John Reed called the meeting to order at 7:20, the nice weather and good food enticed us to run late. There were 25 members and visitors in attendance.
John told us about several upcoming start parties:
- The Nebraska Star Party on July 25th (http://www.nebraskastarparty.org/)
- The Texas Star Party on June 1 (http://www.texasstarparty.org/index1.html)
- The All-America Star Party (date unknown).
Closer to home, the Red River Astronomy Club is having one of their Burger Burn star parties on May 3rd.
On May 10th, CAAS will join the Pinnacle Mountain State Park to hold an Astronomy Day event. We’ll start at 2 PM for solar observing and bubble making and then later we’ll have scopes out for night time astronomy. Since this event falls on our normal meeting night, we will hold a short business meeting before the night time events start.
For our presentation, Rocky Togni gave a very interesting presentation on “space” stamps. Postage stamps that were created with space travel themes, mostly real but some fanciful. It was very entertaining and afterward he gave out stamps to the children there.
Afterward we went to the observing field and socialized and observed.