This past weekend was our first “formal” star party at the farm. It was about a 50% success. Mexico had a storm that decided to send us some very hot, muggy and rainy weather. As a result, the skies were marginal on Friday and non-existent on Saturday. On Friday night I had Zina’s binoculars out, there was another set of binoculars and another friend brought his Celestron C-11 scope. He being the more optimistic of the bunch, actually set up. I left my big scope in the basement, as I didn’t want to haul that beast around if it rained. The same held true for Bill’s big binos.
The skies on Friday were so-so. We were able to see some objects and of course mooched off of Mike to look through his 11 inch scope when there was anything un-obscured.
The fences are working fabulously. One of my Astro-nut buddies said that I have created an observing “Mecca” on the high plains of Colorado…. coming from a very well experienced astronomer, I consider that quite a complement.
We ate well, solved all the world’s problems, laughed, watched movies, and……. a bunch of 50 something kids drove around on the JAZ Farm tractor. It was hilarious to watch. I also now likely have some future farm hands and egg purchasers to boot.
This was a lot of fun. It wasn’t a perfect observing weekend (they rarely ever are) but they are my favorite company which makes even a downpour a good time.
Here is the observing field in stand by mode:
Here are the Astro-Nuts playing with farm toys: