BBAA West, CO Section.
Sounds great to me. Today I have three weeks
left, sixteen more work days. It has been a long 44 years
since I joined the Navy in 1976. Now I am looking forward
to the next phase.
What is going to be hard is going from being so
busy I can’t see straight at my government job, to just
household stuff and BBAA outreach. I am turning over the
Treasurer’s job to Rich Roberts.
Last night at Sky Watch it was just George
Reynolds and I who showed up for the club. I set up the 18
UC and George set up his 80mm refractor. We had about 6
total visitors. Last month there was about twenty BBAA
participants and close to a hundred visitors. Yesterday it
was cloudy all day, the weather demi-gods had predicted it
was supposed to partially clear at about 6:30 PM. It was
looking like about 120% cloud cover at 6:00 PM and then at
about 6:10 the Summer Triangle was exposed. By 6:30 most of
the clouds had vanished, we did enjoy a crappy view of
Jupiter and Saturn just above that Western Tree line. But
Mars was great, and Uranus was the most brilliant blue I
have ever seen it. I went to Neptune just to make sure it
got smaller as I thought the Nexus DSC had gotten confused.
But Neptune was even more brilliant blue than Uranus was and
appropriately smaller. George and I showed the usual
suspects before the 6 visitors dwindled away and left
George, myself and Meghan. Meghan works for the park’s
department and is our “baby-sitter” while we are at the
NWRP. The Chesapeake COVID Management Team has deemed that
we need a chaperone to ensure our telescopes are 6-10 feet
apart and we are all wearing masks. A small price to pay to
be able and get out under the stars with the public.
Virginia Beach cut-off all astronomy outreach including the
popular Boardwalk Astronomy which has been the primary
funding source of the primary scholarship.
Karen and I are hoping to have the house sold by
the end of March. And then the truck will be packed and we
will be dragging ourselves with five dogs and two cats to
Westcliffe CO. We are going to have a modular home plunked
down and we hope to be in it before the first snow flies. I
will tell you that I am not planning on shoveling any snow,
What’s Her Name can learn to wade through it to either the
4-wheel drive or the snow-mobile…
Member #1495 – Norfolk County
First let me welcome you to BBAA West!
We’ll have to start referring to ourselves as “Colorado
Section” and “Arizona Section”. I’m very excited for you – I
understand well how remarkable it feels to have one’s own dark
sky site, a capable observatory, and the free time to enjoy
it. Life gets good! I can predict that you will, as I do,
miss your BBAA family and will miss much about the Tidewater
area. But rest assured it will not be the light pollution or
congestion that you’ll miss! LOL. Personally, I’d question the
sanity of anyone retiring to a place where snow shovels are a
thing, but each to their own.
As a long-standing member of BBAA, I’d like
to thank you for the outstanding role you’ve played in the
leadership of the club. Very few can match the continuing
dedication and selfless service you’ve displayed over the
years. I wish you the very best in your new life and hope
you’ll keep in touch.
BBAA West (Arizona section)