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March 15, 2018 at 10:55 am #12302Randy HParticipant
Eagle Bluff is open this weekend per Dean.March 15, 2018 at 10:51 pm #12303
Does that mean we can crash in a bunk room with a sleeping bag for nothing?March 16, 2018 at 3:15 am #12304Randy HParticipant
Not quite, but probably can warm up in the lounge area.
Who?s all going?
I?m still tentative.
RandyMarch 16, 2018 at 4:23 am #12305darkskyjimParticipant
if the weather works out i'll be there.March 16, 2018 at 11:48 pm #12306Dean JohnsonParticipant
Hello everyone! Eagle Bluff is ours for Sat. night (Friday does not look good). I have the bathroom code, I talked to Doc E.B.'s infrastructure guy and we have power to the East pole of the parking lot. Vidal will be in the house.
I have sleeping bagged it in the back of my van several times, we can go into the building to warm up, but no dorm rooms available. They have a high school group and a church group there this weekend.
The parking lot lights will be off. I should be there between 5 and 6 p.m.
Right now weather is the only issue.March 17, 2018 at 2:24 pm #12307
I plan to be there and will have my toy hauler camper for use as a warming house by everyone.
This of course assumes I get it dug out of the snow bank, uncovered, fired up, and there are no flat tires.
Right now it looks very promising.
Chris and Julie are tentatively planning to come. They are also lending their portable generator so we will have heat and power on the field all night.
Now, if the club only had its own property with a bunk house, and restrooms/showers, and…. 😉March 17, 2018 at 4:09 pm #12308Jeff NewlandParticipant
I plan to be there. Should be a good night. Gee Dean, between 5 and 6 is pretty early. Sun doesn't set until after 7. 🙂
See you all there,March 17, 2018 at 5:22 pm #12309Dean JohnsonParticipant
I know it is a bit early, but I want to talk to the staff and set up to do some solar observing.
Is anybody giving young Nick Wietzel a ride down? His Mom Cindy is coming later, but Nick is very interested in astronomy and wants to learn as much as he can.
The weather is looking GOOD!!March 17, 2018 at 5:48 pm #12310Josef ChParticipant
Sunset is 7:18 CDT today 3/17, see current data at http://rochesterskies.org/aNew/an_MT_Weather.html
orMarch 17, 2018 at 6:10 pm #12311
The camper has been freed from the clutches of winter and all is in order
See you all there.
I plan to get there between 5:30 and 6:00.March 17, 2018 at 6:20 pm #12312John AttewellParticipant
I'll won't be there about 11 pm. I'm in the Byron Sportsman's Club and our big fund raiser banquet is tonight. I'm on duty running a game table from 5 pm till 9 pm. As soon as I'm done I'll hustle on down to EB for some good skies and good friends! See you there.March 17, 2018 at 6:37 pm #12313ellenvegaParticipant
I am also pulling a Kirk and won't be there until a little after 11pm, hopefully.March 17, 2018 at 8:59 pm #12314
Yes I am giving young Nick a ride to EB tonite! (that is if we can fit his 10" DOB in the back of my suv!) I will bring my big binocs and my 8" SCT. Will pick up Nick around 5:30 and be there around 6:15 (plenty of time to set up and get a glimpse of Venus and Mercury!)
BobMarch 17, 2018 at 10:34 pm #12315
A bit of bad news. Unfortunately, the generator refuses to start and so there won't be any power to run the furnace in the toy hauler. The Eagle Bluff lodge will have to serve dual duty as both warming house and restroom.March 20, 2018 at 9:21 pm #12316
Saturday nite at EB was awesome. There was good to excellent seeing and dark clear skies almost the entire night. Air temps were tolerable, although the early morning was a bit frosty. Didn’t do a head count but there must have been 10-15 RAC members including young Nick Wietzel with his 8” DOB. Some of the high school and Church group people staying at EB also joined us. In the West Venus and Mercury were spectacular an hour after sunset and the early morning hours were graced with Jupiter, Mars and Saturn to the South. The EB lounge area and rest rooms were accessible all night (thank you Dean). The winter sky highlights included incredible nebulosity of Orion and numerous galaxies (thank you Jeff N. for the beautiful views of the Ursa Major galaxies and the Sombrero). The open star clusters of Auriga and Canis Major, the Beehive, the stunning double star gamma-Leonis and Dean’s expert commentary about everything we saw were also highlights. Not sure who chalked up the most Messier objects but it wasn’t me … for sure! I actually had more fun with the Zhumell 20 x 80 giant binoculars I brought along. My finder scope was having trouble distinguishing M3 in Bootes and so I never saw it in my scope (but Jeff showed me in his 12 inch). However the 20 x 80 binoculars showed it as a big, bright fuzzy spot that was undeniably a globular. Dean made my night with his comment after viewing M42 thru the big binocs (decorum prevents me from listing it here)!!! Oh what a night!
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