Public Observing Session on Jan 19, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Phyllis Lang   
Sunday, 20 January 2013 10:33

Photo by Joe Pedit
RAC hosted a telescope observing session for the public at North Cary Park on Saturday evening, January 19 from 7pm to 9:30. As always, the event was free.

Attendance was good for a cold January evening. About 100 or so people of all ages visited the telescopes and asked many questions.

RAC members provided 18 telescopes for viewing, from small refractors to reflectors to Schmidt-Cassegrains. Most telescopes provided views of the moon and Jupiter which were great crowd-pleasers. Others showed various deep-sky objects like the Great Orion Nebula (M 42).

Perhaps the largest scopes present were a 12.5" reflector owned by Greg B. and a 12" Meade SCT owned Gary S.  They both maintained a steady line of visitors. Travis T. had a DSLR attached to his 8" reflector giving live video views of the moon - a very impressive outreach tool. Greg B. had 2 telescopes running, one for visual use and one demonstrating imaging. Several visitors learned how to acquire images and stack them live and in person.

After the session ended at about 9:30, about a dozen members and guests retired to nearby Buffalo Wild Wings for a little food and drink (and a little warm-up). Our next scheduled public observing sessions are on April 5 in Raleigh.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 January 2013 10:55