Day 2001 - April 28th
at the Irvine Spectrum Center and Crystal Cove State Park.
A report by Liam
Day is one day per year where we have an opportunity to join with many
other organizations with a concerted effort to "Bring Astronomy to
The past few years
the day has been less than useful as far as viewing - as the weather generally
did not cooperate. Unfortunately - this year was no exception to the trend.
One of our events
were canceled - and the other had very limited opportunity for quality
We had planned to
exhibit from Noon until about 9pm initially for daytime viewing of the
Sun, Moon and maybe even a few planets. Moving into the evening until
9pm we'll pretty much be just showing the moon. On the day the morning
started with dense low cloud - and didn't really improve all that much
throughout the day. Near the end of our time - for about the last hour
we managed to get some quality time looking at Sun spots as the clouds
had started to thin out at that time.
In any case - we met
many OC Residents who were very interested in what we had to show and
wanted to get lots of information about our club - so despite the poor
conditions I know that we probably recruited at least a dozen new members.
We had a very small
area to setup telescopes - but it was plenty large enough for our needs.
The following members
helped out on this day;
Mitchell Nunn: Meade
Anthony Obra: Celestron 8"
Liam Kennedy: Meade LX200 10"
Anna Kennedy: helped with setup/breakdown
You can see below
some photos of our setup at the Spectrum. We had setup a display including
live images of the Sun from the SOHO satellite. I managed to hook up my
computer to the Internet using a wireless connection. This allowed us
to show passersby what they would be able to see if the clouds were not
Click to see larger image
Mitch and Tony - is that the Sun we can see?
click for larger image
Thank-you Irvine Company
for their support in arranging for us to setup up on their property.
Crystal Cove State
This was canceled
due to the cloud cover!
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May 16th 2001