San Dimas Astronomy Club

It’s official! I was able to bring the 12.5″ into school to advertise for my newly founded club. At my school, it’s called Club Rush, where all the clubs set up their tables and try to get people to sign up for their club.  This was quite a new experience for me as I steered clear of this last year, as it indeed is very busy in the quad.

Last year I brought in the RV-6 to science class and did a talk about telescopes and such and got quite a bit of interest.  All the people that were interested signed up the the club.  Nobody there could quite come close to showing up that massive telescope sitting out there.  Here’s a few photos.

Here is me with the 12.5" all set up at the school

Here is me with the 12.5″ all set up at the school

Now, what do we do at the clubs?  I already have several ideas in progress, and the good people at Cloudy Nights gave me a few other ideas.  But, for this first meeting, I want to gauge the interest level of the group and see who is really passionate that could help me lead and coordinate future events.

You can see some of the other tables set up with their posters.  The ASB actually made  me a really cool looking poster but the wind got the best of it after the first day.

You can see some of the other tables set up with their posters. The ASB actually made me a really cool looking poster but the wind got the best of it after the first day.

A few of my ideas included doing a fundraiser selling some of mom’s famous cookies or some sodas or something to fund a trip up to local observatories like Mount Wilson or Griffith Park. Monrovia High School has an observatory on campus which houses an 11″ Celestron Edge.  It would be fun to collaborate with the surrounding schools.  I also thought solar outreach at lunchtime at school would further generate interest and more members. The first meeting is planned sometime in early October.  Should be really exciting!

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4 thoughts on “San Dimas Astronomy Club

  1. Hey Justin! I hope all is well. I saw your new entry in my mail, so I popped over to read it. You didn’t say ANYTHING about cookies on CN! Lol! I figure you knew you would’ve been overrun with requests to get some! What you’re doing is wonderful. I would’ve gotten into astronomy a lot earlier if I had a place or club to experience it.

    Keep it up, y’all are the future!
    Your deep south and CN friend,
    Robert Clark “rnc39560”

  2. Justin
    So glad the new Astronomy Club is off to a good start. What a great idea I wish I had done the same thing when I was in High School. Your photo’s of the event were great just wish I could have been there. From the other comments on the blog they all seem to think your enterprise is well worth the effort. Your Mom’s cookies is a great idea as part of a fundraiser consept tied in with some Solar Observing. Your scope should draw a lot of interest. Sorry about the wind blowing away your poster I’m sure it was nice. You mentioned that the people in CN had some ideas on the club format that is a good source to contact. Well Justin I’ll close for now and once again congradulations on your Reflector article…. Grandpa clear skys

    • I saw pics of your scopes also Mr. Stockton. Very nice! I have two payments on a Lightbridge 16 and its FINALLY mine! I really like the slow reflector that Justin so graciously shared some photos of. Maybe if I’m out west anytime, we could have mini star party. With COOKIES furnished by Justin of course! Lol! 😉

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