Sentinel-Schwaar Star Gaze


The weekend star party comes to an end. The crescent moon has risen, and the glow of morning twilight in the east brings to a close Saturday night's observing session.

The Sentinel-Schwaar Star Gaze is sponsored annually by the Saguaro Astronomy Club.

Pierre-Yves Schwaar (1946 - 2000) was a native of Switzerland, an immigrant to the United States, a model rocketeer, a student of math and physics, an Air Force aircraft mechanic, a Vietnam veteran, an amateur astronomer, a telescope maker, an eclipse chaser, a photographer, an inventor, and a master craftsman. He was a friend, a mentor, and a great influence to many in the astronomical community.

Date: April 30, 2000
Time: 5:07am MST
Location: Sentinel, Arizona
Camera: Olympus OM-1 35mm SLR, on tripod.
Film: Fuji Provia 100 slide
Lens: 50mm at f/5.6, 8 seconds
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan LS-10E

Update November 2011:

According to the Saguaro Astronomy Club web site, the Sentinel-Schwaar Star Gaze is no longer held. I visited the abandoned site and photographed this memorial plaque which had been erected several years previously by Pierre's friends.


Revised: November 11, 2011
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