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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 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.


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