Cades Cover Nov 5th updates


James Cantu
 

Greetings all, 
Thank you all for showing up Friday to contribute to Cades Cove planning. I have made the following notes so far, that Lee will integrate into the minutes, but I wanted to share with the club directly. The Cades Cove Star Party is a go. It's not ideal; but I'm confident that given the support we've received so far, we are well positioned to have a great event. Please see notes before. If you have not yet confirmed that you can participate, please let me know when you have a chance. 
Best regards, 
James Cantu SMAS President 2022


Cades Cove Star Party Notes

Saturday, November 5, 2022 (no backup date, but potential Spring event)

These details are tentative but will be released as a plan after conferring with GSMNP and other volunteer/participants.

 

General Description

The Cades Cove Star Party has not occurred in several years. Scheduling this year has been challenging for several reasons due to volunteer limitations, calendar/conflict limitations, and even GSMNP ranger staffing limitations. This fall we only have one date fully feasible (Nov 5th). This will be only a few days before the new moon, so DSOs will be limited unless they are bright and contrasty. Many have encouraged us to do the best we can and realize that the public can and will be quite amazed by lunar and planetary opportunities. We can promote near events (such as the Nov 8th lunar eclipse), equipment, and other learning opportunities. Please note we may be competing with the Georgia/Tennessee football game for attention, and that game will likely draw a huge audience. 

 

We have no idea what attendance will be, but volunteers are likely to be fewer than some of our previous years. In short, I am confident that we can provide a great experience for those that join us, and I’ve been encouraged by the enthusiasm of those prepared/preparing to participate. 

 

Some changes: We anticipate keeping this event as simple as possible. We will not have the traditional potluck. Perhaps at a future date, but for now, as we are re-emerging, let’s keep it simple. If you wish to bring a meal/snacks, bring whatever you can for yourself, but we are unlikely to setup a shared banquet area for food. In terms of health and hygiene, masking is at the discretion of the individual. Please take whatever precautions are appropriate for you.  

 

Potential objects for viewing

·      Moon

·      Planets

o   Jupiter 

o   Saturn 

o   Uranus (too low) 

o   Neptune (near Jupiter; west of Jupiter, but would probably require an ephemeris to locate)

·      Bright Globular Clusters

·      Open clusters

·      Asterisms

·      Andromeda Galaxy? (Possibly unlikely due to moon)

Other things

·      Naked eye objects/targets

o   Constellations

o   Large Asterisms

o   Cherokee Sky Lore

·      Lunar eclipse November 8th

·      Equipment (different types: binos, scopes, lasers, finders, etc.)

·      Satellites

·      Artemis Launch November 14th

·      Talking about light pollution. Pointing out Gatlinburg or other nearby sources and how they affect the horizon. Methods to minimize.

·      Does the park talk about light pollution effects on wildlife? James to inquire with GSMNP. 

 

Timing (all timings tentative and approximate until formally confirmed and posted).

·      Sunset ~6:36p

·      7p Walk down

·      7:15-7:30ish Introductory Talk 

o   The hobby

o   Club info

o   Activities etc. 

o   Upcoming Astro events; what to expect tonight

·      Astronomical Twilight 8p

·      Ending? Perhaps 10/10:30p. Usually dewing and a thinning crowd dictates this, but the GSMNP may have a specific time to close. 

 

Volunteers

·      Ed Gorney? (potential Sasquatch operator)

·      MC Duties James/Lee/Dave

o   Talk about Sasquatch

o   Club(s)/activities/astronomy basics, etc.

o   Cherokee Sky Lore: 

§  “Where the Dog Ran” 

§  Seven Sisters Story?

·      Ayaka & Alex: SCT 6 and Binoculars

·      Dave Wells: Orion Refractor 80mm GEM (Dave would appreciate some help preparing/learning)

·      Bryan Ross: Various refractors 130mm 92mm

·      Robert Ogle: Needs a ride. Dob. 

·      Duane Dunlap: SCT 9.25”

·      James Cantu (when not MCing) 10” Dob and 15x70 tripod mount binos.

·      Others (unconfirmed)? 

o   Ricky (KO)?

o   Djerdj (KO)?

o   Girl Scout Leader Sarah Shepherd perhaps?

o   ORION: invitation open (David Fields, DR Fudge, Noah Friere)


Jae Park
 

Is there a web-link about this event for the public?  A friend of mine asked for this.

Jae Park


On Sun, Oct 16, 2022 at 10:01 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:

Greetings all, 
Thank you all for showing up Friday to contribute to Cades Cove planning. I have made the following notes so far, that Lee will integrate into the minutes, but I wanted to share with the club directly. The Cades Cove Star Party is a go. It's not ideal; but I'm confident that given the support we've received so far, we are well positioned to have a great event. Please see notes before. If you have not yet confirmed that you can participate, please let me know when you have a chance. 
Best regards, 
James Cantu SMAS President 2022


Cades Cove Star Party Notes

Saturday, November 5, 2022 (no backup date, but potential Spring event)

These details are tentative but will be released as a plan after conferring with GSMNP and other volunteer/participants.

 

General Description

The Cades Cove Star Party has not occurred in several years. Scheduling this year has been challenging for several reasons due to volunteer limitations, calendar/conflict limitations, and even GSMNP ranger staffing limitations. This fall we only have one date fully feasible (Nov 5th). This will be only a few days before the new moon, so DSOs will be limited unless they are bright and contrasty. Many have encouraged us to do the best we can and realize that the public can and will be quite amazed by lunar and planetary opportunities. We can promote near events (such as the Nov 8th lunar eclipse), equipment, and other learning opportunities. Please note we may be competing with the Georgia/Tennessee football game for attention, and that game will likely draw a huge audience. 

 

We have no idea what attendance will be, but volunteers are likely to be fewer than some of our previous years. In short, I am confident that we can provide a great experience for those that join us, and I’ve been encouraged by the enthusiasm of those prepared/preparing to participate. 

 

Some changes: We anticipate keeping this event as simple as possible. We will not have the traditional potluck. Perhaps at a future date, but for now, as we are re-emerging, let’s keep it simple. If you wish to bring a meal/snacks, bring whatever you can for yourself, but we are unlikely to setup a shared banquet area for food. In terms of health and hygiene, masking is at the discretion of the individual. Please take whatever precautions are appropriate for you.  

 

Potential objects for viewing

·      Moon

·      Planets

o   Jupiter 

o   Saturn 

o   Uranus (too low) 

o   Neptune (near Jupiter; west of Jupiter, but would probably require an ephemeris to locate)

·      Bright Globular Clusters

·      Open clusters

·      Asterisms

·      Andromeda Galaxy? (Possibly unlikely due to moon)

Other things

·      Naked eye objects/targets

o   Constellations

o   Large Asterisms

o   Cherokee Sky Lore

·      Lunar eclipse November 8th

·      Equipment (different types: binos, scopes, lasers, finders, etc.)

·      Satellites

·      Artemis Launch November 14th

·      Talking about light pollution. Pointing out Gatlinburg or other nearby sources and how they affect the horizon. Methods to minimize.

·      Does the park talk about light pollution effects on wildlife? James to inquire with GSMNP. 

 

Timing (all timings tentative and approximate until formally confirmed and posted).

·      Sunset ~6:36p

·      7p Walk down

·      7:15-7:30ish Introductory Talk 

o   The hobby

o   Club info

o   Activities etc. 

o   Upcoming Astro events; what to expect tonight

·      Astronomical Twilight 8p

·      Ending? Perhaps 10/10:30p. Usually dewing and a thinning crowd dictates this, but the GSMNP may have a specific time to close. 

 

Volunteers

·      Ed Gorney? (potential Sasquatch operator)

·      MC Duties James/Lee/Dave

o   Talk about Sasquatch

o   Club(s)/activities/astronomy basics, etc.

o   Cherokee Sky Lore: 

§  “Where the Dog Ran” 

§  Seven Sisters Story?

·      Ayaka & Alex: SCT 6 and Binoculars

·      Dave Wells: Orion Refractor 80mm GEM (Dave would appreciate some help preparing/learning)

·      Bryan Ross: Various refractors 130mm 92mm

·      Robert Ogle: Needs a ride. Dob. 

·      Duane Dunlap: SCT 9.25”

·      James Cantu (when not MCing) 10” Dob and 15x70 tripod mount binos.

