Log, Mar 28, 2003

23 people. The weather forecast indicated that we would have nothing this evening but we got a bit if a break early on. It never was cloudless, but for the first two hours of darkness the sky was tolerable although quick moving clouds obscured our targets for minutes on end. We had some kids from a school (Promfret if I remember correctly) who seemed to have a lot of fun. We looked at several of the spectacular objects.

Out in the paved area, Ernie had his scope up when I arrived. With only Art on hand inside I didn't have a chance to circulate to see what Ernie was looking at but he said that he got some lovely views of the Rosetta. Inside we episodically got acceptable to good views of Jupiter and Saturn and a long very good look at M42.

The scope was out of alignment, and a quick attempt on my part to make things better only made things worse. At one point, the telescope started to head towards the floor when I told it to look at Betalquese. At that point I gave up and did another alignment. I'm going to have to make some time during a week to do a proper alignment.

We are planning a non-Friday night working session for the staff folks as soon as we get a break in the weather. Realigning the scope will have to be the first order of business.

-Les Coleman

Leslie Coleman
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