Visiting the Observatory

The observatory has supported visits from scout troops and elementary schools. These visits allowed scouts and elementary school children the ability to explore the universe and learn the wonders of science. Sundance Observatory is a strong proponent for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). At present we can not accept onsite visits to the Sundance Observatory. We do hope to resume this program in the near future.

Starlight Instruments, LLC, has graciously donated one or their fine quality Feather Touch focusers to the observatory so that the future scouts and elementary school children, can have the opportunity of using it towards their merit achivements in Astronomy or its equivalent in elementary schools. We thank Starlight Instruments for providing such great public service support for our future scientists in our community. 

Examples of Some Recent Visits

The Webelos Den, Cub Scout Pack 196, visited the observatory. Their visit, in addition to the fun, was to work towards an "Academic Belt Loop" award in Astronomy. As part of the requirements, they must be able to demonstrate how to focus a telescope or binoculars (they did both). As part of the visit, each of them got to focus the Celestron C14 on the double star Rigel. They knew they were in focus when they could see Rigel B next to Rigel A. Later we viewed various deep space objects, but the Moon observing through the C14 was the big hit. One cup scout said it was like being there. A picture of the group can be seen below.

The Tiger Den, Cub Scout Pack 196, visited the observatory to get prepared for their belt loop and pin. It was decided that they would have two visits. The first visit covered basic Astronomy concepts, which included observing the moon, and the second visit will allow them to do the required focusing activity with the newly donated Feather Touch focuser by Starlight Instruments. In the second visit, besides the focusing activity, it is expected that they will be able to explore some deep space objects along with a viewing of Saturn. 

 

Cub Scout Pack 196, Webelos Den -- Cub Scout Pack 196, Tiger Den   

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