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

Off To The Show.

I am heading out this morning to the RTMC and the Starlight Festival. I have gone to the bank just in case there is some little astronomical trinket that I cannot live without, and packed my camera.  I should have some photos for you for next weeks posts.

I hope those of you that can make it stop me and say hello if we meet.  You may not recognize me without the suit, but the face is a great give away.  That and the fact that I might have some drool out the corner of my mouth if I am near any of the high-end astronomy equipment (gee ma, it’s only $10,000 for that astrocamera!).  Of course my mantra usually is:  “I’m happy with my setup, I’m happy with my setup, I’m happy with my setup…”  As any of you that have any sort of hobby were equipment is involved (baking, RC vehicles, etc.), that mantra is a lie.  You can never have too much or not need the latest and greatest.  I think the thought goes like this: “If I have this one (or more) new piece of equipment, I’ll be able to do X, or I will finally be able to do Y, or I will have everything I need to accomplish my goal of Z!”  Really, that one thing will make me better at, or finally able to do the pinnacle of my hobby!  I’ll be able to turn professional!

Such are the dreams of hobbyists everywhere.  Never give up your dreams for the mundane.

Have a safe and festive holiday if you are in the U.S., and don’t forget to remember our veterans on Monday, we have a lot more now in need of help and acknowledgement than we have had since WWII.

– 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

Lots Of Upcomming Events.

First, the annual RTMC Astronomy Expo and the Big Bear Starlight Festival.

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The Big Bear Lake region is hosting two major astronomy events during the long Memorial Day weekend in 2014.  The RTMC Astronomy Expo, held since 1975, and the first Starlight Festival to Big Bear Lake’s Village area.

Beginning to advanced amateur astronomers will want to attend the RTMC  Astronomy Expo from Thursday to Monday to:

  • observing or taking astrophotos from the dark sky of YMCA Camp Oakes,
  • see new developments in amateur telescope making,
  • check out commercial telescopes and equipment brought by vendors for observers,
  • listen to presentations covering observing, telescopes, and getting started in astronomy,
  • check out the Saturday swap meet, and
  • socialize and observe with friends

 

On Saturday and Sunday, weekend visitors to Big Bear, of all ages, will learn more about astronomy and outdoor sciences at the Astronomy Outreach Network¡¯s Starlight Festival at Big Bear Lake’s Village for:

  • visiting with the sidewalk astronomers,
  • seeing exhibits by the Big Bear Solar Observatory, US National Forest Service, and others,
  • seeing commercial exhibits of science instruments, games, and activities, and
  • attending presentations on the current state of astronomy and space science

Come join the fun and learn about the universe your way.

TS Christmas Concert 2013

Next is not really astronomy related, but it is still fun. The Towne Singers (1987-2014) are holding a 2014 Spring Concert called “Celestial Songbook, Everthing Under the Stars.”

The Towne Singers are a community chorus open to people of all ages and background that like to sing.  The concert will be held on May 17th, 2014 at 7:00 pm, at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center, 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007.

Ticket Info
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Adult tickets – $20
Child ticket – $10 (under 11 years of age)
Group Rate – $15 per ticket for 10 or more tickets

I hope that you will all be able to attend some of these fantastic events here in Southern California this month.

– 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