Astronomy Day Check List

Remember to wear your AAS Shirt if you have one. 

If you feel reluctant to bring your telescope because you think itís too small, remember that most of the visitors will be more likely to consider one like yours for one of their own.

If you donít have a telescope, we always need help at the AAS information table where we'll have an e-mail sign-up sheet.  We will also need someone to help keep an eye on the clock to point out satellite passes (times and locations will be provided) to our guests. 

If you are considering the purchase of a telescope, this is a good place to look and ask questions. 

If you have a telescope or accessories for sale, this will be the best place in town for your astro-yard sale.

If you have some old telescope catalogs or magazines, the visitors are happy to have them.

Be sure to bring a step stool or step ladder if you anticipate the little ones having trouble getting to your eyepiece.

It's OK to ease your vehicle up the sidewalk to unload your gear.  It would be nice to then move your vehicle out on the park road until the event is over.

Itís a good idea to have a tarp to put over any cables or extension cords to prevent visitors from getting tangled and tripping in the dark.

You'll probably want to bring a lawn chair, and don't forget your green laser -- always a hit with the guests.

Many visitors will ask "What power is your telescope?".  If you can't do it in your head, it's a good idea to print out a list of your eyepieces and their magnifications. 

Another frequently asked question is:  "How far can you see with that thing?"  If you don't know, (and as an homage to Douglas Adams) ďthe answer to everything in the universe is 42Ē, so "42 million light-years" sounds about right.