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CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.
Mar 29 2005 10:55 AM | Guest in Kids
It was nearing the astronomical darkness end of the twilight. This Friday evening was looking, very much, like turning into an excellent Friday nights observing. The sky had that soft blackness about it, one that promised to turn to the dark inky blackness of a moonless night.
Mar 29 2005 10:54 AM | Guest in Kids
With their anticipation fixed on the moon, they were eager to get their eyeballs onto the ocular. I swung the scope over to the heart of Cygnus and the gorgeous summer Milky Way. Not being very particular, I put in a 26mm eyepiece for 44x, nice low power wide field views.
Mar 29 2005 10:51 AM | Guest in Kids
Right away show them something of interest and tell them something interesting: I swing the telescope to the double star Alberio in the constellation Cygnus and ask the children if they had ever really looked closely at the stars. "Did you know that the stars are different colors and that many of them are double or revolve around
Mar 29 2005 10:50 AM | Guest in Kids
"The star you are looking at is called Altair, it's just a point of light because it is so far from Earth. The distance is so great the Astronomers use what is called a light year to measure distances. A light year is the distance a beam of light travels in one year.
Mar 29 2005 10:46 AM | Guest in Kids
If you use your telescope in an area where others can find you, you will, sooner or later, encounter visitors. The glow of a red flashlight and the whirring of machinery will eventually draw passers by to at least say "hello".