Bancroft Elementary Star Party

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After an unsuccessful attempt in the fall, about 50 4th grade students along with their parent and Bancroft Elementary school staff, were treated to a night of clear skies. After a short presentation by Brewster LaMacchia on craters, and what we can learn from them and the moons of Jupiter, students headed outside to observe with club members John Hobbs, John Gall, Kandy Rathinasamy, Dick Luecke, Kevin Ackert, David Aucoin, and Bryan Stone.

Guests were treated to views of Jupiter, the Orion Nebula, Mizar & Alcor, Pleiades, Eskimo Nebula and thanks to Bryan Stone’s amazing new personal best world record, M81 & M82, which he located with Kevin Ackert’s dob using only the finder in 2 seconds, beating his prior record of 3 seconds. Yes, if you weren’t there you missed this!

It was a great crowd and the younger  guests had to be pulled away by the parents. Or maybe it was the other way around.

Afterwards a few of us headed to downtown Andover for a slice of pizza and beverage at Salvatores.

John Hobbs sets up for the crowd

John Hobbs sets up for the crowd

John Gall and a line of guests (with eyes closed to not get blinded by the flash)

John Gall and a line of guests (with eyes closed to not get blinded by the flash)

2 Responses to “Bancroft Elementary Star Party”

  1. Bryan Stone Bryan Stone says:

    What made the record so special is that I found M 81 and 82 with a zero power Telrad rather than an optical finder and that we got to see the super nova.

    Bryan

  2. Bryan Stone Bryan Stone says:

    Another important point is that I was successful because Kevin Ackert did an excellent job of making sure that the Telrad was perfectly collimated with his scope at the beginning of the observing session. Good job, Kev!

    Bryan


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