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#51 waso29

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Posted 19 November 2023 - 01:44 AM

another clear night with waxing moon, another chance for outreach.
two friends joined me tonite.
 
we had binoculars for folks to experience seeing the moon closer with two eyes.  some pleasantly surprised to see earthshine.
 
and for the new gen's obsession with soc media, a friend 3D printed a smartphone platform to aid in "lunapixin" thru a portable 90mm mak.  he also 3D printed an equatorial wedge for his alt az mount to ease tracking.
 
to enable more comfortable views with longer eye relief eyepieces, we had refractor at f/12.
i selfishly kept views on the perennial jaw-dropping saturn.  never gets old seeing folks of all ages eyes-widen, as they realize the "fake" looking object is real.
 
with temps forecasted to take a dive, and the clouds begin to dominate, outreach opportunities drop drastically for balance of year shrug.gif

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Edited by waso29, 19 November 2023 - 02:56 AM.

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Posted 30 November 2023 - 01:45 AM

I joined 3 friends for outreach on rare clear night in late November.

To block the cold brisk southwest winds, we setup a dob and refractor behind the Doane Observatory's large cassegrain.

 

Many lucky folks were able to spot Io transit and red spot early in the evening.

The moon rising above the lake also attracted quite a crowd.

The small refractor was tracking on various objects: subaru cluster, luna and a star nursery, nestled in Orion's sword.

Use of ultrablock filter helped increase contrast of the nebula.

Folks also enjoyed fleeting saturn and closeup views of luna through the dob.

 

The two setups were, not only quick to setup, but quick to teardown, especially on cold nights.

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Posted 03 December 2023 - 05:32 PM

Curious what the sign says

 

 

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Posted 18 December 2023 - 11:37 PM

Curious what the sign says

an invitation to view through the telescopes.



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Posted 18 December 2023 - 11:54 PM

Navy Pier invited us to bring our telescopes/ binoculars to showcase the night sky to visitors.

https://navypier.org...ers/2023-12-16/

 

We lucked out tonite as the skies finally cleared up for luna, saturn and jupiter.

We were offered to setup near live music and restaurants.

A nice continuous flow of folks viewed through our 4 telescopes and binoculars.

 

Hope December skies allow us another chance.

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Posted 21 December 2023 - 12:09 AM

A rare clear mild December night in Chicago.

 

Five friends joined me for outreach at the People's Pier.

We had 4 instruments targeting luna:

binos on parallelgram mount, refractor, dob and a mak fitted with smartphone platform for luna imaging.

We also had a refractor and a cat doing gas giant duty.

 

Out-of-towners and locals enjoyed the viewing experience, especially when it is free to the public.

Nice mini star party feel as folks mingled and chatted about the important things in life.

 

Hoping to do more outreach at the pier for the coming year.

 

 

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Posted 21 December 2023 - 01:22 PM

I thoroughly enjoy seeing and reading of your efforts in Chicago. It's now more than 20 years since we last visited the theaters,dining and shopping (remember Shutan?)there. We had a lot of fun but I remember telling my wife that the star gazing would be very disappointing.I never see disappointment in the faces of folks you share here enjoying the stars and scopes,just the opposite.Bravo and well done!


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Posted 21 December 2023 - 07:54 PM

I sure remember Shutan.  I bought my first real telescope, an 80mm celestron short tube refractor, there.

Cheers!


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Posted 28 December 2023 - 12:39 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.

Same! waytogo.gif


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