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Post by MapleRidge » Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:57 pm

Good day everyone...

I have been meaning to post a note about the potential to start an online meeting for members to meet and discuss whats on their minds. Can be solar imaging , equipment, or today's weather. I see that the idea of a zoom meeting was brought up in the post by Pedro for his new observatory, so maybe there is enough interest to try it out. I have been taking part in Zoom based meetings for the two astronomy clubs I belong to since Ontario started to lock down in the spring and they work quite well with the ability to video chat and share materials with the group.

I have traditionally met up with those members who attend NEAF in NY, but missed the chance to see Eric, Franco, Stephen, Rainer and others this past spring. It was also great to meet up with Alexandra, Derek, and Stuart in the summer of 2019 when Sandy and I visited the UK. I think the Zoom style chat would be a great addition to the exchange we have in place already.

Of course, the greatest challenge is finding a time that works for the majority of those who wish to partake. In my mind, a mid after noon start for east coast North American members would allow the west coast to sign in around their noon and still be early evening in much of Europe. This is just me thinking out loud, and no matter what time we aim for it will be in the middle of the night for some of us. A Sunday session would avoid work conflicts as well...me thinking out loud again, LOL.

Lets explore this and see if we can come up with a potential plan if enough want to take part.

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Re: Zoom Meeting - Any Interest

Post by Carbon60 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:15 pm

I’d be interested, Brian. Details would have to be by PM or email to avoid gate crashers, though.

It would be great to catch up with folks. Going a bit stir crazy with COVID restrictions.

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Post by Starry Jack » Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:29 pm

I'm interested. Friday I Zoomed live solar to two high school astronomy classes. The sun was gorgeous.


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Re: Zoom Meeting - Any Interest

Post by DeepSolar64 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:50 pm

Yeah. I would do it. I would use my phone.


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Post by pedro » Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:57 pm

Count me in. I use zoom a lot these day

BTW the zoom meeting was Alexandra's idea



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Post by ffellah » Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:20 pm

Great idea. Count me in Brian. Next weekend Sunday ?

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Post by AndiesHandyHandies » Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:27 pm

Hi

It would be nice to talk with others.

Sunday is best for me.

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Post by MapleRidge » Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:55 pm

Hi everyone...

It sounds like there is lots of interest in the idea of a zoom session. I guess there is a lot to organize but we have time to sort it out over the next few days.

The first critical factor is finding someone will to host among us. If anyone wishes to volunteer that would be great, especially if they have an upgraded account. It's not that i am unwilling, but I only have a guest account and limited to 40min sessions before they close (but we can log in again if needed).

The second item to sort out is how to set up invitations...another point to work on.

The last detail is to decide on a date and time that works for the majority.

As is, I'm looking forward to the inaugural chat :)

As Pedro mentioned it was Alexandra who first mentioned the idea of a Zoom meeting...I was just referencing it in Pedro's post about his new observatory. Thanks to Alexandra for making the suggestion.

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Re: Zoom Meeting - Any Interest

Post by DeepSolar64 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:28 pm

Sunday is usually good for me. Saturday usually better.


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Post by DeepSolar64 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:30 pm

Starry Jack wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:29 pm
I'm interested. Friday I Zoomed live solar to two high school astronomy classes. The sun was gorgeous.
That's awesome Jack! HaT's off to you!


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Re: Zoom Meeting - Any Interest

Post by Montana » Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:27 am

I have a Zoom account with unlimited time and up to 300 participants, however the big pain is that I will be the only host so no one else can share a screen. Unless you have a Manchester University account I can't make you a co-host. So we can all chat easily enough but only I will be able to use screen share, so if anyone wanted to share something they would have to email it me :( University regulations I am afraid and I can't change it (set up at the Uni which I have no control over).
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Post by ffellah » Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:48 pm

First of all thank you Alexandra for starting this idea. If yours is an offer to host this first meeting, I would be very happy to start just by having this first zoom encounter with other solarchat fellow imagers, while we try to develop a more comprehensive method. Just my five cents...

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Post by MapleRidge » Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:18 pm

Hi Alexandra and all...

