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The interview went pretty well, I thought... and I got a full three minutes of air time! (Interesting side note: Einstein's time-dilation theory is at play, because when you're sitting there in the studio on-camera, it only takes about 10-15 seconds to get three minutes of video!)   ;-)

If you didn't happen to catch it, I've uploaded it here:
https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.sabin/posts/10155604372281627
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Nice Jonathan. If we have good weather I envision another replay of that last scene in the movie "Field of Dreams" with all the cars pulling in like we did with the Mars event back in July!!!
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Go get some Jonathan. Tell Mr. Scalzi to bring his telescope with him On Saturday
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In case anyone’s interested, I’ll be talking about this weekend’s Sidewalk Astronomy event with John Scalzi, on ABC7 Sarasota - WWSB for a couple of minutes during their noon broadcast on Thursday. (January 10th)

My understanding is that we’ll be live around 12:20 p.m.
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I have posted this question on the "Crowley" thread and since there's no reply to my question I'll ask here:
As a new member in the club perhaps someone (anyone? ) can tell me if there is observing at the Crowley Nature Preserve this weekend?  I would hate to drive there and find no one there and no access...
Thanks!
Randy Baron
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Hi Randy,

As Ed mentioned, we welcome everyone with a scope and/or binoculars who's willing to set up for the public, as every additional piece of equipment out there makes it better for those in attendance. We usually get a minimum crowd of about 100--though we've had as many as 400-500 show up on some of our busiest nights. Needless to say, the more scopes we have...the better we can accommodate the crowd!

We look forward to seeing you out there... and brace yourself for handling all the "oohs" and "aahs!"


Jonathan
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Hi Randy:

All members are invited to attend and also to set up their equipment if they want to. I look forward to seeing you there.

Happy New Year!!!
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Would you be interested in having an Ioptron 150 set up here as well?  I very much enjoy astronomy outreach events and getting the public excited about all things astronomical.
Happy New Year,
Randy Baron
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Our first public celestial event of 2019 takes place on January 12

We are pleased to announce that weather permitting, on Saturday, January 12, 2019 starting at 6:00 p.m., and continuing until at least 10:00 p.m., the members of the Local Group will set up high-quality telescopes for public viewing at the Robinson Preserve EXTENSION in Northwest Bradenton. This event is held in partnership with the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department, as well as Robinson Preserve.

Our telescopes will be set up in the parking area accessed from Robinson Preserve's new 9th Avenue NW entrance (10299 9th Avenue NW in Bradenton), a location that enjoys an incredible wide expanse of the nighttime sky.

(The Preserve's main entrance at 17th Avenue will not be open or accessible during the evening.)


Observing highlights include the wintertime favorite, the Great Nebula in Orion, as well as the planets Mars, Uranus and Neptune. The first quarter moon and other deep-sky wonders will also be viewed through our telescopes.

As always, Sidewalk Astronomy is free of charge and is open to people of all ages.
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Gutsy call Jonathan. I never thought the skies would clear, great decision to call it a go. But by 9:00 that dew was a killer.

It was a good time to give my SW 120 ED a bit of a workout in lieu of the 8" SCT.  Nice sharp pinpoint stars but when it comes to visual astronomy you just can't beat aperture.
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