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John Lowry Dobson (born September 14, 1915) is a popularizer of amateur astronomy. He is most notable for being the promoter of a design for large, portable, low-cost Newtonian reflecting telescopes that bears his name, the Dobsonian telescope. The design is considered revolutionary since it allowed amateur astronomers to build extremely large telescopes. He is less known for his efforts to promote awareness of astronomy (and his unorthodox views of cosmology) through public lectures including his performances of “sidewalk astronomy.” John Dobson is also the co-founder of the amateur astronomical group, the San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers
We had a wonderful day at Observatory Park on Saturday June 19th. At about 3:30pm we announced the the winner of The Brighton Astronomy Essay Contest.
The contest was open to all current Brighton High School and Prairie View High School students. We received four entries from Brighton High School.
Dori was declared the winner by The Brighton Astronomy Group, and was awarded with a Computerized and Motorized Meade 4.5” Reflector Telescope. With here paper titled “What’s in a name.”
Dane a runner up with his paper on “Black Holes” received a soft sided brief case with a bunch of Astronomy Goodies and videos.
Later that day the Bromley Creek Sub-Division hosted their yearly Picnic the School 27j had a Ice Cream Social.
For a day that started off mostly cloudy you could not ask for a better start. We thought we might get clouded out for the rest of the night. With astronomy you have to have patience and perseverance. This night it paid off. By 9pm the sky was mostly clear, and a few hours later it was a beautiful night until about 12 am when we must have hit the dew point. We were able to see the Moon, Venus, Mars and Saturn, the Ring Nebula, and several globular clusters. We also demonstrated the Celestron Sky Scout.
Check out some the pictures in the Gallery under star parties, then Bromley Creek HOA 2010.
This is probably the best site around,at 9200ft and 50 miles from Larimie it is super dark! All 198 people were very friendly and willing to share views all 4 nights I was there.I camped next to a 16 inch Astrosystems and an 18 inch Starmaster with go to.Really nice scopes so I was giving them challenge objects every night.One person let me use his 25 inch Obsession for about an hour once he realized I knew my way around and was an advanced observer.I saw some old friends and made some new ones. I had many people wanting to look through my classic orange C-11 and I gave quite a show.I hunted down extremely tough objects that most thought would be impossible in an 11 inch. This is one star party that I highly recommend.The drive is about 165 miles from Brighton. Take care.Mark Spalding.
At the last moment some of us have decided to set the telescopes up in the part at N. 48th Ave and Spinning Wheel Ave. In the Brighton East Farms Subdivision off of Bridge Between N 45th and N 50th Streets. Every one is welcome to come…
Some of us will be attend The Nebraska Star Party coming up on July 19th – 24th.
This is one of the least expensive events to attend this year. It great camping, and completely dark since no fires or white lights is allowed at night during these events. This creates a truly aw inspiring night skies, almost as good as going to a planetarium. It’s a great time to talk to other Amateur and Astronomy Enthusiast. There is about as many different telescopes and astronomical devices as there are people. They will usually also have door prizes, new and used equipment for sale to.
More info can be found at:
THE NEBRASKA STAR PARTY
July 19th THROUGH 24th, 2009
SNAKE CAMPGROUND, MERRITT RESERVOIR,
27 MILES SOUTH OF VALENTINE, NEBRASKA
Preliminary information about NSP 16 is now online