West Houston Observing George Bush Park

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Re: West Houston Observing George Bush Park

Postby steve-munsey » Tue Oct 20, 2015 11:30 am

Urban observing report from last night.

There were 7 people and 1 scope last night. We also managed to get a flyer to a interested family and they gave me their email address so I can let them know when we are out next time.

The seeing was GREAT!!!! I managed to push my scope to 500X on the moon and it was NICE!!!
We looked at Saturn (briefly) , the Moon at "ludicrous Power", M13, M57, M22, M15 NGC7009 (Saturn Nebula)

In attendance were Mark F, Mark W, Purna J,Sam L. Hudson H. Buster W. and me.
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Re: West Houston Observing George Bush Park

Postby steve-munsey » Mon Nov 09, 2015 3:08 pm

Attention HAS - astronomers:

Pop-up Star Party / Urban Observing at GBP(George Bush Park) - Tonight Tuesday 11-9-2015

Yeah I know it's Late notice and yeah I know it's Monday but look at the weather this week OVERCAST!!!.
If you don't get out tonight it might be a while before we get clear skies.
I'm gonna be trying out some new equipment so come on by.

At the usual site in George Bush Park on the west side of Houston.
The northern dead-end parking lot of S. Barker Cypress at Westheimer Parkway.
We try to set up Around the East end of the parking lot to avoid Headlight glare from the Stoplight and people arriving.

Stargazers should be arriving 7:00-7:30, and often stay until 10-11 depending on weather.
Weather tonight looks great.
Bring mosquito repellent.

Hope to see some of you there.

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Re: West Houston Observing George Bush Park

Postby steve-munsey » Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:10 am

Last Night at George Bush Park we had 8 people 1 armadillo and 4 scopes!

(1)-10" Reflector (hand crafted), (1)- 12.5" Dob, (1)- 8" Schmidt Cass (1)-6" Refractor

The handcrafted 10" was out for a test run in preparation for the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)
The 12.5 was out for its First Light.
I have to say my favorite of the night was Alberio(Very Colorful Double) In Cygnus.
Also on the menu was M57 (Ring Nebula), M31(Andromeda Galaxy),M32, M110(companion Galaxies in Andromeda.
There was lots of Activity so I was not able to keep up if anyone else wants to add feel free. Although there seemed like there was lots of dew no one had any dew problems.
We stayed until 11:00PM
Thanks All who came out! Even Astro the Armadillo Stopped by.
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Re: West Houston Observing George Bush Park

Postby steve-munsey » Wed Nov 18, 2015 10:15 am

Attention HAS- Astronomers:

Pop-up Star Party / Urban Observing at GBP(George Bush Park) - Tonight Wednesday 11-18-2015

This is a great opportunity to get a regular group together to work on your Astro League Urban Observing or Lunar
Award. I myself will be starting with the Lunar program.So if your interested in this lets do this together.
https://www.astroleague.org/al/obsclubs ... unar1.html

I'm gonna be trying out my new to me 6" Refractor on the Moon and getting used to the goto mount.

At the usual site in George Bush Park on the west side of Houston.
The northern dead-end parking lot of S. Barker Cypress at Westheimer Parkway.
We try to set up Around the East end of the parking lot to avoid Headlight glare from the Stoplight and people arriving.

Stargazers should be arriving 7:00-7:30, and often stay until 10-11 depending on weather.
Weather tonight looks great.
Dress appropriate it's going to be cold!!
Bring mosquito repellent.

Hope to see some of you there.

http://i.imgur.com/a0x9TfP.png

http://i.imgur.com/2gR2FvC.png
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West Houston Observing George Bush Park

Postby steve-munsey » Thu Nov 19, 2015 9:32 am

Urban Observing at George Bush Park Report.

Last night was cold!!!!
There were 2 scopes-6" Refractor and an 8" Schmidt and 7 Stargazers +

The Moon was amazing and was the focus of the night as I worked on my Lunar Observing for The Astro League.
I'm not going to tell you how far I got, but I can say a few things. It's not as easy as it sounds. The Moon is full of fascinating things to see and I often overlooked it as being mundane. I no longer think of it as hindrance to observing but it will now be part of my observing sessions when it's out.

Also we saw a crashed rocket on the moon!! Not really it was neat anomaly next to a crater on the terminator.
We also got to compare a 8" Schmidt to a 6" Refractor at the same power side by side. I'm not gonna tell you the difference you will just have to join us and look see for yourself.

Thanks to Buster, Mark, Dennis, Hudson, Bram for hanging out. Also to note Astro the Armadillo showed again!!!

