The Astronomical Society of Nevada was honored to join Lassen’s Dark Sky Festival.
The Astronomical Society of Nevada was honored to join Lassen’s Dark Sky Festival. Jim Fahey, Dennis Jamison, Mike & Linda Hopper, and Frank & Suzanne Davis had the true camping experience at the Bumpass Hell parking lot. The phase “Cold as Hell” applies to the nights at 8200 feet. Steve Zettler and Keith Van Gilder were in the North Summit campgrounds. Jeff Wolff, with Peggy and son, Robert Dunbar & family, Gigi and Paul Giles, Robbin Scholl, Kim West and Family were in the camping life of luxury at Manzanita Lake.
Friday night was a rush between setting up camp sites and then traveling to Bumpass Hell setting up telescopes. We have over 250 people take a peek at the basics, a crescent moon, Venus, Saturn, M13, M31 and a few others. The night’s viewing faded around 11:30 PM.
Saturday morning Jim and Frank set up the solar telescopes. Right away there was a line until sunset! An easy estimate was 1,000 people took a look. The parking lot is the trailhead to Bumpass Hell boiling pots. This is one of the most popular trail hikes in the park. We gave them the solar flare and magnetic loops to astound them. I always like to hijack the public into looking through our scopes inexpertly. It give them something to talk about with their friends.