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my 2014 astronomy goals. 1. improve my hiss box stability, go from a tire inner tube to a air cylinder. 2. improve on my imaging process. 3. view the moon more. 4. check off more deep sky object (Mes…

my 2014 astronomy goals.

1. improve my hiss box stability, go from a tire inner tube to a air cylinder.

2. improve on my imaging process.

3. view the moon more.

4. check off more deep sky object (Messier objects) and (Caldwell objects) from my list, I have 29 so far.

5. pick a night out and do a public invite for viewing.

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Comment by Greg Wycoff on January 2, 2014 at 10:04am

Mike and Joseph thanks for the advise :)

Comment by mike moore on January 2, 2014 at 9:07am

All lofty goals Greg and good ones to do. Each will advance your viewing, if you get the majority of them done or improved this year; your pleasure and quality of viewing will improve. You will probably find that #4 will come easily as you spend time in the eyepiece. #3 will happen on a regular basis, #5 is not hard, if you can find a friend (or wife or girl friend) to help, it will make the experience better for the pilgrims and yourself. With another person along, you can keep two scopes locked on objects and have the second person brief the invitees on what they will be seeing and answer any preliminary questions they might have. I find 4 -5 good objects will keep a number of people who come busy, excited and ready for more.

Good luck with your goals. I think each of us here has similar lists and each are special to the individual who makes them and shows where they are in their viewing quest. When you look back over the year, I expect you will find much more will be accomplished.

 

Comment by Joseph Tocco on January 2, 2014 at 8:00am

Greg, it all depends on how many people show up. I've done outreaches where there has been a nearly unending line of people waiting to view a single object. I go with a list of at least 12 objects in my head and if there are just a few people then I'll center an object, let everyone view it and then center a new one. Planets and the moon seem to be the most impressive and Saturn is always the Queen of the night sky (if it's up.) I show people a few double stars, a nebula or two and one or two galaxies. Be prepared for the inevitable questions. What is it? What created it? And the inevitable...How far away is it? When discussing distances I get quite animated and try to express really how tremendously far away these object are, even I struggle to really grasp "astronomical" distances! lol

Comment by Greg Wycoff on January 1, 2014 at 9:45pm

Joseph my "outreach project" is down the road but do plan on doing it, any advise. should I stay with viewing one object or try to do several or as many as I can?

Comment by Joseph Tocco on January 1, 2014 at 2:28pm

Good luck with your goals Greg. The public outreach is wonderfully rewarding. Especially when the people are blown away with the views. It always cracks me up with the parents are more excited and animated then the kids. lol :)

Comment by Greg Wycoff on January 1, 2014 at 1:00pm

thank you Dan :)

Comment by Dan Acker on January 1, 2014 at 11:54am

Sounds like an aggressive list. I particularly like 3,4 & 5. I know many deep sky observers put away their telescopes from First Quarter through Last Quarter Moon but I don't. I don't look at the Full Moon too much but the rest I find very interesting. As for deep sky objects, Keep going! There is so much to see and share with the public through outreach programs. Sometimes I invite a few of the neighbors over in the early evening to see First Quarter Moon, Jupiter or Saturn, Mars or even Venus. I always try to show them something they can understand without trying to explain stellar physics or some far off galaxy they can barely see.

Good luck with your goals Greg. May 2014 be a good year for all of us!

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