Starlight Festival Recap.

So I traveled up to Big Bear to the Starlight Festival to check everything out.

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It was a pleasant day and the weather cooperated by not raining, snowing or otherwise making me miserable.

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The front entrance to the Starlight Festival.

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A panorama from the stage.

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Right behind the stage was the entrance to the hotel and workshops being guarded by a blow up Curiosity Rover, thank the JPL who where in attendance.

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Someone brought along a small Dob to show off.

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One of my favorite bi-monthly magazines.  You can subscribe here, for a very reasonable price for all the latest equipment and astronomical techniques.  Highly recommended.

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My friend John from TeleVue.  He had a new device for attaching a cell phone to binoculars for imaging.  I couldn’t resist and had to buy one.  STRICTLY for doing outreach mind you, I would never buy something like this for myself.

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My favorite booth, Lunt Solar scopes and Lunt Engineering.

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Have one of these 152mm Solar scopes, the views are awesome.

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New 50mm Solar scope, need to get one of these for outreach.

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Lots of kid friendly activities for kids.  Here they are making air rockets to shoot skyward.

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A tent set up to get kids interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

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Small robots for STEM promotion.

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Real live interactive robot ala Short Circuit.  Lots of fun for those of us that know the movie and fun for the kids that didn’t.

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Sidewalk astronomers came prepared to grind out the day answering questions about grinding (no, not the Miley Cyrus type of grinding, the astronomical kind).

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An observatory dome near the front entrance as I prepared to take my purchase home for a test spin.

A very enjoyable time, if they have it again, I highly recommend going.  Also, they have other events around the country so check out their website for dates and times near you.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

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