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Post by -=CROMAN=- on Oct 18, 2011 13:25:24 GMT -6
I am scheduling another star paty with St. Charles Discovery Center on Jan 13th with a bad weather date of Jan 20th. This will be an indoor / outdoor event.
We will be utilizing the conference room to view a wireless live video feed from one of the scopes outside. This will be a family event with themed activities for the kids and a workshop for the adults. This event will tentatively go from 7pm until 9pm for the kids and 9pm - ?? for the harcore people.
If any CA can make either of the dates that would be cool.
Last Edit: Oct 18, 2011 13:26:12 GMT -6 by -=CROMAN=-
Post by -=CROMAN=- on Oct 19, 2011 16:22:16 GMT -6
Robb... Multiple scopes will be in action. I just meant that we would have at least one scope with a video feed. I'll be setting up a wireless LAN there so we can have multiple cameras! I'm looking at a new goto scope and cam setup now. I have a couple of months to get my setup together.
Eric.. The park district is going to run a big promo for this event and the subject directions has been brought up. =) I have the same digital level as you do. If they really freeze up we will have to summon the powers of Bill and access his neurons remotely.
Patrick... if the first day gets weathered out there is always the next weekend. ( you cant escape )
The sky was pretty good last night. We were at Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve near Elburn and it is a slightly darker site than Hickory Knolls, but there are more trees so you have to wait for things to get higher in the sky.
I showed them the Big Dipper and how to find Polaris. Every one there, including the adults, pretty much pointed at Jupiter when I asked if they new where the north star was.
We spent some time on Jupiter. One boy wanted to zoom in so he could "see the lava".
We looked at Andromeda, which impressed the adults more than the kids.
We missed Mercury and Venus due to the trees.
I was hoping to show them the Pleiades, but by the time the rose above the trees, a haze had rolled in and they faded from view. Jupiter had a halo of sorts for a while.
Then I lost my audience to the siren call of a campfire and marshmallows.
Oh and before Joe jumps on me for not having pictures, I have this one.
You can see the new shroud that I made yesterday morning. I used some black electrical tape to hold it on. I plan on adding some velcro strips to hold it on.
It is made from a rubber sheet that I got at American Science and Surplus. I cut it to size and added cut outs to fit around some of the hardware. It actually runs under the focuser mount and there is a hole to let the light through. It really cut out the fogging of the secondary from people breathing.
Last Edit: Oct 23, 2011 18:07:15 GMT -6 by erikruud
I had a great time Friday night, and it seemed as though everyone in attendance was enjoying themselves, as well. For the next event, Joe will be banned from making ANY asto purchases within two weeks of the scheduled date!
Rich, thanks so much for pulling all this together. It was a great success despite Mother Nature's best efforts to thwart us. Good job on the video. Although, next time, I will demand hair and makeup technicians and there will be no filming from my right side!
Eric, thanks to you, as well, for coming out and being part of the team. I heard from several people that you did an excellent job of explaining our different setups and how the work. Also, tell your daughter she was a great ambassador to the night skies.
I'll post up what few pics I took of the evening. All of mine were from the very beginning of the festivities as I quickly got wrapped up talking with many different people about various astro topics throughout the night. Next time I'll try to be like Joe and enlist a camera assistant to do all my photography for me!
Post by -=CROMAN=- on Jan 15, 2012 12:33:07 GMT -6
Rumor has it......... Astrofest is cancelled this year. Get ready for the first st.charles weekend camp out this summer. We have 130 acres dedicated to our summer event. Gonna be a good summer. Hopefully "certain" people will be out there representing!