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17 May 2016
So, I got my scope out with the neighbor last night and we fought the extreme cold and wind to get some pix of Jupiter. The .avi files were immense and the clarity was fine. He sent me this first attempt at processing in Registax, so I do not have the particulars. But what I do have is this:

Meade LX-200 ACF, 10"
Orion Starshoot 5MP Solar System Camera
Wells, Michigan
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9 May 2016
Well, I got the scope set up this morning (the LX-200 with the piggybacked Coronado solar scope) and it was a great success. Clear skies, and the transit was on!! I set up my rig in the neighbors yard, so he could keep viewing even as I went to work. My kids & neighbors all saw a bit, and now I suffer at work. Anyone else viewing this spectacle?

What has science done????
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13 Nov 2014
The European Space Agency has done a great job!!! Congrats!

29 Oct 2014
Well I hosted a "star party" for my boys' Cub Scout Pack last night. Shooosh, I was worried. But it all went swimmingly. 1st we did a Powerpoint presentation introducing some basic concepts, followed by Q & A with kids' getting the right answer getting some candy (Milky Ways, StarBursts & Cosmic Brownies....)

After that I showed them some of my equipment (binos, 2 refractors, star charts, books, and a planisphere).

And lo & behold, even thought the forecast was for lousy skies, it cleared up. We hustled the kids out and got them a peek through my Meade LX-200 ACF! We showed them the waxing crescent moon & Mars right below it. Kids really seemed to dig it. I heard a couple of the parents say at the "ohhs, and ahhhs": "I guess I know what you are going to want for Christmas." We also found the North Star and picked out a few constellations. This was followed by Hot chocolate inside, a small wrap-up, and me giving out copies of some pix I took through my scope. Than we had a drawing for two small gifts (a star chart & beginners Astronomy book). After that they were dismissed.

I was really worried but the kids really seemed to like it. I can only hope this will encourage at least some to pursue science as a career.

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