Another Astronomy Weekend in 2021!

Recap:  Scouts and Scopes Recap - Oct. 1-3 2021

Last spring's Astronomy Weekend at Astro Caliente was such a resounding success that we’re doing it again half a year (and completely different sky later).  That’s a whole new set of Constellations, Deep Sky Objects AND Jupiter and Saturn at their finest.

Like two years ago, we have the heart of the Summer Milky Way in prime obseving position (see this page:  the  Teapot).

Agua Caliente Milky Way 2 years ago (photo by Dr. David Fogel)
Agua Caliente Milky Way 2 years ago (photo by Dr. David Fogel)

Seemingly impossible, we might actually have more and better gear this year (depending on turnout (you'll get plenty of eyepiece time).

Gear Check for Astronomy Weekend
Gear Check for Astronomy Weekend
The Van Packed with Scopes
The Van Packed with Scopes

 

Note that you are not obligated to work on the Astronomy Badge, though everyone is welcome to observe and to attend the compelling lectures of Dr. Fogel.

This will be an easy-to-get-to, comfortable weekend to meet requirements for Cooking and Camping badges.  We will be observing some COVID distancing, so meals will be within your family/pod only.  

 

We have no Adult Leaders assigned yet.  If you haven’t felt the rush of corralling Scouts, this is a very easy lift.  Dr. Fogel and I will be there and leading evening observing activities and an Astronomy Badge class Saturday afternoon; you’ll won’t have to worry about managing the whole weekend by yourself.  I will provide a special curated observing period on one of the bigger scopes for anyone who steps up to be an Adult Leader. 

Weather: It’s forecast to be hot during the day and down to only 66 degrees at night.  Sitting still by a telescope makes it seem colder.  Err on the side of caution.

 

Please see the emailed green sheet for information.

 

Official Park webpage: San Diego Parks: Agua Caliente