Outreach ...

My main purpose in being involved in this hobby is to spread it to others. If you're an outreach nut like I am, please post images and descriptions of your outreach events in here.
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Outreach ...

Post by andyg » Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:49 pm

I guess this is the correct place to post this ...
I regularly have kids at school (in the UK) look through solar scopes have run three solar outreach events for the local Astro Society.
I have had the question raised about safety and potential liability. I generally burble on about insisting on use of the correct equipment, designed for the job with secure filters and everything checked before public use. I can't see that I can go much further than that.
What approach do others take?

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Post by solarchat » Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:08 pm

I have done over 600 events with almost half a million students and never had an accident.

I do carry 5 million dollars of liability and accident insurance on the van and equipment for coverage at outreach events.

The main reason for the safety is that I NEVER allow anyone to use anything that can be taken off the scope quickly or blown off by the wind like objective baader filters or glass filters. No thumbscrew etalon adaptors on the end of scopes, etc... Everything is very secure. I also never use any wobbly small mounts that can be knocked over by a 5th grader.

This coupled with a lot of discipline and watchful eyes usually keeps things very safe.
Stephen W. Ramsden
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Founder/Director Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project
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Re: Outreach ...

Post by andyg » Fri Sep 26, 2014 5:41 pm

Thanks for that Stephen.

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Re: Outreach ...

Post by swisswalter » Fri Sep 26, 2014 6:41 pm

Hi Stephen

thanks for the hints, outreach is another league then modding in the own garden ;)
Only stardust in the wind, some fine and some less fine scopes, filters and adapters as well. Switzerland 47 N, 9 E, in the heart of EUROPE :)

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Post by marktownley » Sat Sep 27, 2014 6:29 am

I do outreach within the school I work at, and within other local schools, when doing this are covered by my employers insurance - not that there has ever been any need to use it.
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