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#1 Dave Mitsky

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Posted 02 November 2019 - 10:13 PM

A severe thunderstorm swept through my region on Thursday night so trick-or-treating was postponed to tonight in my township.  As in years past, I set up my "quick look" 6" f/8 Orion SkyQuest XT6 Dob in my driveway to give the kids a chance to see the 5.6-day-old Moon close-up..

 

Craters Theophilus, Cyrillus, Catharina were prominent on the terminator and Gutenberg (the Lobster Claw) could still be seen.  Later on, I trained the scope alternately on Jupiter low in the southwest and Saturn.  This time around I employed 28mm Edmund Scientific RKE (43x) and 8mm TMB Planetary (150x) eyepieces.  

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Posted 02 November 2019 - 10:14 PM

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 12:34 AM

wink.gif We also set up our scope in the front yard with a big bowl of candy for the trick-or-treaters. Great views of Jupiter, Saturn and the crescent moon. Perfect weather.

No one appeared. Everyone went to the very posh town up the road instead of the local 'hood! Better treats there, I guess.

 


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Posted 03 November 2019 - 09:18 PM

We had between twenty to thirty kids this year.  Some of their costumes were very good indeed.



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Posted 07 November 2019 - 04:47 PM

I wanted to do something similar, but the festivities were not postponed where I live and so there was some light rain. 



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Posted 09 November 2019 - 01:09 AM

This was our first year to try this. Loved it! We kept the 5" on the moon and showed Saturn and Jupiter with the 12". The turnout was fairly light, but their interest and enthusiasm made it all worthwhile.


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Posted 11 November 2019 - 11:25 PM

This was my 3rd year of setting up in the driveway with my XT8.  I started mostly to keep the dog from barking with every ring of the doorbell (and to give my elementary school teacher wife a respite).  We probably had close to 100 kids this year.  Most were excited to see Saturn and the moon.  I agree with Zwick - the enthusiasm made it worthwhile.

 

I find it fascinating that parents will hang back at the street while the kids come to see the scope, just like regular trick-or-treating.  I had to prompt them (parents) to come up by saying this was for "kids of all ages".  It's amazing how many parents were just as excited, if not more so, than the kids.  I even got one "this is the best house ever!".cool.gif

 

They get a two-fer...Eye candy and yummy candy.


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Posted 11 November 2019 - 11:47 PM

Many were so excited at the views, we had to remind them there was candy too as they were about to leave.


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Posted 11 November 2019 - 11:55 PM

Many were so excited at the views, we had to remind them there was candy too as they were about to leave.

Ditto!  



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Posted 12 November 2019 - 09:47 AM

I'm interested if others followed the Astronomy theme on candy choices. Others had mentioned Starbursts and Milky Way bars. We got those along with Atomic Fire Balls as we thought those fit the theme as well.



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Posted 12 November 2019 - 10:00 AM

I'm interested if others followed the Astronomy theme on candy choices. Others had mentioned Starbursts and Milky Way bars. We got those along with Atomic Fire Balls as we thought those fit the theme as well.

Dark chocolate for black holes?



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Posted 12 November 2019 - 01:58 PM

I'm interested if others followed the Astronomy theme on candy choices. Others had mentioned Starbursts and Milky Way bars. We got those along with Atomic Fire Balls as we thought those fit the theme as well.

Not that it means much anymore but didn't we sign a treaty outlawing atomic weapons in space?

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 03:15 PM

Not that it means much anymore but didn't we sign a treaty outlawing atomic weapons in space?

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But what are stars? Are they not atomic fire balls?


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Posted 12 November 2019 - 05:28 PM

But what are stars? Are they not atomic fire balls?

Yes, but they haven't been weaponized. When they explode it is an "Act of God".lol.gif

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 09:28 AM

I was able to do this last year, and it was a blast. I wish the weather would have cooperated this time around. Oh well, there's always next year!



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Posted 22 February 2020 - 12:08 PM

I setup my 8" SCT in front of my house as well.  It was a last minute idea but it was a hit with the kids in my community....and most of the adults as well.  I like the idea of astronomy themed candy (starbursts, mars bars etc.) I may try that this year.




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