Until next time .........Clear Skies
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Re: West Houston Observing George Bush Park

Postby steve-munsey » Thu Nov 19, 2015 10:11 am

2 IN A ROW!!!!
Attention HAS - Astronomers:
Pop-up Star Party / Urban Observing at GBP(George Bush Park) - Tonight Thursday 11-19-2015
This is a great opportunity to get a regular group together to work on your Astro League Urban Observing or Lunar
Award. I myself will be starting with the Lunar program.So if your interested in this lets do this together.
https://www.astroleague.org/al/obsclubs ... unar1.html
I'm gonna be trying out my new to me 6" Refractor on the Moon and getting used to the goto mount.
At the usual site in George Bush Park on the west side of Houston.
The northern dead-end parking lot of S. Barker Cypress at Westheimer Parkway.
We try to set up Around the East end of the parking lot to avoid Headlight glare from the Stoplight and people arriving.
We do not observe light rules but it is a good time to practice!!
Stargazers should be arriving 6:00-7:00, and often stay until 10-11
Weather tonight looks great.
Wear appropriate clothing it's going to be cold.
Bring mosquito repellent.
Hope to see some of you there.
http://i.imgur.com/a0x9TfP.png
http://i.imgur.com/2gR2FvC.png
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Re: West Houston Observing George Bush Park

Postby steve-munsey » Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:19 am

WOW!!! What a crazy night.
There were 4 Stargazers 3 scopes and 1 armadillo.......
1-8" Schmidt, 1- 6" Refractor, 1) 11" Schmidt

Got to see the straight wall "Rupes Recta" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupes_Recta
and the X on the moon or Lunar X http://earthsky.org/space/what-is-lunar-x
Easily pushing my 6" Refractor to 300 power with some very steady seeing at times.
Thanks to Mark for the Moon tour.
Also got to see a green trailing meteor on the South traveling from West to East really nice!!
Sorry you missed it Buster......

Man did I get a crash course in collimation !!! I also got to help set up one of the bigger Celestron Schmidts.
Got a new scope owner straightened out. It was a little touch and go but Buster didn't even cuss or throw any tools...cooler heads prevailed
It only gets better from there. We got the Equatorial Wedge alignment sorted out and slews were good.
Moon, M42 (Orion) and M45(Pleiades)
Buster really stepped up to the plate on this if it wasn't for him I don't know what we would of done.

The local Sheriffs Deputy came by and said hi and make sure no evil aliens were lurking about.
Again, the conversations did not disappoint!!!

Thanks to Buster, Mark, and Mick who I hope to see out there again soon It was fun !!!!


Until Next time CLEAR SKIES!!!!!
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Re: West Houston Observing George Bush Park

Postby steve-munsey » Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:49 am

Attention HAS Astronomers:
Pop-up Star Party / Urban Observing at GBP(George Bush Park) - Tonight Wednesday 12-02-2015
This is a great opportunity to get a regular group together to work on your Astro League Urban Observing certificate.

https://astroleague.org/al/obsclubs/urban/urban.html

Also if you have any new equipment try it out(shake down run) before going to Columbus.
Good chance to get ahead for this weekends event at the Columbus Site!!!!

Moon Won't be rising until after 12:00 so Skies should be pretty dark(for GBP)
At the usual site in George Bush Park on the west side of Houston.
The northern dead-end parking lot of S. Barker Cypress at Westheimer Parkway.
We try to set up Around the East end of the parking lot to avoid Headlight glare from the Stoplight and people arriving.
We do not observe light rules but it is a good time to practice!!
Stargazers should be arriving 6:00-7:00, and often stay until 10-11
Weather tonight looks great.
Wear appropriate clothing it's going to be cold.
Bring mosquito repellent.
Hope to see some of you there.
http://i.imgur.com/a0x9TfP.png
http://i.imgur.com/2gR2FvC.png
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Re: West Houston Observing George Bush Park

Postby steve-munsey » Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:58 am

If it's clear TODAY Thursday 02-04-2016 those of you who would like to try out any new equipment you received, Need help with equipment, need a darker spot to observe Or just hang out and talk astronomy.

At the usual site in George Bush Park on the West side of Houston.
The northern dead-end parking lot of S. Barker Cypress at Westheimer Parkway.
We try to set up Around the East end of the parking lot to avoid Headlight glare from the Stoplight and people arriving also this helps avoid the tree line to the West.

Stargazers should be arriving 6:00-7:30, and often stay until 10-11 depending on weather.
DRESS ACCORDINGLY it will be cold.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/29%C2 ... x0:0x0Hope to See you there.
http://i.imgur.com/2gR2FvC.png


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Re: West Houston Observing George Bush Park

Postby steve-munsey » Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:20 am

Looks like weather is holding out so hope to see ya'll tonight for some great star gazing, conversation and pointers.
If your not sure on how to set up your scope, wan't some pointers, want to try out eyepieces come on out tonight.
Also if you're selling some equipment this is a good place for the buyer to check it out and make a deal.
Orion and the Pleiades are up and are excellent targets for any size scope and binoculars respectively.
Dress warm.
If anyone needs directions or has questions post to Netslyder or FaceBook I will check the regularly.
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