Mark and Diane arrived and started setting up at around 7:15. While setting up, it didn't look like the clouds wanted to move out, but the 33% gibbous moon was a good target to look at while we waited for the clouds cleared out. We were also able to look at Saturn and two of its moons - that always draws lots of ooohs and aaahs, and it didn't disappoint tonight, either.
We had the great pleasure of showing the night sky to around 30 people - it was a busy night, but they were an especially fun crowd and asked lots of good questions!
We were able to show everyone a good sampling of the types of things we look at while stargazing. Once it got dark enough we started looking at some multiple star systems, such as Albireo in Cygnus, Mizar and Alcor in Ursa Major (the Big Dipper), and Polaris (the North Star). We then turned our attention to M13, the Great Hercules Cluster in Hercules. We also looked at the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) in Andromeda and finally the Ring Nebula (M57) in Lyra.
We had a lot of fun with our visitors. I know many were quite amazed at what they saw. That's exactly why we like to share our hobby!
Thank you for coming out, if you weren't able to, we hope to see you out there soon!