AAS Member Event at Telescope Flat
July 22, 2006

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The AAS Star Party for Saturday, July 22, 2006 began one hour before Sunset at 8:21 p.m. Attending were AAS astronomers Harold Connerley, Phil Kreiss, Barbara Kreiss, Joran Kreiss, and Erik Kreiss.

Highlights included M17, M13, and Barnard's Star. M17, The Omega Nebula, is also sometimes popularly known as the Horseshoe Nebula or the Checkmark Nebula because of it's shape. It is located in the constellation Sagittarius. M13, The Great Cluster, is a globular cluster in the constellation Hercules. Barnard's Star is the second closest star (not including the sun) to the earth. At magnitude 9.56 it was just barely visible in 10 x 50 binoculars. Barnard's Star is also the closest Red Dwarf. It is located in the constellation Ophiuchus.

Click here see a Star Chart for the night of the event.

We were mostly looking through the clouds of a thunder storm that was moving through the atmosphere. Patches of clear sky would open up for viewing and then close. Since the site elevation is 4900 feet, check the weather forcast for optimal viewing.
Harold Connerley setting up his large Dobsonian Telescope.
Telescope Flat has a large area to set up telescopes and plenty of parking.
Looking at Jupiter and its moons through the big Dob, through a spotting scope, and through 10 x 50 binoculars.
A table set up with a planetarium program running on a laptop computer helped to identify Jupiters moons, and starry objects. Telescope flat has 360 degree view with the ability to see very low down on the horizon in all directions depending on where your telescope is set.
Phil Kreiss using a 20 power spotting scope mounted on a camera tripod. Amateurs do not need expensive equipment to get a lot of enjoyment out of the night sky.