·      Others (unconfirmed)? 

o   Ricky (KO)?

o   Djerdj (KO)?

o   Girl Scout Leader Sarah Shepherd perhaps?

o   ORION: invitation open (David Fields, DR Fudge, Noah Friere)


Dave Wells
 


On Sun, Oct 30, 2022 at 3:56 PM Jae Park <jae.park99@...> wrote:
Is there a web-link about this event for the public?  A friend of mine asked for this.

Jae Park

On Sun, Oct 16, 2022 at 10:01 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:

Greetings all, 
Thank you all for showing up Friday to contribute to Cades Cove planning. I have made the following notes so far, that Lee will integrate into the minutes, but I wanted to share with the club directly. The Cades Cove Star Party is a go. It's not ideal; but I'm confident that given the support we've received so far, we are well positioned to have a great event. Please see notes before. If you have not yet confirmed that you can participate, please let me know when you have a chance. 
Best regards, 
James Cantu SMAS President 2022


Cades Cove Star Party Notes

Saturday, November 5, 2022 (no backup date, but potential Spring event)

These details are tentative but will be released as a plan after conferring with GSMNP and other volunteer/participants.

 

General Description

The Cades Cove Star Party has not occurred in several years. Scheduling this year has been challenging for several reasons due to volunteer limitations, calendar/conflict limitations, and even GSMNP ranger staffing limitations. This fall we only have one date fully feasible (Nov 5th). This will be only a few days before the new moon, so DSOs will be limited unless they are bright and contrasty. Many have encouraged us to do the best we can and realize that the public can and will be quite amazed by lunar and planetary opportunities. We can promote near events (such as the Nov 8th lunar eclipse), equipment, and other learning opportunities. Please note we may be competing with the Georgia/Tennessee football game for attention, and that game will likely draw a huge audience. 

 

We have no idea what attendance will be, but volunteers are likely to be fewer than some of our previous years. In short, I am confident that we can provide a great experience for those that join us, and I’ve been encouraged by the enthusiasm of those prepared/preparing to participate. 

 

Some changes: We anticipate keeping this event as simple as possible. We will not have the traditional potluck. Perhaps at a future date, but for now, as we are re-emerging, let’s keep it simple. If you wish to bring a meal/snacks, bring whatever you can for yourself, but we are unlikely to setup a shared banquet area for food. In terms of health and hygiene, masking is at the discretion of the individual. Please take whatever precautions are appropriate for you.  

 

Potential objects for viewing

·      Moon

·      Planets

o   Jupiter 

o   Saturn 

o   Uranus (too low) 

o   Neptune (near Jupiter; west of Jupiter, but would probably require an ephemeris to locate)

·      Bright Globular Clusters

·      Open clusters

·      Asterisms

·      Andromeda Galaxy? (Possibly unlikely due to moon)

Other things

·      Naked eye objects/targets

o   Constellations

o   Large Asterisms

o   Cherokee Sky Lore

·      Lunar eclipse November 8th

·      Equipment (different types: binos, scopes, lasers, finders, etc.)

·      Satellites

·      Artemis Launch November 14th

·      Talking about light pollution. Pointing out Gatlinburg or other nearby sources and how they affect the horizon. Methods to minimize.

·      Does the park talk about light pollution effects on wildlife? James to inquire with GSMNP. 

 

Timing (all timings tentative and approximate until formally confirmed and posted).

·      Sunset ~6:36p

·      7p Walk down

·      7:15-7:30ish Introductory Talk 

o   The hobby

o   Club info

o   Activities etc. 

o   Upcoming Astro events; what to expect tonight

·      Astronomical Twilight 8p

·      Ending? Perhaps 10/10:30p. Usually dewing and a thinning crowd dictates this, but the GSMNP may have a specific time to close. 

 

Volunteers

·      Ed Gorney? (potential Sasquatch operator)

·      MC Duties James/Lee/Dave

o   Talk about Sasquatch

o   Club(s)/activities/astronomy basics, etc.

o   Cherokee Sky Lore: 

§  “Where the Dog Ran” 

§  Seven Sisters Story?

·      Ayaka & Alex: SCT 6 and Binoculars

·      Dave Wells: Orion Refractor 80mm GEM (Dave would appreciate some help preparing/learning)

·      Bryan Ross: Various refractors 130mm 92mm

·      Robert Ogle: Needs a ride. Dob. 

·      Duane Dunlap: SCT 9.25”

·      James Cantu (when not MCing) 10” Dob and 15x70 tripod mount binos.

·      Others (unconfirmed)? 

o   Ricky (KO)?

o   Djerdj (KO)?

o   Girl Scout Leader Sarah Shepherd perhaps?

o   ORION: invitation open (David Fields, DR Fudge, Noah Friere)


James Cantu
 

Thanks everyone. I’ll post updates later this evening. 


On Oct 30, 2022, at 5:26 PM, Dave Wells <david.d.wells1963@...> wrote:


On Sun, Oct 30, 2022 at 3:56 PM Jae Park <jae.park99@...> wrote:
Is there a web-link about this event for the public?  A friend of mine asked for this.

Jae Park

On Sun, Oct 16, 2022 at 10:01 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:

Greetings all, 
Thank you all for showing up Friday to contribute to Cades Cove planning. I have made the following notes so far, that Lee will integrate into the minutes, but I wanted to share with the club directly. The Cades Cove Star Party is a go. It's not ideal; but I'm confident that given the support we've received so far, we are well positioned to have a great event. Please see notes before. If you have not yet confirmed that you can participate, please let me know when you have a chance. 
Best regards, 
James Cantu SMAS President 2022


Cades Cove Star Party Notes

Saturday, November 5, 2022 (no backup date, but potential Spring event)

These details are tentative but will be released as a plan after conferring with GSMNP and other volunteer/participants.

 

General Description

The Cades Cove Star Party has not occurred in several years. Scheduling this year has been challenging for several reasons due to volunteer limitations, calendar/conflict limitations, and even GSMNP ranger staffing limitations. This fall we only have one date fully feasible (Nov 5th). This will be only a few days before the new moon, so DSOs will be limited unless they are bright and contrasty. Many have encouraged us to do the best we can and realize that the public can and will be quite amazed by lunar and planetary opportunities. We can promote near events (such as the Nov 8th lunar eclipse), equipment, and other learning opportunities. Please note we may be competing with the Georgia/Tennessee football game for attention, and that game will likely draw a huge audience. 

 

We have no idea what attendance will be, but volunteers are likely to be fewer than some of our previous years. In short, I am confident that we can provide a great experience for those that join us, and I’ve been encouraged by the enthusiasm of those prepared/preparing to participate. 

 

Some changes: We anticipate keeping this event as simple as possible. We will not have the traditional potluck. Perhaps at a future date, but for now, as we are re-emerging, let’s keep it simple. If you wish to bring a meal/snacks, bring whatever you can for yourself, but we are unlikely to setup a shared banquet area for food. In terms of health and hygiene, masking is at the discretion of the individual. Please take whatever precautions are appropriate for you.  

 

Potential objects for viewing

·      Moon

·      Planets

o   Jupiter 

o   Saturn 

o   Uranus (too low) 

o   Neptune (near Jupiter; west of Jupiter, but would probably require an ephemeris to locate)

·      Bright Globular Clusters

·      Open clusters

·      Asterisms

·      Andromeda Galaxy? (Possibly unlikely due to moon)

Other things

·      Naked eye objects/targets

o   Constellations

o   Large Asterisms

o   Cherokee Sky Lore

·      Lunar eclipse November 8th

·      Equipment (different types: binos, scopes, lasers, finders, etc.)

·      Satellites

·      Artemis Launch November 14th

·      Talking about light pollution. Pointing out Gatlinburg or other nearby sources and how they affect the horizon. Methods to minimize.

·      Does the park talk about light pollution effects on wildlife? James to inquire with GSMNP. 

 

Timing (all timings tentative and approximate until formally confirmed and posted).

·      Sunset ~6:36p

·      7p Walk down

·      7:15-7:30ish Introductory Talk 

o   The hobby

o   Club info

o   Activities etc. 

o   Upcoming Astro events; what to expect tonight

·      Astronomical Twilight 8p

·      Ending? Perhaps 10/10:30p. Usually dewing and a thinning crowd dictates this, but the GSMNP may have a specific time to close. 

