Showing the Night Sky or the Sun to Others
There is a wide range of volunteer opportunities involving astronomical observing for DAS Members, including bi-weekly Public Nights at DU’s Historical Observatory, monthly Open Houses at Chamberlin, and Public or Private Star Party/Astronomy Outreach Events. Sharing our knowledge and love of astronomy is one of the most important things we do.
Star Parties/Public Observing
The DAS provides telescope operators, lecturers, and experienced sky guides for astronomical activities at schools, businesses, nature centers, and conferences.
DAS MEMBERS: We are in need of volunteers in February and March, 2017. Please email July Candia at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can assist. Thank you!
Outreach February-March 2017:
February 16, 2017, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
Clear Sky Elementary (4th grade), 1470 Clear Sky Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109. Solar Viewing/possible presentation.
Wilmore-Davis Elementary, 7975 W 41st Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Community Night – Night Observing.
Coronado Hills Elementary, 8300 Downing Dr., Denver, CO 80229. Reading for Dr. Seuss Day/Share info. about DAS/amateur astronomy.
Homeschooled kids – all ages, pre-school and up (~ 65 people, including some adults). Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 (exact location TBD). Night observing.
DAS members who want to volunteer to operate the 20-inch Clark-Saëgmuller telescope for Public Nights in DU’s Historic Chamberlin Observatory may do so by entering the Operator training program. Please contact the Public Night coordinator, Hugh Davidson, at 303-679-0629 for information.
Open Houses are a fun activity both for the public visitors and for DAS members. It can be a real blast showing visitors the sky. Many have never looked through a telescope before or have seen a planet or even the Moon close up. They’re a great way for new members to get a taste of the joys of astronomy outreach. Just bring your telescope to Chamberlin Observatory on an Open House Night, set it up, and enjoy the experience. If you’re new to astronomy, visit an Open House and kibitz while more experienced outreachers interact with the public to get some tips.