The TAA members held their annual star party at Big Meadows this year on August 26-27, At an altitude of 7,705 feet, the sky was clear and the temperature was perfect. Low 80’s during the day and 45 deg. at night.I will have to say that we all had lots of fun and laughs. Most members came up for both nights. In all we had 14 people attend. We had six telescopes set up and I brought my astro video camera.
The Summer Milky Way was spectacular as usual. We could only see Scorpius for about 45 minutes before it would set behind the trees. Some of us stayed up for the rising of the Pleiades and Taurus. It was great to get a preview of some of the winter constellation. The video camera showed beautiful pictures of the Trifid Nebula, Swan Nebula, Lagoon Nebula, Eagle Nebula and its “Pillars of Creation, Galaxy 891, Hercules Cluster, M2, M30, Dumbbell Nebula, Ring Nebula, the Whirlpool Galaxy and the Helix Planetary Nebula just to name a few.
Besides sky watching the club sat around and visited. Reece and Greg took a drive up the road and stopped at a small waterfall. As usual the Saturday night Potluck was fantastic.
If you didn’t make the event this year you should make plans for next year. It is a blast!