Memorable outreach reactions from first-timers?
Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:28 AM
Venus descending into the trees wasn't much to look at and the seeing wasn't kind to Jupiter, but Rima Hyginus at 187x was incredible, it's the best view of the first quarter moon I've had. There was a surreal sense of depth to the feature. She was captivated.
Brief but rewarding. Hyginus hasn't looked as good since. Apparently my scope operates 10x better in the presence of a pretty girl :o
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:26 PM
When a first timer displays that little head snap it is most certainly a sign of being subtly blown away.
Being amazed and/or observing people being amazed is amazing.
The fact that in todays hyper-in your face, commercial, video media obsessed society. That simply looking through some glass up into the night sky can cause an involantary physical response of amazement. This point is especially amazing.
So what kind of magic 100 or 200 years ago astronomy must have been for someone to point to a bright light in the night sky then allow you to look through the magic tube and see the rings of Saturn.
Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:47 AM
Great experiences and stories here! This is one of my favorite forums about astronomy because of stories like this, and I'm with Jim, outreach has become the best part of astronomy for me, though I still enjoy the solitary observing I sometimes can squeeze in.
Among my favorite reactions from doing public outreach have been profanity. Then I know people are starting to truly grasp something that they can't articulate...
I wrote a piece about that on my blog...I won't copy it here since it has profanity in it. But here's the link, and please heed the warning that the language is colorful, but absolutely accurate to what people have said at my eyepiece. I like doing outreach the most with people who otherwise would never have the chance to look through a telescope.
Lucky for us (I guess) that's just about everyone.
Here's the link: http://bicycleastron...03/hello-world/
(It's also the kickoff piece to my blog punkastronomy, which has now morphed into Bicycle Astronomy as I have melded bike and telescope to create a mobile micro star party.
Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:31 PM
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