It was great to talk with you at the Tucson Star Party. The response of crowd that we had for both the solar session and the evening session was a very strong indication of why these events are essential.
I do have to appologize to Michael; he patiently waited while I was setting up my 18" Teeter for the night session, while helping my grandson set up a 10" SCT on an Atlas EQ-G. Well, both scopes had issues; suffice to say I've never had an elevation encoder fall off, AND forget to put the second star name into the Sky Commander for the alignment, while Stephen's power cord discoonected so we had to rebrain the Atlas. By the time we were ready to rock and roll, Michael moved on to working instruments. The good part was that through the equipment difficulties, I was able to give the crowd a cultural tour of the visible sky elements, mixing in some Greek with Navajo, Cherokee, Apache, and North African perspectives which they enjoyed as much as the eye candy. Looking forward to a time when you can make it to the Grand Canyon Star Party, where our 100+ astronomer volunteers really shine for over 1000 visitors every night.
South Rim Coordinator
Grand Canyon Star Party