The event will be at CM Crockett on March 29th starting at 6pm – here is a link to the resource page that NOVAC has been recording info on over the years. http://www.novac.com/wp/observing/messier-marathon/
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With the recent passing of amateur astronomy legend John Dobson, we’ve located a video of his humorous remarks to our membership at NOVAC’s 2005 Star Gaze. While doing so, we’ve also found videos of other major speakers that same year including Al Nagler, Phil Harrington and Rod Mollise. You can watch all their talks at this newly-created page. Special Kudos to Mike Lewis and Alex Lim for their work in 2005 and still today for the club and Phil Wherry for taking the time to convert them up for us all to enjoy again! http://www.novac.com/wp/novac-25th-anniversary-speakers/
It’s getting to be that time a year again! So I thought putting this info front and center would be good. 1. No cotton or polyester/cotton blends next to your skin. This includes underwear and socks. Polypropylene long johns are excellent provided they’re thick enough, arctic-weight wool/polypropylene blend long johns are even better. Because cotton doesn’t wick perspiration away from your skin, it quickly becomes moist and cold in cold weather, leading to rapid loss of body heat. The same property that makes cotton great for wearing in hot weather can contribute to hypothermia in cold conditions. 2. Dress in layers. Many thin garments with lots of dead air between layers to trap heat are better than a few thick ones. For observing in temperatures below 25 degrees, I generally wear the following: Wool/polypropylene or polypropylene longjohns (two pairs for subzero temperatures) Polypropylene sock liners Wool socks (one or two pairs) Flannel shirt (a synthetic fleece shirt would be even better) Jeans (synthetic fleece pants would be even better) Wool sweater Fleece layering jacket Down-filled bibs Down parka (rated to -40 degrees with the bibs) Balaclava Wool/thinsulate watchcap Wool fingerless gloves Pac boots (rated to ...