Monday, May 26, 2008
The Stars at night...
...Are going to be very big and bright next week at the Texas Star Party. I'll be attending this annual event for the very first time this year, and I'm really looking forward to it.
I'll be making the drive to the Prude Ranch starting Saturday, overnighting in Junction, then arriving on Sunday for registration, and coming back the following Sunday. Over six hundred amateur astronomers under some the of the darkest skies in the nation! I've been told that the proliferation of stars is so overwhelming that even experienced amateurs can find it hard to recognize familar constellations.
I'm going to try to take both my scopes, the 5" Astro-Physics refractor on the G-11 mount, and my Celestron 9.25" GPS that I got earlier this year. My poor CR-V is going to be filled to bursting.
I'll be in one of the motel rooms, sharing it with another amateur from the Houston area.
Wireless internet access is available at the Party, so I intend to blog about my adventures while I'm there. I've heard that when the Milky Way rises over the mountains, it's been mistaken for storm clouds. Now that I gotta see!