In October we headed back to West Virginia to visit Calhoun County Park’s Star Party!
Located in Grantsville, West Virginia, Calhoun County Park is open 24 hours a day, has special areas dedicated to stargazing, and amazing Bortle 4 dark skies.
We had a great time seeing our friends from the Greater Hazleton Area Astronomical Society again and we got to make some new friends as well!
Many thanks to society director Paul Smaglik for inviting us out for some great barbecue the next day!
We held public demos two nights in a row during Calhoun County Park’s Star Party. It was below freezing while we were there, and we were all situated around an outdoor propane heater. Everyone was really impressed that we able to operate the eVscope from 20 feet away and stay warm, while everyone else had to get up from their seat and stand in the cold to use their telescopes!
We stayed up late with everyone so we could see our favorite nebulae in the constellation Orion, as well as the Crab Nebula.
Then we traveled to Buckhannon to meet with West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Physics Department!
We were excited to meet Dr. G. Albert Popson, Dr. Joe Wiest, and Dr. Tracey DeLaney, and we had fun showing them the eVscope in person!
We were going to hold a private demo at the college for Dr. Wiest, but he decided to invite a couple of people. Word travels fast on a college campus, and the people he invited told their friends and posted about it on social media. In the end, many people and their families came out to see the eVscope, some even traveled from more than an hour away on short notice just to take part! It was a great night!
We made a quick detour to Pennsylvania, and along the way we saw some amazing Fall colors!
We make a quick stop in Altoona, Pennsylvania to give a presentation at the Mt. Lion Observatory at Fort Roberdeau, the night before Halloween. Their Halloween event was mostly supernaturally themed, with talks about things like bigfoot, ghosts, and aliens, but they were very pleased to have us there.
We had a great time meeting Tom Kasner, President of the Starlight Astronomy Club, with whom we were originally going to be observing!
Unfortunately, it was very cloudy and rainy, so none of us were able to do any observing with our telescopes for the attendees of the event.
However, it was a clear Halloween!
It was also a special Blue Moon Halloween! The last time there was a full moon on Halloween was 76 years ago in 1944! The next one will happen 19 years from now, in 2039.
For the rest of the year, we will be driving south along the east coast. Hope to see you soon!
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