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#26 waso29

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Posted 17 August 2023 - 12:32 AM

took advantage of clear mild weds nite, i joined a friend for outreach by the lakefront.

on weds, crowds are drawn to lakefront for: navy pier fireworks, jazzin' at the shedd and free admission to adler planetarium.

and now, saturn rising.

 

we had a dob and refractor to showcase the crowd pleaser.

never gets old hearing new generation of folks seeing it for the first time thru a telescope.

some folks with keen eye were impressed to see titan from the city.

can't wait to add jupiter in the mix.

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Posted 20 August 2023 - 12:23 AM

i was pleasantly surprised to receive new portable mount today from usps.
with nice forecast, i took it out for a spin.
 
went over to harrison park in pilsen to join chicago astronomer for outreach.
there were 2 big cats and 2 fracts to showcase luna, saturn and summer triangle of stars.
always great coming to this inner city neighborhood park:  nice open space, low buildings around and very friendly folks.
one nice neighbor brought refreshments for guests.
another neighbor brought out a new scope, looking for advice.
 
the mount i received worked well.
folks were invited to help locate luna and saturn by using finderscope and manually slewing the scope.
 
also enjoyed comparing orientation of titan between the various scopes, talk shop, discuss plans for upcoming eclipses.
in general, being in the company of new and old friends.

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Posted 21 August 2023 - 11:30 PM

two friends joined me for a little dinner and outreach tonite, before the heat wave hits chicago.

the public square has terrible light pollution, but as urban dwelling astronomers, we persevere.

majority of city folks that stop by have never looked through a telescope.

we also had a chance to test new equipment.  win-win for all.

 

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Posted 28 August 2023 - 12:09 AM

three friends and i took advantage of autumn-like temps tonite to showcase waxing gibbous luna and saturn opposition.

we had 2 maks, a fract and 15x70 binos for tonite.

 

sadly many folks had difficult time finding saturn with naked eye in the public square, surrounded with excess lighting.

many urban dwellers had no idea saturn was visible from inner city.

might be lost cause for chicago, hopefully some visitors from smaller towns will understand the plight.

 

look forward to blue moon later this week.

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Posted 31 August 2023 - 12:42 AM

double-header outreach for super blue luna.

started with joining chicago astronomer at northerly island.

great to see families come out with their blankets, chairs and scopes, to enjoy the views.

there were also 2 big cats to showcase luna rising.

 

later in the evening, i biked a thousand yards over to adler's doane observatory to join several friends for more outreach.

the gusty unseasonably cool winds did not keep visitors away.

by end of night, over 300 guests viewed thru our scopes.

having saturn so close to luna was a treat for folks.

 

time for a little rest for labor day weekend.

 

 

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Posted 02 September 2023 - 12:43 AM

clear skies allowed me to do outreach for 3rd straight nite.

great meeting and chatting with folks of different walks of life.

 

several were very happy to see their favorite planet. 

some couldn't believe their eyes, claiming it was fake, like an emoji or sticker.

others couldn't get enough and enjoyed savoring the view of the planet drifting thru wide 82 degree eyepiece.

while others teamed up to steady themselves to record a piece of luna.

 

another nice night of sharing, and enjoying the views for myself.

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Posted 03 September 2023 - 11:31 PM

another clear summery night.

few curious folks were wondering what i was observing.

i pointed out to them a bright dot just above the sea of led street lights,

and invited them to take a gander thru the scope.

 

folks' eyes widened and jaws dropped when they realized it was the ringed planet.

lotta happy people enjoying saturn tonite.

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Posted 10 September 2023 - 01:13 AM

clear and steady tonite in chicago.

went over to northerly island for little outreach at adler's annual celestial ball.

we had 2 dobs, a small refractor and big cassegrain to showcase stars, clusters and the gas giants.

 

great fundraising event to share the night sky.

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Posted 14 September 2023 - 12:48 AM

on this quiet partly cloudy wednesday night, a friend joined me for outreach outside of adler's observatory.

 

we had laser pointer to help folks trace the constellations/ asterisms like:

big dipper, cassiopeia, summer triangle, cygnus.

 

we brought a pair binoculars.

many folks were not aware of the 2 step focusing with binos.

once focus was achieved, many enjoyed the experience of seeing more stars.

 

we also had a small refractor to showcase the gas giants: saturn and jupiter.

folks enjoyed seeing titan near saturn, and io peeking out of jupiter.

 

another crowd pleaser tonite, was following the very bright ISS cross the sky.

 

with the summer crowd quickly waning, i was able to sneak inside for an iphone se shot of saturn thru adler's 24" planewave cass.

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Posted 22 September 2023 - 11:56 AM

I have to say that I really enjoy following this thread. Your enthusiasm is contagious and I can see it in the faces of the folks in your pictures. Good for you! Maybe someday I can do something similar.
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Posted 23 September 2023 - 11:21 PM

I have to say that I really enjoy following this thread. Your enthusiasm is contagious and I can see it in the faces of the folks in your pictures. Good for you! Maybe someday I can do something similar.

Look forward to your future outreach activities.



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Posted 24 September 2023 - 12:35 AM

Tonite 3 friends joined me for outreach at overlit public square.

We continue to find many folks having never looked through a telescope.

 

Saturn continues to be perennial jaw-dropper.

First quarter luna wasn't too shabby too.

 

Also had fun pushing a "cheapie" scope, a friend picked up for $29.99, as a potential gift for her grandkids.

Some families, interested in getting a starter scope, followed along as i reviewed the scope.

The included photo tripod was barely adequate for low power views with the supplied 20mm kellner.

