I am the current President of the PAS.
October was our busy month! (Notice the similarity to how I started this page last month.) October was indeed very busy - Astronomy Day at the Infinity Space Center, several outreach events including one in Lacombe at the Southeast LA National Wildlife Refuges Comples ( "Wild Things"), plus the Deep South Star Gaze that many of our members attended. I think we will get a little breathing room in November, but hopefully we will have some nice clear skies for observing.
October is our busy month. Busy because it is one of our best, if not typically our best weather month. Hopefully this October will be no exception...
Virtually every day it has been raining, but typically clearing a fair amount of the time (in the evening) too. Summer is tough for astronomy what with the heat, humidity, mosquitoes, etc. But opportunity is there and the planets beckon. (Ron Marcella, who runs the Gretna Observatory, has had some great nights with high attendance. For those who have never been, go check it out. It is free and open to the public on Monday and Wednesday evenings when weather conditions permit. The telescope pier has recently been extended making more of the sky accessible to the 16" Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
In spite of summer’s challenges, what have you seen lately? I am not talking about the latest summer movies either (although I have seen “The Legend of Tarzan” and liked it very much as it more closely followed the theme of the Edgar Rice Burroughs books than anything that has come before.).
Well, summer seems to be here...hot, sticky and at least a few mosquitoes. Yep, summer seems to be here. What does that mean for amateur astronomy? Fewer days and nights for astronomy outdoors, and when you can set up some equipment, conditions can be less than ideal. So make the best of the opportunities you have and before you know it, fall will be here and conditions will turn in our favor.