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#1 waso29

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Posted 26 February 2023 - 12:17 AM

Tonite, joined Chicago Astronomical Society at Cernan Earth and Space Center to start outreach for the year.
A few beginners came for a talk given by Dave Fuller of Eyes on the Sky.
There were several big cats, a couple of fracts and a newt with a mirror once owned by G. Lucas.
Looking forward to more opportunities to share the urban skies with folks of different walks of life.

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Posted 27 February 2023 - 12:33 AM

Another clear, relatively mild night in Chicago.

Four friends joined me for outreach, after enjoying some Chinese cuisine.

Setup and the curious will come..."What are you guys lookin at?"

We had binos, small fracts and big kittie cat showing various objects.

Hoping skies clear for upcoming jove/venus conjuction.

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Posted 01 March 2023 - 11:26 PM

Tonite, took advantage of the mild, mostly clear nite for outreach.

Met up with other astronomers at Adler's sundial to showcase Jove/ Venus conjunction.

Since the planetarium was open at night, there was a nice influx of visitors enjoying the views.

 

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Posted 06 April 2023 - 12:14 AM

Several days of stormy weather finally moved out just in time for Weds nite outreach at local planetarium.

With the "pink" full moon rising, decided to use binoculars tonite.

a buddy and i had 10x50 for folks to handhold, and 15x70 mounted on tripod.

 

many folks never experienced looking at the night sky with binos.

kids and adults were blown away at how much lunar detail is visible thru binos,

especially a large pair providing steady views.

they were also pleasantly surprised to see so many stars from the city with binos.

one guest was able to trace the orion constellation.

 

in our short 2hr session, had over 200 folks 

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Posted 08 April 2023 - 07:40 PM

sunny and mild on April 8th, 2023.  it was also sunny yesterday, and will be for tomorrow.

joined a friend to showcase our closest star with double stacked coronado 90mm.

for many visitors, it is their first time viewing sun thru h-alpha scope.

many were in awe in seeing the solar activity live.

 

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Posted 10 April 2023 - 09:03 AM

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Posted 27 April 2023 - 12:29 AM

i joined several friends for outreach tonite.

we had a dob, several refractors and large cassegrain.

 

i showed folks how to use a scope on alt/az mount.

several kids and the young-at-heart quickly picked up the skill; and was able to hop to venus, mars and luna.

i enjoyed watching as some folks passed on the skill to the next one in line.

many folks enjoyed the experience.

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Posted 04 May 2023 - 11:05 PM

beautiful spring nite in chicago.

a buddy joined me at the lakefront to showcase luna rising and venus setting.

he brought 8in dob, while i biked over with my portable 60mm setup.

with our setups, we were able to quickly relocate from lakefront terrace to the busier sidewalk as the moon rose.

 

this was my first time setting up straight thru viewing for outreach.

folks enjoyed approaching the scope, and comparing naked eye view and scope view.

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Posted 21 May 2023 - 11:55 AM

crossed state lines for outreach at conway observatory open house in lowell, IN.

great to mingle with folks outside of urban settings.

there were several big cats and bigger newts with a sprinkling of refractors.

there were also imagers with wide field setups including new dwarf lab scope.

 

i used a flip mirror for my 8in cass.  had eyepiece on one end, camera with red film on the other.

i would first ask the guest to look thru eyepiece.

and then compare with quick 15-25sec snapshot with camera.

objects shown: day ole luna, venus, m3/ m13 globs, sombrero and whirlpool galaxies.

it was refreshing to see public also enjoy views of dso.

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Posted 23 May 2023 - 12:13 AM

nice summery spring nite to showcase sky.

three friends joined in on the fun.

a friend had 1st star lite thru her 1st refractor too.

folks were amazed to see the alignment of luna, venus and mars from city square lit up like a car dealership.

hoping more nice nites this upcoming holiday weekend.

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Posted 23 May 2023 - 06:06 AM

Tonite, took advantage of the mild, mostly clear nite for outreach.

Met up with other astronomers at Adler's sundial to showcase Jove/ Venus conjunction.

Since the planetarium was open at night, there was a nice influx of visitors enjoying the views.

That first shot has a really fabulous skyline!



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Posted 23 May 2023 - 07:26 AM

That first shot has a really fabulous skyline!

 

i do wish i had an on/ off switch for the lights, though.  maybe rolling blackouts might do the trick in near future.


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Posted 24 May 2023 - 12:25 AM

another beautiful summery spring night in chicago.

i was able to convince fellow astronomer to join me for outreach at public square.

a mini refractor alley to showcase the waxing luna and goddess of love.

we enjoyed sharing the night sky with great mix of folks from around the world:

from down the street, to folks visiting from Thailand, to folks from different parts of country/world reuniting for a graduation. 

 

by the end of night, my friend looks forward to the next outreach session at the square.

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Posted 25 May 2023 - 09:41 PM

another beautiful spring day to share the skies.

an old friend who gave up outreach due to life changes, decided to join me today after work.

brought out 2 scopes to view the sun.

our closest star, with a nice collection of sunspots and proms, did not disappoint.

