Photo Credits: Frank Garner of Charlie Elliot Astronomy
Frank Garner of Charlie Elliot Astronomy (CEA) is a handy astronomer dedicated to outreach. He decided to take one of the Night Sky Network's Glass & Mirror's demonstrations and improve on it to better fit his own club's outreach at daytime events by giving the kit some sturdiness and improving its ease of setup with some precision craftsmanship! As you can see above the results speak for themselves with an elegant light bench, the sockets and base for which you can better see below.
Frank even kept the dimensions super portable so this much-revised kit could still fit inside the original carrying case, keeping it light, small, and super simple to carry, set up, and break down!
Here you can see a a couple of visitors exploring the optics on display during a sunny daytime event. Photo credit: Theo Ramakers
Here is see another great setup: a clamp and mount that allows a "naked telescope" demo using a custom tripod mount and clamp that allows the refracting telescope demo's lenses to be easily pointed at distant targets. Below you can see the tripod adapter for this setup.
Theo Ramakers of the CEA adds, "We use this setup many times as it allows the visitors to learn how a telescope works and see that it inverts the image and we can do this anywhere, inside or out. A perfect add on for solar outreach."
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