Comments: I missed logging this when it happened, so I’m going back and logging what I remember now. -9/22/2017
It was a long drive to get there, but we planned in plenty of time and arrived early. Telescopes were to be carried quite a long distance to a temple plaza for setup, or we could use a golf cart that they had. We opted to carry the telescope, since it’s easy to carry and we had multiple people to do so. I set up the XT8, and we awaited the arrival of the kids!
It was quite pleasant sitting around chatting with the others. There were seven other HAS members, not counting me and my parents, and a total of six telescopes (including mine). The setting was very peaceful- you don’t have to be a Buddhist to enjoy the quiet and the perfectly sculpted landscaping. A group or two walked through the plaza while we were waiting, and we invited them to see the moon (at least one group did take a look).
After dinner, the kids were sent to clean up, and then sent to the telescopes! It was not extremely busy, though there were a lot of kids; we had enough telescopes to spread them out. Most of the kids were in their teens, though there were a couple of younger kids. We showed all of them the Moon and Jupiter. Joe had spoken to them earlier, given them planispheres and taught them how to use them, so several kids tried to put that knowledge to good use by trying to identify things in the sky. Identifying Jupiter or Spica proved tricker than it might have been, because of their apparent closeness at the time.