We have First Friday Public Viewing Night at Lake Hefner Windsurfer Point on Sep 1st. Sunset is at 7:58pm and the Moon rises at 9:14pm. Saturn rises at 7:42pm. Going to bring my Orion 6” Starblast telescope.
Finally the forecasts are for just about perfect viewing conditions! I’m planning on arriving around 6:30 and set up for some solar viewing before sunset. I’ll have both my EA scopes and a manual for solar viewing.
I’ll be there as well. / Randy
I’ll be around too, see you then!
I expect to be there lol fingers and toes crossed
I plan on attending. See you all on Friday.
Can someone please drop a pin or GPS coord? There doesnt seem to be much on google for Windsurfers Point. If not, I am just driving all the way around the lake, hoping to see telescopes. This is my first time out to a public viewing. See everyone later
Perfect, thank you.
Nate, call me at 405-605-9684
First Friday is a go! Beautiful weather! A tad windy, but under 10mph. 5 of us are doing some solar viewing right now. For directions, go to the link to the club calendar on the club webpage select the event and click on get directions.
Or, just take the Hefner exit from the Hefner Parkway, then take the next left, and go as far as you can. You’ll see several scopes set up.
I came out tonight and brought my old Tasco Refractor. I got a load of help from a couple members, you know who you are and I don’t remember names well.
My girlfriend’s son came out with me and he really enjoyed it as well. Thank you OKCAC. I now know I have the bug and I think the kids do too.
It looked like everyone had a good time. @NateWoollard glad you came out!
Had quite a few members and visitors
tried to get all the scopes that were there
@mpsurge obliged with a pose
Was a very fun night. I had a great time seeing some familiar faces and meeting new folks. Seeing starlink was wild. Thank you @R.Palmer for letting me use your tripod to get some photos of the scopes. Will definitely have to come out there again.
Thanks to all who came out! We had at least 14 club members there, possibly a couple more I missed. I think about a quarter of them were very new club members; at least a couple of them joined this week! It was great to see everyone there.
I’d say about 10 people looked at the sun with us, and at least 10-15 folks enjoyed the night sky with us. Had lots of very inquisitive (and knowledgeable!) kids! Several folks seemed interested in joining the club.
The Starlink passing over was the highlight of the evening for me. I believe it was the first time I’ve seen it. I got almost of minute of it on video, which I’ll post to the Discord channel (don’t remember if video is enabled here or not). It wasn’t visible long. No more than two minutes. It started on the horizon in the NW, rose almost straight up, then disappeared in the earth’s shadow almost directly overhead. They were booking across the sky. Amazing to view.
Besides the Starlink video, I managed to capture an image of the sun
and a 25 minute, 250 ten second subs, autostacked image of the Trifid Nebula, M20:
Fantastic shots! Seeing the Starlink was definitely a highlight!
Here’s a link to my video of the Starlink satelites.
After viewing my first Starlink chain, I wanted more information about the program. I knew Musk was putting them in orbit, but didn’t know much more. Here’s a pretty good site with lots of info about it if anyone else wants to know more about them.