We wanted to check out Molson Lake, and found that the Ranch where the famly will be visiting this week is close by. Why not check it out. We got to the sign at the entry and Susan had a "eureka" moment when she saw the Star Party sign. Our friends Kim & Helsa from the fly fishing club had told Susan they would be here for the astonomers annual Star Party.
We could see lots and lots of campers and RVs in the lot, so what were the chances that we could find them? Lo and behold, we turned into the road and immediately saw Kim as he was talking to a fellow star gazer. He and Helsa took us around the field for a fantastic visit of the star people's gadgets.
|A very small sampling of the many and varied telescopes behind and alongside of me|
|We met this gentleman who is retired from NASA and follows his passion in a big way|
To look at the sun, one needs a special lens telescope, and this guy is a sun gazer. His trailer contraption is much like a scientist's lab.
|We all got a peek through two types of telescopes|
Then Kim walked us into the main field and showed us the telescope he made, using a mirror he was given by a friend. One mirror started this year long project for Kim.
|Kim takes off the weather cover of his telescope|
|Kim hand crafted all of the workings and it is indeed a work of art from the heart|
|By comparison to Kim's, here is a bare bones, duct taped version|
|Helsa and Maggie Rose sit outside of the telescope field roped off from pets entereing|
This ends part 2.