 

Volunteers

·      Ed Gorney? (potential Sasquatch operator)

·      MC Duties James/Lee/Dave

o   Talk about Sasquatch

o   Club(s)/activities/astronomy basics, etc.

o   Cherokee Sky Lore: 

§  “Where the Dog Ran” 

§  Seven Sisters Story?

·      Ayaka & Alex: SCT 6 and Binoculars

·      Dave Wells: Orion Refractor 80mm GEM (Dave would appreciate some help preparing/learning)

·      Bryan Ross: Various refractors 130mm 92mm

·      Robert Ogle: Needs a ride. Dob. 

·      Duane Dunlap: SCT 9.25”

·      James Cantu (when not MCing) 10” Dob and 15x70 tripod mount binos.

·      Others (unconfirmed)? 

o   Ricky (KO)?

o   Djerdj (KO)?

o   Girl Scout Leader Sarah Shepherd perhaps?

o   ORION: invitation open (David Fields, DR Fudge, Noah Friere)


Forrest Erickson
 

Jim Sanders has printed up some SMAS labels which could be placed onto Astronomy / Sky And Telescope magazines to give to the public. 

If it goes as planed my wife will be picking up from him this afternoon.


I will bring them  Saturday anyone with magazines to give away can cover any existing address labels as we are setting up and waiting for the arrival of  visitors.



On 10/31/2022 5:55 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:


Thanks everyone. I’ll post updates later this evening. 



On Oct 30, 2022, at 5:26 PM, Dave Wells <david.d.wells1963@...> wrote:


On Sun, Oct 30, 2022 at 3:56 PM Jae Park <jae.park99@...> wrote:
Is there a web-link about this event for the public?  A friend of mine asked for this.

Jae Park

On Sun, Oct 16, 2022 at 10:01 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:

Greetings all, 
Thank you all for showing up Friday to contribute to Cades Cove planning. I have made the following notes so far, that Lee will integrate into the minutes, but I wanted to share with the club directly. The Cades Cove Star Party is a go. It's not ideal; but I'm confident that given the support we've received so far, we are well positioned to have a great event. Please see notes before. If you have not yet confirmed that you can participate, please let me know when you have a chance. 
Best regards, 
James Cantu SMAS President 2022


Cades Cove Star Party Notes

Saturday, November 5, 2022 (no backup date, but potential Spring event)

These details are tentative but will be released as a plan after conferring with GSMNP and other volunteer/participants.

 

General Description

The Cades Cove Star Party has not occurred in several years. Scheduling this year has been challenging for several reasons due to volunteer limitations, calendar/conflict limitations, and even GSMNP ranger staffing limitations. This fall we only have one date fully feasible (Nov 5th). This will be only a few days before the new moon, so DSOs will be limited unless they are bright and contrasty. Many have encouraged us to do the best we can and realize that the public can and will be quite amazed by lunar and planetary opportunities. We can promote near events (such as the Nov 8th lunar eclipse), equipment, and other learning opportunities. Please note we may be competing with the Georgia/Tennessee football game for attention, and that game will likely draw a huge audience. 


We have no idea what attendance will be, but volunteers are likely to be fewer than some of our previous years. In short, I am confident that we can provide a great experience for those that join us, and I’ve been encouraged by the enthusiasm of those prepared/preparing to participate. 


Some changes: We anticipate keeping this event as simple as possible. We will not have the traditional potluck. Perhaps at a future date, but for now, as we are re-emerging, let’s keep it simple. If you wish to bring a meal/snacks, bring whatever you can for yourself, but we are unlikely to setup a shared banquet area for food. In terms of health and hygiene, masking is at the discretion of the individual. Please take whatever precautions are appropriate for you.  


Potential objects for viewing

·      Moon

·      Planets

o   Jupiter 

o   Saturn 

o   Uranus (too low) 

o   Neptune (near Jupiter; west of Jupiter, but would probably require an ephemeris to locate)

·      Bright Globular Clusters

·      Open clusters

·      Asterisms

·      Andromeda Galaxy? (Possibly unlikely due to moon)

Other things

·      Naked eye objects/targets

o   Constellations

o   Large Asterisms

o   Cherokee Sky Lore

·      Lunar eclipse November 8th

·      Equipment (different types: binos, scopes, lasers, finders, etc.)

·      Satellites

·      Artemis Launch November 14th

·      Talking about light pollution. Pointing out Gatlinburg or other nearby sources and how they affect the horizon. Methods to minimize.

·      Does the park talk about light pollution effects on wildlife? James to inquire with GSMNP. 

 

Timing (all timings tentative and approximate until formally confirmed and posted).

·      Sunset ~6:36p

·      7p Walk down

·      7:15-7:30ish Introductory Talk 

o   The hobby

o   Club info

o   Activities etc. 

o   Upcoming Astro events; what to expect tonight

·      Astronomical Twilight 8p

·      Ending? Perhaps 10/10:30p. Usually dewing and a thinning crowd dictates this, but the GSMNP may have a specific time to close. 

 

Volunteers

·      Ed Gorney? (potential Sasquatch operator)

·      MC Duties James/Lee/Dave

o   Talk about Sasquatch

o   Club(s)/activities/astronomy basics, etc.

o   Cherokee Sky Lore: 

§  “Where the Dog Ran” 

§  Seven Sisters Story?

·      Ayaka & Alex: SCT 6 and Binoculars

·      Dave Wells: Orion Refractor 80mm GEM (Dave would appreciate some help preparing/learning)

·      Bryan Ross: Various refractors 130mm 92mm

·      Robert Ogle: Needs a ride. Dob. 

·      Duane Dunlap: SCT 9.25”

·      James Cantu (when not MCing) 10” Dob and 15x70 tripod mount binos.

·      Others (unconfirmed)? 

o   Ricky (KO)?

o   Djerdj (KO)?

o   Girl Scout Leader Sarah Shepherd perhaps?

o   ORION: invitation open (David Fields, DR Fudge, Noah Friere)






James Cantu
 

I've been watching the weather predictions. I suppose we'll know more in the coming days, but let's keep hopeful. 
If the weather is kind please add you name to the list here: 
Best regards, 
James 



On Tue, Nov 1, 2022 at 11:52 AM Forrest Erickson <forresterickson@...> wrote:
Jim Sanders has printed up some SMAS labels which could be placed onto Astronomy / Sky And Telescope magazines to give to the public. 

If it goes as planed my wife will be picking up from him this afternoon.


I will bring them  Saturday anyone with magazines to give away can cover any existing address labels as we are setting up and waiting for the arrival of  visitors.



On 10/31/2022 5:55 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:


Thanks everyone. I’ll post updates later this evening. 



On Oct 30, 2022, at 5:26 PM, Dave Wells <david.d.wells1963@...> wrote:


On Sun, Oct 30, 2022 at 3:56 PM Jae Park <jae.park99@...> wrote:
Is there a web-link about this event for the public?  A friend of mine asked for this.

Jae Park

On Sun, Oct 16, 2022 at 10:01 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:

Greetings all, 
Thank you all for showing up Friday to contribute to Cades Cove planning. I have made the following notes so far, that Lee will integrate into the minutes, but I wanted to share with the club directly. The Cades Cove Star Party is a go. It's not ideal; but I'm confident that given the support we've received so far, we are well positioned to have a great event. Please see notes before. If you have not yet confirmed that you can participate, please let me know when you have a chance. 
Best regards, 
James Cantu SMAS President 2022


Cades Cove Star Party Notes

Saturday, November 5, 2022 (no backup date, but potential Spring event)

These details are tentative but will be released as a plan after conferring with GSMNP and other volunteer/participants.

 

General Description

The Cades Cove Star Party has not occurred in several years. Scheduling this year has been challenging for several reasons due to volunteer limitations, calendar/conflict limitations, and even GSMNP ranger staffing limitations. This fall we only have one date fully feasible (Nov 5th). This will be only a few days before the new moon, so DSOs will be limited unless they are bright and contrasty. Many have encouraged us to do the best we can and realize that the public can and will be quite amazed by lunar and planetary opportunities. We can promote near events (such as the Nov 8th lunar eclipse), equipment, and other learning opportunities. Please note we may be competing with the Georgia/Tennessee football game for attention, and that game will likely draw a huge audience. 


