Another Oregon Star Party that did not disappoint!
In fact, the skies were so dark and clear it makes me want to move out to the country. I was commenting to my brother how normally in the city you can just see the brightest stars, such as the "W" of Cassiopeia, but out here at ITS the "W" is obscured by all the other stars and doesn't stand out so much.
Of course seeing Andromeda with the naked eye is always cool too. I think it it my favorite object- not just because of its magnificent viewing, but the mind boggling vastness of what it is you're looking at.
I was proud of my young sons finding objects too. It is such a joy and pleasure to share in the fun with loved ones and friends.
I wasn't able to attend any other star parties this year so it sure was nice to get at least one good night of viewing in- although the cold temps and winds were tough on us.
The other things that is cool, particularly about OSP is the whole "star party" atmosphere- with over 500 people and their scopes, and the wonderful programs and amenities. it sure is nice to get a hot latte when you're feeling the chill of the wind!
I suppose that seeing the Orion Nebula in such a dark sky was pretty dang awesome. Neil gave me an OIII filter for Christmas so I was enjoying nebula hunting with it. I love nebulae and Orion's is the daddy of them all. Some nebulae the OIII really brings out a lot. Thanks Neil!
Its a bummer that it had been a year since my last star party- which was OSP 07. I'm not waiting that long this year! It just sucks that the weather is so uncooperative in this part of the country. Makes me want to move to Texas or Arizona! How about Australia?!?! No.. New Zealand! Yeah!