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#1 waso29

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Posted 13 February 2024 - 10:41 PM

Nice night to celebrate Mardi Gras with luna closing in on jove.

Two friends joined me for some dinner and a little outreach at public square.

We had no signs out, just a scope and binoculars.  And yet, the curious will come and ask for a gander.

A nice start to the new year.

 

Looking forward to more outreach this coming weekend with chicago's oldest astronomical society.

 

 

 

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Posted 13 February 2024 - 11:06 PM

Excellent! People love seeing the Moon and Jupiter.


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Posted 13 February 2024 - 11:20 PM

   Sidewalk astronomy at it's very best. Right on!


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Posted 19 February 2024 - 10:11 PM

Unusually mild February weather allowed me to attend double header outreach.

 

Started the day by joining two friends at the telescope terrace at adler for some solar.

I also wanted to practice with my eclipse setup.

 

Was quite surprised most visitors were unaware of the upcoming totality. 

Directed them toward the planetarium for more information, and a place to buy solar viewers.

 

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Posted 19 February 2024 - 10:26 PM

After a good chinese dinner, friends and members of chicago astronomical society joined me for outreach at public square.

 

Mild winter weather on president's day, brought out the public.

Luckily tonite, we had 5 telescopes for folks to enjoy.

 

Folks also enjoyed seeing with naked eye the twinkling star, sirius versus the steady "fake star" jupiter.

 

Looking forward to more opportunities around town.

Also looking forward to seeing other CNers outreach ventures for this year of the dragon.

 

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Posted 20 February 2024 - 11:16 PM

Another clear and mild nite for outreach.

 

Last nite, Luke, a 13yr old stargazer, expressed interest in bringing out his scope to share.

He joined us tonite for a small refractor outreach alley.

Great to see his enthusiasm and knowledge, especially the jaxa slim luna mission.

 

Also met a new fellow stargazer who expressed interest in outreach in near future.

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Posted 22 February 2024 - 11:40 PM

To celebrate the landing of IM-1 odie, a retired teacher and i setup scopes to view luna on this mild winter night.

Pleasant night discussing lunar missions, sky phenomena and the upcoming eclipse.

Many folks enjoyed the high contrast views and taking snapshots of luna.

 

We also had a chance to test new equipment.

 

Looking forward to outreach in spring.

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Posted 17 March 2024 - 12:03 PM

Can anyone add to this thread, waso29? We had big crowds here last night. The moon, Jupiter, and Uranus. 

 

 

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Posted 29 March 2024 - 09:03 PM

three friends joined me for solar outreach at navy pier on this good friday.

the pier was packed with families and visitors around the world celebrating spring break and easter holiday.

great opportunity to share info on the upcoming eclipse.

 

we had a full spectrum of items for folks to safely observe the sun:

-solar viewers/ solar glasses

-a solar projection device

-solar binoculars

-a small refractor for wide field white light

-a cat for high powered white light

-an h-alpha scope

 

we lucked out with mostly sunny skies as the last forecast was for mostly cloudy skies.

folks were able to easily view the large sunspot cluster, edging ever closer toward limb,

they also saw a large oak tree like prom.

 

look forward to more outreach at the pier this year.

 

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Posted 30 March 2024 - 06:34 PM

lucked out again today, forecast was mostly cloudy, but the sun broke through for us.

two friends quickly joined me for more solar eclipse awareness outreach at the pier.

 

brought out a new setup that allowed visitors to use their own camera phones to image the sun.

had a baader film filter that clipped over the camera lens, and a sol finder for aiming.

 

the large sunspot cluster was still visible today. 

using zoom eyepieces allowed us to quickly provide low to high magnifications of the spots.

 

folks also enjoyed checking out the path of totality map relative to where they live.

 

look forward to outreach at night.

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