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Tonight’s Star Party Under Clear Skies


Star Party at Brower Observatory
Saturday, November 11, 2017, 5:00pm
341 Route 126, Whitefield, ME 04353

Yup! Star party tonight! A fine opportunity. The 16″ in the dome will be operational tonight. Colin has replaced its mirrors, and Phil has fixed the cover over the slot. Also tonight (assuming all works properly, after years in storage), CMAS reintroduces Stan Brower’s 12″ LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain. This was the original telescope in the dome, when the dome was a Stan’s house. A 12″ f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain’s performance is, in many regards, equivalent to that of a refractor or reflector twelve feet long, so get ready for some high-powered views!

Tonight promises good weather for deep space, so there is talk of hunting for the Helix Nebula, NGC 7293. Many of us have never seen it. Should be possible tonight, because the skies will be nearly perfectly clear at least until midnight, and the winds should moderate by the time the star party starts. Dress warmly, though; with temperatures in the low twenties, the mis-dressed will feel them.

Also in CMAS news, today, an heroic CMASian work crew is in Blue Hill, retrieving the deck for the new SkyShed Pod observatory. Soon, the 12″ LX200 will be in that dome, ready for use at a moment’s notice, forever shielded from snow and rain.

Join us tonight! There has never been a better time to be a CMASian!

Star Party at Brower Observatory

Star Party at Brower Observatory this Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 5:00pm. That’s not a typo! Between the early sunsets of fall and the loss of Daylight Savings Time, we can start at five and get to sleep early, after pleasant, long hours spent observing.

Star Party at Brower Observatory
Nov 11 Sat 2017, 5:00pm
341 Route 126, Whitefield, ME 04353

Along with the usual gorgeous astronomical objects, come see some Brower Observatory’s collection of classic telescopes. We’ll be using them in droves, because the Observatory is covered in a tarp, while we finish repairing the damage that recent winds inflicted to the slot in the dome. Also on display are all the unassembled pieces of CMAS’s additional new observatory, a SkyShed Pod, but more on that later. How about in person, at the star party?

There is some chance that no further news about this star party will arrive via email, or be posted on the Web site, including the customary last-minute confirmation or postponement. With apologies, I have been preoccupied with decidedly un-telescopic business this week, but CMAS has you covered. To know what’s happening, cruise over to CMAS’s Facebook page:

Lost and Found: Nikon Lens Cloth

After last night’s star party (Saturday, October 22, 2017), a loyal CMASian found a Nikon lens cloth in the parking lot at DRA. If you lost yours, please inquire, so we can return it to you.