Outreach..Please let John Waechter know if you can help out.
-UPDATED- Past Outreaches:
April 23, 2015 - Northwestern Elementary School on Route 301 (Elyria Road) north of Wooster. Start time is 8:30 pm. Cloud date is May 14.
Highland Schools, Sept. 18 and Sept. 19. The skies cleared just in time for our 8 pm start on the evening of the 18th. We were able to use our telescopes on stars and the Moon. It never cleared for the evening of the 19th and we had to do the indoor program. We showed a NASA video on star formation and answered questions after. We had about 300 guests for both nights. Thanks to Thanks to Bill Castro, Brian Gray, Dave Ross, John Waechter and Ron Wallick for helping.
October 12th, 4 AM, Louisville Middle School. We played hide and seek with the clouds. About 100 students and parents were able to see The Orion Nebula, Jupiter, the double star Alcor and Mizar. What made this outreach great was the great turnout (in spite of the early morning hour) and the great refreshments. Volunteers included Bill Castro and John Waechter. Thanks to Curt Branden for getting this going.
Sept. 28 for the ECO Guest Family Nature Club. We had a good night with about 25 people. The kids were very young and liked Ron’s video images. The parents seemed to enjoy the night as well. Volunteers included Brian Gray, Ron Wallick and John Waechter.
July 31, Camp Wanake Summer Campers, 9:30 @ TWC Observatory. It was Ohio Weather all over. If you don't like the weather, wait a minute! It rained while driving down to the Observatory so we planned to do a planetarium show and the indoor program. After the planetarium show it magically cleared up and we got the observatory telescopes in action. Lots of nebulae and star clusters were visible. As quickly as the skies cleared up, they clouded over. We called it a night at 11:00. It was raining while driving home. Thanks to Bill Castro, Brian Gray, Dwayne Miller, Kim Miller, John Waechter and Ron Wallick for helping.
July 10, Camp Wanake Summer Campers, 9:30 pm @ TWC Observatory. The one word summary for this outreach is DEDICATION! In spite of earlier storm damage, the group arrived Wednesday night. Everybody had to drive around fallen trees and branches in the roads, the power was out all around the area. The program was done without AC power. We talked to the campers about astronomy & telescopes. Ron had his battery powered gear and showed some of his video of objects he has photographed from the past. We had "Happy Camp Wanake Campers". I think they were glad to get away from the campground for a while, the counselors told me that the camp was a mess of downed trees and wet soggy ground. Thanks to our volunteers for braving the elements: Brian Gray, Dwayne Miller, John Waechter and Ron Wallick.
Washington H.S. Science Club. We held a Star Watch on May 1st at Massillon Community Park, 8:00pm for about 30 Washington H.S. Science Club members, family and faculty. The skies were clear for observing Jupiter, Saturn, galaxies and star clusters. Volunteers included Bill Castro, Brian Gray, Dwayne Miller, John Waechter and Ron Wallick.
Northwestern Elementary School star watch was held on April 25th at the school. We started at 8:30PM when the rain and clouds parted just in time for the 150 guest to enjoy the night sky. Thanks to Brian Gray, John Waechter and Ron Wallick for helping.
CHESCA home school group had their outreach before the April Public Star Watch. We had clear skies, lots of stars and lots of people. We had 75 guests from the CHESCA home school group and another 80 from the general public. Joann gave several planetarium shows on the constellation Leo and the night sky. Volunteers included Joann Ballbach, Bill Castro, Ken Craddock, Brian Gray, Fred Grosse, Phil Hoyle, Fred Jarka, Tom Kiel, Dwayne Miller, Kim Miller, John Waechter and Ron Wallick.
The star watch went well for Northwestern schools at Inspiration Hills Campground (north of Wooster) on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. Thanks to Brian Gray, John Knapp, John Waechter and Ron Wallick for helping out.
The star watches were a hit for Highland Middle School at Camp Wanake on September 19th and 20th. The 19th had the best observing weather with the Milky Way standing out over the campers. Mostly cloudy skies on the 20th made us play hide and seek with the Moon and stars. Volunteers included Bill Castro, Brian Gray, Fred Grosse, John Knapp, John Waechter and Ron Wallick.