We have no idea what attendance will be, but volunteers are likely to be fewer than some of our previous years. In short, I am confident that we can provide a great experience for those that join us, and I’ve been encouraged by the enthusiasm of those prepared/preparing to participate. 


Some changes: We anticipate keeping this event as simple as possible. We will not have the traditional potluck. Perhaps at a future date, but for now, as we are re-emerging, let’s keep it simple. If you wish to bring a meal/snacks, bring whatever you can for yourself, but we are unlikely to setup a shared banquet area for food. In terms of health and hygiene, masking is at the discretion of the individual. Please take whatever precautions are appropriate for you.  


Potential objects for viewing

·      Moon

·      Planets

o   Jupiter 

o   Saturn 

o   Uranus (too low) 

o   Neptune (near Jupiter; west of Jupiter, but would probably require an ephemeris to locate)

·      Bright Globular Clusters

·      Open clusters

·      Asterisms

·      Andromeda Galaxy? (Possibly unlikely due to moon)

Other things

·      Naked eye objects/targets

o   Constellations

o   Large Asterisms

o   Cherokee Sky Lore

·      Lunar eclipse November 8th

·      Equipment (different types: binos, scopes, lasers, finders, etc.)

·      Satellites

·      Artemis Launch November 14th

·      Talking about light pollution. Pointing out Gatlinburg or other nearby sources and how they affect the horizon. Methods to minimize.

·      Does the park talk about light pollution effects on wildlife? James to inquire with GSMNP. 

 

Timing (all timings tentative and approximate until formally confirmed and posted).

·      Sunset ~6:36p

·      7p Walk down

·      7:15-7:30ish Introductory Talk 

o   The hobby

o   Club info

o   Activities etc. 

o   Upcoming Astro events; what to expect tonight

·      Astronomical Twilight 8p

·      Ending? Perhaps 10/10:30p. Usually dewing and a thinning crowd dictates this, but the GSMNP may have a specific time to close. 

 

Volunteers

·      Ed Gorney? (potential Sasquatch operator)

·      MC Duties James/Lee/Dave

o   Talk about Sasquatch

o   Club(s)/activities/astronomy basics, etc.

o   Cherokee Sky Lore: 

§  “Where the Dog Ran” 

§  Seven Sisters Story?

·      Ayaka & Alex: SCT 6 and Binoculars

·      Dave Wells: Orion Refractor 80mm GEM (Dave would appreciate some help preparing/learning)

·      Bryan Ross: Various refractors 130mm 92mm

·      Robert Ogle: Needs a ride. Dob. 

·      Duane Dunlap: SCT 9.25”

·      James Cantu (when not MCing) 10” Dob and 15x70 tripod mount binos.

·      Others (unconfirmed)? 

o   Ricky (KO)?

o   Djerdj (KO)?

o   Girl Scout Leader Sarah Shepherd perhaps?

o   ORION: invitation open (David Fields, DR Fudge, Noah Friere)







--
James M. Cantu


Dave Wells
 

I can't edit the spreadsheet but I plan to be there. I can bring my Orion 80ST Equatorial Refractor if you would like. (I can assist with the MC bit, but will need to get with you and Lee to decide who covers what).


On Tue, Nov 1, 2022 at 11:32 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:
I've been watching the weather predictions. I suppose we'll know more in the coming days, but let's keep hopeful. 
If the weather is kind please add you name to the list here: 
Best regards, 
James 



On Tue, Nov 1, 2022 at 11:52 AM Forrest Erickson <forresterickson@...> wrote:
Jim Sanders has printed up some SMAS labels which could be placed onto Astronomy / Sky And Telescope magazines to give to the public. 

If it goes as planed my wife will be picking up from him this afternoon.


I will bring them  Saturday anyone with magazines to give away can cover any existing address labels as we are setting up and waiting for the arrival of  visitors.



On 10/31/2022 5:55 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:


Thanks everyone. I’ll post updates later this evening. 



On Oct 30, 2022, at 5:26 PM, Dave Wells <david.d.wells1963@...> wrote:


On Sun, Oct 30, 2022 at 3:56 PM Jae Park <jae.park99@...> wrote:
Is there a web-link about this event for the public?  A friend of mine asked for this.

Jae Park

On Sun, Oct 16, 2022 at 10:01 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:

Greetings all, 
Thank you all for showing up Friday to contribute to Cades Cove planning. I have made the following notes so far, that Lee will integrate into the minutes, but I wanted to share with the club directly. The Cades Cove Star Party is a go. It's not ideal; but I'm confident that given the support we've received so far, we are well positioned to have a great event. Please see notes before. If you have not yet confirmed that you can participate, please let me know when you have a chance. 
Best regards, 
James Cantu SMAS President 2022


Cades Cove Star Party Notes

Saturday, November 5, 2022 (no backup date, but potential Spring event)

These details are tentative but will be released as a plan after conferring with GSMNP and other volunteer/participants.

 

General Description

The Cades Cove Star Party has not occurred in several years. Scheduling this year has been challenging for several reasons due to volunteer limitations, calendar/conflict limitations, and even GSMNP ranger staffing limitations. This fall we only have one date fully feasible (Nov 5th). This will be only a few days before the new moon, so DSOs will be limited unless they are bright and contrasty. Many have encouraged us to do the best we can and realize that the public can and will be quite amazed by lunar and planetary opportunities. We can promote near events (such as the Nov 8th lunar eclipse), equipment, and other learning opportunities. Please note we may be competing with the Georgia/Tennessee football game for attention, and that game will likely draw a huge audience. 


We have no idea what attendance will be, but volunteers are likely to be fewer than some of our previous years. In short, I am confident that we can provide a great experience for those that join us, and I’ve been encouraged by the enthusiasm of those prepared/preparing to participate. 


Some changes: We anticipate keeping this event as simple as possible. We will not have the traditional potluck. Perhaps at a future date, but for now, as we are re-emerging, let’s keep it simple. If you wish to bring a meal/snacks, bring whatever you can for yourself, but we are unlikely to setup a shared banquet area for food. In terms of health and hygiene, masking is at the discretion of the individual. Please take whatever precautions are appropriate for you.  


Potential objects for viewing

·      Moon

·      Planets

o   Jupiter 

o   Saturn 

o   Uranus (too low) 

o   Neptune (near Jupiter; west of Jupiter, but would probably require an ephemeris to locate)

·      Bright Globular Clusters

·      Open clusters

·      Asterisms

·      Andromeda Galaxy? (Possibly unlikely due to moon)

Other things

·      Naked eye objects/targets

o   Constellations

o   Large Asterisms

o   Cherokee Sky Lore

·      Lunar eclipse November 8th

·      Equipment (different types: binos, scopes, lasers, finders, etc.)

·      Satellites

·      Artemis Launch November 14th

·      Talking about light pollution. Pointing out Gatlinburg or other nearby sources and how they affect the horizon. Methods to minimize.

·      Does the park talk about light pollution effects on wildlife? James to inquire with GSMNP. 

 

Timing (all timings tentative and approximate until formally confirmed and posted).

·      Sunset ~6:36p

·      7p Walk down

·      7:15-7:30ish Introductory Talk 

o   The hobby

o   Club info

o   Activities etc. 

o   Upcoming Astro events; what to expect tonight

·      Astronomical Twilight 8p

·      Ending? Perhaps 10/10:30p. Usually dewing and a thinning crowd dictates this, but the GSMNP may have a specific time to close. 

 

Volunteers

·      Ed Gorney? (potential Sasquatch operator)

·      MC Duties James/Lee/Dave

o   Talk about Sasquatch

o   Club(s)/activities/astronomy basics, etc.

o   Cherokee Sky Lore: 

§  “Where the Dog Ran” 

§  Seven Sisters Story?

·      Ayaka & Alex: SCT 6 and Binoculars

·      Dave Wells: Orion Refractor 80mm GEM (Dave would appreciate some help preparing/learning)

·      Bryan Ross: Various refractors 130mm 92mm

·      Robert Ogle: Needs a ride. Dob. 

·      Duane Dunlap: SCT 9.25”

·      James Cantu (when not MCing) 10” Dob and 15x70 tripod mount binos.

