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Old 06-22-2015, 12:28 AM
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well, after over 2 years I finally had my telescope in the right place at the right time to get a view of a couple things that have eluded me thus far! I took my scope with me to my sons boyscout summer camp. it was far enough away from any city that I was able to get a view of the sombraro gallaxy and Bodes nebula. I have tried to see both of those many times before and not even been able to see the faintest hint of them! I went wendsday june 17th to set up with camp already underway so I was spent. but I took the scope down to the lake where they have a huge deck in the fasion of a pirate ship. nothing but open sky in all but one direction. Very dark and a new moon which was likely already below the horizon at dusk anyway.
The next night I got wind of a "star party" that one of the merit badge counsolers was doing to help some scouts complete that requirement for their astronomy badge. As I looked into it I discovered that they only has a couple binocculars and a really small el cheapo telescope. I told the kid I had a 10" goto dobsonian in my camp and his jaw just about hit the ground. we had around 20 or so people show up and everyone had a great time. we just looked at planets. but it is always great to see the look on peoples faces when they see this stuff for the first time! made my day for sure :)
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Old 06-22-2015, 12:49 AM
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Thanks Norm, it's great to give the kids a look through a good scope...These are the next generation astronomers...
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Way to go, Norm
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Nice work Norm. Right place right time.
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