Out of respect to everyone at Cloudy Nights I want to be clear that this is NOT an endorsement of a political candidate!
The US Representative for NY-14 attended a Nature Day event in her district in Pelham Bay Park on Saturday, where the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York was invited to provide scopes for solar viewing. I was delighted to have the Congresswoman view through my Questar:
As you can see, for solar viewing I've got a DayStar Combo Quark (chromosphere model mounted in the EP port) and the DayStar ERF over the end of the dewshield. Hey if someone at Questar ever gives me a hat I'll wear that but my Televue cap does go along with the TV Plossl that Rep Ocasio-Cortez is peering through (DayStar actually recommends this EP for best contrast with the Quark). My Questar is a 50th that I picked up in New Hope in 2012.
Conditions were good for H-alpha viewing -- there was a modest prominence that came and went with the high clouds and haze; AOC was among about half of the folks who did get to see it.
I was especially pleased that the Congresswoman asked me about the equipment because it gave me a chance to tell her a few things about the three great US manufacturers responsible -- Questar, DayStar, and Televue (here in NYC we have particular pride for Al Nagler who grew up in the city and who still participates in some of our outreach events).
This photo was taken by AAA.org's Stan Honda, btw (Stan has at least 7 APOD's so he knows how to photograph stars...)
As I mentioned this is NOT a political blog so nobody wants to hear what you think of the congresswoman, even if you're in NY-14. But if you are in NY-14 (or anywhere else near the city) and reading this please come out to AAA.org Starfest in Central Park next Saturday night, September 7th, 7-10 pm in the Sheep Meadow!
Edited by mtr1, 02 September 2019 - 01:10 AM.