Orion xx14g Dob CPC 1100 w/Skywatcher 80ED piggybacked Coronado PST TMB 92L refractor AT Voyager mount Nexstar 6/8 mount Denk Big Easy binoviewers Oodles of eyepieces and other optical gadgets Past scopes Meade 8" reflector and 8" SCT
Quote:Hi Jim,We'll never keep up with TAAA but we do a pretty good imitation in Prescott. I did a live video observing evening at Lowell on Wednesday with a couple hundred visitors. Thursday evening we had our regular Third Thursday astronomy talk at the Prescott Library. Father Corbally of the Vatican Observatory presented a talk on Upgrades to the Vatican's astronomy program. Friday evening we did an observing program for 175 Girl Scouts from Phoenix at a camp in the mountains south of Prescott. 8 scopes and binocs. Great kids and a wonderful evening. Saturday night we had a combined program including a Solar talk by one of our members and a star party at The Highlands Center for Natural History. The HC is a wonderful site for astronomy, with a fully equipped auditorium set in the Prescott National Forest just a couple of miles from the center of Prescott. After the talk we shut down all the lights and do the star party just a few steps from the building...and it's dark.We have two seasons for public, school, and camp programs. From the end of the monsoon until early December we cram in as many programs as we can manage. From the middle of December until late March, the nights are too cold to keep people outside. From March through June we cram again. So we squeeze a year's programs into about 7 months.I tried another wrinkle at Lowell on Wednesday night. I set up the scope and video camera about an hour before sunset. There were quite a few folks around ready to think about astronomy so I linked into the Night Skies Network where one of the guys was webcasting his observing session. He was using a Halpha filter so he was able to get some nice views of galaxies and more despite the bright moon (the broadcast was coming from PA). Using NSN extended the observing evening by more than an hour. I'm thinking of NSN as a backup solution for cloudy nights.Keep up the good work.Bill
Quote:Fun times. OKC Astronomy Club had about 8 scopes and members at a local Scout camp for a district-wide Webelos campout Saturday night. Probably 300 Scouts and leaders on hand for a fun night under very clear skies.