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    Re: What I did last night
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2013 Jan 23, 17:33 -0800

    Norm, you wrote:
    "Over 100 people looked through my scope"

    Very nice!

    And you wrote:
    "and just looked UP for the first time in their lives."

    Not so nice! Well, I suppose it depends on the city.

    And:
    "And certainly no one had ever seen Jupiter's moons before."

    Oh, they've seen them. They've seen them on the Internet, for sure. And they've probably seen them on tv, too. ;) It's a shame, but the actual act of viewing celestial objects with one's own eyes is dying out rapidly even as it becomes child's play to aim a telescope at the right star cluster or planet or nebula. I always shake my head when I see a web site announce to its readers "don't worry if you miss the eclipse... you can watch it online!" and amazingly enough, for many people that's a satisfying experience.

    -FER


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