If you are willing to host the first session Alexandra we can work around the inability to share desktops to start with. It will be better from a participant standpoint not to have to log in each time the session expires in the free mode of Zoom.

If after the initial meeting we decide that the ability to share is needed, then we can work our way up to this option.

Count me in as well to take part.

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Post by rsfoto » Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:03 pm

Hi,

Sounds interesting but what do I need for a Zoom meeting.

The question is for the set up. I have a laptop with an integrated camera or I would need to set up a camera in the observatory.

My internet bandwidth is 100 mbps symmetrical e.g. up or down so there I do not think that would be a problem.

Another issue is that I use hearing aids and therefore I sometimes have difficulty in hearing ... not understanding.


When I hear correctly I understand correctly :lol:

What would the time frame be ?

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Post by Wyvern » Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:38 pm

Rainer,
Laptop and integrated webcam is fine for Zoom.
For those unfamiliar with Zoom, it is downloadable from the site here - https://zoom.us/download although you can "join" direct from an email link. ( some software will need to be downloaded to join however). It is free to download and use in the basic form, and although a valid email address is requested during the download/installation process, I have yet to receive any form of spam or junk email as a result. You may join a meeting via audio only should you not have a webcam or wish to be "incognito".

There are plenty of Zoom tutorials via youtube should you need assistance, an example is listed below -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w3Y_9FLgc4

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Post by Montana » Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:53 pm

Rainer, if you have earphones that can help with hearing. Also, it would help if everyone can join using their first name plus their solarchat name, helps with recognising people. Like mentioned above we will have to send the link out via PM for anyone interested, to stop the gate crashers.
Just need a date and time (UTC for astronomers).

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Post by rsfoto » Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:47 pm

Thanks Les and Alexandra

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Post by Carbon60 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:03 pm

Given the global reach of Solarchat it will be impossible to select a time that suits everyone in all regions without someone staying up very late or getting up very early.

For this one it looks like the participants are from the North/South American & European continents , so morning on the West Coast US, early afternoon East Coast US and early evening Europe could work. How about 6:00pm UTC on Sunday? There’s a little complication this Sunday as our clocks in Europe ‘fall back’ from summertime time, but in the US this doesn’t happen until November 1st, but I’m sure we can all deal with this accordingly. The Zoom invitation should take account of this anyhow, hopefully.

Anyhow, 6:00pm UK (which will also be 6:00 pm UTC on Sunday with the clock change) would be my proposal.

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Post by MapleRidge » Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:23 pm

Stu and all...

That certainly works for me, and can accommodate changes should they be needed.

With the global scale of members, the ability to host a time an ideal fit for all is next to impossible as you mentioned. One club I'm in can't get consensus for day/time for people in a 30 mile radius :lol:

The first session will be a trial and error...adapt as we move forward.

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Post by pedro » Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:35 am

Like Alexandra I have a zoom virtual room with unlimited access that I use for all my classes (University of Lisbon) - no limitation in sharing your screen (recurrent meeting)

Alexandra can host the first meeting for sure



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Post by ffellah » Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:06 am

The time works for me, thank you.

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Post by p_zetner » Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:14 pm

I’d be interested in participating. Don’t have Zoom installed yet but my wife has some experience with it. The date and time are convenient so please keep me in the loop.
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Post by LTHB » Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:58 pm

That's a good idea - I'd be interested! I probably won't make it next weekend (for job reasons...), but I might join in the following meeting, if I may!

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Post by solarchat » Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:14 am

Im in!

I have a paid Zoom account also in case you don’t. Its limited to 45 minutes with the free account.

No need to worry about posting the invite here as I have been doing them 2 to 3 times weekly for various groups including Sunlit Earth! with no problems from crashers.

I can also advertise it on the Facebook group page for this forum


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Re: Zoom Meeting - Any Interest

Post by Montana » Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:20 am

OK so the date is set
Sunday 25th October at 18:00 UTC

The Zoom link will be posted here on Saturday.

It will be a very informal and friendly chat, you can join and just listen, or join and chat a lot it is up to you. A good time to ask any burning questions too. If it is clear we might also get a live solar view as well!

It will be great to see what everyone looks and sounds like :) pity I haven't had my hair done for 7 months :(

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