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Saturday 09/20/08 BSC star party recap By: Steve Short September 21, 2008 9:52PM PDT Views: 4533
We not only saw the ISS pass over low in the sky at but also at (Hassi had noticed this early pass which was easily seen when it was still fairly light out, as the ISS was a bright magnitude -2). We had 21 cars come out on a clear and warm Saturday evening. One visitor, David Spitzer and his wife, brought out a new 14” Celestron that was giving him trouble but Keith and Val helped it see first light. Thanks to them, David filled out a membership form and became a member that night.
We all enjoyed seeing Venus before it set and Jupiter was magnificent all evening along with the 4 Galilean moons. The Ring Nebula looked great and the Andromeda Galaxy was clear in binoculars and telescopes. The two colorful blue & gold stars that make up double star Alberio was a favorite. The thick patch of the Milky Way called M24 sure showed a lot (thousands) of small stars in my 5” telescope. Open cluster M25 was bright & clear.
It was 69 F when I opened the gate at and was only 61 F when I closed the gate at Unfortunately, clouds started forming about and by the sky was completely clouded over except for Sagittarius & Jupiter.