Thursday Night at the Museum PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Keefe   
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 03:30
Click for largerThe Raleigh Astronomy Club (RAC) partnered with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Time Warner Cable to kick off Thursday Night at the Museum on Febuary 28th. The museum will now be open later into the evening/night on Thursday Nights.  RAC set up 6 telescopes and 1 binocular station outside the museum on the Bicentennial Plaza.  Additionally the club had a table set up inside the Nature Research Center (NRC) near the entrance to provide visitors with more information about the club.
Despite the light pollution of downtown Raleigh, members of RAC were able to showcase impressive views of Jupiter and its 4 visible moons, the Orion Nebula (M42) and several other star clusters such as the Beehive (M44) and the Pleiades (M45).
A new addition to the equipment used my club members was an astronomical video camera (a StellaCam3 on loan from member Matt L.).  The video camera took the place of the standard eyepiece and fed real time video frames to a laptop that then projected the images on to a 38" LCD TV.  This form of video assisted astronomy seemed to be a big hit.
We look forward to partnering the museum and Time Warner Cable on future for more events for Thursday Night at the Museum.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 23:11