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Outreach: On the night of your visit

Discussion in 'Canterbury Astronomical Society & Outreach' started by CAS Admin, Nov 17, 2015.

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    On the night of your visit
    The home page of the CAS website will be updated no later than 6:45pm, advising whether the observatory is open or closed. The observatory may be closed during wet weather, so check the home page before visiting to avoid disappointment. On cloudy evenings, a cloudy-night presentation and discussion will be held. Please dip your headlights before arriving. Onsite parking is reserved for society members, please angle-park on the roadside, outside the observatory. Please wait outside the gate until 7:30pm as it will be dark and astronomers will be moving about setting up equipment. Walk down the driveway towards the lodge, following the red lights. Suggestions to improve your viewing experience

    • Dress Warm We recommend that you dress warm, as the telescopes (and you) are exposed to the winter night air.
    • No torches Becoming dark-adapted is essential for seeing the faint fuzzies that make up the deep sky. It takes 10-15 minutes for the pupil in your eye to expand to its maximum aperture. Over another 15 to 20 minutes, a chemical reaction in the eye kicks in that further boosts its sensitivity. A single shot of white light can ruin your night vision for up to 30 minutes.
    • No flashing shoes. If your shoes have flashing lights in the heels, please ensure they are covered or taped up.
    • Skymap Free maps of the night sky available at SkyMaps.com each month - great for the kids. Make sure you get the southern hemisphere map!
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