First Outreach Event
Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:34 AM
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Posted 12 April 2014 - 06:24 AM
Unlike mine is conducted at a very heavily light polluted city, whereby only can show the moon and bright planets...
If yours at Copper Breaks State Park is having darker sky, with your C9.25, it will show many wonderful DSO....that I couldn't....
Wish you have an enjoyable event....
Posted 12 April 2014 - 10:03 AM
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Posted 14 April 2014 - 01:35 PM
Remember this is a hobby not life or death.
Posted 14 April 2014 - 06:55 PM
Posted 15 April 2014 - 07:27 AM
Let us know how things go. I'm sure you will find it was worth your time. Have fun and enjoy.
Posted 22 April 2014 - 01:01 PM
Jupiter's four Galilean moons are always a hit, as are the cloud bands on Jupiter (explaining they are seeing "weather on another planet" is always a crowd-pleaser). If you can find a picture of the page of Galileo's notebook online where he sketched the positions of the moons each night, print copies and pass them out. It gives folks (esp. kids) a direct connection to the first human to ever see those moons, just over 400 years ago. Ask them to find the night when the positions of the moons in Galileo's notebook matches the positions on your night of viewing.
If you are showing the moon, bring a copy of Sky & Tel laminated moon map in the orientation that matches your scope (regular or inverted). Circle a few easily visible craters on the map in dry-erase marker and ask folks to find them in the eyepiece.
In each case, you are asking them to actively observe and try to find an object. This engages their brain and lets them see more than they would in that first glorious moment of vision when it's just overwhelming.
Posted 22 April 2014 - 03:23 PM