2017 Austin, Texas Event Update

Psalm 19 Astronomy is an active, growing outreach group of amateur astronomers who set up telescopes in high-traffic public areas and invite passersby to look at the planets and the Moon. For example, the Austin, Texas chapter hosted thirteen events in 2017 in which up to three amateur astronomers set up their telescopes on the popular Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge near downtown Austin.

On a typical night around 100 to 150 people accept our offer to look into our telescopes. We had about 400 people stop by in October during the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Additional events were held at the University of Texas in Austin, in the Texas Hill Country, at Hemisphere Plaza in San Antonio, and in Plano, Texas. 

About 1500 people looked at the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and other celestial objects during the 2017 Austin area events.

The most popular thing our guests love besides looking at the Moon and planets is taking a photo of the Moon with their smartphone.

 

Moon December 1 2017 Pfluger Bridge

There are currently four other chapters in addition to Austin chapter with amateur astronomers in Fort Worth, Texas; Clear Lake-League City, Texas; Gastonia, North Carolina; and our newest astronomer in Mesquite, Texas.

For more information about Psalm 19 Astronomy and how you can host an event, go to our “Psalm 19 Astronomy” Facebook page or contact us at psalm19astronomy@gmail.com.

Author: psalm19astronomy

I am an engineer working in the semiconductor industry. I live, play, and work in Austin, TX. I have been involved in amateur astronomy for about 7 years. All my telescopes are of the "go to" variety which means that they are computer controlled and will "go to" objects in the objects catalog after aligning the mount to 2-3 stars. I currently own the following telescopes: Orion Skyquest XTg12 Dobson (truss Dob, computerized and tracks) Celestron Nexstar 80GT refractor Celestron Nexstar Evolution 8 (my favorite for sidewalk astronomy) Celestron Nexstar 102SLT refraxctor

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