Quote:I would not want to get into a discussion with some officer about whether a voluntary donation box was equivalent to charging for views, so I eliminate the possibility. Once you go through the difficulties to get all set up, every minute is precious, no time to waste on legal discussions!
Quote:...Heck, I'd probably stick the poor devil with some of my astro-gear overflow and he would never again put out the box. Jon
Clear skies, Scott my scopes: a few refractors (50-102mm), 2 Newts (4.5-12"), and an 8" SCT
Quote:Quote:...Heck, I'd probably stick the poor devil with some of my astro-gear overflow and he would never again put out the box. Jon That's awesome, Jon! Now that I think about it, I've got a "brand new" still-in-box, never-opened lens pen that I bought 10 years ago before I knew any better. I've been wondering what to do with it.
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My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
Quote:Whether alone, or with my club, we have never put out anything for donations. We have some organizations who invite our club to set up for their members. Those organizations often give us a stipend. When setting up for schools, the school often feeds the club members.
Quote:My astronomy club has never charged a fee for our events, but the state park our observatory is in requires a state park sticker. I'm ok with that, although I think it does keep our attendance down.
Quote: Something not mentioned: perhaps he was a victim of the Waldo canyon fire in the springs and is trying to make extra to help rebuild or just take care of his family. Could be a big assumption on my part but just to throw it out there...
Quote: Many posters are using the word charging, when accepting is more appropriate.
Quote:The scope could have been acquired under different circumstances. It could be like if you have a cow, do you sell the cow or the milk?
Quote:I think it would have been interesting had you taken a moment and asked the fellow about it and how he felt. You probably would have had a clearer understanding.
Quote: Heck, I'd probably stick the poor devil with some of my astro-gear overflow and he would never again put out the box.
Quote:Personally, I am a big fan of being fed dinner when I do outreach. After all, we often do this around dinner time, and don't always have time to eat or drink for the 2-4 hours we're on the lawn or in the parking lot.
Quote: My reward comes when I show someone Saturn for the first time. I had a cousin come out to our observatory with a boy scout troop. He said that was the best night of his life.
Jeff Huston Obsession 30" f/5 (#102) Obsession 18" f/4.5 (#264) Celestron C9.25 f/10 Losmandy GM8 Cave 8" f/6 Newt Orion 80 and 120mm f/5 achro Coronado PST Vixen Polaris