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05/31/08 BSC star party recap By: Steve Short June 2, 2008 12:00AM PDT Views: 5086
We had a clear, dark, mild temperature night at BlackStarCanyon this past Saturday evening. Besides the usual OCA members that come out to BSC, there were a number of visitors that the Irvine Land Conservancy Trust brought out.
Val Akins was pushing his big scope to the max looking at double stars & Saturn with over 500X magnification. Tom Drouet and others went Galaxy hunting looking at M51, M81 & M82. I did take a look at M5 & M53, as did others and the best view of M13 was in a 13” DOBS.
We were not able to see the dim HST fly over but saw many other satellites. The Iridium flare at was very bright and we saw another unscheduled one in the same area just a few minutes later.