A Guide to the Sky, Telescopes, and Telescope Programs
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Update: Standley Middle School will be getting a Coronado Personal Solar Telescope!
The Coronado PST is a great entry into H-alpha Solar Observing. Stay tuned for some more info and fun Solar Projects for schools!
What Good is a Telescope?
Telescopes do more than make little things look big. Pictures do that quite well. Some of the pictures can definitely make you say wow. Pictures taken by multi-million (and sometimes multi-billion) dollar telescopes reveal far more detail than anything that you will ever see in a telescope. Excellent pictures taken by experienced amateurs, using equipment costing as little as a few thousand dollars, also reveal stunning detail that not only are beautiful, but are of increasing scientific value.
What even very inexpensive telescopes do, however, in a way that no other medium or instrument can do, is CONNECT you to the universe in a very visceral and emotional way. You get an emotional impact when you SEE Saturn’s rings, Jupiter’s moons or a millions of stars in a ball (Globular Clusters) or a galaxy’s 100 billion stars in a wisp of “cloud”.
The light from the actual object is actually hitting your actual eyeball. You are materially connected to the heavens via a direct unbroken trail of photons.
The Hubble photograph may stir your brain; those star-flung photons literally excite your eyes, stimulate your imagination and, may, perhaps, impact your soul.
What's up tonight? Click here for the scoop. Hint: Jupiter, that really bright "star" in the South at sunset. Saturn, in the southeast at sunset. ! Summer Milky Way! Perseus Meteor showers (August 2017). But who are we kidding, the big news is the Great American Eclipse, on August 21, 2017
New: "Fun" Equipment Recommendations!
A page on Solar Observing has been added.
The Observing Guide section is reasonably functional, if not totally complete.
Having a successful evening under the stars, requires appropriate equipment, some familiarity with the equipment and with the sky. A program successful over the long-term must ensure a consistently good user experience and minimize the in-house staff support load.
At the beginning of 2011 Bentley Systems, Inc. has awarded a series of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Grants to Curie Elementary, and Mission Bay High Schools towards the purchase of telescope equipment to be available to students and their families.
Jeff Martin, a Bentley Systems employee and father of a a student at Curie Elementary, has pledged initial implementation and ongoing support until such time as no longer needed. His goal is to use the Telescope Program at Curie Elementary as a pilot program to create an online resource enabling other groups to start their own telescope sharing programs.
See the individual school's page.
Curie Elementary has its scopes. They have been released into the wild. We have held three training sessions.
Mission Bay High School received their scope on Wednesday 3/16/11, and has had equipment instruction.
A number of decisions to be made are listed here.
Amateur Astronomy Clubs have a long history of public outreach. The New Hampshire Astronomical Society Library Telescope Program is a successful program and a valid guide to what should be a successful school program. An integral part of the success of the NHAS program is the "Scope Foster Parent". Jeff has committed his services to provide guidance and support until the program has no need of him - details here.
Note: the NHAS program is nothing more than a guide; all control of policies and equipment will remain with schools.
minimal. see the estimated cost sheet.
Questions or comments? Email:Jeff Martin