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    Default Neighborhood outreach



    Sunday, I sent out an email to our HOA telling them that clear skies were projected for Monday night and that I would set up my scope on our cul-de-sac. Invited all who wanted, to come out to see Jupiter and Saturn. Clouds moved in Monday afternoon, but skies opened up just in time for my neighbors to have good viewing.
    We had at least 16 people there who saw both Jupiter and Saturn; none except my wife had seen either one through a scope. Even though a couple of streetlights were on, both planets and their moons were very plainly visible through my 10" dob. I am 68 years old and most of the others viewing were older than I am, some in their 80s. Made me grin every time I heard someone say "Oh wow!"
    All in all a really fun night.
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    Default Re: Neighborhood outreach

    Great idea, Ken! I tried that a couple of times at my house. It's a popular neighborhood for people taking walks. I've had the occasional person come up and take a peek, but never more than one or two per night. Oh well. Their loss. I keep trying, though.
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    Sounds like an amazing night, Ken!

    I try setting up in my driveway, but the walkers in the evening quicken their pace little to get past me so I won't try to engage them. Maybe I shouldn't wear the hockey mask...
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    Default Re: Neighborhood outreach

    That is a great idea Ken. Good on you Sir!
    I get a kick out of the pleasure other get when they see the beauty for the first time.
    I hope you have many more opportunities!
    Godspeed.
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    Thats great for sure, you do get the odd look. In fact I'm quiet supprised how many people don't say anything, and walk on past. I'm usually set up in a public place. Maybe I just look like the nutty professor.
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    Nice to see you managed some fun with the neighbours Ken
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    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Sounds like an amazing night, Ken!

    I try setting up in my driveway, but the walkers in the evening quicken their pace little to get past me so I won't try to engage them. Maybe I shouldn't wear the hockey mask...
    People also don't respond well when you point the scope at them and keep saying, "pew, pew"
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    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Sounds like an amazing night, Ken!

    I try setting up in my driveway, but the walkers in the evening quicken their pace little to get past me so I won't try to engage them. Maybe I shouldn't wear the hockey mask...
    ... and you should take off the pirate's eye patch.

    Bryan, thanks for the chuckle,

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    Default Re: Neighborhood outreach

    Hi Ken. Congratulations on your great neighborhood outreach. I don't send out invitations, but when I do get a scope or two outside, most of the folks walking by are either walking a dog, or pushing a baby stroller. However, on occasion, I do have a few that like to take a look. Their reaction when looking through the eyepiece is priceless, so I know how you must have felt. Thanks for your report Ken, and keep up this great outreach work.

    PS. Ken, did you hear about this in Eau Claire, Wis.? What are the odds of this happening?
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    Default Re: Neighborhood outreach

    Nicely done Ken. The good thing about the brighter planets and the moon, they are not bothered in the least by light pollution. So they make fine targets for such outings. Sounds like you had a decent response. I'm a little surprised there weren't some kids though, as they tend to be of a curious nature. Hope you can continue to provide the opportunities for the neighborhood.
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