by Anura Guruge
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This relates back to my ‘Comet ISON‘ presentation at the Gilman Library last November. It went well, was reasonably well attended and, most of all, well received. Holly Brown, the librarian, was very pleased.
Since then I have kind of become a de facto local ‘expert’ on all things to do with the skies. So when they received this telescope in the Summer she asked me to have a look at it and see if there was anything I could do to kind of kick it off.
These two presentations, which were supposed to have been in September & October, but are now in October & November are the outcome of those conversations.
I haven’t had the time to actually use this telescope. I have, however, told a number of kids to borrow it from the library.
Peering through telescopes is no longer my thing. Which is why we are down to just one telescope at home. With my eyesight and time constraints I am much better off looking at images on the computer. And ironically that is what professional astronomers do. But, I am all in favor of kids exploring the skies with a telescope. So I am very glad that we have this cute little telescope at the library.
Now I have to start thinking about putting together a presentation for October 17th. It should be fun. So much I could cover. The sky is the limit.