Sunday, July 6, 2008

Unplug Your Kids -- Sky

Well, I found this website recently, Unplug Your Kids, and decided to join in the fun this week. The theme was "sky" and Maggie had been asking recently to look at the moon, so I finally dragged out my telescope. Its been a while...not since Sean was born. But with work a distant memory over the summer, and everyone feeling rested, it was definately time to bring the telescope out.


Maggie helped me set it up and then I taught her how to use the Telrad to sight her object in the sky and use that to slew the telescope to the correct position. It didn't take her too long to find the moon.



She learned very quickly and was soon off to view a nearby star. It was about 8:30 at night and not too dark yet. Plus with brush fires, pollution, thunderstorms, and city lights, the seeing wasn't all that great. Maggie had a great time regardless, and it was fun for me to see her getting so excited. I think, when the weather is a little better, I will let her stay up a bit later so we can view something other than the moon. The moon is cool, and a great first object, but I think she is ready for some planets and maybe a few bright double stars. We will leave the fainter objects for viewing outside of the city lights.

9 comments:

Nature Mama said...

Wow! That looks like an awesome telescope :) I bet she really enjoyed looking at the moon. Thanks for sharing :)
Nature Mama

Tina said...

Wow I wanna come play at your house! Very cool telescope! We did not participate this week but are regulars here at Unplugged.

Heather said...

That is some telescope! Looks like a lot of fun.

Kate in NJ said...

I love your telescope!

Our Little World said...

Very cool Ad! Wow, that is a huge telescope!

princessofsomething said...

What a fun idea! My kids love looking through the telescope too, but it's been awhile since we are pretty strict about bedtime around here. LOL.

juliekintaiwan said...

Great telescope! My daughter wanted to know if you made it, lol!

Ad said...

No, I didn't make it. But this IS a no frills telescope and I know people who HAVE made a telescope just like this. Its basically a cardboard tube with a mirror at the bottom and a little mirror for turning the light towards the eyepiece. Very simple construction. Perhaps a long term unplugged project for the highschool aged kid! *wink*

Michie said...

That looks like a lot of fun! That's quite the telescope!