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Doc Willie
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Tips for the public on viewing
      #5713181 - 03/04/13 07:29 PM

I made this slide in my "Toninght's Sky" for public presentations.
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HOW TO LOOK

Sit

Adjust your head to the eyepiece

Do NOT touch the eyepiece

Use the focuser (with permission)

Spend some time with details and the faint stuff

Use averted vision
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Anything else I should add?


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csrlice12
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Re: Tips for the public on viewing new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #5714245 - 03/05/13 11:30 AM

Don't Spit down the telescope tube.....

For some, (not all), nudging techniques...


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Re: Tips for the public on viewing new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5714728 - 03/05/13 03:47 PM

Doc, the focuser note is SO important. I tell my audiences that a telescope is a monocle, and everyone has a unique prescription. Luckily, I'm about 20/100 without glasses so if I focus for myself, most folks can deal with it but, after all, that's MY prescription, not theirs, so I try to phrase it so they understand it's an individual characteristic, not a flaw nor a fixed parameter of the scope.

If sittting is not an option, like when I set up my SCT for kids at elementary schools and their parents are along, I remind them that at night, bending over, dizziness or balance can interfere and not to push beyond a comfort level. Especially true for older people when bending over without external visual references; the inner ear can betray them.


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kfiscus
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Re: Tips for the public on viewing new [Re: Skylook123]
      #5715212 - 03/05/13 07:42 PM

I tell people that most glasses wearers find that they have to remove them- but not everyone. THEN I show them the focuser knobs telling them that everyone's eyes are different.

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Skylook123
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Re: Tips for the public on viewing new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5715592 - 03/05/13 11:14 PM

If I use an old Plossl eyepiece, the eye relief allows the glasses wearers the freedom to use them. If I use a Panoptic or Nagler, however, the eye relief is so doggone short that glasses are a tremendous impediment unless their astigmatism is so profound they absolutely must use them. Myself, I need at least 300X to over come my own astigmatism so my normal 115X Panoptic is a challenge on planets and double stars for me, but give gorgeous context.

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tezster
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Re: Tips for the public on viewing new [Re: Skylook123]
      #5715928 - 03/06/13 08:10 AM

As far as viewing comfortably through the EP, I've always worn glases while observing, and I simply tell people they can keep their glasses on if they wish, or take them off, whichever they feel most comfortable with. All EPs I've owned have had 20mm+ of ER

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Doc Willie
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Re: Tips for the public on viewing new [Re: Skylook123]
      #5715952 - 03/06/13 08:29 AM

A discussion of whether or not to remove glasses seems a useful addition.

Next slide:

STAR PARTY ETIQUETTE

NO white light

Ask before using or touching a scope

No food or smoking near telescopes

Keep children under control


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Footbag
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Re: Tips for the public on viewing new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #5716957 - 03/06/13 05:57 PM

I agree that using the focuser is part of effectively observing an object, but I only mention it to people who seem to have sufficient interest and respect for the equipment.

As for glasses, "Wear them if you need them."


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