Auke, Lynnette and I arrived at about 19:30 to begin setting up. Andreas had taken the Eco-Rangers and some parents on one of his very instructive night walks in the reserve and when they returned we had to be up and running. There was a fairly strong gusting wind and I was worried that we might not be able to get a stable picture on the screen with the Celestron refractor and the Martin-Cam. I was also holding thumbs that the electronic gremlin which Martin had fixed, would stay fixed and not derail my efforts as it had on our previous visit.
By the time we had Lorenzo and the Celestron set up and I was certain that the electronics were behaving themselves, the line of torches appeared amongst the trees, heralding the approach of Andreas and the Eco-Rangers.
Auke got the group settled down and did a basic introduction before the observing started. At my telescope, there was some initial confusion. Some of the Eco-Rangers insisted that they wanted to look at the moon through the telescope and not on the screen. After several explanations, I got the message home and the group settled down.
One of the Eco-Rangers made a short video of the telescope and the changing Moon as I moved the image on the screen. Quite nifty, complete with a voice recording.
By 22:00 it was all over and we packed up kindly supported by Wendy, Claudia, Andreas and on or two other adults. Thanks for the help and we hope to see you all again soon.