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16th January 2012
Stargazing live – 12-2pm at Christie Hospital (Manchester, UK)Around 45 members of staff and some patients attended
27th June 2012 – (Kent, UK)Darren’s Aunt & Uncle had a view through the PST (2 adults)
15th July 2012 – Back garden (Holmes Chapel, UK)
November 2012 at the North Queensland chapter of the Charlie Bates Solar
with Rob Black and friends!!
March, 2012 Skywatchers India's Debasis Sarkar sent these images from their Sunspot Awareness campaign
Alexandra Hart shared the Sun with her local UK community in January 2012.
6th grade Science teacher
Highland Falls Intermediate School
Highland Falls NY
My Friend Mark Townley uses Charlie Bates materials to teach his pupils about the Sun!
on 3rd June we spent some hours at Szigethalom (close to Budapest) where a firemen's day was
organized with many interesting activities. Compare the first two images :) It was again Imre
Klacsany who organized our part in this event and Karoly Jonas who was ready to set up his 80mm ED
and 60mm Lunt for the kids.
on 4th June we had our annual Sports and Family day, so many colleagues of mine had the
possibility to observe the sun at the Nokia-Siemens Networks sportsday. The interesting thing is
that it did require almost no organizing work in advance: when we were informed about the event, I
simply asked the responsible it if it was possible to set up my equipment - and she was glad to
hear that such scopes were available, so I presented my 72 Megrez and Lunt35.
I didn't do any organizing work on 18th June: my son had an archery competition in
Tapioszentmarton (~70km from Budapest) so I took my little scope with me - apparently the archers
were quite interested and ready to take a break during the competition (unfortunately later the
clouds prevented any further observing).
So this event was organized by a friend of mine (Imre Klacsany) who is a well-known deepsky astrophotographer (can check some of his pictures at http://www.emrefoto.hu/).
- at first they checked out images about the Sun (including the poster from you), Moon and interesting deepsky objects with some introduction given by one of our friends
- then proceeded to check out the Sun with naked eye using the eclipse viewer glasses (we asked them to check if there were any sunspots big enough to be visible)
- then could use any of the telescopes set up. The scopes included white light ones and also 2 H-alpha Lunts (I used a Continuum filter in my little refractor so besides the white and red Sun they could see a green one as well :)) so they could compare different wavelengths, different magnifications, different instruments
- and finally could check the image produced by a DMK camera on a 120mm ED refractor, meaning that they saw the very fine details in the sunspot group.
All in all ~500 students and their teachers studied our star. Fortunately the weather was excellent without any clouds and moderate wind.
So many thanks again for the support material you've sent and also to the ones helping in this event (from left to right on the last image): Karoly Jonas, Levente Barate, Gabor Toth, Antal Cserna, Tamas Molnar, Peter Molnar, Ferenc Dunavolgyi, Tibor Posan and the organizer, Imre Klacsany.
Imre just sent a message that the director of another school is interested in a similar event (with 900 children :))
clear skies and best regards