This weekend, New Baltimore hosted Art on the Bay – right by where I do my Astronomy Outreach, and there was a huge crowd there. My wife came with me, and I’m glad she did! We had a couple waves of people, and she went into “teacher mode;” she was absolutely wonderful with the little ones. We stayed there for 2 hours an had several dozen viewers. There was a beautiful sunspot group visible in my Dob, and 3 prominences visible in my PST. I got my first ever “Holy Mackerel!” when a fellow looked thru my Solar telescope.
My wife and I went to the Armada flea market beforehand – that’s about 8 miles north of New Baltimore. It was lightly cloud covered the entire time we were there; there was a front to the north, from horizon to horizon, beyond which it was maddeningly clear. It stayed that way from 7:00 AM to well past 1:00 PM during my Outreach – I could see a beautiful clear sky just a little ways to the north…
My adjustable viewing chair does not get used much during my Outreach events, and I’m going to stop bringing it – the little ones have trouble getting up into it anyway. I need an 8 inch “step” for the little ones to reach my Dobsonian’s eyepiece.
I also need to come up with something to put over / behind the eyepiece that prevents people from grabbing it when they go to view – on my Dob, that almost always nudges the Sun out of view. It’s almost as if humans have an “instinct” to grab telescope eyepieces. 🙂