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Telescope Clinic on Dec. 7

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Revive Your Telescope

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Thinking of buying a telescope?  Or have a telescope that hasn't been used in awhile?  On Saturday, December 7, 2013, the Michiana Astronomical Society (MAS) will host a Telescope Clinic from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the State Theater in downtown South Bend.  There you can meet one-on-one with practicing amateur astronomers who will listen to what your observing expectations and cialis canadian cost interests are, show you examples of multiple types of telescopes, and guide you in making your next telescope purchase with confidence. 

If you already own a telescope but are not comfortable using it, bring the scope, manual, and all parts to the buy advair diskus online no prescription Telescope Clinic for a tune-up, for instruction, or simply for encouragement.  The MAS folks may have a few quick tips that will turn your attic denizen into a renewed asset.

Let's face it--too often someone shopping for a gift hastily buys a department store telescope with colorful packaging that promises vast magnification and grand views of the universe.  A cheap scope delivers exactly what you pay for, with impractical lenses, small light gathering capability, toy-like parts, and a flimsy mount.  In giving junk you may easily dissuade a person from advancing their interest in astronomy rather than nurturing it as intended.  At the risk of find cheap viagra being brusque, I encourage you not to be the one who stifles a child's curiosity with inferior equipment.

In addition to not getting the right telescope in the first place, a shortcoming that can discourage hours behind an eyepiece is recommended site not having a mentor to expose you to celestial highlights and telescope techniques.  Here again, the MAS can support your budding hobby.  The club usually meets the third Thursday of the month (with exceptions for solstice months and during the annual spring star party) at the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Library at 209 Lincoln Way East.  MAS meetings often have a guest speaker and are open to the public, and attendees range from newbies intrigued by the cheepest cialis mystique of the firmament to advanced amateurs pursuing leading-edge astronomy.  More information is at

If you have an old telescope that you just want to pass on to someone else, feel free to bring it to the Telescope Clinic and the MAS will get reasonable scopes into the hands of new observers in the community. We appreciate your consideration.  Thanks go to viagra uk buy online Paul Kitt of Elkhart, IN, who recently donated a Meade ETX telescope and eyepieces for the club to get back into circulation.

Portable Planetariums

On site at the Telescope Clinic will also be a portable planetarium courtesy of the ETHOS Science Center in Elkhart, IN.  Under the dome you can learn what stars and generic levitra soft tabs telescope targets will be visible in the upcoming months.  Programs are free and open to the public.

Authors of Astronomy Books

Local authors of tramadol consent online astronomy books wil be present to share their handiwork. 

A World of Arcas booth will provide a preview to the upcoming book, The Hunter, the Bear, and the Seventh Sister (launching Jan. 28, 2014). South Bend natives Benji and Ila Woolet will be discussing their book and viewing a virtual map of constellations – and perhaps Comet Ison – via the Star Walk HD app. All attendees are encouraged to stop by the World of Arcas booth for a free Star Walk viewing, in addition to giveaways and the opportunity to meet the local authors.

Dayle Brown, local author/illustrator of a series of books inspired by her years of classroom and planetarium education, will be participating in two events sponsored by the Comet Festival on Dec. 7, 2013. She will present Skylore from Planet Earth: stories from around the canada levitra pills world… and will preview the last book in the series, COMETS & METEORS. Dayle works from her home studio in watercolor and ink. Great attention is given to the accuracy of the background sky.  Her illustrations reflect, whenever possible, the early art of buy ultram online reviews the cultures represented in her books.

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