04/10/10 BSC star party RECAP
By: Steve Short
April 11, 2010 2:17AM PDT
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When I opened the gate we saw some clouds which got thicker as the sun set...even hiding Mercury. But all the clouds seemed to evaporate allowing us to view all 4 visible planets. Saturn's rings were visible as were several moons.

Then we went galaxy hunting and several of us found M81/M82 and were able to view both in a low power eyepiece. Other galaxies were tracked down and seen because we had no moon in the sky. I even spotted Mag 7 Vesta just in front of Leo but did not try any comets.

It was very humid and my dew guard gave out about 10:30...but I was freezing anyway. When I closed the gate at 11:30, it was 40 F...Brrrr.

Steve


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