CANCELLED! The forecasts call for increasing clouds at sunset, and no one has indicated they want to go out, so I’m cancelling Member Night tonight.
The second member night at CRO in November is on Saturday, November 18.
Sunset is at 1725 (5:25pm). Nautical twilight begins at 1750. Astronomical twilight begins at 1820. Twilight ends and true night begins at 1850.
The moon sets at 2227 (10:27PM) and is a Waxing Crescent (27.8%).
Check the weather forecasts and check back here to ensure it will be good viewing weather and CRO will be open.
If anyone is coming that can open the 14” or 30” scopes, please post on here that you will be attending and it will be open.
If you’re planning to come out, please post on here that you are coming.
If you want to be guided to CRO, please post here and check back to see if a CRO member can meet and guide you. CRO members, please post what time you can meet any members needing guides. Please make arrangements to meet directly with whoever will be guiding you.
The location of the observatory is also now searchable in both Google Maps and Apple Maps. Search for Cheddar Ranch Observatory, Watonga, OK, and it should appear and give you directions if you want. It might also appear in your GPS app/program.
Clear and dark skies!
I joined the OKC Astro club about a month ago. Does that qualify me to go to CRO on member night or is that another membership?
Edit: I see it’s for OKC Astro members.
I’ll stay tuned to see if anyone is going tomorrow. I’m a strong Maybe right now.
OKCAC Member Nights at CRO are for any Club member and there guests. If you become a CRO member you can go out to CRO anytime you like. There will need to be a CRO member there to open things up for the OKCAC Member Night. I came out last week and wasn’t planning on coming out for this one. Hopefully a CRO member will post that they will be opening things up.
It seems to be a pattern that Friday night seems to be better sky wise than Saturday night.
Been watching the weather forecasts, and Dave is right. Looks great for tonight, and while tomorrow night looks like it may start with clear skies, by 8-9 it’s going to start getting cloudy.
I wasn’t planning on going tomorrow either, but if non-CRO members want to go out, I’ll open it up if no one else volunteers. Will probably close it agin by 9, though, so no one should come out late; it might be closed.
Please post on here if you’re planning on going out. If no non-CRO member posts they want to go out, it may not be open.
I can’t make it tomorrow. Hope to make it next month.
I will not be out tomorrow.
The forecasts have gotten a tad worse for this evening. Partly cloudy skies are predicted a bit earlier than before. There still might be some viewing right after sunset, but by true night it will most likely be at least partly cloudy and rapidly going to completely overcast.
I will not be going out tonight. I don’t see anyone that says they are, so I’m going to ‘officially’ cancel tonight’s Member Night.
Good call the clouds are already starting to move in. There is some kind of light in the East just North of the road you take leaving CRO.