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When I Was a Little Boy...

Dec 28 2009 07:42 AM | Otis10 in Kids

The dust streamed from clenched fists on outstretched arms as I circled the yard just one more time. I was a jet. Soaring high on the imagination of a young boy. Just a little more

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Kids: My Son Tyler

Mar 29 2005 11:15 AM | scottinash in Kids

Tyler was hooked back in 1999 when I woke him up from sleep one night and told him to dress and come outside with me. The Moon, Saturn and Jupiter were up and he was totally amazed as I showed him the view through my then new 4.5” Newtonian. He made me promise that night to never go out again without him…what

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Kids: The Sky Shared

Mar 29 2005 11:13 AM | CN_Admin in Kids

I'd seen the new "comet thingie". As I replied that yes, I had, another approached and commented that he'd seen it using his dad's binoculars. Hearing this (and seeing a crowd developing) a third and fourth dropped in to see what the discussion was about. After talking about the comet for a short while one

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Kids: Impressed by a 7 year old

Mar 29 2005 11:12 AM | Guest in Kids

As I was browsing the Cloudy Nights web site I noted the segment about kids and astronomy. I am very much impressed with what is being done to help kids get into astronomy. I would like to share the story of our 7 year old daughter, Rebekah. She is just your ordinary child who like ordinary children things.

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Kids: Amateurs Helping Kids

Mar 29 2005 11:11 AM | CN_Admin in Kids

I had four neighbor kids over the day I got it and last night we had the Cumberland Star Party, 15 people - 4 adults/11 kids attended. Fabulous night, crystal clear dark sky. As agreed, more to come on that later.

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Kids: The Golden Opportunity

Mar 29 2005 11:09 AM | Doug Matulis in Kids

You are immediately captivated as you reminisce back to those feelings of utter joy and excitement you felt as you made your first discoveries. You remember the first time you saw Jupiter with it clouds and four moons and Saturn with its rings, and the fascinating lore of the

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Kids: Whatsup?

Mar 29 2005 11:07 AM | Guest in Kids

What to do if you are looking through your scope this summer and some young people comes along and says "Hay mister, whacha doing?" Besides the fact I would never be looking for a 12 magnitude galaxy from my backyard with my scope, and my first reaction would be "what are you doing in my backyard?"--

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Kids: Hands On Experience

Mar 29 2005 11:06 AM | Guest in Kids

As astronomers, we take for granted that most people haven't a clue what a Schmidt-Cassegrain or Dobsonian telescope is used for, or even what it is for that matter. Most non-astronomers (yes, adults too) are thinking a telescope should have Tasco written across it with 520x glaring from the eyepiece.

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Kids: Would you like to take a look?

Mar 29 2005 11:05 AM | Guest in Kids

I have been using telescopes for close to 25 years now and have been queried with everything from a positive and inquisitive "Whachya doing?" to an irritated and threatening "what are you doing out there in the dark?"

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Kids: Explaining Amateur Astronomy to Young People

Mar 29 2005 11:03 AM | Guest in Kids

As amateur astronomers we are the "Gateways to the Cosmos" for the general public. Even though most of us are not employed professionally in astronomy we are often times regarded as equals to the men and women who make astronomy their profession.

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