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Friday July 6, 2018 from 9:00pm to ???
Announced by our Observatory Director on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 7:39 am

Status updated by our Observatory Director on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 10:30 am

The observatory will open at 9:00pm for stargazing

Excellent conditions are predicted for tonight's star party.
Venus, Jupiter, and lots of deep sky objects are on observing list
with the debut of our 100mm wide field telescope.
Note: If you must use your cell phone (regardless of screen color), please exit observatory first. It takes 20 minutes for eyes to dark adapt to low light levels;
and gains in eye sensitivity continue up to 40 minutes. Please take into
account the location of telescope operators on the observatory grounds.

Public Observing Event

at the ACA Observatory


Impromptu Event -
Jupiter, Clusters & More

It looks like a great evening for stargazing; cool temperatures, low humidity, and clear skies.

What will we be looking at tonight?

Clear skies are predicted for Friday evening with cooler temperatures and
lower humidity. Jupiter will highlight the early part of our observing session followed by many deep sky objects including Blinking Nebula, Ring Nebula,
Great Hercules Cluster, Wild Duck Cluster, Swan Nebula, and more.
The 100mm wide field telescope mounted piggy-back on the 16"observatory telescope will provide stunning images of M24 Star Cloud and open cluster NGC6633 (sitting in a rich star field within the Milky Way). Lots to see!

Final call on star party status by 6pm Friday 7/6/2018

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