This double telescope is piggybacked on German Equatorial Mount (GEM) w/ four (4) D-cell battery drive. This scope needs to be roughly polar aligned to track the sun or objects in the night sky. The 100mm f/6 Orion refractor is fitted with a SolarMax 60mm hydrogen-alpha solar filter. The 80mm f/11.3 Tasco refractor is fitted with a white light solar filter. Both have 20mm eyepieces.
Heidi’s Night at McCormick Observatory March 29, 2019
The Charlottesville Astronomical Society will hold its Heidi’s Night Activity for students grades 4 – 12 and parents interested in Astronomy on Friday, March 29th from 8:00 to 9:30 pm at the McCormick Observatory on the grounds of the University of Virginia. The event honors the memory CAS member Heidi Winter, former executive secretary to the Director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, who passed away in 2012. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in four activities during the evening. These include:
A laser tour of the night sky
A classroom activity
Viewing the night sky though the historic 26” Clark refractor
View the night sky through a home-built 4” scope
Registration is required. For more information or to register, please click here to email Steve Layman. In case of inclement weather, the evening may be shortened and activities would be limited to indoors.