Boy Scout Troop 353 - Cuivre River State Park

posted Sep 27, 2013, 9:16 PM by Jim Twellman
We had very nice weather for this event.  David Lloyd and myself set up at the Beach Access area of the camp grounds area of this state park.   David brought the 25x100s and the 12" dob, and I brought the 8" SCT and my 16" dob.  We got started around 7:30, before it was truly dark.  The main group, all cub scouts and other young ones, came at the beginning.  Dave and I drafted a couple of adult volunteers and we went thru this group pretty fast.  By the time they thinned out, the older scouts came thru.  Many asked good questions.  At the end, some of the young ones came thru a second time.  We realize that these are the ones who have true interest.  Both of these last groups enjoyed a lot more personal time with us and the telescopes.

Among other things we showed them M22, M31, M27, M57, Albireo, M7, the Double Cluster, and the Veil Nebula.

The group thinned out by 9:30, and a State Park employee came with bright lights to clean out nearby trash cans and pretty much ended the event.  During the evening we enjoyed showing the Milky Way, at least one satellite, and pointed out several constellations.  The Big Dipper was behind the trees, making it impossible to show how the pointers direct us to the North Star.

This camp had many scouts not showing until Saturday, and likewise some who would not have been there Saturday and only attended camp on Friday.  I estimate that we had 85 folks (parents, scouts, siblings) total look thru our scopes tonight.  The kids were fairly well behaved and the parents were very thankful. We probably should have split the initial wave into two separate groups, but beside that things went very well.

Jim Twellman