·      Others (unconfirmed)? 

o   Ricky (KO)?

o   Djerdj (KO)?

o   Girl Scout Leader Sarah Shepherd perhaps?

o   ORION: invitation open (David Fields, DR Fudge, Noah Friere)







--
James M. Cantu


James Cantu
 

My apologies all: 
Again, if this happens. 
The weather would have to change substantially. I may aim for a Friday morning Go/No-Go determination so that the NPS can adjust their staffing schedule. 

Best regards, 
James 

On Wed, Nov 2, 2022 at 8:25 AM Dave Wells <david.d.wells1963@...> wrote:
I can't edit the spreadsheet but I plan to be there. I can bring my Orion 80ST Equatorial Refractor if you would like. (I can assist with the MC bit, but will need to get with you and Lee to decide who covers what).

On Tue, Nov 1, 2022 at 11:32 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:
I've been watching the weather predictions. I suppose we'll know more in the coming days, but let's keep hopeful. 
If the weather is kind please add you name to the list here: 
Best regards, 
James 



On Tue, Nov 1, 2022 at 11:52 AM Forrest Erickson <forresterickson@...> wrote:
Jim Sanders has printed up some SMAS labels which could be placed onto Astronomy / Sky And Telescope magazines to give to the public. 

If it goes as planed my wife will be picking up from him this afternoon.


I will bring them  Saturday anyone with magazines to give away can cover any existing address labels as we are setting up and waiting for the arrival of  visitors.



On 10/31/2022 5:55 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:


Thanks everyone. I’ll post updates later this evening. 



On Oct 30, 2022, at 5:26 PM, Dave Wells <david.d.wells1963@...> wrote:


On Sun, Oct 30, 2022 at 3:56 PM Jae Park <jae.park99@...> wrote:
Is there a web-link about this event for the public?  A friend of mine asked for this.

Jae Park

On Sun, Oct 16, 2022 at 10:01 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:

Greetings all, 
Thank you all for showing up Friday to contribute to Cades Cove planning. I have made the following notes so far, that Lee will integrate into the minutes, but I wanted to share with the club directly. The Cades Cove Star Party is a go. It's not ideal; but I'm confident that given the support we've received so far, we are well positioned to have a great event. Please see notes before. If you have not yet confirmed that you can participate, please let me know when you have a chance. 
Best regards, 
James Cantu SMAS President 2022


Cades Cove Star Party Notes

Saturday, November 5, 2022 (no backup date, but potential Spring event)

These details are tentative but will be released as a plan after conferring with GSMNP and other volunteer/participants.

 

General Description

The Cades Cove Star Party has not occurred in several years. Scheduling this year has been challenging for several reasons due to volunteer limitations, calendar/conflict limitations, and even GSMNP ranger staffing limitations. This fall we only have one date fully feasible (Nov 5th). This will be only a few days before the new moon, so DSOs will be limited unless they are bright and contrasty. Many have encouraged us to do the best we can and realize that the public can and will be quite amazed by lunar and planetary opportunities. We can promote near events (such as the Nov 8th lunar eclipse), equipment, and other learning opportunities. Please note we may be competing with the Georgia/Tennessee football game for attention, and that game will likely draw a huge audience. 


We have no idea what attendance will be, but volunteers are likely to be fewer than some of our previous years. In short, I am confident that we can provide a great experience for those that join us, and I’ve been encouraged by the enthusiasm of those prepared/preparing to participate. 


Some changes: We anticipate keeping this event as simple as possible. We will not have the traditional potluck. Perhaps at a future date, but for now, as we are re-emerging, let’s keep it simple. If you wish to bring a meal/snacks, bring whatever you can for yourself, but we are unlikely to setup a shared banquet area for food. In terms of health and hygiene, masking is at the discretion of the individual. Please take whatever precautions are appropriate for you.  


Potential objects for viewing

·      Moon

·      Planets

o   Jupiter 

o   Saturn 

o   Uranus (too low) 

o   Neptune (near Jupiter; west of Jupiter, but would probably require an ephemeris to locate)

·      Bright Globular Clusters

·      Open clusters

·      Asterisms

·      Andromeda Galaxy? (Possibly unlikely due to moon)

Other things

·      Naked eye objects/targets

o   Constellations

o   Large Asterisms

o   Cherokee Sky Lore

·      Lunar eclipse November 8th

·      Equipment (different types: binos, scopes, lasers, finders, etc.)

·      Satellites

·      Artemis Launch November 14th

·      Talking about light pollution. Pointing out Gatlinburg or other nearby sources and how they affect the horizon. Methods to minimize.

·      Does the park talk about light pollution effects on wildlife? James to inquire with GSMNP. 

 

Timing (all timings tentative and approximate until formally confirmed and posted).

·      Sunset ~6:36p

·      7p Walk down

·      7:15-7:30ish Introductory Talk 

o   The hobby

o   Club info

o   Activities etc. 

o   Upcoming Astro events; what to expect tonight

·      Astronomical Twilight 8p

·      Ending? Perhaps 10/10:30p. Usually dewing and a thinning crowd dictates this, but the GSMNP may have a specific time to close. 

 

Volunteers

·      Ed Gorney? (potential Sasquatch operator)

·      MC Duties James/Lee/Dave

o   Talk about Sasquatch

o   Club(s)/activities/astronomy basics, etc.

o   Cherokee Sky Lore: 

§  “Where the Dog Ran” 

§  Seven Sisters Story?

·      Ayaka & Alex: SCT 6 and Binoculars

·      Dave Wells: Orion Refractor 80mm GEM (Dave would appreciate some help preparing/learning)

·      Bryan Ross: Various refractors 130mm 92mm

·      Robert Ogle: Needs a ride. Dob. 

·      Duane Dunlap: SCT 9.25”

·      James Cantu (when not MCing) 10” Dob and 15x70 tripod mount binos.

·      Others (unconfirmed)? 

o   Ricky (KO)?

o   Djerdj (KO)?

o   Girl Scout Leader Sarah Shepherd perhaps?

o   ORION: invitation open (David Fields, DR Fudge, Noah Friere)







--
James M. Cantu



--
James M. Cantu


Forrest Erickson
 

Regarding the weather. Last night I did a program at the BCPL for which the cloud cover forecast was very poor but because of the 1/4 moon I had a great success.
Even though Jupiter and Saturn became occasionally obscured much of the time we worked on the moon.

So unless it is threatening rain I thin we should push on Saturday.

I have updated the list with my name.

Lee

On 11/01/2022 11:32 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:


I've been watching the weather predictions. I suppose we'll know more in the coming days, but let's keep hopeful. 
If the weather is kind please add you name to the list here: 
Best regards, 
James 



On Tue, Nov 1, 2022 at 11:52 AM Forrest Erickson <forresterickson@...> wrote:
Jim Sanders has printed up some SMAS labels which could be placed onto Astronomy / Sky And Telescope magazines to give to the public. 

If it goes as planed my wife will be picking up from him this afternoon.


I will bring them  Saturday anyone with magazines to give away can cover any existing address labels as we are setting up and waiting for the arrival of  visitors.



On 10/31/2022 5:55 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:


Thanks everyone. I’ll post updates later this evening. 



On Oct 30, 2022, at 5:26 PM, Dave Wells <david.d.wells1963@...> wrote:


On Sun, Oct 30, 2022 at 3:56 PM Jae Park <jae.park99@...> wrote:
Is there a web-link about this event for the public?  A friend of mine asked for this.

Jae Park

On Sun, Oct 16, 2022 at 10:01 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:

Greetings all, 
Thank you all for showing up Friday to contribute to Cades Cove planning. I have made the following notes so far, that Lee will integrate into the minutes, but I wanted to share with the club directly. The Cades Cove Star Party is a go. It's not ideal; but I'm confident that given the support we've received so far, we are well positioned to have a great event. Please see notes before. If you have not yet confirmed that you can participate, please let me know when you have a chance. 
Best regards, 
James Cantu SMAS President 2022


Cades Cove Star Party Notes

Saturday, November 5, 2022 (no backup date, but potential Spring event)

These details are tentative but will be released as a plan after conferring with GSMNP and other volunteer/participants.

 

General Description

The Cades Cove Star Party has not occurred in several years. Scheduling this year has been challenging for several reasons due to volunteer limitations, calendar/conflict limitations, and even GSMNP ranger staffing limitations. This fall we only have one date fully feasible (Nov 5th). This will be only a few days before the new moon, so DSOs will be limited unless they are bright and contrasty. Many have encouraged us to do the best we can and realize that the public can and will be quite amazed by lunar and planetary opportunities. We can promote near events (such as the Nov 8th lunar eclipse), equipment, and other learning opportunities. Please note we may be competing with the Georgia/Tennessee football game for attention, and that game will likely draw a huge audience. 


