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Brandon Costello

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Things people say to me at star parties
« on: December 29, 2017, 03:07:00 AM »
How did they fake the moon landings?

That can't really be; Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, etc. in your scope can it?

Have you been to the moon?

I can see 6 moons around Jupiter.

Can you really see planets without a telescope?

I am rarely the most knowledgable telescope owner at star parties but it really is fun to talk to people who come out
just to see what is up there. The questions and comments range from seemingly silly to thought provoking and complex.
I earn a living as a teacher and participating in a star party when a lot of folks who are just interested show up can be
at least as rewarding as teaching my students in school.



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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2017, 06:25:05 AM »
I hear all to often.. do you see those 3 starsDOWN toward theUPPER right ? and of course there is a star cluster in there with stars all over, I say, you have to be more specific.
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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2018, 11:42:15 AM »
At the last star a party a (newbie) asked me, what side of Saturn are we looking at. I replied... The LIT UP side, and the President of the club said. That's why we call Mark THE PROFESSOR.
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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2018, 07:50:05 AM »
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I like to tell them You can see the Earth tonight! And they all look up!!!

That's just cruel.

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2018, 03:29:11 PM »
Where's the Moon? It's night, the Moon should be out!

What do you mean you can't see that constellation until morning? It's night, the stars should be out!

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2018, 04:23:38 AM »
The question I get most is "I can't see it," which I think is solved easily by having people *slow down* and concentrate with their eye close and centered on the eyepiece.

The next most asked question is "how far away is that?" if they do see it.

I know some of the distances to well-known objects, but the rest? Who knows? Could make something up, but that's usually when I consult Sky Safari or my Sky Commander.

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2018, 03:54:20 AM »
Ray, be charitable and compassionate

Or, did auto-text insert that word in your response?

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2018, 12:21:43 AM »
Thursday night an elementary school age boy wanted to see Mercury and would pretty much have it no other way. So it took about 5 minutes to explain that it was no more available for viewing than the sun. Then he was OK with it.

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2018, 03:46:16 AM »
"Ever see a UFO?".
I get asked that at least twice per Public viewing event. Sometimes as much as 5 or 6 times.

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2018, 12:06:46 AM »
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The question I get most is "I can't see it," which I think is solved easily by having people *slow down* and concentrate with their eye close and centered on the eyepiece.

The next most asked question is "how far away is that?" if they do see it.

I know some of the distances to well-known objects, but the rest? Who knows? Could make something up, but that's usually when I consult Sky Safari or my Sky Commander.

Kevin

Yes, I'm pretty sure that my most often repeated phrase is slow down, have a seat, relax and look again more calmly at what is actually in view. Bingo! The object appears.

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2018, 12:41:11 AM »
I've been asked several time how long have I been interested in astrology.

Kunjan Blanco

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2018, 01:53:28 AM »
Oh yeah!. I love the astrology comments! A lot of these people are pretty uninformed about a lot of things but at least they are curious and motivated enough to come out and find out about what's out there.

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2018, 01:40:16 PM »
The one I hate most is "What's that worth"? Regarding my telescope.

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2018, 07:47:24 AM »
<sub>Agreed, mogur!</sub>

As in : "well, you need to understand I had a lot of telescopes in my life, and I'm middle-aged now, and this is a dream scope, so it did cost a lot."

When some people ask that question, I feel they're looking for an excuse to not get any telescope for the upward looking kid, who to that point was having the time of his/ her life. Until his parents grab him/ her and walk off the observing field.

Unfortunately, I've seen that happen or heard, "well we could never afford *that* " .... I've tried to quickly say, "you don't need to get a telescope right away - you can use your own eyes and just look up, or get a pair of binoculars..." I like to also add that in my humble opinion, "that's the best way to learn the hobby, and it will probably save a lot of trouble in the long run if you do choose to buy a telescope."

I do like when club members bring small scopes to public outreach star parties for just that reason. I rarely bring my only scope to events like these for this very reason...

Good post.

Kevin

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2018, 10:30:43 AM »
Is there a bathroom here?