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Chicago Astronomy Weekend

12 Feb 2012, 14:54 UTC
Chicago Astronomy Weekend
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It seems like almost all the traveling I do these days is astronomy related, and this weekend was no different. I'd been invited by my friend Roger Kolman to come visit him in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.Roger never met a telescope he didn't likeRoger has a rather large collection of telescopes filling half his garage and a shed in the back yard, and his wife Elane had asked him to start thinning out the herd, so Roger offered to give me one of his 8-inch SCTs to use as a travel scope. The timing couldn't have been better, since we are leaving for the 2012 Winter Star Party on Saturday. This would spare me from tearing down the 12-inch and hauling it to the Florida keys.Coincidently, Roger was giving a talk on variable stars to the Northwest Suburban Astronomers in the Chicago area on Friday night, and asked if I would like to tag along. So I headed out early Friday morning for Chicago, hoping to beat the snow storm that was supposed to arrive in the area on Saturday afternoon.It was a mild, partly sunny winter day, the roads were dry, the traffic light and I had my fuzz-buster AAVSO ...

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