Star Party in San Simeon

Last weekends star party in San Simeon was a lot of fun. More fun than actual observing. Friday night was the only night we were able to observe. I spent most of my time trying to find the Messier Objects in Leo. M95, M96, M105, M65 & M66. I used my 13 inch Dob without the setting circles. Dan Demmers, and Mark Dynge’s scopes both dewed up about 10:30. Dan Demmers brought a set of night vision goggles with him and shared them with us. They were fantastic to look through. We saw a lot of  meteors from the Lyrid Meteor Shower. Danny Eckes took a time lapse video of the evening sky over our trailer. Look for the setting of Orion, and the Beehive Cluster. He started about 9:00 pm and finished at 1:30 am. Watch it full screen and 1080 resolution to see all the detail. Here is the link

Saturday the fog sat off the coast all day. It rolled in by 7:00 pm killing our observing. We had a good time sitting around the fire picking on Butch and listening to him trying to rationalize why he didn’t bring his scope.


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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.


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  1. Dave Adalian April 27, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Sounds like you guys had a good time. That video is impressive.

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