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    Default Re: Elementary School Outreach attempt



    One of the teachers just sent me a photo she took of our telescopes that evening. In the photo, we're just watching the cloudy skies and hoping for a clear spot, but I thought y'all would like to see the club president's (his back is turned in this photo) homemade 8" ball scope, using a 5-gallon bucket mount. Very cool!

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    Cool! Man, it's a lot greener down there right now than it is here. Difference in latitude I suppose.
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    It's practically full-on summer here now. Last night, the wife and I were watering some plants in our front garden, so I turned on the garage lights. Pretty soon, I start hearing something banging against the garage doors. It was dozens of June bugs (March bugs?), attracted to the lights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starlogborg View Post
    It's practically full-on summer here now. Last night, the wife and I were watering some plants in our front garden, so I turned on the garage lights. Pretty soon, I start hearing something banging against the garage doors. It was dozens of June bugs (March bugs?), attracted to the lights.
    Wow!

    Those darn june bugs! They create a hazard out there at night when you are wearing a headlamp. Not uncommon for me to get drilled between the eyes by one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Wow!

    Those darn june bugs! They create a hazard out there at night when you are wearing a headlamp. Not uncommon for me to get drilled between the eyes by one.
    Yep. It's a good thing they have a hard exoskeleton, because they steer like a brick.
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    No good deed goes unpunished, but if you persist, you will outlast and outwit the evil cloud gods. Good effort and excellent thinking to turn to terrestrial targets. I live near an airport, so I can chase the planes when the weather conspires against me. Planespotting also allowed me to justify the move to 100 degree eyepieces. Maybe we should draw up an Urban Below The Horizon Messier List and see how many we can bag in one night.
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    Nicely done ! Our very young Club is working on an Outreach Program for Students. We already assist our State Park with their Monthly Astronomy Night. We are in the process of joining NASA's Night Sky Club to have materials and group project plans. Nice improvisation !
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    Hey Tom,

    Good on ya for having a go. I've had a few outreach nights go south as well from cloud. Nothing to be done other than show your gear and talk to the kids/people. There's a lot of good that can come out of letting the kids drive the conversation. On one occasion we did a night for some 160 Girl Guides plus their minders. We had a clear night, some 10 scopes, and of course my scope wouldn't work... Not to worry. My station became the "Alex's cosmology corner", where I pointed out naked sky objects with a laser and answered any questions they had. OMG! My mind was working overtime to keep up with their questions! It was an extraordinary experience for me this improvising. I managed to pull a rabbit out of the hat that night. The Girls got to see some great stuff through the other scopes, and having someone there just to answer questions that were inspired out of the conversation. It gave those young ladies who had an added interest in astro and science an outlet that just looking through a scope with 20 other kids pressuring you to move one just doesn't do.

    Tom, you've made me think of something else to pack into my kit for these nights - a meteorite or two. One stony and another iron. If it's clouded out, it can be used as a feature piece for conversation. If it's a clear night, it can be left for those last few hangers-on who stay right to the very last moment enjoying a little more scope time as the crowd thins, as an added last moment thrill. I still get a thrill thinking that the piece I have didn't originate from planet Earth! And this alone makes it older than any stone here on planet Earth too!! Awesome,

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    You have some great ideas there, Alex! I love the idea of a Q&A session with someone who didn't bring a scope. The meteorite idea is good, too, although my samples are pretty small and I'd be afraid of dropping one in the dark and losing it.
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    Default Re: Elementary School Outreach attempt

    Tom, your concern about dropping the meteorite is certainly a real one. I might get one that won't be easy to lose in case it is dropped in turf.

    An astro friend of mine is a dentist and has a 20kg meteorite in his surgery: he's not really concerned about a little kid getting itchy fingers to pinch it
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