Category Archives: Star Parties

Spring Friends/Family Star Party – Friday April 15, 2016

The APL Astronomy Club’s Friends & Family Star Party will be held on Friday, April 15th from 8 pm to 10 pm or so, depending on sky conditions. Rain date is May 13th.  Sunset is at 7:45.  Club members will be setting up telescopes prior to that, so if you are interested in club telescopes or their setup feel free to come earlier.  Setup will likely commence by 7 pm or so.  We expect to have several types of telescopes set up, including:

  1. Refractor – Stellarvue 102 mm Apochromat
  2. Reflector – Orion 12″ Dobsonian
  3. Schmidt-Cassegrain – Celestron NexStar 6″
  4. Aplanatic (Schmidt-Cassegrain with corrector for flat field and coma-free) – Celestron EdgedHD 8″
  5. Binoculars – Celestron 15 x 70 on parallelogram mount
  6. Schmidt-Cassegrain with Mallincam video camera and display – Celestron 9.25″
  7. 125 mm Maksutov or 6″ RV Reflector

Where: On the lawn by the Big Dish, outside the security fence, on the west side of the main campus.

Star Party on the West lawn near the Big Radio Dish
Star Party on the West lawn near the Big Radio Dish

 

Clothing: dress as if the temperatures will be 10 degrees colder than what the weather prognosticators are calling for! (standing around looking through telescopes is not the most heat-generating activity you can do at night) Hats and hoods are most helpful in keeping warm.

Star gazing (and telescope viewing) is always dependent and contingent upon the weather. Please check back to this post as the date draws near to verify whether or not the star party has been cancelled due to inclement weather (rain or significant cloud cover). We will be putting weather updates here as necessary.

APLers and their friends and families are all invited to attend. Club members will have several telescopes out for your viewing pleasure, but feel free to bring your own optics if you have them – the more, the merrier!

PLEASE: NO FLASHLIGHTS! (red light or red cellophane covered flashlights would be perfectly fine, though) Also, turn the screen brightness *down* on personal electronics.
Sunset: 7:45 pm EDT

End civil twilight: 8:13 pm EDT

Moonset: ~3:30 am EDT April 16

Moon phase: First Quarter (~50% illuminated)

Solar Viewing

Solar viewing using special SOLAR telescopes (NEVER point a conventional telescope anywhere near the sun!) FRIDAY October 23 by one of the pergolas (wooden structures) in Central Green from around 11:30 to around 1:00 pm. Come out and see a few sunspots along with some spicules and prominences if we are lucky! Bring a hat. We should have the Coronado PST and the Lunt H-Alpha set up. Please watch this page for updates – we need mostly clear to clear skies for observation.

Image of Sun, 22 October 2015
Image of Sun, 22 October 2015

Fall Friends and Family Star Party – 18 September 2015

The APL Astronomy Club’s Friends & Family Star Party will be held on Friday, September 18th, at 7pm until 9pm or so, depending on how things are going, how many enthusiastic people are present, etc.

Star gazing (and telescope viewing) is always dependent and contingent upon the weather. Please check back to this post as the date draws nigh to verify whether or not the star party has been cancelled due to inclement weather (rain and clouds being the biggest impactors). We will be putting weather updates here as they are necessary, though at this point the conditions for Friday evening look favorable for us (finally!). There will be no rain date.

APLers and their friends and families are all invited to attend. Club members will have several telescopes out for your viewing pleasure, but feel free to bring your own optics if you have them – the more, the merrier!

PLEASE: NO FLASHLIGHTS! (red light or red celophane covered flashlights would be perfectly fine, though) Also, turn the screen brightness *down* on personal electronics.

Where: On the lawn by the Big Dish, outside the security fence, on the west side of the main campus. See map to right.

Clothing: dress as if the temperatures will be 10 degrees colder than what the weather prognosticators are calling for! (standing around looking through telescopes is not the most heat-generating activity you can do at night) Hats and hoods are most helpful in keeping warm.

Sunset: 7:11 pm EDT
End civil twilight: 7:38 pm EDT

Moonset: ~10:16 pm EDT
Moon phase: 5 days old(~30% illuminated)

Fall Friends/Family Star Party – October 30, 2014

The APL Astronomy Club’s Friends & Family Star Party will be held on Thursday, October 30th, at 7pm until 9pm or so, depending on how things are going, how many enthusiastic people are present, etc.

