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#1 Spacefreak1974

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 09:16 AM

What are your thoughts on using Facebook Live at astronomy outreach events? I'd love to hear your experience  and if it helped to drive folks to your outreach events.

 

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 10:03 PM

Daytime outreach events?



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Posted 01 April 2019 - 12:10 AM

Listening in.   Have no idea what Facebook live is. 



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Posted 01 April 2019 - 07:23 AM

Would like to know what you mean.

Honestly the short description means close to nothing to me.

Is this you being live on facebook or you using a facebook feed at the outreach?

 

If either then:

If you being live on Facebook I would worry that you are more interested in being on Facebook and so the outreach would take second place.

If you were to be displaying Facebook feeds at the outreach then personally I would go home. My reason being why would I want to go to an outreach event to look at Facebook.


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Posted 01 April 2019 - 07:36 AM

Just FYI for those that may not have heard of Facebook Live:

 

https://live.fb.com/



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Posted 01 April 2019 - 09:53 AM

Basically when you go on Facebook there’s a thing that says “Live” under the area where you’d normally type something. It lets you essentially broadcast live and talk. I envisioned walking around and interviewing attendees to outreach events either when it’s still light out or if possible if the video work work slightly at night might be cool. After going live is done it saves the “broadcast” as a video on a post that would say “Jon Thomas was Live”


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Posted 03 April 2019 - 02:26 PM

Basically when you go on Facebook there’s a thing that says “Live” under the area where you’d normally type something. It lets you essentially broadcast live and talk. I envisioned walking around and interviewing attendees to outreach events either when it’s still light out or if possible if the video work work slightly at night might be cool. After going live is done it saves the “broadcast” as a video on a post that would say “Jon Thomas was Live”

 

I've done facebook live numerous times while I'm out observing by myself.  It gives people a chance to see what I'm looking at. Generally I'll place the phone up the eyepiece to show the Moon and the planets.

 

On occasion those viewing the live stream got really good views of Jupiter and Saturn.

 

 

I think it could work well at an outreach event.


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Posted 03 April 2019 - 02:47 PM

I've done facebook live numerous times while I'm out observing by myself.  It gives people a chance to see what I'm looking at. Generally I'll place the phone up the eyepiece to show the Moon and the planets.

 

On occasion those viewing the live stream got really good views of Jupiter and Saturn.

 

 

I think it could work well at an outreach event.

I think so as well. I know Scott Roberts with Explore Scientific uses Facebook Live a lot. He's been giving me some pointers. I also read where Apple has some night vision camera apps that I might try. I may just use my red headlight to illuminate what i'm looking at in terms of folk's faces and equipment. It's dim enough (Black Diamond ReVolt *pretty much the only not designed for astronomy red light that is dim enough for astronomy). The first outreach event i'm coordinating is next month so I hope to give it a go then.


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Posted 11 June 2019 - 07:13 AM

Check out Deep Sky Dude on FB he has just started doing FB live broadcast's. Lately has done the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn and is going to be attempting some DSO's soon.Keep n eye out and Clear Skies.


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Posted 11 June 2019 - 07:28 AM

Check out Deep Sky Dude on FB he has just started doing FB live broadcast's. Lately has done the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn and is going to be attempting some DSO's soon.Keep n eye out and Clear Skies.

Yes. He does great at Live outreach in my mind. Seems to interact well and answer questions best he can to every question given to him as well. 


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Posted 12 June 2019 - 12:01 PM

Would like to know what you mean.

Honestly the short description means close to nothing to me.

Is this you being live on facebook or you using a facebook feed at the outreach?

 

If either then:

If you being live on Facebook I would worry that you are more interested in being on Facebook and so the outreach would take second place.

If you were to be displaying Facebook feeds at the outreach then personally I would go home. My reason being why would I want to go to an outreach event to look at Facebook.

^ This.



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Posted 13 June 2019 - 02:53 PM

Thanks for the mention Ken and Jon D!

 

In my mind a Facebook live stream done at a local outreach star party should be short and be about bringing more locals out to the event. People would get bored if all you did was talk to a screen all night. But it does have its place. At my club's outreach events I will often do a live cast to our club's facebook page and try to let people know how long we will be out with scopes, etc. It's a powerful tool.

 

I use Facebook live as its own sort of outreach platform. I'll set up my stuff at home in the front yard, broadcast the Moon or something bright and let people come and go as they please online. Some people don't have the means or opportunity to get to a location with astronomers with scopes so the internet can help them see into a world they never could before. With different time zones all around the globe, it really doesn't matter when you broadcast, you'll get people watching. The trick is, just like outreach in person, keeping them interested and engaged. That's a tough one and I'm still working on that myself. The Facebook avenue is a great one if you use it right and you have the potential to reach way more interested people than you may have thought. It seems to me that lately more and more people are tuning in to astronomy and more people seem curious than a few years ago. It could be the commercial space race, NASA going back to deep space, etc. Who knows?


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Posted 19 June 2019 - 11:41 AM

Thanks for the mention Ken and Jon D!

 

In my mind a Facebook live stream done at a local outreach star party should be short and be about bringing more locals out to the event. People would get bored if all you did was talk to a screen all night. But it does have its place. At my club's outreach events I will often do a live cast to our club's facebook page and try to let people know how long we will be out with scopes, etc. It's a powerful tool.

 

I use Facebook live as its own sort of outreach platform. I'll set up my stuff at home in the front yard, broadcast the Moon or something bright and let people come and go as they please online. Some people don't have the means or opportunity to get to a location with astronomers with scopes so the internet can help them see into a world they never could before. With different time zones all around the globe, it really doesn't matter when you broadcast, you'll get people watching. The trick is, just like outreach in person, keeping them interested and engaged. That's a tough one and I'm still working on that myself. The Facebook avenue is a great one if you use it right and you have the potential to reach way more interested people than you may have thought. It seems to me that lately more and more people are tuning in to astronomy and more people seem curious than a few years ago. It could be the commercial space race, NASA going back to deep space, etc. Who knows?

Exactly what I was after

The outreach event I coordinate monthly has a half hr presentation inside and then scope viewing outside after it. Facebook live would not be done for the presentation, but rather it would be done prior to the presentation as a "come on out to XXXX Park and join us for a brief presentation followed by an opportunity to look through telescopes". I envisioned walking around the observing field outside the nature center (where the observing would be) and show viewers some of the early setups. I might interview one club member quickly to ask what outreach means to them, etc. This is mainly like a plug to get folks to the event and not about providing the content.

 

Our club has a facebook page we use primarily for outreach to non members, so i'd basically go to the club's facebook page and hit the live button. It would only be a less than 5 minute thing

Jon


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Posted 19 June 2019 - 12:06 PM

Thank you for this idea and info.  I think we'll try this for our nature center's public observing nights when looking at the moon and planets.  I'll have to see how bright and distracting screen time will be before doing anything like this for DSO nights.


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