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Re: Public Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park - Saturday, January 20, 2018

William Shaheen <wjshaheen@...>
 

Regrettably, but not surprisingly, we will cancel tonight's star party at Lost Dutchman State Park.

Hope to see you at Peralta Trail Elementary School on Feb. 17th at 7:30pm. 

Bill Shaheen, on behalf of the Superstition Mountain Astronomical League 

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Public Star Party at Peralta Trail Elementary School - Saturday, February 17, 2018

William Shaheen <wjshaheen@...>
 

The weather again looks promising for the upcoming star party, albeit maybe a little chilly in the evening. (See https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/az/gold-canyon/85118?cm_ven=localwx_10day )     

So, on Saturday, Feb 17th, we will host a regularly scheduled public star party at Peralta Trail Elementary School from 7:30 to 9:30pm.

For a current status and schedule, visit: http://supermtnastro.com/  (Current schedule attached.)
   
The event will be at the same location as in the past, on the basketball court. But, please park in the school parking lot.
               
For a map with directions and instructions, visit: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-and-directions (Scroll down to the Peralta location). Dress warm, bring something to sit on (we have no seating), and bring a red covered flashlight. (We can help you with that.)
   
The directions to park in the school parking lot are intended for the visiting public. Members bringing equipment may drive through the gate and park in the observing area, i.e., the basketball court. Please arrive before dark.

For those needing handicap access, you may drive through the gate and park on the left, before reaching the observing area on the basketball court. Although, in that case, we do ask that you arrive before dark so your headlights will not pose a distraction.             
 
For further Star Party information and details, see the schedule  here: http://supermtnastro.com/  
 
And, again, for a map and directions, see: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you under the stars.
          
William Shaheen
Superstition
Mountain Astronomical League
 

Public Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park - Saturday, March 17, 2018 (Weather permitting)

William Shaheen <wjshaheen@...>
 

As loathe as I am to admit it, the star party scheduled for Saturday, March 17 is in doubt, due to the weather forecast for that date. The weather is predicted to be rainy, according to the current 10-day forecast seen here: https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/az/gold-canyon?cm_ven=localwx_10day ;  

The event, however, is normally scheduled for Lost Dutchman State Park from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. (Current schedule attached.) 
 
If cancelled, you will receive a notice later in the week but could be as late as Saturday afternoon. 
You can periodically visit http://supermtnastro.com/  to check on the status.

If held, it will as usual be located in the Saguaro Day Use area parking lot. 
Please see the Map and Directions page here: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions

Dress warm, bring something to sit on (we have no seating), and bring a red covered flashlight. (We can help you with that.)
 
We do ask that visitors park in either the Cholla Day Use area or its Overflow Parking Lot, across the road (see link to map above) and not drive through the telescope observing area, in order to avoid the distraction of headlights. 

Parking in the Saguaro Day Use area, where telescopes will be set-up, is reserved for club members who will be hosting and bringing equipment.
 
State Park staff will be present to assist and direct visitors to the appropriate parking area.
 
Note  - Lost Dutchman State Park assesses a $7 per vehicle entrance fee, except for hosts, presenters and volunteers, unless you have an annual pass, which is good for ALL Arizona State Parks, including Boyce-Thompson Arboretum.

You can purchase an annual pass at the park, or visit http://azstateparks.com/ for more information.  
 
For further Star Party information and details, see the schedule  here: http://supermtnastro.com/  
 
And, again, for a map with directions and instructions, please visit: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you under the stars.
 
William Shaheen                 
Superstition Mountain Astronomical League 
 
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Tonight's Star Party Status - we're on

 

In spite of what seems like an hourly change in the weather prognostication, (see here), it looks like we can sneak this episode in before the predicted rain arrives tonight, around 10pm.

It will be partly cloudy for our observing, but, we've dealt with that in the past and had a good time at that, thank you.

So, we looking forward to seeing you this evening, under the stars.

