Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, USA

Category: Outreach

Bringing Space Exploration & the Night Sky Down to Earth

Viewing The Great American Solar Eclipse

It had been more than 30 years since the last total eclipse in the US and the eclipse in August of 2017 certainly put the USA into eclipse fever! This eclipse was named the Great American Eclipse because the path of totality was only in America. Thankfully, that path was only a few hundred miles…
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Pegasus Galaxy Clusters

The October 2015 issue of Sky & Telescope had a very interesting article, written by Ted Forte, entitled “A Few of My Favorite Things.”  In this article, Mr, Forte provides guidance on how to view several galaxy groups in the constellation Pegasus.  Needless to say, I was intrigued and captured by the article.  So much so that…
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Can We Improve Public Observing Sessions?

Since joining the Raleigh Astronomy Club in late 2006, I have grown increasingly more involved in Astronomy outreach. I find sharing my knowledge of Astronomy, the night skies and celestial observing to be quite rewarding as well as very enjoyable. While on vacation just a few weeks ago I came across a small plaque for…
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2014 International Sun-Day

Several Raleigh Astronomy Club members, including myself, supported the International Sun-Day events at the North of Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.  At the start of the event (12 noon) the weather was not at all cooperative with almost 100% cloud cover. However holes in the clouds began to appear by 2pm and by 3pm we started to get…
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May Public Outreach Session

This past Saturday, May 31st, I helped out again with the Public Outreach / Observing session put on by the Morehead Panetarium.  The session was held out at Jordan Lake just west of Apex and south of Chapel Hill in North Carolina. People showed up well in advanced of the official start time of 9:00pm.  But even…
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First Light with New Astro-Video Camera

I recently purchased a color video-astronomy camera from Astro Video Systems (AVS), the Advanced Cam MKIII.  First light for the camera happened to coincide with the Morehead Planetarium’s SkyWatching session for May.  If I could get it working, it would be a great way to show off views of deep space objects to the visitors. I connected…
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