February Observing Night at the APO

Jupiter, Feb 22, 2014 @ 10:10 pm

Jupiter, Feb 22, 2014 @ 10:10 pm

The observatory is now operational, thanks to all the hard work our members did last year. It is a goal of the TAA for the members to use the APO one night a month to observe and share the night sky with each other.

Saturday night, February 22nd will be the first “club observing night” at the APO this year. The gate will be open at 7:00 and we will stay till 11:00 or later. The sky is supposed to be clear and the temperature cool but not freezing. There will be no moon so the sky will be dark.

Bring your scopes, binoculars and other observing paraphernalia. This is prime season to view Orion and the winter Messier objects. They will be leaving us soon as Spring approaches. Jupiter will be putting on a great show that night. The moon Callisto will eclipse the planet starting about 7:20 pm. Later that night the moon Ganymede will transit Jupiter starting about 10:00 pm. (Click on the picture for a bigger view) I will operate the 12.5″ Cave scope in the dome. The 13″ Dob will also be available for someone to use that needs to borrow a scope.

If you don’t have a scope and are thinking about buying one, this will be a great time to tryout different member scopes and see what type of scope best fits you.

Lets fill the pads with scopes and say goodbye to winter!

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Greg Eckes


I am a retired music teacher. I make custom violins and violas. I play violin in the Tulare County Symphony and fiddle in the Tule River Bluegrass Band. I like camping and astronomy.


One thought on “February Observing Night at the APO

  1. Deva-Denise February 19, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Looking forward to it. Hope the skies are clear. I will be bringing my camera for some more sky photography.

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