We have no idea what attendance will be, but volunteers are likely to be fewer than some of our previous years. In short, I am confident that we can provide a great experience for those that join us, and I’ve been encouraged by the enthusiasm of those prepared/preparing to participate. 


Some changes: We anticipate keeping this event as simple as possible. We will not have the traditional potluck. Perhaps at a future date, but for now, as we are re-emerging, let’s keep it simple. If you wish to bring a meal/snacks, bring whatever you can for yourself, but we are unlikely to setup a shared banquet area for food. In terms of health and hygiene, masking is at the discretion of the individual. Please take whatever precautions are appropriate for you.  


Potential objects for viewing

·      Moon

·      Planets

o   Jupiter 

o   Saturn 

o   Uranus (too low) 

o   Neptune (near Jupiter; west of Jupiter, but would probably require an ephemeris to locate)

·      Bright Globular Clusters

·      Open clusters

·      Asterisms

·      Andromeda Galaxy? (Possibly unlikely due to moon)

Other things

·      Naked eye objects/targets

o   Constellations

o   Large Asterisms

o   Cherokee Sky Lore

·      Lunar eclipse November 8th

·      Equipment (different types: binos, scopes, lasers, finders, etc.)

·      Satellites

·      Artemis Launch November 14th

·      Talking about light pollution. Pointing out Gatlinburg or other nearby sources and how they affect the horizon. Methods to minimize.

·      Does the park talk about light pollution effects on wildlife? James to inquire with GSMNP. 

 

Timing (all timings tentative and approximate until formally confirmed and posted).

·      Sunset ~6:36p

·      7p Walk down

·      7:15-7:30ish Introductory Talk 

o   The hobby

o   Club info

o   Activities etc. 

o   Upcoming Astro events; what to expect tonight

·      Astronomical Twilight 8p

·      Ending? Perhaps 10/10:30p. Usually dewing and a thinning crowd dictates this, but the GSMNP may have a specific time to close. 

 

Volunteers

·      Ed Gorney? (potential Sasquatch operator)

·      MC Duties James/Lee/Dave

o   Talk about Sasquatch

o   Club(s)/activities/astronomy basics, etc.

o   Cherokee Sky Lore: 

§  “Where the Dog Ran” 

§  Seven Sisters Story?

·      Ayaka & Alex: SCT 6 and Binoculars

·      Dave Wells: Orion Refractor 80mm GEM (Dave would appreciate some help preparing/learning)

·      Bryan Ross: Various refractors 130mm 92mm

·      Robert Ogle: Needs a ride. Dob. 

·      Duane Dunlap: SCT 9.25”

·      James Cantu (when not MCing) 10” Dob and 15x70 tripod mount binos.

·      Others (unconfirmed)? 

o   Ricky (KO)?

o   Djerdj (KO)?

o   Girl Scout Leader Sarah Shepherd perhaps?

o   ORION: invitation open (David Fields, DR Fudge, Noah Friere)









--
James M. Cantu


Forrest Erickson
 

In other news, Jim Sanders has printed up some labels as in previous years which I have.
We put them on back issues of astronomy related magazines we wish to give away.
Some magazines have printed addresses and so these lables will cover your personal information and instead promote SMAS.

I will bring them and in the time we are waiting for visitors to walk down (and after we have setup scopes) we can label magazines. I have a table we can use too.

Lee

On 11/01/2022 11:32 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:


I've been watching the weather predictions. I suppose we'll know more in the coming days, but let's keep hopeful. 
If the weather is kind please add you name to the list here: 
Best regards, 
James 



On Tue, Nov 1, 2022 at 11:52 AM Forrest Erickson <forresterickson@...> wrote:
Jim Sanders has printed up some SMAS labels which could be placed onto Astronomy / Sky And Telescope magazines to give to the public. 

If it goes as planed my wife will be picking up from him this afternoon.


I will bring them  Saturday anyone with magazines to give away can cover any existing address labels as we are setting up and waiting for the arrival of  visitors.



On 10/31/2022 5:55 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:


Thanks everyone. I’ll post updates later this evening. 



On Oct 30, 2022, at 5:26 PM, Dave Wells <david.d.wells1963@...> wrote:


On Sun, Oct 30, 2022 at 3:56 PM Jae Park <jae.park99@...> wrote:
Is there a web-link about this event for the public?  A friend of mine asked for this.

Jae Park

On Sun, Oct 16, 2022 at 10:01 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:

Greetings all, 
Thank you all for showing up Friday to contribute to Cades Cove planning. I have made the following notes so far, that Lee will integrate into the minutes, but I wanted to share with the club directly. The Cades Cove Star Party is a go. It's not ideal; but I'm confident that given the support we've received so far, we are well positioned to have a great event. Please see notes before. If you have not yet confirmed that you can participate, please let me know when you have a chance. 
Best regards, 
James Cantu SMAS President 2022


Cades Cove Star Party Notes

Saturday, November 5, 2022 (no backup date, but potential Spring event)

These details are tentative but will be released as a plan after conferring with GSMNP and other volunteer/participants.

 

General Description

The Cades Cove Star Party has not occurred in several years. Scheduling this year has been challenging for several reasons due to volunteer limitations, calendar/conflict limitations, and even GSMNP ranger staffing limitations. This fall we only have one date fully feasible (Nov 5th). This will be only a few days before the new moon, so DSOs will be limited unless they are bright and contrasty. Many have encouraged us to do the best we can and realize that the public can and will be quite amazed by lunar and planetary opportunities. We can promote near events (such as the Nov 8th lunar eclipse), equipment, and other learning opportunities. Please note we may be competing with the Georgia/Tennessee football game for attention, and that game will likely draw a huge audience. 


We have no idea what attendance will be, but volunteers are likely to be fewer than some of our previous years. In short, I am confident that we can provide a great experience for those that join us, and I’ve been encouraged by the enthusiasm of those prepared/preparing to participate. 


Some changes: We anticipate keeping this event as simple as possible. We will not have the traditional potluck. Perhaps at a future date, but for now, as we are re-emerging, let’s keep it simple. If you wish to bring a meal/snacks, bring whatever you can for yourself, but we are unlikely to setup a shared banquet area for food. In terms of health and hygiene, masking is at the discretion of the individual. Please take whatever precautions are appropriate for you.  


Potential objects for viewing

·      Moon

·      Planets

o   Jupiter 

o   Saturn 

o   Uranus (too low) 

o   Neptune (near Jupiter; west of Jupiter, but would probably require an ephemeris to locate)

·      Bright Globular Clusters

·      Open clusters

·      Asterisms

·      Andromeda Galaxy? (Possibly unlikely due to moon)

Other things

·      Naked eye objects/targets

o   Constellations

o   Large Asterisms

o   Cherokee Sky Lore

·      Lunar eclipse November 8th

·      Equipment (different types: binos, scopes, lasers, finders, etc.)

·      Satellites

·      Artemis Launch November 14th

·      Talking about light pollution. Pointing out Gatlinburg or other nearby sources and how they affect the horizon. Methods to minimize.

·      Does the park talk about light pollution effects on wildlife? James to inquire with GSMNP. 

 

Timing (all timings tentative and approximate until formally confirmed and posted).

·      Sunset ~6:36p

·      7p Walk down

·      7:15-7:30ish Introductory Talk 

o   The hobby

o   Club info

o   Activities etc. 

o   Upcoming Astro events; what to expect tonight

·      Astronomical Twilight 8p

·      Ending? Perhaps 10/10:30p. Usually dewing and a thinning crowd dictates this, but the GSMNP may have a specific time to close. 

 

Volunteers

·      Ed Gorney? (potential Sasquatch operator)

·      MC Duties James/Lee/Dave

o   Talk about Sasquatch

o   Club(s)/activities/astronomy basics, etc.

o   Cherokee Sky Lore: 

§  “Where the Dog Ran” 

§  Seven Sisters Story?

·      Ayaka & Alex: SCT 6 and Binoculars

·      Dave Wells: Orion Refractor 80mm GEM (Dave would appreciate some help preparing/learning)

·      Bryan Ross: Various refractors 130mm 92mm

·      Robert Ogle: Needs a ride. Dob. 