 

it was also nice to see my friend engage and share his knowledge of astronomy.

he is now tempted to comeback for more outreach in the near future.

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Posted 02 June 2023 - 11:31 PM

a nice summer night for enjoying and sharing.

to avoid taylor swift traffic, i biked over to public square to showcase the near full luna.

i also brought along moon chart showing major features.

folks were asked to orient the map according to what they saw thru scope.

 

many folks also enjoyed capturing shots with their cameras.

 

i was pleasantly surprised to see a few folks who have attended my previous outreach sessions.

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Posted 15 June 2023 - 02:21 PM

Biked over to lakefront to enjoy the summer afternoon.

Found folks from near and far visiting the city.

Curious passerbys got to enjoy the hazy sun thru H-alpha scope.

Many were surprised to actually see prominences thru the tiny scope. 

Hope for more outreach coming weekend.

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Posted 16 June 2023 - 08:56 PM

"clear" skies are still dreadfully smokey/ hazy today.

but that didn't stop folks from enjoying the proms and sunspots.

 

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Posted 21 June 2023 - 10:53 PM

Biked over to Northerly Island, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of America's Courtyard.

Part of the festivities included showcasing sol thru telescopes.

Luckily the smokey skies did not damper the proms and sunspots.

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Posted 10 July 2023 - 10:33 PM

finally a respite from the canadian smoke, two friends joined me today to convert a few into sun worshippers.

one friend brought her brand new portable refractor armed with solar wedge, and solar binos.

another friend brought his portable mak with solar film.

i biked over with portable h-alpha scope and solar glasses.

it allowed folks to observe and enjoy the sun in various ways.

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Posted 20 July 2023 - 12:19 AM

weds nights, adler planetarium offers free admission to local residents.

another plus, their observatory, housing the 24" planewave scope, is open free for all visitors.

 

to take advantage of the crowds, i joined a friend, who volunteers for the planetarium, for a little outreach before it got dark.

he brought his c6 on sv alt/az mount; i had a correct image right angle 8x50 finder on ball head.

we first started with solar viewing.  after the sun went behind the skyline, we had guests scan the skyline,

to help us locate venus and young luna.

we had good time chatting with visitors concerning scopes, why things look upside down, upcoming celestial events, etc.

 

as skies finally got dark, i tore down and went over to adler's observatory and enjoyed their outreach.

i enjoyed seeing the following: M13, M56 globs, ring nebula, blue snowball, blinking planetary.

it was nice to be a recipient for a change.

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Posted 25 July 2023 - 12:43 AM

on this warm humid hazy summer night, four friends joined me at public square for outreach.

it felt like a little star party.  great to mingle and talk shop; share views with different walks of life.

it sure beats doing solo.

can't wait for the gas giants to appear later in the year.

 

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Posted 27 July 2023 - 12:31 AM

forecast predicted clearing skies after a wave of thunderstorms.

biked over to adler to snag a few visitors to convert them to lunatics.

i added a handle to my portable scope to allow folks to freely move the scope around a ball head.

kids and the young at heart enjoyed the challenge of finding the moon for the first time thru a scope.

they also enjoyed a quick gander of the skyline, when clouds temporarily covered luna.

the night ended with saturn teasing us with its "ears"

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Posted 31 July 2023 - 01:10 AM

Beautiful clear and mild summer night to share the skies.
Five friends joined me for outreach.
We had 5 scopes: 80ed refractor, mak90, 8x50 finder, xt6 and xt10g dobs.
 
Kids and the young-at-heart were given a chance to locate objects in the sky with the finder mounted on ball head, with minimal supervision.
A camera platform was attached to the mak90, allowing folks to grab snapshots of luna with their own phone.
The 80ed provided sharp wide views of luna.
The two dobs provided magnified views, highlighting regions of luna.
On the xt6 dob, folks were shown how to adjust scope to keep views centered, and pass instructions to the next viewer.
Having a nice size crew allowed all to comfortably enjoy the outreach experience.
 
Folks with deeper interests for astronomy lingered to chat, savor the views.
A few die hard ones stayed until Saturn was visible thru the scopes.

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Posted 01 August 2023 - 12:36 AM

Third straight summer nite of outreach.

A friend, who missed the great weekend gathering, asked me join for another nite of sharing.

We set up a little refractor alley along area with more foot traffic.

We had 60mm with RACI and 150mm refractor; allowing families to compare views, discuss magnification and the affects of smoke.

 

Look forward to showing saturn rising to folks later in the week.

 

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Posted 13 August 2023 - 03:57 PM

crossed state lines for outreach at conway observatory's open house in lowell, IN.

it was one of the best events i can remember.

great combination of dark skies about hour outside inner city, great mix of folks, scopes and objects to observe/ discuss.

 

evening started with polarizing appearance of starlink train, racing thru big dipper and cutting across cygnus.

attention quickly shifted to showcasing the odd looking saturn, the planet with "ears" and the wonders of milky way.

with jupiter rising, came more oohhs and ahhs as long smokey perseids streaked across the big sky.

 

over 100 cars jammed the small area around the observatory.

nice crew with big fracts, cats and dobs kept the folks entertained throughout the nite.

 

 

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