Wanake campers, July 25th. from 9:30 to 11:00 PM at TWC observatory. These were well prepared high school age kids with excellent questions for our astronomers. Highlights included the 1st quarter Moon and Saturn. Patchy clouds and haze washed out all but the brightest objects. Bill and John manned the telescopes in the observatory while Ron operated his camera on the sundial. Mike and Tom also brought their own telescopes and set up on the sundial. Volunteers included Bill Castro, Brian Gray, Fred Grosse, Tom Kiehl, Mike Mullet, John Waechter and Ron Wallick
-SUCCESS!!!- June 5th Transit of Venus at the McKinley Monument, William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, 5:30 pm - 10:00pm. The clouds magically parted allowing us to view the transit. Thanks to Dave Richards and Jim Quinn from the Hoover Price Planetarium for hosting the event for the over 200 guests that showed up. Thanks to WCAC members for volunteering to help; Bill Castro with his 100 mm refractor, Baader white light filter, video camera and monitor, John Waechter with his Coronado H-alpha filtered scope, Ron Wallick with his11 inch SCT and Baader white light filter. Special thanks to The Canton Repository and their excellent article and photo gallery covering the event. (close the new window to return):
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Northwestern Elementary School: Thursday, April 26th. We started at 8:30PM when the rain and clouds parted just in time for the 150 guest to enjoy the night sky. Thanks to Brian Gray, John Knapp, John Waechter and Ron Wallick for helping.
TWC Geocaching club, January 28, 2012 in the AEB. It was windy but clear, Ron Wallick and Brian Gray showcased the Moon, Jupiter, Venus, and the Orion Nebula to about 100 geocachers.
November 8, 2011 at Northwood School , N.Canton. We had a waxing gibbous moon (2 days from full moon) but clear skies for the evening. The Moon and Jupiter were the centers of attention that evening. Thanks to volunteers Bill Castro, Brian Gray and John Waechter.
September 22nd Highland Schools at Camp Wanake. It cleared up just in time for the students to see the night sky. Thanks to Bill Castro, Brian Gray, John Waechter and Ron Wallick for helping.
September 21nd Highland Schools at Camp Wanake. Clouds forced John Waechter to do an indoor program.
September 17th at Clay's Park. The sky was clear but transparency was poor with lots of moisture. We had difficulty keeping the scopes from dewing up. Thanks to Brian Gray, John Waechter and Ron Wallick for helping.
August 13th at Clay's Park. The clouds started moving in as soon as we got set up at 8:30. We were able to find a few things in the telescopes to show. By 10 pm we were limited to the Moon now and then through the clouds. Volunteers included Brian Gray, Fred Grosse, John Waechter and Ron Wallick.
August 3rd, Camp Wanake in The Wilderness Center's Astronomy Education Building. We had 29 kids and 6 adults show up at 9pm. John gave a planetarium show showing the constellations of the night sky. Clouds kept us from opening the observatory roof but we did look at the telescopes and saw how they worked. Thanks to Brian Gray, Fred Grosse and John Waechter for helping.
June 29th, Fred Grosse and Ron Wallick performed an outreach program for a school bus full of kids from Camp Wanake at the Center's observatory. They started at 9:00 and saw the ISS pass over at approximately 9 and a list of Messier objects (57,27,61,64,5,51,104,6,and 20) through the eyepiece and Ron's video camera before they all loaded back onto the bus and left around 11:30.
May 5th, Northwestern Schools, 8:30 pm at Northwestern School. Saturn and the Moon were the only things visible through the telescopes for the over 100 students and parents. Thanks to Bill Castro, Brian Gray, Fred Grosse, John Knapp, John Waechter and Ron Walllick for helping.
April 15, 2011. Clouds greeted the 40 guests from the Wadsworth Girl Scouts at the TWC observatory. Ron showed images of Galaxies visible in April with his video set up on the sundial. Afterwards Joann gave a planetarium show on constellations of the 4 seasons. We then toured the observatory and looked at different types of telescopes. Volunteers included Joann Ballbach, Bill Castro, Nancy Castro, Brian Gray, John Waechter and Ron Wallick.
November 11th, 2010, Salem Christian School, at TWC observatory, Thursday, we started at 7:30 pm. We had 25 people there.
October 21, Northwestern Schools at Inspiration Hills Campground, North of Wooster. It was raining when we left North Canton to head out to Inspiration Hills, but the forecast was for clearing skies by nightfall. When we got there, sure enough the cloud cover began to break up. We had large patches of clear sky but clouds still loomed menacingly in the West. Ron set up for video playback just in case we needed it. By the time the first group of kids came around the clouds were back. Brian & John were able to get a few glimpses of the Moon & Jupiter between the clouds. Ron showed off his captured images of galaxies, clusters and Comet Hartley. This pattern continued all evening. The teachers were all very happy that we were able to show what we could. After the final group, we packed up our gear and headed back to Stark County, half way home the rain started again. It's been that kind of season for outreaches. Thanks to Brian Gray, John Waechter and Ron Walllick for helping.
October 14, Dundee Elementary School. Lots of clouds - Brian Gray, Fred Grosse & John Waechter showed the Moon & Jupiter through the holes in the clouds while Ron Wallick set up his video & showed some of his recent images. We had about 50 kids plus parents.
October 5th. E. Canton Schools at Camp Wanake. It was a cold and rainy night. John Waechter gave an indoor show to three groups totaling 70 kids.
The September 25, Clays Park, outreach went well. We had a nice groups of campers come by for about 2 hours. They were very appreciative, had lots of questions. The sky started getting pretty hazy and with the Moon rising. By 9:30 it got difficult to show them much more that Jupiter and the Moon. Thanks to Brian Gray, John Waechter and Ron Wallick for helping.
The Wednesday night (august 4th) outreach for the Camp Wanake campers went well We had about 18 kids. When they arrived at 10:00 pm, the skies were completely cloud covered and we began to feel a few rain drops so John took them all into the planetarium and did a sky show. By 10:45 pm a few big holes appeared in the clouds, so we opened the observatory roof and showed them M-57 and a few globular clusters. Ron ran a video of galaxies that he photographed with his Astrovid. They stayed until nearly 11:30. Volunteers were Brian Gray, Rick Breehl, Ron Wallick and John Waechter.
May 14th was the planetarium show and starwatch for the family with the winning bid at TWC’s auction. Tom Hartmett and his family had about 15 people in attendance for their daughter’s birthday. Start time was 8:30 with a planetarium show. Observing started at 9 with a pass of the ISS and went until 10:30. Volunteers included Bill and Nancy Castro, Brian Gray, Fred Grosse, Phil Hoyle, Gene Rickenbrode and John Waechter.
The outreach on April 22, 2010, at Northwestern Elementary school out in West Salem was a success. We started at 9:00pm and showed the night sky to 75 students and parents from the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Ron also showed live deep sky images from his telescope on his TV monitor. Thanks go to Brian Gray, Gene Rickenbrode, John Waechter and Ron Wallick for helping.
Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. Dalton Intermediate Science Club (6th-8th graders) at TWC Observatory. The night turned out to be mostly cloudy. A few holes opened up right at 8:00 PM. We were able to show Jupiter and The Andromeda Galaxy to about 60 people. Ron had his Stellacam equipment set up outside on the plaza, he showed prerecorded video of several galaxies. The customers were pleased, so I will call it a success. Club members who helped out were Brian Gray, Fred Grosse, Gene Rickenbrode, Ron Wallick and John Waechter.
Oct. 29th. Northwest Elementary had their annual star watch at Inspiration Hills on Thursday, Oct. 29th at 8:00 p.m. There were about 120 kids. Clouds forced John Waechter to do the indoor program.
Oct. 8th. East Canton Middle Schools. Another outreach was clouded out. John did the indoor program in the barn.
Sept. 24th star watch for Highland schools at camp Wanake again. Clouds forced John Waechter to do the indoor program.
Sept. 23rd we did a star watch for Highland Schools at Camp Wanake. Thanks to Fred Grosse and Ron Wallick for showing up and taking care of business. Fred took his 5" and Ron took his Orion to Camp Wanake that night just in case a hole appeared in the sky. Since the time came for the watch without a hole, they played a DVD titled "Jupiter" from the Infinite Cosmos Series into a TV player that they had inside. Ron also had his B&W monitor running showing images he recorded a little over a week ago running side by side. They had three, 1/2 hr. shows with about 40 sixth graders at each show.
On August 5 we had 30 youths and 10 adults from the Camp Wanake Overnight group looking at the night sky in the observatory. The Moon and Jupiter were visible in the Keller and Giust telescopes while the Resetar was fitted with the camera and displayed star clusters, nebula and galaxies on the TV monitor. We had a great night and our "customers" were pleased. Thanks go to Bill Castro, Ken Craddock, Gene Rickenbrode, Fred Grosse, John Waechter and Ron Walllick for your help on very short notice.
The April 23rd outreach was at Northwestern Elementary School in West Salem. After being clear all day, start time for the outreach and (unfortunately) clouds was 8:30. Only a few stars shown through the moving clouds. It did clear up for those that stayed an hour later. Saturn was the big hit with galaxies M65 and M66 in Leo as well as open clusters M35 and M37 making guest appearances. Volunteers participating were Bill Castro, Brian Gray, Gene Rickenbrode, John Waechter and John Weiss.
The March 30th outreach was for Zion Christian School in Benton. We had a great night Monday, it was clear and very still. We had 50 - 60 students plus parents. Helping out, on very short notice, were Brian Gray, Fred Grosse, Gene Rickenbrode, Ron Wallick and John Waechter.
The January 22nd (2009) outreach at Ridgewood Elementary school was a big success. The temperature hovered in the mid 20's and the playground where we set up was covered with ice but the skies were clear and the crowd enthusiastic and appreciative. We set up our telescopes and showed the planet Venus, the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Double Cluster, the open cluster M-37, the Pleiades and a few other wonders of the winter sky to about 40 students and their parents. Volunteers participating were Brian Gray, Ron Wallick, Fred Grosse and John Waechter.
Nov. 25, 2008, 7pm, Inspiration Hills, Wayne County. Well, we bombed out at Inspiration Hills. John drove all the way over there in the snow only to have the digital projector fail as he was preparing to give the show. The projector would run for a couple minutes then shut down as if it was overheating. Linda said that someone else had a similar experience with it a week or so ago. Northwestern suggested that we come out to the school after the first of the year and put on a program for them. We will try to work out a date for that.
Oct. 17th, 8pm, Hoover Price Planetarium had a "Night Out at the Monument". The WCAC and the Akron Astronomy Club set up telescopes on top of McKinley monument. The sky cleared up at 8:00 PM as if on cue, and turned into a very nice evening. We estimate 75 people attended to look at Jupiter, Uranus, M-57, M-13, M-31, Albireo, and the Moon. Ron mounted his Stellacam to Fred's scope and displayed a variety of faint galaxies and nebula on a monitor. Telescopes were set up by Brian Gray, Fred Grosse, Gene Rickenbrode, John Waechter, Ron Wallick, Dave Richards (Hoover Price Planetarium) and Jason Shinn (ACA).
Oct. 8, 8pm. east Canton Schools at camp Wanake. John Waechter did the indoor program.
Highland School star watch was held on September 24th & 25th at Camp Wanake from 8 to 10 on both nights. There were approximately 150 students each night. The skies were very clear on the 24th and there was lots to see in the telescopes. The 25th was not so clear but the telescopes still showed some star clusters and Jupiter. Thanks to Bill Castro, Gene Rickenbrode, Ken Schneller, Ron Wallick and Dennis Young for helping on the 24th and Bill Castro, Ken Schneller, John Waechter and Ron Wallick for volunteering on the 25th.
We had 2 groups of 60 students from Black River Middle School at Camp Wanake, May 20 at 9:30. The mostly cloudy skies slowly gave way as we saw Saturn and a few deep sky objects. Thanks to Bill Castro, Fred Grosse, Gene Rickenbrode, Ron Wallick, John Waechter and Dennis & Pat Young for volunteering.
Louisville Library - Monday, April 7, 2008 at 9:00 PM. Didn't need the cloud dates, it was very clear that night. We had about 30 guests of all ages in attendance. Volunteers included Bill Castro, Fred Grosse, Gene Rickenbrode, Ron Wallick and John Waechter.
February 2, 2008 - Rivertree Church youth group. Feb 2nd, 6:30 til ???. There were about 40 7th & 8th grade girls. The location was a farm on Mayfair Road, in Green. Thanks to Bill Castro, Gene Rickenbrode, Ken Schneller and John Waechteer for helping.
The latest toolkit "Exploring the Solar System" is on its way. (Tool kits are kept in the Observatory control room.) Training videos. manuals and materials are available at meetings and public viewing nights. The material is available to all to use for classroom and public viewing night demonstrations.
Toolkits available include:
See John Waechter, Bill Castro or Brian Gray if you would like to borrow some for your group. Information and material is provided and sponsored by NASA-JPL and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Go to the link above to learn about the Night Sky Network.
- Exploring the Solar System -
- Shadows and Silhouettes - Phases, eclipses and exo-planet discovery
- Telescopes: Eyes on the Universe - how telescopes have helped us understand the universe.
- Black Hole Survivial Guide- Talks about Black Holes
- Our Galaxy Our Universe - Illustrates the scale of the universe
- Planet Quest - The search for other planets
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