·      Duane Dunlap: SCT 9.25”

·      James Cantu (when not MCing) 10” Dob and 15x70 tripod mount binos.

·      Others (unconfirmed)? 

o   Ricky (KO)?

o   Djerdj (KO)?

o   Girl Scout Leader Sarah Shepherd perhaps?

o   ORION: invitation open (David Fields, DR Fudge, Noah Friere)









--
James M. Cantu


Robert Ogle
 

I have not added my name to the list. I would still need a ride (poor old truck had no business in the park) with room for me and the 8” dob. But, to let everyone know, I have recently had COVID, am out of the isolation period but Saturday would be second day out of masking recommendation. If everyone feels more comfortable with me staying away for this event I understand.

However, I would still make the scope available if someone wanted to pick it up.

 

Robert Ogle

 

From: smokymtnastro@groups.io <smokymtnastro@groups.io> On Behalf Of James Cantu
Sent: Wednesday, November 2, 2022 1:50 PM
To: smokymtnastro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [smokymtnastro] Cades Cover Nov 5th updates

 

My apologies all: 

Again, if this happens. 

The weather would have to change substantially. I may aim for a Friday morning Go/No-Go determination so that the NPS can adjust their staffing schedule. 

 

Best regards, 

James 

 

On Wed, Nov 2, 2022 at 8:25 AM Dave Wells <david.d.wells1963@...> wrote:

I can't edit the spreadsheet but I plan to be there. I can bring my Orion 80ST Equatorial Refractor if you would like. (I can assist with the MC bit, but will need to get with you and Lee to decide who covers what).

 

On Tue, Nov 1, 2022 at 11:32 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:

I've been watching the weather predictions. I suppose we'll know more in the coming days, but let's keep hopeful. 

If the weather is kind please add you name to the list here: 

Best regards, 

James 

 

 

 

On Tue, Nov 1, 2022 at 11:52 AM Forrest Erickson <forresterickson@...> wrote:

Jim Sanders has printed up some SMAS labels which could be placed onto Astronomy / Sky And Telescope magazines to give to the public. 

If it goes as planed my wife will be picking up from him this afternoon.

 

I will bring them  Saturday anyone with magazines to give away can cover any existing address labels as we are setting up and waiting for the arrival of  visitors.

 

 

 

On 10/31/2022 5:55 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:

 

 

Thanks everyone. I’ll post updates later this evening. 

 



On Oct 30, 2022, at 5:26 PM, Dave Wells <david.d.wells1963@...> wrote:

 

On Sun, Oct 30, 2022 at 3:56 PM Jae Park <jae.park99@...> wrote:

Is there a web-link about this event for the public?  A friend of mine asked for this.

 

Jae Park

 

On Sun, Oct 16, 2022 at 10:01 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:

Greetings all, 
Thank you all for showing up Friday to contribute to Cades Cove planning. I have made the following notes so far, that Lee will integrate into the minutes, but I wanted to share with the club directly. The Cades Cove Star Party is a go. It's not ideal; but I'm confident that given the support we've received so far, we are well positioned to have a great event. Please see notes before. If you have not yet confirmed that you can participate, please let me know when you have a chance. 
Best regards, 
James Cantu SMAS President 2022


Cades Cove Star Party Notes

Saturday, November 5, 2022 (no backup date, but potential Spring event)

These details are tentative but will be released as a plan after conferring with GSMNP and other volunteer/participants.

 

General Description

The Cades Cove Star Party has not occurred in several years. Scheduling this year has been challenging for several reasons due to volunteer limitations, calendar/conflict limitations, and even GSMNP ranger staffing limitations. This fall we only have one date fully feasible (Nov 5th). This will be only a few days before the new moon, so DSOs will be limited unless they are bright and contrasty. Many have encouraged us to do the best we can and realize that the public can and will be quite amazed by lunar and planetary opportunities. We can promote near events (such as the Nov 8th lunar eclipse), equipment, and other learning opportunities. Please note we may be competing with the Georgia/Tennessee football game for attention, and that game will likely draw a huge audience. 

 

We have no idea what attendance will be, but volunteers are likely to be fewer than some of our previous years. In short, I am confident that we can provide a great experience for those that join us, and I’ve been encouraged by the enthusiasm of those prepared/preparing to participate. 

 

Some changes: We anticipate keeping this event as simple as possible. We will not have the traditional potluck. Perhaps at a future date, but for now, as we are re-emerging, let’s keep it simple. If you wish to bring a meal/snacks, bring whatever you can for yourself, but we are unlikely to setup a shared banquet area for food. In terms of health and hygiene, masking is at the discretion of the individual. Please take whatever precautions are appropriate for you.  

 

Potential objects for viewing

·      Moon

·      Planets

o   Jupiter 

o   Saturn 

o   Uranus (too low) 

o   Neptune (near Jupiter; west of Jupiter, but would probably require an ephemeris to locate)

·      Bright Globular Clusters

·      Open clusters

·      Asterisms

·      Andromeda Galaxy? (Possibly unlikely due to moon)

Other things

·      Naked eye objects/targets

o   Constellations

o   Large Asterisms

o   Cherokee Sky Lore

·      Lunar eclipse November 8th

·      Equipment (different types: binos, scopes, lasers, finders, etc.)

·      Satellites

·      Artemis Launch November 14th

·      Talking about light pollution. Pointing out Gatlinburg or other nearby sources and how they affect the horizon. Methods to minimize.

·      Does the park talk about light pollution effects on wildlife? James to inquire with GSMNP. 

 

Timing (all timings tentative and approximate until formally confirmed and posted).

·      Sunset ~6:36p

·      7p Walk down

·      7:15-7:30ish Introductory Talk 

o   The hobby

o   Club info

o   Activities etc. 

o   Upcoming Astro events; what to expect tonight

·      Astronomical Twilight 8p

·      Ending? Perhaps 10/10:30p. Usually dewing and a thinning crowd dictates this, but the GSMNP may have a specific time to close. 

 

Volunteers

·      Ed Gorney? (potential Sasquatch operator)

·      MC Duties James/Lee/Dave

o   Talk about Sasquatch

o   Club(s)/activities/astronomy basics, etc.

o   Cherokee Sky Lore: 

§  “Where the Dog Ran” 

§  Seven Sisters Story?

·      Ayaka & Alex: SCT 6 and Binoculars

·      Dave Wells: Orion Refractor 80mm GEM (Dave would appreciate some help preparing/learning)

·      Bryan Ross: Various refractors 130mm 92mm

·      Robert Ogle: Needs a ride. Dob. 

·      Duane Dunlap: SCT 9.25”

·      James Cantu (when not MCing) 10” Dob and 15x70 tripod mount binos.

·      Others (unconfirmed)? 

o   Ricky (KO)?

o   Djerdj (KO)?

o   Girl Scout Leader Sarah Shepherd perhaps?

o   ORION: invitation open (David Fields, DR Fudge, Noah Friere)

 

 

 

 


 

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James M. Cantu


 

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James M. Cantu


Ayaka Y. Komata
 

I filled out my information.
Alex and I will be at the parking lot at 5:00pm on Saturday.

Ayaka Komata


James Cantu
 

Conditions continue to be very poor. I will attempt a determination by midday tomorrow (Friday).
From what I see presently from various weather apps and clear sky charts https://www.cleardarksky.com/c/CdsCVTNkey.html?1 
we are looking at 90-100% cloud cover from 7-10p that might break to 60% at 10p. 10p is of course our wrap time. Even 60% is a poor bet on a normal night. 
 
If conditions continue as they are then it will be prudent to cancel. If this were a club members only event; I know that we would be willing and--if cloudy--we'd pull up chairs and chat for a couple of hours. This is not a parking lot event, but one in which park resources have been dedicated and we are escorted in and out. The park would like for the clouds to part too and they are still hopeful, but if the clouds don't, they'd like to be able to inform their staff to return to their more normal working hours for Saturday. 
Regardless,  I would appreciate any thoughts on a spring event, if anyone knows of a good cloud cover calculator to estimate the best spring month of the year. We can work on some prime and secondary dates. 

I invite any other opinions on this weekend. 

Best regards, 
James

On Thu, Nov 3, 2022 at 9:12 PM Ayaka Y. Komata <yuko.komata@...> wrote:
I filled out my information.
Alex and I will be at the parking lot at 5:00pm on Saturday.

