We had our first Boardwalk Astronomy event last night for the first time in two years, and you were missed! We had a good turnout, with 10 telescopes and a rough count of 345 visitors. (Samantha says it was over 400.)
Leigh Anne Lagoe was there, as were Kent Blackwell, Bob Hitt, Dale Carey, Shawn Loescher, Chuck Dibbs, Bob Beuerlein, and my two granddaughters Samantha and Chloe, and me. This was Chloe's first BWA, and she loved it! She was eagerly showing views of Albireo, Mizar/Alcor, and the Moon to passersby. Samantha kept her 8-inch Dob on the Moon all night for some awesome views of the waxing crescent.
Before sunset, we showed the Sun, with one good sunspot, and a big prominence, visible in Dale's Coronado solar scope. I had my ShortTube 80 and the Sun funnel on for a while, but then people started asking about the ships out on the horizon, so from then on, until dusk, I focused on multiple ships and buoys. I discovered that there are two wind turbines way out on the eastern horizon. I never had seen them before.
Samantha graduates from Princess Anne High School tomorrow. She wanted your mailing address to send you an announcement.
God bless you in your new home under the stars. I hope all is well with Karen and your family. I hope you don't have to make too many trips back here, although we'd love to see you. (You wouldn't even have to bring a scope. I have a six-inch Starblast you could use if you come!)
"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia