Dobsonian Telescope At Summer Camp
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Tue, 22 Jul 1997 08:19:21 -0700
The 10" Dobsonian mount, Newtonian reflector telescope (Dob) that 4
members of Troop 808 made has been at Camp Three Falls for three weeks.
Except for two clueless Scouters who complained that the line of Scouts
wanting to look through it is too long and why aren't there more
telescopes, it has been very well received indeed.
This telescope is named "The Night Stalker".
Troop 808 made a 5" Dob last week for viewing the moon whilst we were
at Camp Three Falls and loaned it to the camp. The construction took
place at the handicraft area. The project proved to be so popular that
several Scouts from other troops chipped in to help make the 'scope
and we had to shoo some of our boys off to work on merit badges and
tell them to come back during free time.
The moon is really beautiful through it, and with a 32mm plossl
eyepiece, it looks as though one is looking at the moon through the
porthole of a space ship.
This telescope is named "The Moon Shadow".
The Scouts of Troop 808 now want to make an 8" Dob that we can take
with us on our campouts wherein we do no backpacking.
For those of you who requested plans, I'll get them out to you on Friday.
Anybody else who is interested in building your own telescope, please
e-mail me with your snail-mail address.
I have decided to make 4 8" Dobs for use at Camp Three Falls next summer.
This ought to address the complaints from the two well-meaning but
clueless individuals and put a good set of optics into the hands of
each buddy pair of Scouts earnign astronomy merit badge.
Alas, I cannot help the one of the clueless pair of Scouters who also
complained to me that starviewing began too late and that his 11 year old
boys were falling asleep. I told him that we had to wait for the stars
to appear before we could begin viewing them. He persisted in his
complaints as to the lateness of the hour.
Finally, I asked him if he believed in God. He replied in the affirmative
and asked me what this had to do with his complaint. I replied that in
the ultimate analysis, the earliest time we could start viewing stars was
set by God and that he needed to complain to Him, as God had not vouchsafed
to me control over the time of sunset.
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <email@example.com>
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 808 Wood Badge 416-18
Ventura County Council at Philmont, 1973
Camarillo, California, USA "I used to be a Beaver..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City