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Strand viewing roster - Demonstrators needed! 4 years 6 months ago #4643

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Hello all

Now that the skies are becoming a bit more predictable, it is time to restart our popular public viewing at the Strand. We'll be in the usual spot at the McKinley St roundabout. Viewing starts around sunset until we run out of public, usually around 8:30.

Viewing days alternate (mostly) between Tuesday and Wednesday, always on an odd date - easy to remember, as Astronomy is an odd hobby :). This way we can reach two different crowds at the Strand and have a bit more flexibility for our members to be there. In addition, there are night markets on a Friday each at the Strand and at Riverways.

In order to have some predictability, we've put together a roster of demonstrators who can make sure to be there on a given day, so that people don't look for us in vain. Please, see the attached spreadsheet for dates, and where we have a shortfall in the coming weeks. We aim to have at least two people there (for crowd control, chatting and watching our gear) and at least one telescope - indicated in the T column in the roster.

You don't need to bring a telescope or have a tremendous amount of astronomical knowledge to be a demonstrator at the Strand. All that is needed is enthusiasm about Astronomy and a willingness to talk to people about it. The objects we can see are fairly straight forward (Moon, Planets, maybe Jewel Box, Alpha Centauri) and and a few basic facts about them are easily learned from overhearing another member or a few minutes on wikipedia :) Of course, if you can bring a telescope, even better as we like to put on a good show.

If you can spare a Tuesday or Wednesday evening or two, please post below and I'll periodically update the roster. And of course, feel free to show up on any day, even if there are two people already rostered, the more the merrier.

As soon as we have two people signed up for a date, I'll add it to the calendar and make a Facebook event - please use that to post updates about the specific event as it reaches the most people the quickest. Viewings should go ahead in any but the ghastliest of weather, but the best place to make the final call is on the day at the Strand - forecasts are deceptive and we've had questionable weather at 6 that turned into a great night at 7.

Thanks a lot for you support and participation
Florian
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Constellation link with tips for skywatching 4 years 5 months ago #4644

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www.users.on.net/~reynella/skywatch/ssky.htm#Stars

Click this link to southern sky watch to find some beginner's tips to finding the constellation S. This is for April but will soon be updated for the next month May
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Link to southern sky watch
Some tips for viewing the night sky in May.
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Phone App for locating stars and planets

The Android phone App "planets" is clear to read when searching the night sky. This App uses time metered MB when logged in, but doesn't use up phone credits if you have bought your MB.
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