The observatory was represented for the second time this year by Tom Traub on July 8th at it’s Star Party. The group of campers and members from the International Bow Hunters Association who were holding a tournament at the park started to gather at 8:00 pm. I was present along with Naturalist Jen Moore for a presentation on the Moon and planets Mars and Jupiter using the park’s 6 inch Dobsonian Reflector. All together we had over a dozen people in attendance including a couple who had purchased a small refractor at a yard sale and wanted to know how to use it. We were able to get views of the Moon, Jupiter and Mars through the small scope. Many questions were asked about Jupiter and the Juno spacecraft along with a multitude of other space related subjects. We had to close up shop early due to the incoming arrival of thunderstorms with lightening for the protection of those in attendance. Overall the evening was a success with many smiles on those who looked through the scopes.
Credit Tom Traub