Dinner party astronomy session! My friend Doug invited me up to his house way up in the mountains of Santa Barbara for some food and company. He asked if I would bring my scope, and of course I agreed.

We started off with a quick orientation session including a few of the prominent constellations and a crash course on the ecliptic and the milky way. Then we got straight to it with Saturn.

Being fairly low on the horizon, the view was iffy at best. Still, the rings were discernible and everyone seemed pretty happy with the view.

Oct. 7, 2015, 4:12 p.m.

Yea it was great. The problem is that where there are a lot of stars, there are few people - and vise versa. Glad I could find a middle ground.

Oct. 6, 2015, 1:54 a.m.

Sounds like fun! I'd love to do something like that, hopefully in the next year or two I can move to a darker area and host dinner star parties.

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  • Observed with: Orion 10'' SkyQuest dobsonian
  • Seeing: poor
  • Light pollution: below average