Cuivre River Boy Scout camp, 10/15/2011

Post date: Oct 16, 2011 10:53:23 PM

Another successful astronomy viewing at the Cuivre River State Park beach parking lot for the campers there last night. I guesstimate we had over 100 Cub

Scouts, their parents and siblings, and campers looking through four telescopes

that Mike Clemente, Jim and Yvonne Roe, Jim Twellman, and myself had set up. It

was very dark there and because the Moon hadn't risen yet, the Milky Way was

very easily seen. We were also treated to the International Space Station (ISS),

two Iridium flares, and a Russian satellite flyover. One of the Iridium Flares

was possibly the brightest I've ever seen, probably bright enough to have been

seen in broad daylight. Some of the objects viewed were Vega, Albireo, M57, M13,

M31-32, Jupiter, M27, M15, the Veil Nebula, The Double Cluster, and the Owl

Cluster. We pulled out around 10:00 pm.

John Sgouros

The event started around 7:45 with an excellent lead-in star lecture by Jim Roe.

The crowd was VERY pleased with the "Called Shots" on the mag -8 flares and the

ISS flyby too. The few stragglers that hung around until just before 1opm got to

see Jupiter and its' moons for dessert. We especially noted to those folks that

we do this "every Friday night" at Broemmelsiek.

This beach location is far from perfect, but it is workable. North-South is very good,

but trees block 50% of the sky East & West. We had no real problems with traffic,

but had headlight issues with cars coming into the lot. In addition to the Scouts

and their families, it was reported that we also had guests from the Sierra Club who

were also camping (at Camp Cuivre). - Jim T.