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Outreach Blotter

by Gene Allen, Outreach Chair Things have been pretty quiet these past few months. In late January, Jim Peck gave a presentation to a group of twenty some in Edison, using Stellarium to show things in the night sky. His … Continue reading

Posted in March 2020, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Inexperience and Chains

by Gene Allen, in shame I have only been involved in astronomy for the past few years. I have often felt an utter noob and totally unworthy to hold an office in this hallowed organization. Last night on Baldpate Mountain … Continue reading

Posted in March 2020, Sidereal Times | Tagged | Leave a comment

An Outreach Scope Takes Shape

by Gene Allen, Outreach Chair At the NJAA flea market in High Bridge, Dave Skitt and I agreed with Tom Swords in purchasing a used Orion ED80 refractor for use as an Outreach scope. A few years ago I had … Continue reading

Posted in December 2019, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Outreach Wrapup

by Gene Allen, Outreach Chair It has been an amazing year. If it had not been so frantic at times, better records would have yielded better summary data. Some details may yet be recaptured from emails. It would have been … Continue reading

Posted in November 2019, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Outreach Blotter

by GeneAllen Our meeting schedule resumed in September and the Observatory will be closing at the end of October. The Outreach season should be ramping down, but it really is not. We still have three or maybe four for this … Continue reading

Posted in October 2019, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Outreach Blotter

by Gene Allen, Outreach Chair The support our member have given for the summer push has been great, and now it is winding down, with only a few presentations remaining. At 7 pm on Wednesday, September 4, Victor Davis will … Continue reading

Posted in September 2019, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Outreach Blotter

by Gene Allen, Outreach Chair We have had a few non-hardware members coming to Outreach Events, and that is great. If you try it, come a bit early and try to engage attendees as they arrive to ask about their … Continue reading

Posted in Mid Summer 2019, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Rockets and the Moon

by Gene Allen Thank you Ira! His contribution to Apollo memorabilia for the May meeting was a terrific Lego Saturn V rocket. Mine was ordered from Amazon that very night. It was kept boxed up as a secret until we … Continue reading

Posted in Mid Summer 2019, Sidereal Times | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Yeah, that’s just M13

by Gene Allen We show globular star cluster M13 a lot at the Observatory. AKA NGC 6205 and “the Great Hercules Cluster,” it’s just always up there. It’s viewable from April to November, our whole Public Night season. It’s one … Continue reading

Posted in Mid Summer 2019, Sidereal Times | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Outreach Blotter

Gene Allen, Outreach Chair Every Outreach Event is an opportunity for EVERY Member to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for things astronomical, not just those who have a telescope. Come out to see what these events are all about, log … Continue reading

Posted in June 2019, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Summer Library Presentations

by Gene Allen, Outreach Chair As the song goes, “The heat is on!” With the State of New Jersey proclaiming a summer reading program theme of “A Universe of Stories,” we have experienced a deluge of requests. More distant libraries … Continue reading

Posted in June 2019, Sidereal Times | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Outreach Blotter

by Gene Allen, Outreach Chair Last month, as I scrambled to submit yet another delinquent article (!), I neglected to report on the excellent showing our members made at an Outreach Event in Plainsboro back in March. Once again an … Continue reading

Posted in May 2019, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Outreach Blotter

by Gene Allen, Outreach Chair David Letcher, our former, longtime Outreach Chair, served as Event Lead for an Outreach Event in Hopewell on March 22. His report on the Event is as follows: “Well, we continued our tradition of giving … Continue reading

Posted in April 2019, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Amazing Astronomy

by Gene Allen It took ten years and $1.3 billion to build the largest observatory on the planet, and it has an expected useful lifetime of only fifty years. The entire installation is rather bleeding edge technology. ALMA is the … Continue reading

Posted in March 2019, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment