Saturday, October 9, 2010

Public star party idea

Something I've found to work well at public star parties is to have a durable telescope, or mounted binoculars, which the kids can themselves point.  Both of my tube dobs are durable and beat up, so I am happy to have the kids play with them.  Kids very quickly get the hang of pointing them with the red dot pointers I have on them.


  1. It's amazing how quickly children learn. My cousin and his wife will bring their kid over to my house, typical on Mondays. In my room, at the end of the bed, is where I place the telescope. He'll come into the room and start playing with the telescope (or anything else he can get his little hands on) and knows exactly where to stick his eye. He also knows to call it a TEL-A-COPE. lol

    I've tried to show him some stuff (mainly the moon), but he's just so young that it's difficult to really communicate to him on how to view an object. But, nonetheless, he's seen me and others put our eye over the eyepiece, and trust me he knows to do the same.

    In fact, he was over here today. When I left for class and came back, I noticed the telescope was pointed up at the ceiling, so I knew he had been playing with it. lol

  2. Oops! Forgot to put his age. He just turned 2 a couple of months ago. It's amazing how his brain will retain so much information.

    I figure I'll start teaching him long division next week. lol