Superstition Mountain Astronomical League
bcc: LDSP Park Staff 

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Public Star Party at Peralta Trail Elementary School - Saturday, April 14, 2018

William Shaheen <wjshaheen@...>
 

The weather forecast does indeed look very promising for the upcoming star party, though maybe a little chilly in the evening. (See https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/az/gold-canyon/85118?cm_ven=localwx_10day )     

So, on Saturday, April 14th, we will host a regularly scheduled public star party at Peralta Trail Elementary School from 8:00 to 10:00pm. This will be our "Season Finale".

For a current status and schedule, visit: http://supermtnastro.com/  (Current schedule attached.)
   
The event will be at the same location as in the past, on the basketball court. But, please park in the school parking lot.
               
For a map with directions and instructions, visit: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-and-directions (Scroll down to the Peralta location). Dress warm, bring something to sit on (we have no seating), and bring a red covered flashlight. (We can help you with that.)
   
The directions to park in the school parking lot are intended for the visiting public. Members bringing equipment may drive through the gate and park in the observing area, i.e., the basketball court. Please arrive before dark.

For those needing handicap access, you may drive through the gate and park on the left, before reaching the observing area on the basketball court. Although, in that case, we do ask that you arrive before dark so your headlights will not pose a distraction.             
 
For further Star Party information and details, see the schedule  here: http://supermtnastro.com/  
 
And, again, for a map and directions, see: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you under the stars.
          
William Shaheen
Superstition
Mountain Astronomical League®
 

Peralta Trail Star Party 14-Apr-2018

 

We had a very enjoyable Star Party last night at Peralta Trail Elementary School here in Gold Canyon, under mostly clear and cool skies. Approx. We had ~60 visitors and many gratifying comments. We showed them mainly the Orion Nebula, several star clusters, double stars and a variety of galaxies. Lots of good questions (and even a few good answers). 


Bill Shaheen
Superstition Mountain Astronomical League®


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Superstition Mountain Astronomical League 2018-2019 Schedule of Events

William Shaheen <wjshaheen@...>
 

The Superstition Mountain Astronomical League is pleased once again to submit to the community its public schedule for the 2018-2019 astronomical observing season. 

We're getting an early start this year (Sept. 1st) with the addition of a new event at Flatiron Community Park in Apache Junction to take advantage of the favorable positioning of several planets (Jupiter, Saturn and Mars).

As in years past, our events will be held on Saturdays, just to keep things simple and make it convenient for everyone. We will alternate, pretty much, between Peralta Trail Elementary School and Lost Dutchman State Park. All listed events are open to the public. Note that the Lost Dutchman State Park has a per vehicle entrance fee, unless you have a park pass, which is a bargain in itself. And, the annual pass also gets you access to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, as well as all Arizona State Parks.  You can learn more by visiting: http://azstateparks.com/ 

In addition to the schedule of events that we host, we will also be attending, as guest observers, other star parties here in the east valley, such as the Peralta Trail elementary School, Basis Mesa School and Wilson Elementary School Science Nights. Announcements will be sent as those event dates are known.

Also new this year, we are planning to have several unscheduled (yet-to-be-scheduled) events, such as Sun Parties (for solar observing) and a couple Moon parties.  To be informed of these “impromptu” happenings, please join our public Notification group by visiting https://groups.io/g/SuperMtnAstro-Notify/join and submitting your email address.

To facilitate announcing any schedule changes/additions and other information, we will also use the new website, which you can find here: http://supermtnastro.com/, which also has a link to join the Notification group.
 
Lastly, we have an email address to respond to any questions/comments: supermtnastro@... and you can contact us at that address.

Local newspaper editors (CC'ed) are requested to publish a notice prior to each event. If you wish me to send you a request/reminder in advance of each event, just let me know. 
 
We hope to see you under the stars.
 
William Shaheen
Superstition Mountain Astronomical League®

The Night Sky This Month - August 2018

 

With the Perseid meteor shower approaching, here's a convenient, monthly newsletter to see what's ahead for any month.
You can subscribe (it's free) using the link below. 


