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Jonathan Sabin

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Sidewalk Astronomy January 2019
« on: December 31, 2018, 04:33:19 pm »
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.
Jonathan Sabin,
LGDSO President

Randolph Baron

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Re: Sidewalk Astronomy January 2019
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2019, 11:28:09 am »
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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Re: Sidewalk Astronomy January 2019
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2019, 11:54:15 am »
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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Re: Sidewalk Astronomy January 2019
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2019, 12:06:05 pm »
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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