Club Meeting
Thursday, October 24, 2002

We met in the VTC cafeteria. Rob, Jen, and Peter attended. The weather in the early part of the evening had been good so we went outside with a pair of binoculars and our 8" Dobsonian hoping to see some stars. Alas, by the time we got out clouds had moved in covering most of the sky. However, we were able to observe the large, waning moon through the clouds. The view in the 'scope (low power) was interesting but there was a lot of atmospheric turbulance. The low altitude of the moon probably contributed to that.

Peter talked a little about the motion of the sky, coordinates on the sky (right ascension and declination), and the concept of magnitude. Although we had hoped to do a tour of some constellations, there weren't enough stars visible to do that. Toward the end of our session, however, we were able to get a view of Saturn just above the eastern horizon. The rings were plainly visible but the seeing was terrible so we didn't bother attempting a high power view.

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