Solar astronomy outreach, partial eclipse at Signal Hill, CA

Two other Telescopes In Education (TIE) alumni volunteers set up or solar telescopes at Hilltop park in Signal Hill, California to view and share the eclipse with onlookers. We had about 150 to 200 people show up out of nowhere to see it. Carrol brought his classic C-8 Celestron SCT and April brought her vintage Celestron Ultima 2000. I set up my Meade LX250 Frankensocpe SCT with the venerable TIE Helios 1 H-alpha solar telescope. On addition I set up my short tube Celestron FirstScope refractor with a Sun Funnel, which made it easy for people to view the eclipse and take photos. People were even holding up their children and posing next to it. Here a young woman poses with a smile, standing next to my sun funnel which is displaying a Cheshire-cat like grin.Young woman poses next to grinning solar eclipse of May 20, 2012

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~ by matthewota on June 4, 2012.

2 Responses to “Solar astronomy outreach, partial eclipse at Signal Hill, CA”

  1. will you be out on signal hill this afternoon to view venus? i live near el dorado park in LB and would like for my 5 year old son to get a chance to see it, where would could i find someone with a telescope? thanks for any suggestions you can offer

    • I am sorry that I did not read your comment in time. I was set up at the very same venue, Hilltop Park in Signal Hill. I hope you made it up there to see it. Please send my your real name and contact information – including email – and I will tell you the next time I set up my telescope for public viewing at Bluff Park on Ocean Blvd Between Cherry & Junipero.

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