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A crowd of excited amateur astronomers and members of the
general public attended the Summer 2002 Lake Whitney Summer Star Party, held at the
Recreation Center in the Lake Whitney State Park near Hillsboro, TX. Event
organizer Thomas Williamson graciously designated the Central
Texas Astronomical Society in Waco, TX, and the American
Association of Amateur Astronomers as event sponsors.
CTAS Bar-Be-Que Dinner
Answers a Question
Winning a T-Shirt
Harry Bearman Supervises
Door Prize Drawing
ATM Award Presentation
At 8:00 PM, Ed Flaspoehler, Vice President of the American
Association of Amateur Astronomers, give his slide show on observing the night sky for the
beginning amateur astronomers. Entitled Introduction to
Late Summer Deep-Sky Objects, Ed's talk covered five of the most prominent
Messier objects up during the summer months, representing each of the five major
categories of deep sky objects observable by amateur astronomers: globular
clusters, planetary nebulae, open clusters, emission nebulae, and galaxies. This
talk includes slides from Ed's personal collection, illustrating the various objects,
as well as finder charts
and star maps to help the viewer to go find each object on their own. Ed also
distributed finder charts and observing logs for people to use later that night
on the telescope field. Ed's program is based on the popular Constellation
of the Month programs presented during the monthly meetings of the Texas
Astronomical Society of Dallas. Ed will also be presenting this program at the
general meeting of the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club on September 8, and at the
Great Plains Star Party on September 30.
The Stars at Night
Are Big and Bright
Deep in the Heart of Texas!
The Lake Whitney Star Party is free and open to the public except for park
fees of $2.00 per person. The Central Texas Astronomical Society from Waco, Texas,
their August meeting at the star party and help with door prizes.
The organized presentations and speaker lectures are held at the
Recreation Hall in the State Park. The Recreation Hall has recently been air
T-Shirts for the Lake Whitney Star Party were available. The
shirts are black with a single face-on galaxy in silver printed with the slogan,
" I Explored The Universe, Lake Whitney Summer Star Party." At the lower corner of the galaxy in
small letters will be the phrase, "All men find that for which they seek- Arab proverb."
Lake Whitney is a Texas State Park located near Hillsboro, TX, on State Highway 22, west of I-35.
Contact event organizer Thomas Williamson at 817-656-0901, or via e-mail at
Contact Lake Whitney State Park at email@example.com.
The park information web site is http://www.digitex.net/lakewhitneystatepark
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