AOMO LOG Aug. 27, 2011

Oleg Mazurenko, Leigh, Terry McComas, Mark Speller and April

Arived: 9:20pm

Temp: 14 C

Clear Magnitude 5 sky.

My appologies ahead of time as my notes for this night are minimal to say the least.  I didn’t think I would be this delinqent in keeping up the AOMO log this past summer.  I will do the best I can from memory (which is getting more unreliable as the years go by).

Mark and April spent the night doing a binocular walk of the night sky.  They were very good at finding objects and helped me find a couple of items I have always had trouble finding.  It is always rewarding to be with a group of astronomers on a clear night.  I always seem to find something new to learn.  Also Mark entertained us all by identifying aircraft flying overhead by the sound of their engines and the few markings visible on their tails.

Terry brought his recently purchased telescope to get some help with his learning curve.  His Questar 3.5″ Maksutov-Cassegrain is a beautiful instrument and I am sure he will have many a viewing pleasures with it as he becomes more comfortable with its use.  I was glad I was able to be of some small help and I look forward to getting more opportunities to view through it in the future.

Oleg spent his time in the dome on the big scope taking images again.  I helped him a little at first and then left him to it.  Oleg has since sent me an email with an assessment of the scopes performance and possible maintenance projects going into the future.  Thank you Oleg for your very helpful report.

Feel free to fill in the gaps as I was visiting everyone and not spending very much time on any one thing.

Depart: 2:15am

Temp: 12 C

Darkness meter: n/a