I had my doubts about the star party scheduled for September 21 in Carp, including the fact that I’m a bit tired of organizing them. I don’t mind GOING, but I’d much prefer to go with Jacob, set up his scope too, and then just be able to leave when we want to, even if only there for an hour or so. If I go as an event marshal, I have to stay all night. I had no other marshals seemingly available for this one, so I went without the cub. However, when I got there, one of the other marshals had shown up and already had all the cones set out, etc. Awesome!
I set up in a different spot than normal, and parked in the upper bowl just in case I decided to bail early. However, I was surprised that the location of the setup changed the experience for the night. The area I was in was a bit more social, plus I was close to the long line for the big scope at the events. So lots of people wandered over while someone else was holding their spot in line. And I got a lot of “extras” coming by just after leaving the big scope. I found it oddly more social than normal, people were more chatty and less “look and go”.
Jupiter and Saturn were up, and I did the Albireo colour question (i.e. “what colours do YOU see?”), although that wasn’t the conversation starter it had been previously. A couple of people came by that I knew, but the timing was off for most of them as I didn’t have time to chat — they came by when people were lined up at the scope and I was doing adjustments and explaining. Usually, it is less “busy” and I can chat when they’re looking or while others are looking.
At the end of the night, I snagged the Pleiades before we packed up, and I held off wrapping up until a couple of imagers had grabbed their last frames. We were still there about 12:30 a.m., but it was just the hard cores like me who still had the scope running for the one or two public stragglers who were wandering. Except for the imagers, I was one of the last to pack up! Yet I had wondered earlier if I was going to stay!
Good night, ran about 175 people for the night and I counted 24 scopes.