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Tyler was hooked back in 1999 when I woke him up from sleep one night and told him to dress and come outside with me. The Moon, Saturn and Jupiter were up and he was totally amazed as I showed him the view through my then new 4.5” Newtonian. He made me promise that night to never go out again without him…what
I'd seen the new "comet thingie". As I replied that yes, I had, another approached and commented that he'd seen it using his dad's binoculars. Hearing this (and seeing a crowd developing) a third and fourth dropped in to see what the discussion was about. After talking about the comet for a short while one
As I was browsing the Cloudy Nights web site I noted the segment about kids and astronomy. I am very much impressed with what is being done to help kids get into astronomy. I would like to share the story of our 7 year old daughter, Rebekah. She is just your ordinary child who like ordinary children things.
You are immediately captivated as you reminisce back to those feelings of utter joy and excitement you felt as you made your first discoveries. You remember the first time you saw Jupiter with it clouds and four moons and Saturn with its rings, and the fascinating lore of the
What to do if you are looking through your scope this summer and some young people comes along and says "Hay mister, whacha doing?" Besides the fact I would never be looking for a 12 magnitude galaxy from my backyard with my scope, and my first reaction would be "what are you doing in my backyard?"--
As astronomers, we take for granted that most people haven't a clue what a Schmidt-Cassegrain or Dobsonian telescope is used for, or even what it is for that matter. Most non-astronomers (yes, adults too) are thinking a telescope should have Tasco written across it with 520x glaring from the eyepiece.
As amateur astronomers we are the "Gateways to the Cosmos" for the general public. Even though most of us are not employed professionally in astronomy we are often times regarded as equals to the men and women who make astronomy their profession.