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Clear skies & 110 vistors last night. August 30, 2008

Posted by jcconwell in Astronomy, Observatory, telescopes.
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My thanks to all the people who helped make EIU’s first observatory open house of the semester a success. 110 visitors saw Jupiter through the 16″ telescope last night! I saw some faces that were back for their second or third visit. When you do this in the center of Illinois the last Friday of every month, you may have to wait to get a clear sky. Most people are quite content, the first time, to talk astronomy and look at the big scope, instead of through it. And rotating a 10 foot dome just never gets old, no matter what your age!

My thanks to Tim McCollum for bring his science class and his 8″ scope. Thanks also to Dr. Tim Camden and John Pratte for bringing their big light buckets. Thanks also our Astro Club’s VP, Maggie McAvoy for running the tripod binoculars, and all the members of the EIU Astro Club. It takes more than one big telescope to make a star-party go.

Tim Camden, John Pratte, Tim McCollum

Tim Camden, John Pratte, Tim McCollum

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