Although I agree with DLuders idea about the ability a video display to accommodate more people in a short amount of time I also think that you may not get a big rush of this people this time. As you mentioned, this transit is different from the total solar eclipse. School is in session and this event is not as big a deal as a total solar eclipse. During similar daytime outreach events, I encountered small batches of kids across an extended period of time as the teachers scheduled their classes through the science enrichment activity. In one case, the number of class-sized batches grew during the day as teachers heard about the solar filter equipped telescope and asked if their classes could participate.
Are you tempted to setup both telescopes? If not, I am going to vote for the C8 plus Thousand Oaks glass filter. Despite the advantages of video I still prefer it when children get the tactile technical thrill of looking through a real scientific instrument.
Here is a suggestion that I plan to use during my next daytime outreach session. If you have the time and inclination perhaps you should bring some low-tech props. Although we both understand that your telescopes are the ultimate props and setting them up and operating them will take up much of your time and attention my idea won’t distract you and it could make your tasks easier and more effective.
Make, take, and display some posters! If you devote a day or two to organizing or locating some basic information about transits, telescopes, and or the Sun then a trip to a local printer could make explaining things simpler and less repetitive. Have the print shop mount your poster(s) to make it (them) rigid. Purchase some inexpensive easels from Amazon (I already have mine) and you could display your posters where students and teachers could view them. I predict that the teachers would intuitively direct children’s attention to your posters as the queue edged toward your telescope. Ideally, some kids would beat their teachers to the punch by explaining the science and equipment to their classmates before the busy teachers even had time to read the posters.
Edited by Celerondon, 16 September 2019 - 01:55 AM.