October Star Party 2019

Shawn Johnston • 10 November 2019
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The October Star Party at the MSUM Regional Science Center was a successful evening. At first, it looked like the clouds would obscure the sky and leave us without the opportunity to observe but the clouds were kept at bay and the skies remained clear.

The temperature was reasonably warm, around 50° F, but the wind was higher than desirable at around 15 mph. 

The event was lightly attended. On the field we had:

  • 1x 130mm (5-inch) refractor on a german equatorial mount 
  • 1x 80mm tripod-mounted binoculars 

For attendance, there were maybe 12 people, including club members. 

Here are a few photos from the event:

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The Milky Way taken by Dr. Matthew Craig

 

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Looking through binoculars. Taken by Dr. Matthew Craig

 

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5-inch refractor on a German-Equatorial mount. Taken by Dr. Matthew Craig

 

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16-inch Cassegrain Telescope in the Paul P. Feder Observatory

 

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In the control room for the Paul P. Feder Observatory