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Glacier Point Star Party

Just got back from Yosemite a little while ago. Had a great time up at Glacier Point again this year. Pulled into the campground about 2:00 PM on Friday and got set up right away. It was nice at around 80 degrees. Driving into Yosemite Valley on Hyw. 140 it was 100 degrees. It took a while to get used to the altitude, though. Got a bit light-headed while blowing up the ‘ol air mattress. That gave me the perfect excuse to take a nice nap :)

Transit of Venus

Just wanted to say "Thanks" to everyone that came out and set up scopes for the Venus Transit last week. What a great day! It started off really windy. In fact, I was concerned that it would be too windy to set up. John got there right after me and we went ahead and got the scopes out. As the afternoon progressed the wind died down considerably. Other than the wind the skies were nice and clear.

Full Moon Madness at Henry Cowell SP

Saturday, June 2, the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club setup at Henry Cowell State Park in support of their Full Moon Madness event.

We had 4-5 telescopes and a couple pairs of nice binoculars on parallelogram mounts. I got their early, as there was a good number of sunspots, and setup the Celestron 80mm Superpolaris for solar. Before long Bill showed up and setup his green dob on the eq platform for exactly the same thing.

May Quail Hollow

Headed up to QH a little early not knowng what to expect weather-wise. Down to the southwest of La Selva there were thunderstorms building and at QH there were low fog-like clouds blowing in from the northwest. It didn't look promising, but Bill said that Scott's Valley was nice and clear. As the Sun was dipping behind the western hills a cold wind came up and we all bundled up in our cold weather suits. Once the Sun was fully set the wind died down and the temp. was quite pleasant.

Partial Eclipse at the Lighthouse

as President Ron posted, 6-8 club members setup our gear at the Santa Cruz Lighthouse Surf Museum on Sunday, May 20th, to show people the solar eclipse, as well as a rather nice set of sunspots.

even a couple hours before the eclipse was to begin, we had a steady stream of visitors looking at the sunspots.

Annular Eclipse at the Lighthouse

Wow! Yesterday's eclpise was absolutely awesome! Here's a great big thank you to everyone that came out with their scopes. There were numerous scopes provided by club members and another handful of scopes and cameras from the general public. The weather was perfect and the turnout was incredible. I'm not that good at estimating crowd numbers but I can safely say that we had hundreds of passersby checking out the eclipse. Everyone got really excited as it began around 5:15 PM and the crowds got bigger as the event progressed toward its maximum.

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