One of my favorite places to hold a star party is in the desert east of San Diego. On Tuesday March 7th, 2017 I headed out to Aqua Caliente County Park to meetup with a dear friend Sandy H. and her band of home school parents and teachers. We had a lovely evening which started out with a tour of the night sky. This time of year we see the Orion complex on the meridian right after the sun sets. We started out viewing the Andromeda galaxy, and then we moved on to look at a few stars. Everyone likes to see the bright red Betelgeuse and the twinkling blue Cirrus.
From there we moved to Orion and looked at the great Orion nebula, M42. After everyone had a turn we then set the scope on the moon and let everyone take pictures with their phones through the eyepiece. I really enjoyed this group, they all took a great interest in the sky, and everyone had a great time.
I took a few hundred pictures over several hours and assembled this movie of the event.
And here are a few of my favorite shots from the night: