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#1 Himal Bhandari

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 03:37 PM

Hello Everyone,
We, a group of astronomy enthusiast students, are planning to open a local astronomy club with the motto of helping amateur astronomers and school students. We are making proposal for registration. There are no any astronomy club in our state. So, we are the first one who's doing this in our state.

Will keep you updated soon.


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Posted 25 September 2019 - 04:00 PM

Very cool.  Do you have dark skies close by?  I don't!  


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Posted 26 September 2019 - 02:38 AM

Very cool.  Do you have dark skies close by?  I don't!  

YEs, We do have clear skies. I live at quite high altitude. :)


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#4 Himal Bhandari

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Posted 26 September 2019 - 03:42 AM

This is the logo I have drawn and painted in A1 size paper.

 

Do you have any suggestion for modification of the logo?

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#5 Himal Bhandari

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Posted 26 September 2019 - 03:58 AM

Hi everyone, we are making a proposal, rulebook for the club. We want it to be simple and clear.
Can anyone send me the rulebook of the astronoy club you are engaged to or the ideas?

 

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Posted 26 September 2019 - 07:50 AM

Himal:

 

Hello and :welcome: to Cloudy Nights.

 

Maybe you could tell us more about your club and post some photos. 

 

It sounds like a great project.

 

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Posted 26 September 2019 - 10:33 AM

Chuck hards has sent me a telescope ( Mayflower 814) few months ago. I have kept that scope in the exihibition including the 3d model of eclipse and phases of moon hand made from pieces of woods. During the exihibition, more than 95% ( Total visitors was supposed to be more than 20,000) people have seen the telescope for the first time and most of them were school students. This led me to the feeling of astronomical club in our area. There are no any astronomy club in our state. So, we are the first one who's doing this in our state.

 

Firstly, I discussed the idea of opening a astronomy club with my friends. After I got al the positive responses I have discussed about my plans with seniors, teachers. They all liked my idea.

 

Astronomy is still underrated topic in our country. Students never get chance to get practical knowledge on astronomy. So, our main motto is :

 

1.Visiting schools discussing about telescope and equipments

2.Teaching them the basic things what they should know about astronomy

3.Opening library where students can learn about astronomy.

4.Teaching students about space, rockets, astronomical phenomena.

5.Astronomy outreach in public.

6.Raise awareness about the importance of astronomy,etc


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#8 Himal Bhandari

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Posted 26 September 2019 - 12:01 PM

Here  are the photos of some of the events that we have attended or organized.

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Posted 30 September 2019 - 08:59 AM

This is the logo I have drawn and painted in A1 size paper.

 

Do you have any suggestion for modification of the logo?

I would recommend two changes to the text. The word STUDENT'S should be changed to STUDENTS' to make it plural. The former means "belonging to a student" and the latter means "belonging to students". Such errors in the use of the possessive are very common even to those who have English as a first (or only) language.

 

Also, the last line should not have the word "the" in it, since space is an entity rather than a discrete volume. You could use "Exploring the sky", for example, but "Exploring Space" is correct in English. The use of "the" suggests a specific space, like "the space between two objects". 

 

I like your logo in general! It is good to keep drawings simple on logos so that they could be used at a small size too. Since your focus is on getting groups involved, it might be more in the spirit of your club to instead show several heads around a single scope instead of one observer. It might also be worth deliberately aiming the scope higher in altitude to make clearer that you are not observing terrestrial objects.  These are just the opinions of a man who knows almost nothing of your country and culture.

 

(... just my two paisa worth) 


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Posted 30 September 2019 - 11:28 AM

Just last night Rachel Freed did a very interesting presentation on TAIC on Youtube that may be of interest to you're group. Sounds like her group has resources that my help you guys. Check it out.

https://www.youtube....h?v=k3_KPs96vJ8


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#11 Himal Bhandari

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Posted 01 October 2019 - 03:59 AM

I would recommend two changes to the text. The word STUDENT'S should be changed to STUDENTS' to make it plural. The former means "belonging to a student" and the latter means "belonging to students". Such errors in the use of the possessive are very common even to those who have English as a first (or only) language.

Also, the last line should not have the word "the" in it, since space is an entity rather than a discrete volume. You could use "Exploring the sky", for example, but "Exploring Space" is correct in English. The use of "the" suggests a specific space, like "the space between two objects".

I like your logo in general! It is good to keep drawings simple on logos so that they could be used at a small size too. Since your focus is on getting groups involved, it might be more in the spirit of your club to instead show several heads around a single scope instead of one observer. It might also be worth deliberately aiming the scope higher in altitude to make clearer that you are not observing terrestrial objects. These are just the opinions of a man who knows almost nothing of your country and culture.

(... just my two paisa worth)


Thank you very much. We will correct it and make changes on the logo. :)

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 07:55 AM

Hello Everyone,
We, a group of astronomy enthusiast students, are planning to open a local astronomy club with the motto of helping amateur astronomers and school students. We are making proposal for registration. There are no any astronomy club in our state. So, we are the first one who's doing this in our state.

Will keep you updated soon.

I wish you every success! Looking forward to those updates. smile.gif


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#13 Himal Bhandari

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 01:14 PM

Hi everyone,

 

Its been a while since I posted. I was quite busy. Between these days there have been lots of achievement regardind the astronomical society. Firstly, I met with as many people as possible and collected their ideas and information. I also studied a lot about how to make a society more interactive and effective for all age groups to learn and engage in astronomy. And most important of all, I found astronomy enthusiast friends who are willing to give their time for the society. We made a team (board members) of 9 people and have divided the duty and responsibilities of the society.

 

I personally visited two schools and conducted few public outreach in my locality and shared the knowledge of astronomy. I explained aim, objectives, programs to the students. All students were excited to learn about our society. Everything is going well for now.

 

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Here is the picture of the moon that I took recently.

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#14 Himal Bhandari

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Posted 16 December 2019 - 01:01 PM

Hi everyone,

 

Here is the next logo that we made in photoshop. Do you have any suggestion for improving or editing it?

 

Thanks

Himal :)

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Posted 17 December 2019 - 11:20 AM

Hi everyone,

 

Here is the next logo that we made in photoshop. Do you have any suggestion for improving or editing it?

 

Thanks

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That's a great logo, I wish you the best of luck with your club. If you have the money, and you haven't done this already, I greatly recommend getting a decent sized dob, as they are great for outreach (my club here uses 6-10" dobs constantly for outreach). I'm not sure about your location, but at least here in the US they tend to be quite cheap. 


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Posted 17 December 2019 - 11:24 AM

Also, it's great to see new clubs starting up, most of the ones in my area are quite old. (Mine was established in 1932)


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Posted 22 December 2019 - 02:55 PM

Here we go..  :)

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Posted 26 December 2019 - 08:44 AM

Hi everyone,

 

Today we have organized the program for the observation of solar eclipse. Hopefully we had good weather. We choose the location of our program in front of a library. There was a public holiday. The eclipse started at about 8:47 am and ended at about 11:45 am. The elcipse reached peak at 10:01 am. We had about 200 participants in the program. We viewed the eclipse through the Mayflower 814 using homemade solar filter. The program was successful.

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Posted 26 December 2019 - 09:20 AM

Wonderful! This should help you to prepare for next year's annular (and for you,  nearly 90%) solar eclipse. 

 

I strongly recommend you share the next event using projection methods to make it easier to accommodate large groups. 

 

Possible choices are a projection screen for the refractor itself,  such as a "sun funnel", or a flat mirror on a simple dual axis mount with a really long focus lens to project a large image on a shadowed screen,  or even pinhole boxes for the little ones to use individually. 


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Posted 26 December 2019 - 09:47 AM

Thank you for the suggestion sir. We will definitely try those methods in the next annular eclipse  :)



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Posted 26 December 2019 - 11:40 AM

Looks like a very successful event! I agree with observing the next solar eclipse with the projection method, if you have the money, getting more telescopes for larger outreach events would also help greatly, however your existing scope looks great and will probably work quite well. Good luck with this club and any future events. 


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Posted 10 January 2020 - 12:25 PM

First full moon of 2020 as seen from Nepal just before the moon entering the earth's shadow. Today's lunareclipse is visible from all over the Nepal. 

 

Photographed through mayflower 814 + samrtphone hand held against 25mm eyepiece.

The sky was not clear and the original image of moon was quite blur. So, I had to edit it through Photoscape to bring out the details :)

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 12:50 PM

Cool! Now you just have ro get ready for your hemisphere's annular solar eclipse this June! 

 

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 01:54 PM

Cool! Now you just have ro get ready for your hemisphere's annular solar eclipse this June! 

 

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Sure sir. :)



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Posted 01 February 2020 - 09:34 AM

It has been awhile since we've had an update about our work. Recently, We went on a school visit and conducted the 3 days Astronomy workshop programme for students of grade 1 to 10;

 

On the first day we did solar observing and terrestial viewing through the telescope and discussed about general astronomy. Students jumped in excitement whey they saw for the first time through the telescope. The reactions on students face were precious. We had a amazing experience.

 

On the second day, we had presentations on astronomy and training on building water rockets. At the end of the day we had questionaire and quiz session. They did exceptionally well in the quiz.

 

On the third day we had demonstration of telescopes, water rockets, solar observation,eclipse and moon phase demonstration and lunar observation on the evening. We had many parents visiting on the third day of the programme.

 

Here are the topics that we discussed on the programme:

 

Astronomy and its history

Naked eye observation

Eclipse, moon phases

Telescopes

Solar system:sun, planets (geography), moons,asteroids, dwarf planets,comet,meteors

Exoplanets and transit method in brief

Black holes, Nebula, stars, clusters, galaxy, Light year,Escape velocity,..

Scope in astronomy

Astronomy in Nepal and in world

Various astronomical events... etc

 

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