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The Night Sky This Month - August 2018
It's August, arguably the best month of the year for stargazing. The weather gets a little steadier and drier, and the center of the Milky Way, the starriest part of the night sky, lies nearly overhead. And of course, the Perseid meteor shower peaks this month, with the Moon staying mercifully out of the way for the event this year. There are also plenty of planets to see in the evening sky, including Mars, which has just passed opposition and still shines brightly all month. Jupiter and Saturn remain large enough to afford good views with a telescope, and Venus grows ever brighter in the western sky after sunset. Here’s what to see in the night sky this month…
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The Perseid Meteor Shower is Underway

 

Here is another excellent and popular site with all things astro. This newsletter discusses the upcoming meteor (starting tonight) shower in some detail.


Space Weather News for August 6, 2018
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PERSEID METEOR SHOWER: Earth is entering a stream of debris from giant comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, parent of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Although the shower is not expected to peak until next weekend, NASA all-sky cameras are already detecting dozens of Perseid fireballs every night over the USA. This early activity may be a good omen for the nights ahead, especially Aug. 11th-13th when Earth is expected to pass through the densest part of the comet's debris zone. Visit Spaceweather.com for more information and observing tips.

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Above: A Perseid fireball streaks over NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Aug. 5, 2018.
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Public Star Party at Flatiron Community Park - Saturday, September 1, 2018

 

After a long summer hiatus, we're back! And we're going to kick off the 2018-2019 observing season with a special "Planet Party" on Saturday, Sept. 1st at Flatiron Community Park in Apache Junction from 7:30 to 9:30pm. Please see the attached Flatiron SP Flyer and Map. 

At the moment, the weather forecast looks "acceptable" (slightly cloudy) for observing planets.
(See https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/az/gold-canyon/85118?cm_ven=localwx_10day for the current forecast.)

For a complete current status and schedule, visit: http://supermtnastro.com/  (A copy of the current schedule is attached.)  (Yes, another attachment.)

Lastly, we'd like to treat you to an article written by well-known not-so-amateur astronomer Bill Dellinges wherein he discusses the current Mars apparition (and how it will only get better in a couple years).

We hope to see you under the stars, er, planets on Saturday the 1st.
 
William Shaheen
Superstition Mountain Astronomical League®

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Public Star Party at Peralta Trail Elementary School - Saturday, September 15, 2018

William Shaheen <wjshaheen@...>
 

On Saturday, September 15th, we will host a regularly scheduled public star party at Peralta Trail Elementary School from 7:30 to 9:30pm. This will be our first event at PTES for this year.

The weather forecast for the upcoming star party looks very promising, albeit a little warm in the evening. 
And, actually, we will have a good sized Moon to observe at almost first quarter, which will prominently exhibit numerous Moon craters and craterlets. Planets Mars and Saturn will also still be readily viewable, along with Jupiter and Venus. This is shaping up to be a "busy" and fun evening!

For a recap of the current status and schedule, visit: http://supermtnastro.com/  (Current schedule attached.)
   
The event will be at the same location as in the past, on the basketball court. But, please park in the school parking lot.
               
For a map with directions and instructions, visit: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-and-directions (Scroll down to the Peralta location). Dress warm, bring something to sit on (we have no seating), and bring a red covered flashlight. (We can help you with that.)
   
The directions to park in the school parking lot are intended for the visiting public. Members bringing equipment may drive through the gate and park in the observing area, i.e., the basketball court. Please arrive before dark.

For those needing handicap access, you may drive through the gate and park on the left, before reaching the observing area on the basketball court. Although, in that case, we do ask that you arrive before dark so your headlights will not pose a distraction.             
 
For further Star Party information and details, see the schedule  here: http://supermtnastro.com/  
 
And, again, for a map and directions, see: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you under the stars.
          
William Shaheen
Superstition
Mountain Astronomical League®
 

Peralta Star Party Feedback

 

We had a gratifyingly large turnout last night, considering the heat. And we had a great time showing off the universe to all our visitors. 

If you were there,  could you please reply to let us know, along with any thoughts about your experience?