I mounted the travel scope onto a vixen mini porta clone mount, allowing finer adjustments for high powered views.

The included aperture mask further dampened the chromatic aberration.

Bumped up magnification with 9mm eyepiece.

Folks were impressed with the sharp luna and "baby" saturn views, myself included.

 

As we were leaving, Jupiter teased us by peeking above the buildings and trees.

 

Onward to mid-autumn fest.

 

 

 

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Posted 29 September 2023 - 11:54 PM

Updated forecast for Saturday Sept 30th, looking really good.

 

Come join us as we celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋節 in heart of Chicago at Chinatown Square.

Get your mooncakes, watch talent acts and catch a movie with the family.

 

We will have telescopes showcasing: luna, saturn, jupiter 

 

Link to event flyer:

https://ceochicago.w...n-festival-2023

 

 

 

 

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Posted 01 October 2023 - 01:55 AM

it was an epic mid-autumn festival outreach.

great to see families, friends, strangers come together to celebrate the moon, and then some.

 

i am truly grateful to my friends for sharing the night sky.

we had 9 members of several groups come together:

adler planetarium scope volunteers,

members of chicago astronomer group, 

chicago astronomical society,

and fox valley astronomical society.

 

even with 8 scopes and binoculars, we were busy showcasing luna, saturn and jupiter from sunset til almost midnite.

 

time for some rest.

 

onward to partial solar eclipse.

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Posted 01 October 2023 - 11:25 AM

a few more pics

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Posted 01 October 2023 - 03:51 PM

The smiling faces say all that’s needed.


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Posted 20 October 2023 - 11:37 PM

took advantage of clear autumn nite for outreach.

joined two friends at a new suburban location with cluster of restaurants.

a manager of local restaurant made signs pointing customers to our viewing area.

folks took full advantage of viewing luna and the gas giants.

 

a teacher stopped by, and looks forward to having her students at our future outreach events.

good eats, good folks and plenty of parking; a nice change from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

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Posted 23 October 2023 - 12:37 AM

alas, saturday clouded out for IOMN.

two friends joined me tonite to make it up at public square, serving all walks of life.

setup a scope, and the curious will come.

 

folks were able to experience viewing the moon thru a reflector and a refractor, and thru different magnifications.

threw in two gas giants for good measure.

it was also nice hearing how the moon and gas giants are pronounced in different languages.

 

hoping more viewing opportunities before winter comes.

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Posted 23 October 2023 - 11:47 PM

third clear night in chicago area for lunatics.

due to gusty warm southern winds, i biked over to the square with small refractor.

used a 7mm superwide eyepiece to provide comfortable magnification of 100x and more viewing time.

 

vietnamese family visiting from MN was pleasantly surprised with sharpness and image scale of sao Thổ and mặt trăng.

 

also had interesting discussion with person inclined to flat earth theory.

 

finally met fellow cloudynights member, who looks forward to joining urban outreach in near future. 

 

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Posted 30 October 2023 - 10:36 PM

took advantage of a very clear but unseasonably cold night of outreach.

a fellow cloudynights member joined me for first outreach in chinatown square.

we were pleasantly surprised the cold did not keep the curious indoors on a Monday nite.

 

with only 2 scopes, we were busy showcasing luna and the gas giants.

"oohh's and ahhh's" never get old.

 

look forward to seeing more members' outreach events in the future.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 31 October 2023 - 07:30 AM

Thanks for showing us the people of Chicago and for your part in making it the great place it is.


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Posted 10 November 2023 - 04:45 PM

with kids out of school today, families visited the museum campus.

joined 3 friends for solar outreach at telescope terrace by adler planetarium.

many folks visiting chicago also stopped by to take a gander of our star.

 

we had 6in dob with white light filter, and two H-alpha scopes: 35mm and 90mm.

many enjoyed viewing nice sun spot grouping and various prominences around the sun.

 

weekend forecast promises more opportunites for viewing.

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Posted 11 November 2023 - 06:28 PM

on this veterans day, i joined 6 friends for great solar outreach by the lake.

we had 6 scopes for folks to see the sun in various ways:

reflex camera lens and portable tabletop dob were used as solar projectors to show macro view of the sun.

2 dobs with white light filters [one glass, one mylar] to show magnified views of the sunspots.

finally, single stacked 35mm and double stacked 90mm H-alpha scopes for proms, plages and filaments viewing.

 

we also discussed the upcoming great eclipse and the recent northern lights.

 

hope to take advantage of upcoming warmup for more observing.

 

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Posted 16 November 2023 - 01:50 AM

i joined 10 friends tonite for outreach by the lakefront.

unseasonable warmth brought many folks out to enjoy the clear night sky.

we had 8" and 9.25" cats, 6" dob, 10" newt on eq mount and astronomics nifty-fifty.

 

in addition to the gas giants, folks enjoyed pleiades and double open clusters, binaries and great orion nebula.

also used a laser pointer to help folks identify constellations: cassiopeia, perseus, andromeda, auriga, taurus, gemini and orion

and to point out the objects the scopes were viewing.

 

just before closing, i snuck into the planetarium's 24" dk cass to take a snapshot of jove with old iphone se.

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Posted 18 November 2023 - 01:24 AM

i brought out my extended 60mm refractor at f/20 to show folks luna.

later in the evening, fellow cloudynights member drove cross town to join me.

 

to aid high powered planetary views, he used eq platform for his 8in dob.

many folks were amazed we were able to see planets in the overly lit public square.

some lucky folks were able to see red spot early in the evening.

 

with luna waxing and clear nights ahead, hoping we can get 3 scopes out for folks to enjoy soon.

 

 

 

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