thank
you Barbara and John - and every other Star Member
- who is giving their time to operate the club telescope.
Star Cruiser Observatory
Prior to the BBQ - many members had the opportunity
to be present at the official openhouse for the
new Starcruiser observatory. Russell Sipe thanked
many friends and members who had helped him out
in many ways during the construction. Russ has plans
to use his new observatory for research - but on
Star Party nights it will be used as a club telescope.
Russell Sipe with many of the people who helped
with this project.
The OCA's annual banquet is going to be held at
our usual place - the Orange County Mining Company
restaurant on November 4th. We'll be giving further
information soon - but be prepared to purchase tickets
at the coming OCA Meetings.
"every day we are connecting ever more photons
of light from distant galaxies to the eyes, hearts,
minds and imaginations of our members and others
in our community."
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