For those who didn't get a chance to come out, any questions or suggestions?

Thanks,
Bill Shaheen 
On behalf of the Superstition Mountain Astronomical League 


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Public Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park - Saturday, October 13, 2018

William Shaheen <wjshaheen@...>
 

On Saturday, October 13, we will host a regularly scheduled public Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. (Current schedule attached.)

The weather forecast looks promising for Saturday, according to the current 10-day forecast seen here:

We recommend checking later in the week and if there are any changes, a notification email will be sent.

As usual, we will be located in the Saguaro Day Use area parking lot.
Please see the Map and Directions page here: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions

The predicted temperature looks cool. So, dress warm, bring something to sit on (we have no seating), and bring a red covered flashlight. (We can help you with that.)
 
We do ask that visitors park in either the Cholla Day Use area or its Overflow Parking Lot, across the road (see link to map above) and not drive through the telescope observing area, in order to avoid the distraction of headlights. 

Parking in the Saguaro Day Use area, where telescopes will be set-up, is reserved for club members who will be hosting and bringing equipment.
 
State Park staff will be present to assist and direct visitors to the appropriate parking area.
 
Note  - Lost Dutchman State Park assesses a $7 per vehicle entrance fee, except for hosts, presenters and volunteers, unless you have an annual pass, which is good for ALL Arizona State Parks, including Boyce-Thompson Arboretum.

You can purchase an annual pass at the park, or visit http://azstateparks.com/ for more information.  
 
For further Star Party information and details, see the schedule here: http://supermtnastro.com/  
 
And, again, for a map with directions and instructions, please visit: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you under the stars.
 
William Shaheen                 
Superstition Mountain Astronomical League 

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Hi to all our new members

 

We had several neighbors join today, and this past 2 weeks.

Probably due to the dubious weather forecast for this Saturday at Lost Dutchman State Park.  We'll be sure to issue a statement by noon on the day of the event.

Thanks for checking.

Bill Shaheen




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Weather Outlook

 

As remote as the possibility may seem, two weather services* are predicting clear skies to a varying degree between 8 and 10pm.

Hopefully, a clearer picture will emerge later today and we will issue a proclamation between noon and 2:00pm MST.


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Saturday, 10/13/2018 Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park - Cancellation

 

Unfortunately, if anything the weather has gotten worse, as I'm sure you can tell.

In fact, the predicted clearing has been moved back to 2am.

Our regrets and thanks for your patience.

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Special Public Star Party at Peralta Trail Elementary School - Saturday, November 10, 2018

 

Let's make up! (Star Party Make-up Session)

To overcome our collective disappointment at having to cancel the star party of Saturday, October 13th, we will schedule a make-up session at Peralta Trail Elementary School from 7:00 to 9:00pm on Saturday, November 10th. 

Of course, it's too early for any weather prognostications but we will advise if the outlook sours. 

Aside from that, it will be the usual Peralta Trail Star Party. I.e., ...
The event will be held at the same location as in the past, on the basketball court. But, please park in the school parking lot.
              
For a map with directions and instructions, visit: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-and-directions (Scroll down to the Peralta location). Dress warm, bring something to sit on (we have no seating), and bring a red covered flashlight. (We can help you with that.)
    
The directions to park in the school parking lot are intended for the visiting public. Members bringing equipment may drive through the gate and park in the observing area, i.e.,on the basketball court. Please arrive before dark.

For those needing handicap access, you may drive through the gate and park on the left, before reaching the observing area on the basketball court.
Although, in that case, we do ask that you arrive before dark so your headlights do not pose a distraction.             
 
For further Star Party information and details, see the schedule  here: http://supermtnastro.com/  
 
And, again, for a map and directions, see: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you under the stars.

Another reminder will be sent the Sunday before.
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Superstition Mountain Astronomical League®

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Special Public Star Party at Peralta Trail Elementary School - Saturday, November 10, 2018

 

On Saturday, November 10th, we will host a special edition public star party at Peralta Trail Elementary School from 7:00 to 9:00pm.
This is a make-up session for the rain-out we had on October 13th. 

