We are just about complete with the first section of teachers and staff that are taking Astronomical Observing from a Biblical View. It appears we will graduate about 20 then certify a good fraction of those students to be responsible for the refractor/binocular/reference kits that we sent before our trip. Each student has taken a quick sketching lesson (most have no experience) and taught a method of observing using the 80mm refractors. All have attended several demonstrations and put together/dismantled equipment about 6 times. Toward the end of the class they start sketching. The scans that follow are two of the students and show their first or second lunar sketches. They are about average for the group.
The first one is from a staff member who is single but is raising two children who were essentially abandoned. In back of big smiles and excited observers are stories like this. This lady has a very big heart...and big enough to tend to some of my wife's needs.
Hopefully, we can post some star or DSO sketches at a later time. It's been interesting; they are learning fast. The second group of students/teachers/layleaders come in this Thursday so we start again with another group.