I'm getting ready for the 2014 Almost Heaven Star Party. I honestly can't remember the last time when I went to a star party WITH my telescope. I've been to many as a speaker - I'll be talking about NASA's Manned Spaceflight Program and James Webb Space Telescope at AHSP.
I should have Internet while at AHSP so I can stay in touch.
I wanted to tell you about a neat fund raiser by the good folks of Uwingu - the same folks that are taking names for Martian craters to make a "people's map of Mars". I have a crater named 'REDFERN' that is in Gale Crater where Curiosity is located:
It is not an official designation but it is still cool to see your name on a Martian Crater/map.
Their latest fundraiser is to charge as a little as $5 to beam a message to Mars on November 28, 2014. This date commemorates the 50th anniversary of the launch of Mariner 4 to Mars, the very 1st mission to the Red Planet.
Join in and make a contribution. 50% of it will go to research, education and outreach. I've sent mine!
Sky Guy in VA