Having honed our weather prognosticating skills, the coming weekend looks somewhat promising, albeit a little chilly - but no promises. 

And, actually, we will have a very nice waxing crescent Moon setting in the West, which will prominently exhibit numerous Moon craters, craterlets and a beautiful phenomenon known as Earthshine. Planets Mars and even Neptune will make a guest appearance.  Saturn will also still be viewable, but deep in the western sky.
Jupiter will have already set and Venus is now in the morning sky.

For a recap of the current status and schedule, visit: http://supermtnastro.com/  (Current schedule attached.)
   
The event will be at the same location as in the past, on the basketball court. But, please park in the school parking lot.
               
For a map with directions and instructions, visit: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-and-directions (Scroll down to the Peralta location). Dress warm, bring something to sit on (we have no seating), and bring a red covered flashlight. (We can help you with that.)
    
The directions to park in the school parking lot are intended for the visiting public. Members bringing equipment may drive through the gate and park in the observing area, i.e., the basketball court. Please arrive before dark.

For those needing handicap access, you may drive through the gate and park on the left, before reaching the observing area on the basketball court. Although, in that case, we do ask that you arrive before dark so your headlights will not pose a distraction.             
 
For further Star Party information and details, see the schedule  here: http://supermtnastro.com/  
 
And, again, for a map and directions, see: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you under the stars.
          
William Shaheen
Superstition 
Mountain Astronomical League®

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Re: [SuperMtnAstro] Special Public Star Party at Peralta Trail Elementary School - Saturday, November 10, 2018

William Shaheen
 

Just to reiterate tomorrow's event at Peralta ....

Sunset is at 5:25pm. The SP is scheduled to start at 7pm but I'm sure we'll start before that, as visitors arrive.
I'll have the gate open ~5:15pm. If you would like sooner, just let me know.

Bill
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On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 8:24 AM William Shaheen - Gmail <wjshaheen@...> wrote:
Let's make up! (Star Party Make-up Session)

To overcome our collective disappointment at having to cancel the star party of Saturday, October 13th, we will schedule a make-up session at Peralta Trail Elementary School from 7:00 to 9:00pm on Saturday, November 10th. 

Of course, it's too early for any weather prognostications but we will advise if the outlook sours. 

Aside from that, it will be the usual Peralta Trail Star Party. I.e., ...
The event will be held at the same location as in the past, on the basketball court. But, please park in the school parking lot.
              
For a map with directions and instructions, visit: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-and-directions (Scroll down to the Peralta location). Dress warm, bring something to sit on (we have no seating), and bring a red covered flashlight. (We can help you with that.)
    
The directions to park in the school parking lot are intended for the visiting public. Members bringing equipment may drive through the gate and park in the observing area, i.e., the basketball court. Please arrive before dark.

For those needing handicap access, you may drive through the gate and park on the left, before reaching the observing area on the basketball court.
Although, in that case, we do ask that you arrive before dark so your headlights do not pose a distraction.             
 
For further Star Party information and details, see the schedule  here: http://supermtnastro.com/  
 
And, again, for a map and directions, see: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you under the stars.

Another reminder will be sent the Sunday before.
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Superstition Mountain Astronomical League®

Saturday, Nov. 10th, at Peralta Trail Elementary School

 

Thanks to all who came to Saturday's Star Party at Peralta Trail Elementary School. We had 10 telescopes and 2 pairs of binoculars set-up, which easily accommodated the 48+ visitors. The Moon presented a nice crescent with a beautiful example of Earthshine (The Old Moon in the New Moon's arms).

We were also treated to a beautiful young family, with a one year old and a four year old, who came all the way from Peoria, which is about an hour and a half drive from west of our location here in Gold Canyon.

Please let us know you were there by emailing supermtnastro@... .

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you at our next event on Sat. Dec 08 at Lost Dutchman State Park 6:30 – 9:00pm.

For more information, details and maps, visit us at https://supermtnastro.com

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