Monday, January 30, 2012

Jan 2012 Starbucks Update




This has been a fun and busy outreach month for me here in N.NV! With our winter being very mild I have had plenty of good opportunities to share the sky with my fellow citizens!

Here are some pics from my two Coffee, Chromosphere & Crater events held at my local Starbucks Coffee on the 14/28th of this month. The Solar pic is courtesy of the Swansea Astronomical Society (U.K) which shows our similar Chromospheric view we had on the 28th with the Lunt 60mm!







I have had a good response to these events with folks coming by via Facebook invitations, word of mouth and just coming in to grab a drink and socialize. The patrons are caught off guard and are asking the staff what is going on out there!
Most will come over and check out the astro show!








I wanted to include this pic so you could see my setup spot. It is on the S.E. corner of the patio in front of the store. At this spot everyone driving in & out has to see me. The drive up exit is in front of the scope. Throughout my sessions drive up folks stopped, conversed, parked, and looked! These folks were serviced quickly as most had time constants and were appreciative of the drive up astro experience! I had planned on moon observes with these events but on both she was hidden at the prescribed times both waning and waxing but the Solar views in the "red" left many spellbound with coffee & tea in hand!

5 comments:

Paulie said...

That Lunt is too cool!

Sidewalk Universe said...

It is! I hope there is a narrow band for you before to long so you could share the Sun in red!

Pembrokeshire Astronomer said...

Excellent SUG, I really enjoyed following this Starbucks event on FaceBook aswell....

I've got to get myself a Ha scope :0))

Drive-by Astronomy said...

Hey SUG, in the spirit of improving international relations I think you should ship your H-alpha Lunt to Pembs! Sorry Paulie you have to wait. Great event Richie and I do think you were provided with a free cup of Java!

Sidewalk Universe said...

The Lunt is on the way to Wales but SUG comes with it!