Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Stars Over The Gulf II

Captain Donnelly meets the "Red Turkey"!
The first Laramie Star Party was a great success! Eleven Shipmates (including the Captain) joined me on the bow to view the Moon, Saturn and the International Space Station passage which just nicked the edge of Luna, making for a spectacular view through the eyepiece!

The skies were clear for the first few hours, and I'm especially impressed by the cooperation of the Skipper and Navigator, who shaped our course to keep the Moon and planets on the port beam (where masts and booms don't interfere with the view) and decreased speed so as to reduce vibration and improve the view through the telescope.

A good time was had by all, and I now have a "go" for future viewing sessions on a not-to-interfere basis with ship's operations. I'm already planning for the next one. I wonder how many of my crewmates have really LOOKED at the Milky Way...

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