Family Camping - Indian Camp Creek Park - 9/27/14

posted Sep 28, 2014, 7:23 PM by Jim Twellman

Skies were clear at Indian Camp Creek Park. Campers young and old enjoyed the Moon, Saturn, Mars, and Milky Way objects as wll as M31. The youngest camper was only 19 days old! Rangers carted campers up to the observing site on hayride carts. The walk from the dining shelter was kind of long for little ones in the dark, so we did not get many walk-in campers. We entertained the campers from 7 to 10pm.

There was a lot of humidity, but that has been the case for the last two months of observing. We're sort of getting used to it. Still not liking it though.

Carl had his refractor going, Ed ran our C-8, and I worked the Astroscan with the kiddies.

The site we used for observing was very dark, as the Milky Way was easy to show people. All the Little Dipper stars were visible. The northern horizon at this site did not have big trees, so it was good for explaining Polaris and circumpolar stars to the campers. Whoever picked this site for telescopes, thank you!

There is a telephone tower topped with a REALLY bright flashing strobe to the south of the park.


There were 200 campers signed up for this weekend.  Gut estimate of telescope viewers was 100+, until otherwise submitted.