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#1 mwr

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Posted 01 January 2024 - 11:20 AM

Some fully functional and reasonably priced models for outreach:

 

The Desktop Planetarium:

 

https://www.astromed...top-Planetarium

 

 

The Copernican Orrery:

 

https://www.astromed...pernican-Orrery

 

 

Kepler's Mysterium Cosmographicum 

 


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#2 Don25

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Posted 02 January 2024 - 08:01 AM

Nice!



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Posted 04 January 2024 - 12:14 AM

It's enough of a chore to explain to people how to use the scope and interpret what they hopefully see. Explaining a model of tech from antiquity? How's that fit the mission?

 

Maybe a nice toy for astro buffs but not for any outreach I've done.



#4 No N in collimation

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Posted 15 January 2024 - 11:58 PM

Do you have a link for Kepler's Mysterium Cosmographicum?

 

I have and use this and this and this. 

 

 

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#5 No N in collimation

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Posted 16 January 2024 - 12:00 AM

Maybe a nice toy for astro buffs but not for any outreach I've done.

 

Different strokes for different folks. I never go out without some sort of visual aid. 



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Posted 06 February 2024 - 02:56 PM

Are there any orreries where all the planets are flat? smirk.gif  



#7 kfiscus

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Posted 10 February 2024 - 09:30 PM

I enjoyed the meme below.

 

But seriously, I have a useful 2D model that helps people understand the true scale of the Sun-Earth-Moon system.  I occasionally use it for solar viewing and moon viewing with the public.  The model is just a large, double-layer, corrugated cardboard circle that is cut out and painted yellow.  The scale I use is 1 mm = 1,000 miles.  The sun disk is 86.5 cm in diameter.  I added a 7.9 mm diameter black circle to represent Earth and a 2.2 mm diameter dot for the moon.  The two black dots are separated by 24 cm for the average Earth-Moon distance.  If I'm teaching a group, I'll have a volunteer walk 93 meters away from us while holding the yellow Sun disk.  The disk will appear the size we Earthlings see the Sun.

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