All Arizona Star Party October 2007
is blessed with lots of clear nights, but dark skies often requires a bit
of a drive for those of us living in the urban areas of Phoenix. I
get out to dark skies about 3 to 4 times a year and so I really have to
make them count. This year the All Arizona Star Party was one of
those adventures for me.
It is a fantastic opportunity
to not only get under some really great skies, but also to socialize with
others who share the same passion for this hobby.
I spent both Friday Oct.
12th and Saturday the 13th nights there. The forecast was for winds
and poor seeing on Friday even though it would be clear. Luckily the
wind wasn't too bad and as the night went one it seemed to get
better. I tried to go to sleep about 11:30PM, but was quite
restless. I ended up getting up about an hour before dawn to look at
Venus, Saturn and Mars. Mars was almost directly overhead but was
still boiling, indicating it wasn't the best of nights for planetary
Saturday night was better
although by after midnight it got pretty cold. For us Arizonans 50F
is cold and anything below that is very cold. It got down to about
45F which is down right freezing! I was taking a long series of images
of M42 after midnight as it got higher and higher. I was
planning on taking images of the Horsehead as well, but my camera
batteries died. They didn't like the cold either, but the camera
sure did as far as reduced noise!
This page is a collogue of
pictures taken by myself or a few others at the star party.