Star gazing (and telescope viewing) is always dependent and contingent upon the weather. Please check back to this post as the date draws nigh to verify whether or not the star party has been cancelled due to inclimate weather (rain and clouds being the biggest impactors). We will be putting weather updates here as they are necessary, though at this point the conditions for Thursday evening look favorable for us (finally!). There will be no rain date.

APLers and their friends and families are all invited to attend. Club members will have several telescopes out for your viewing pleasure, but feel free to bring your own optics if you have them – the more, the merrier!

PLEASE: NO FLASHLIGHTS! (red light or red celophane covered flashlights would be perfectly fine, though) Also, turn the screen brightness *down* on personal electronics.

Where: On the lawn by the Big Dish, outside the security fence, on the west side of the main campus. See map to right.

Clothing: dress as if the temperatures will be 10 degrees colder than what the weather prognosticators are calling for! (standing around looking through telescopes is not the most heat-generating activity you can do at night) Hats and hoods are most helpful in keeping warm.

Sunset: 6:09 pm EDT
End civil twilight: 7:30 pm EDT

Moonset: ~12:22am EDT Oct 31
Moon phase: First Quarter (~50% illuminated)

Spring Friends/Family Star Party – Canceled

The APL Astronomy Club’s Friends & Family Star Party will be held on Friday, May 2nd, at 7:00pm until 10:00 pm or so, depending on how things are going, how enthused the telescope volunteers are for staying late, etc. is canceled due to clouds. We will try again in the Fall.

Star gazing (and telescope viewing) is always dependent and contingent upon the weather. Please check back to this post as the date draws nigh to verify whether or not the star party has been cancelled due to inclimate weather (rain and clouds being the biggest impactors). We will be putting weather updates here as they are necessary. If we are clouded/rained out, we will regroup in the Fall.

APLers and their friends and families are all invited to attend. Club members will have several telescopes out for your viewing pleasure, but feel free to bring your own optics if you have them – the more, the merrier! And even though there is plenty of light pollution around, PLEASE: NO FLASHLIGHTS!

Where: On the lawn by the Big Dish, outside the security fence, on the west side of the main campus. See map to right.

Clothing: dress as if the temperatures will be 10 degrees colder than what the weather prognosticators are calling for! (standing around looking through telescopes is not the most heat-generating activity you can do at night)

Sunset: 8:01 pm EDT
End civil twilight: 8:30 pm EDT

Moonset: 11:21 pm EDT
Moon phase: Waxing Crescent (12% illuminated)

Spring Friends/Family Star Party – April 19, 2013

The APL Astronomy Club’s Friends & Family Star Party will be held on Friday, April 19th, at 8:00pm until 10:30pm or so, depending on how things are going, how enthused the telescope volunteers are for staying late, etc. (with daylight saving time in place, the sun sets pretty late in the evening now, hence the late starting time – at least you can get dinner ahead of time! 🙂 ) has been cancelled due to inclimate weather (mutter grumble mutter grumble) We will try again in the Fall, possibly around the October 11th time frame

Star gazing (and telescope viewing) is always dependent and contingent upon the weather. Please check back to this post as the date draws nigh to verify whether or not the star party has been cancelled due to inclimate weather (rain and clouds being the biggest impactors). We will be putting weather updates here as they are necessary. There will be no rain date. Continue reading Spring Friends/Family Star Party – April 19, 2013

Fall Star Party, take 2

The APL Astronomy Club’s Fall Friends & Family Star Party will be held Friday, November 16th , starting at 5:00 pm. Now that we’ve returned to Daylight Normal Time, the sun is setting pretty early, so we can start the star party early, too. We expect to finish between 9 and 10 pm, depending on how the night’s going.

Star gazing is always contingent on sky conditions. The star party is a GO!. The weather for this evening is looking pretty good. The temperatures will be COLD: 40 degrees at sunset, dropping to 35 by 9 pm.. This concludes the weather update for tonight.

Star Party on the West lawn near the Big Radio Dish

APLers and their friends and families are invited. Club members will have several telescopes out for your viewing pleasure. Bring your own optics if you have ’em – the more, the merrier! NO FLASHLIGHTS

Where: on the lawn next to the Big Dish on the West side of the Main Campus, outside the perimeter fence.

Dress for temperatures at least 10 degrees colder than predicted!

Park near the turnstile entrance by building 21, or in the long parking strip west of the observing hill.

Sunset: 4:50 pm EST
End civil twilight: 5:20 pm EST

Moonset: 7:50 pm EST
Moon phase: waxing crescent, 11% illuminated