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#26 ghostofthesky

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 10:22 AM

I wonder if a reasonable approach for outreach would be to try and create extracurricular activities like astronomy for schools. It could even consist for a light for-credit course that includes observation.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 07:36 PM

I like to use a combo-dob on an EQ platform. I use an el cheapo Meade digital EP in one scope (either the XT10 or the XT4.5) in a monitor while the other scope is available for people to look through at the same target. This rig is only good for white-light filtered solar viewing, lunar, Jupiter, and Saturn.

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 06:39 AM

this is just to lighten the mood

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 11:01 PM

During more organized events, I have some lower-powered binoculars that get
passed around to those waiting for their turn at the scope.
Always have several old astro mags and Orion catalogs to give away as souvenirs.
Often I'll have a laptop playing astro vids for those in line. Comes in handy for
indoor shows in case of clouds, too.

Here's an example: The Planets at our Moon's distance

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 09:20 PM

That's really nice I enjoyed watching it, great idea !
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Posted 20 December 2013 - 01:25 PM

We almost always have one video camera at our events since Jack Heurkamp is a member. :grin: Typically, he has the largest crowd around his setup. It's especially good for the crumb crunchers that have a tough time trying to center over an eyepiece.

It's also a nice comparison to have, say, M57 in an eyepiece and have M57 on Jack's monitor. The form is there in the eyepiece, however, the form is very detailed and has color. It gives terrific perspective.

Same for me setting up my $59 Celstron 102 next to a 16" Nightsky dob. Talk about perspective!? In the end, it's just great fun to listen to the oohs and aahs and finding that there is some real interest in what we do.

David






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