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#1 combatdad

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 04:55 PM

Amateur astronomy is alive and well in Culpeper, Virginia!

 

The Astronomy Program in Culpeper was started a little over a year ago and meets monthly at the Public Library.  Myron Wasiuta, the program originator and instructor, advertises the program as a way to learn the sky one constellation at a time.  The monthly meetings typically provide an hour of instruction on several seasonal constellations followed by an hour or more observing session in front of the library.  Attendees include both adult and children, but the instruction is focused on the beginner astronomer.  Attached are some photos of our monthly meeting and observing session.

 

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 05:01 PM

Last night the group had its first field trip out to a local observatory, the Morning Calm Observatory, owned by Donovan Brock in Reva, Virginia.  Donovan is a veteran astronomer who knows his way around the sky, and possesses a wide range of telescopes.  The main scope at the observatory is a 30 inch Obsession Dobsonian reflector that provides spectacular views of DSOs, as well as the planets.  The field trip included an hour session of constellation orientation provided by Myron.  This was followed by observing opportunities through several smaller scopes as well as the 30 inch Obsession.  The photos attached show Don's observatory‚Ķand a typical reaction to the large telescope.

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 10:53 AM

What a super outreach program! And the sessions look very well attended, lots of folks in those pix. I live north of you in eastern Loudoun county in NOVAC territory and have been thinking about offering some kind of program to local school kids. Your thread is quite inspirational :grin:

 

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 12:08 PM

Brian, plan to attend the next meeting and see what its all about.  Myron does a great job.

 

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 12:23 PM

Thanks for the flyer Dave, I'll try to be there on the 22nd :waytogo:

 

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 02:19 PM

Just a couple more photos of the great resource we have available near Culpeper, VA...thanks to Don Brock's Morning Calm Observatory in Reva, Virginia

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 12:21 AM

…and a typical reaction to the large telescope.

 

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I LOVE IT!!!  That kid's expression / reaction says it all!

 

It looks like Culpeper, VA has more than its fair share of budding / aspiring astronomers. :) :waytogo:

 

Thanks for your posts and sharing the photos!

 

Cheers!

 

-Bob F.  :waytogo:


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Posted 03 September 2014 - 09:39 AM

That young man is my oldest grandson...hopefully following in my foot steps!   :)   He enjoyed all the scopes out that evening...

 

Dave

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 10:02 PM



That young man is my oldest grandson...hopefully following in my foot steps!   :)   He enjoyed all the scopes out that evening...

 

Dave

 

 

 

More wonderful photos! 

 

Oh, he'll be growing up, obviously, and may drift away from astronomy for a while.  Looking back, I know I did.  (I was born in 1954.)   He'll soon become interested in girls...  Then there's that bit about getting an education and then trying to earn a living....  And paying bills...  Such is life... BUT, you've helped plant the seed of interest in astronomy in him.  He'll come back to it.  And, he will remember these good times with his grandfather!  Good job!  I know you must be very proud of him.

 

Again, thanks for sharing the photos!

 

Cheers!

 

MOST sincerely,

 

-Bob F.  :waytogo:


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Posted 27 September 2014 - 04:59 AM

Our regular monthly meeting on Monday, September 22 included a presentation about the Almost Heaven Star Party that Dave attended.  It was held at The Mountain Institute in West Virginia in late August.  Some photos from that event are attached.  Jerry, one of the regulars, also talked about his astro-photography work. There was no observing session due to the cloudy conditions.  The next meeting is scheduled for 27 Oct, 7-9:00 p.m., Culpeper County Library meeting room.

 

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Posted 27 September 2014 - 05:01 AM

And a couple more photos from the AHSP presentation...

 

Dave

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 06:47 PM

Just a reminder about the Culpeper Astronomy Program for anyone in the area.  Myron will be talking about Andromeda, Aries and Triangulum and the large galaxies found within these constellations. He'll also cover the nice doubles Gamma Andromeda and Gamma Areitis.  We meet in the Culpeper County Library meeting room.

 

Dave

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 08:54 AM

I love this outreach idea and program. Well done! Keep up the great work!!


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Posted 24 October 2014 - 07:40 PM

Hi Dave, Stacy. I was thinking of attending since I'm home that week. Unfortunately, it coincides with the launch window for the Antares Orb-3 mission. Maybe November!

 

I may have to invade Don's observatory! :)



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Posted 24 October 2014 - 07:48 PM

Stacy,

 

Monitor this thread.  There will be another field trip to Morning Calm planned in the near future.  

 

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Posted 28 October 2014 - 11:08 AM

Had a great observing session before going into the classroom with Myron providing outdoor instruction while observing the moon and Albireo.  Myron focused his discussion on lunar characteristics, several constellations, and the "wonders" of binaries.  A field trip to the Morning Calm Observatory is scheduled for 21 November.  The next Astronomy Program session will be held on 17 November at the Culpeper County Library meeting room.

 

Dave


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Posted 06 November 2014 - 07:37 AM

Latest on the next meeting of the Culpeper Astronomy Club in November, Culpeper County Library meeting room.

 

Dave

 

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 10:41 AM

Hi Dave,

 

Currently, I'll be able to make those dates. I'm looking forward to it!



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Posted 06 November 2014 - 04:21 PM

Ok, Stacy.  Good idea to stay away from those rocket launches.  By the way, we did see the ISS pass over from the library parking lot that evening!

 

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 05:32 PM

Indeed! Although if I could have made it that day, it would have been a big disappointment, but a spectacular view of the power of a rocket!



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Posted 12 November 2014 - 01:52 PM

Here are some photos of the C5 that was donated to the Astronomy Program.  After making some repairs, Myron plans to use it as a loaner scope.  Should be fun to use!

 

Dave

 

 

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:20 PM

Nice!

 

Will this be the first loaner scope at the library? I read a detailed article about a group placing telescopes in libraries but can't find it currently. They would modify the scope so that eyepiece couldn't be removed amongst other things to "harden" the scope. I mention as I wonder how you all will handle that aspect of it. You wouldn't want the newly redone scope to go done due to misuse. I'm just musing since I'm bored at work. :)



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Posted 12 November 2014 - 06:47 PM

Nice!

 

Will this be the first loaner scope at the library? I read a detailed article about a group placing telescopes in libraries but can't find it currently. They would modify the scope so that eyepiece couldn't be removed amongst other things to "harden" the scope. I mention as I wonder how you all will handle that aspect of it. You wouldn't want the newly redone scope to go done due to misuse. I'm just musing since I'm bored at work. :)

 

There is a program in New Hampshire at various libraries. Details can be found at the New Hampshire Astronomical Society website. 

 I'm not having any luck posting a valid url


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Posted 13 November 2014 - 08:39 AM

<OT>You have to click the link button to put in a link. It bit me a few times.</OT>

 

Yes, that was it! http://nhastro.com/ltp.php



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Posted 13 November 2014 - 09:02 AM

Interesting program...but this loaner scope is intended for club member use.

 

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