HAL Public Star Party Report - Special Edition
Public Star Party (Alpha Ridge) 7/22/2023
(The One With Many People Arriving Before the Night Sky Appeared)
Thank you to everyone who joined our public star party last night. We
had beautiful skies for approximately 16 scopes set up and nearly 150
The Moon was popular, along with some sightings of
M13 and the
Bob and Arjun had the solar system scale model set up with a
few lovely paintings of the planets. I tested a new table activity
called "Stellar Spectra," which was successful with younger guests.
We hope you join us for the next one!
Thanks to our hosts, Krystal, Hannah and Joel. Visitors inside HALO
listened with rapt attention to Hannah's and Dale's explanations.
Grace and I both brought out our eVscopes which generated lots of questions.
Grace's scope has a eyepiece which naturally drew people to it. People
tried to find the eyepiece on mine but there isn't one. Grace did a
great job of explaining how the eVscope works and answering many basic
astronomy questions with solid, clear explanations. My image of the
Whirlpool Galaxy appears below; thanks to Grace for her fine-tuning assistance.
Grace also provided her eVscope image of the Dumbbell Nebula.