Wright City Bank - 5/2/14

posted May 3, 2014, 12:32 PM by Jim Twellman
Cloudy weather during the day hampered this event.  It was mostly clear an hour before sunset, and about an hour was enjoyed after sunset as well.  Unfortunately, the clouds came back.  We arrived shortly after 7pm and talked then set up.  We were talking to visitors and enjoying some views of the moon by 7:40.  First views of Jupiter were just before 8pm.  Sunset was 7:51pm and it wasn't fairly dark until almost 9pm.

Doug Kniffen brought his 8" SCT, as did Chuck Simms.  I brought the 16" dob for myself.  We set up on the parking lot at one end.  Traffic was light, due to the intermittent clouds and very cool temps.  I counted 16 total, not including the 3 scope operators.

In addition to the Moon and Jupiter, Chuck showed the setting Sun (filtered), and we also had views of Mars and double star Castor.  Light pollution and thin upper cirrus, in addition to the thick clouds gathering later, hampered all but the brightest DSO's.  As noted, the clouds started coming in about the time it began to get dark.

Clouds left us very little to look at shortly after 9pm, and by 9:30 we were packing up.  Despite the low turnout, it was good to get out for some fresh air and to share some views.

Jim Twellman.