June 11, 2021: Our first observing session

On Friday, June 11, 2021 we kicked off the maiden observing session at our new site. Mother Nature had other plans, however. The clouds rolled in before sunset and persisted throughout. Scott and Alan set up a few telescopes just in case, and were visited by enthusiast Rick Turnbull. We spent the better part of two hours talking and looking over the scopes, mounts, and lenses. Together we surveyed our planned observing site and concluded that we will enjoy big, open skies at this site. We have space for those with heavy equipment to drive right up and set up next to their vehicle, with parking space down below for walk-ins without telescopes. Stay tuned for information about our next session. In general, we will plan on Friday nights. And because weather is so hard to gauge, especially with respect to cloud cover, our plan is to announce an observing date and then “staff the fort” regardless, unless there is active precipitation.