Our optics workshop could not have been better! We built 30 spyglasses with Astronomers Without Borders to send to Ciencia Puerto Rico next week in only two hours 15 minutes, then used the rest of the time to let kids decorate them creatively. All who built or decorated filled in the donor form for the STEM teachers and students of Puerto Rico got a tektite specimen from our sponsor, Draco Productions. Many thanks to Sheryl Williams, Buddy Welker, Nicole and Chloe Gunter, Jacque Falzone, Marc Gordon, Ed Magowan, Lauren Rogers, and Chris Coats from the EAAA, and of course SaraBeth Gordon and the staff of Pensacola Mess Hall. We hope they get years of use out of the Palma C-8 at their solar observing, astronomy nights, and science workshops for years in the future!  Here is the link to our gallery of activies.  



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  • 04 April 2019
    Draco will mail the 30 scopes to Ciencia PR Thursday; they include donor certificates from the kids who built and decorated this colorful collection. For every scope built and bought by the family at the Festival, Draco used the money to build another one to ship to San Juan. If someone wanted to supply $10 camera tripods to supplement these STEM spyglasses, this would be an asset for class viewing of sunspots (Baader solar filter provided) and the moon and planets at night sessions. Here are the assembly instructions:
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Winner, Astronomical League Award, 2010 Asst. Exec. Secretary, Astronomical League, 1986-1992 Professor of Astronomy, Pensacola State College, 1974-2017 Professor of Astronomy, University of West Florida, 1984-2015 Sky Interpreter, National Park Service, 1976-present


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