Ayaka Komata







--
James M. Cantu


Ayaka Y. Komata
 

I noticed that Wind Advisory has been issued for higher elevations in the Smoky Mountain.
Ayaka Komata 

On Nov 3, 2022, at 23:23, James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:


Conditions continue to be very poor. I will attempt a determination by midday tomorrow (Friday).
From what I see presently from various weather apps and clear sky charts https://www.cleardarksky.com/c/CdsCVTNkey.html?1 
we are looking at 90-100% cloud cover from 7-10p that might break to 60% at 10p. 10p is of course our wrap time. Even 60% is a poor bet on a normal night. 
 
If conditions continue as they are then it will be prudent to cancel. If this were a club members only event; I know that we would be willing and--if cloudy--we'd pull up chairs and chat for a couple of hours. This is not a parking lot event, but one in which park resources have been dedicated and we are escorted in and out. The park would like for the clouds to part too and they are still hopeful, but if the clouds don't, they'd like to be able to inform their staff to return to their more normal working hours for Saturday. 
Regardless,  I would appreciate any thoughts on a spring event, if anyone knows of a good cloud cover calculator to estimate the best spring month of the year. We can work on some prime and secondary dates. 

I invite any other opinions on this weekend. 

Best regards, 
James

On Thu, Nov 3, 2022 at 9:12 PM Ayaka Y. Komata <yuko.komata@...> wrote:
I filled out my information.
Alex and I will be at the parking lot at 5:00pm on Saturday.

Ayaka Komata







--
James M. Cantu


Dave Wells
 

Weather conditions don't look good for tomorrow either. Are we go or no-go? I think it would be best to cancel and notify the Park Service as soon as possible. 


On Fri, Nov 4, 2022 at 11:31 AM Ayaka Y. Komata <yuko.komata@...> wrote:
I noticed that Wind Advisory has been issued for higher elevations in the Smoky Mountain.
Ayaka Komata 

On Nov 3, 2022, at 23:23, James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:


Conditions continue to be very poor. I will attempt a determination by midday tomorrow (Friday).
From what I see presently from various weather apps and clear sky charts https://www.cleardarksky.com/c/CdsCVTNkey.html?1 
we are looking at 90-100% cloud cover from 7-10p that might break to 60% at 10p. 10p is of course our wrap time. Even 60% is a poor bet on a normal night. 
 
If conditions continue as they are then it will be prudent to cancel. If this were a club members only event; I know that we would be willing and--if cloudy--we'd pull up chairs and chat for a couple of hours. This is not a parking lot event, but one in which park resources have been dedicated and we are escorted in and out. The park would like for the clouds to part too and they are still hopeful, but if the clouds don't, they'd like to be able to inform their staff to return to their more normal working hours for Saturday. 
Regardless,  I would appreciate any thoughts on a spring event, if anyone knows of a good cloud cover calculator to estimate the best spring month of the year. We can work on some prime and secondary dates. 

I invite any other opinions on this weekend. 

Best regards, 
James

On Thu, Nov 3, 2022 at 9:12 PM Ayaka Y. Komata <yuko.komata@...> wrote:
I filled out my information.
Alex and I will be at the parking lot at 5:00pm on Saturday.

Ayaka Komata







--
James M. Cantu


James Cantu
 

I have spoken with the Park and canceled. Thank you for everyone who was prepared to go. We’ll look for a potential Spring date and some other interim activities. Meanwhile, please consider ORION’s invitation. 

Best regards, 
James


On Nov 3, 2022, at 11:23 PM, James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:


Conditions continue to be very poor. I will attempt a determination by midday tomorrow (Friday).
From what I see presently from various weather apps and clear sky charts https://www.cleardarksky.com/c/CdsCVTNkey.html?1 
we are looking at 90-100% cloud cover from 7-10p that might break to 60% at 10p. 10p is of course our wrap time. Even 60% is a poor bet on a normal night. 
 
If conditions continue as they are then it will be prudent to cancel. If this were a club members only event; I know that we would be willing and--if cloudy--we'd pull up chairs and chat for a couple of hours. This is not a parking lot event, but one in which park resources have been dedicated and we are escorted in and out. The park would like for the clouds to part too and they are still hopeful, but if the clouds don't, they'd like to be able to inform their staff to return to their more normal working hours for Saturday. 
Regardless,  I would appreciate any thoughts on a spring event, if anyone knows of a good cloud cover calculator to estimate the best spring month of the year. We can work on some prime and secondary dates. 

I invite any other opinions on this weekend. 

Best regards, 
James

On Thu, Nov 3, 2022 at 9:12 PM Ayaka Y. Komata <yuko.komata@...> wrote:
I filled out my information.
Alex and I will be at the parking lot at 5:00pm on Saturday.

Ayaka Komata







--
James M. Cantu


Mike Tenbus
 

Hi James,

Daylight Savings Time begins next year (2023) on March 12 and ends on November 5.

From a viewing standpoint, the Cades Cove Star Party should probably be before or after the respective dates (it gets dark one hour earlier).

The downside is that the weather at those times may not be good.

Thanks for all the planning that you have done for this year's Cades Cove Star Party.

Mike 


From: "James Cantu" <james.cantu@...>
To: "smokymtnastro" <smokymtnastro@groups.io>
Sent: Friday, November 4, 2022 1:45:51 PM
Subject: Re: [smokymtnastro] Cades Cover Nov 5th updates

I have spoken with the Park and canceled. Thank you for everyone who was prepared to go. We’ll look for a potential Spring date and some other interim activities. Meanwhile, please consider ORION’s invitation. 

Best regards, 
James


On Nov 3, 2022, at 11:23 PM, James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:

Conditions continue to be very poor. I will attempt a determination by midday tomorrow (Friday).
From what I see presently from various weather apps and clear sky charts https://www.cleardarksky.com/c/CdsCVTNkey.html?1 
we are looking at 90-100% cloud cover from 7-10p that might break to 60% at 10p. 10p is of course our wrap time. Even 60% is a poor bet on a normal night. 
 
If conditions continue as they are then it will be prudent to cancel. If this were a club members only event; I know that we would be willing and--if cloudy--we'd pull up chairs and chat for a couple of hours. This is not a parking lot event, but one in which park resources have been dedicated and we are escorted in and out. The park would like for the clouds to part too and they are still hopeful, but if the clouds don't, they'd like to be able to inform their staff to return to their more normal working hours for Saturday. 
Regardless,  I would appreciate any thoughts on a spring event, if anyone knows of a good cloud cover calculator to estimate the best spring month of the year. We can work on some prime and secondary dates. 

I invite any other opinions on this weekend. 

Best regards, 
James

On Thu, Nov 3, 2022 at 9:12 PM Ayaka Y. Komata <yuko.komata@...> wrote:
I filled out my information.
Alex and I will be at the parking lot at 5:00pm on Saturday.

Ayaka Komata







--
James M. Cantu


Ayaka Y. Komata
 

I will forward ORION's picnic information on Sunday.
Direction to the observatory can be found here.
www.roanestate.edu/tao

Ayaka Komata

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: David Fields <fieldsde@...>
Date: Fri, Nov 4, 2022 at 1:06 PM
Subject: Re: [smokymtnastro] Cades Cover Nov 5th updates
To: james.cantu@... <james.cantu@...>
Cc: yuko.komata@... <yuko.komata@...>


Hi James,
Too bad the Cades weather is uncooperative.

I'll mention the following to both of you (Yuko and Alex often
participate in both SMAS and ORION events). I think that several SMAS
people have looked forward to something at Cades and would welcome a
'consolation prize' on Sunday - one possibility is to invite them to
come to the ORION picnic at TAO on Sunday at 4:30. There will be
spotty clouds, so the evening may not be that great, but it's a chance
to visit -- everyone can bring seating, utensils, and a dish to
share. I was there last evening and the moon was intense -- even so,
the lunar landscape was interesting, the planets were spectacular, and
the Little Gem Nebula shown some focused photons onto my retina for
the very first time.

I actually don't expect a lot of ORION people out on Sunday because
many don't like to drive much but one never knows. So share the
invitation with SMAS if you like. Alternatively, we might plan for a
SMAS picnic at TAO sometime soon.

Cheers,
Davd