Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Stargazing tonight outside Courts Toa Payoh

Weather permitting, I will be stargazing at open grounds outside Courts Toa Payoh tonight.

Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014
Time: From 8:00 PM onwards
Venue: Open grounds outside Courts Toa Payoh  [Google Map] [Street View]

Come see Saturn and stars through telescope(s)! Free and open to public. All are welcomed.

There's a pasar malam going on outside Toa Payoh Public Library. You may enjoy some nice finger food there. :)


Update 4 July 2014:

This is a brief report and pics of the 18 Jun sidewalk astronomy session at Courts Toa Payoh.

Thanks to all for coming, especially Hong Lian for helping out with his dobsonian telescope. Able to spend more time explaining stuff to a smaller weekday crowd - how to read sky maps, pros and cons of different types of telescopes, ...etc. Good views of Saturn and Jewel Box. Saw Martian ice caps again in the dobs.

Highlight of the evening was encountering 2 police officers on patrol. They had a great time looking through the telescopes and understanding what we are doing. They walked away without even asking us to show any identification.

Thanks to them, some of the residents sitting around there who have been watching us from a short distance couldn't endure their growing curiosity anymore. They came and queued behind the police officers and patiently waited for their turn to take a look through our telescopes. Needless to say, nobody dared to cut the queue!

This is a single shot phone pic of Saturn through my 10-inch dobsonian telescope, slightly enhanced in photoshop. The actual live view at that time was of course way much better than this! One would be able to see very sharp contrasty bands, rings and moons of Saturn nearby!

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