German Day of Astronomy on March 19th, 2016
Saturday, March 19th, 2016 will be the German Day of Astronomy, initiated by the VdS (Vereinigung der Sternfreunde - "Association of Star-Friends"). With my observatory, I will participate in this outreach activity aswell.
Last year, focus of the Day of Astronomy in Germany was the partial solar eclipse. This year, this day revolves around the moon. It will be 4 days before full moon, so it will be easy to observe with the naked eye, with binoculars and of course with telescopes..
Last year, when I guided a class of first graders at a school campus with three mobile telescopes, my activities this year will be focussed on the observatory on my roof. I hope to convey the facination of astronomy to young children again, so my "guided tour" will be designed for children in primary school age - from a timing as well as content perspective.
Important: As I am working with young children and their families, the programme will be only available in German language.
Only for documentation purposes, I am writing this article on my engagement in english aswell.
The equipment used on that day will be specifically selected for the target audience of unexperienced observers and children, so they all can experience the fun and joy of astronomical observations on that day:
We will do our observations with three telescopes of different sizes and focal lengths:
- ED Refractor with 80mm aperture and 560mm focal length - and an eye-piece with long eye-relief and only low magnification
- APO Refractor with 155mm (6.1") aperture and 1085mm focal length - with binocular viewer with two zoom eye-pieces
- SC Reflector with 254mm (10") aperture and 2540mm focal length - with binocular viewer with two zoom eye-pieces
For solar observation in the afternoon, additionally a h-alpha Telescope with 350mm focal length to see protuberances and details on the surface.