Star-PartyOn November 1 Joseph Carro, Tom Frey, Dave Majors (aka Galileo), Gus Nelson, and one parent with an SCT were at Branch Elementary School outside Arroyo Grande.  The school had a very good turnout and we estimated at least 100 people. At one point all 5 telescopes had long lines of at least 15 people at each.   On this night there was no moon or clouds. Early on Venus was the big target- it was at Maximum Eastern Elongation the night before and was a perfect half moon. We also looked at Albireo, M31, M57 and the Pleiades. The teacher had just finished their Astronomy section and the kids had done an exercise on the school fence. They set up a scale model of the Solar System. Pluto of course was too far distant to be on the grounds at all- but since it isn’t a planet anyway…

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