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Astronomy group to lead stargazing at Weinman Museum Saturday
As a child, Jeff Garland's passion for astronomy was sparked as he watched meteor showers from his family's Pine Log farm.
"It has always been an interest of mine. My mom used to bring us out in the pasture to see the meteor showers," said Garland about the December tradition, which he called "the coldest night of the year.
"The first scope I ever got was made out of tin, but I saw the moon with it and stared at it for days," he said about the Christmas present he received at 15.
"Overall, I like deep space targets, but I love telescope making. It's not hard to do. There are just two or three things you need to know. It's basic division. They can range from dirt cheap to expensive, depending on the quality of the lenses and how much work people are willing to do themselves. I typically scrap for items, like making tubes from sewer pipes or PVC and mounts built out of wood."
In addition to viewing the night sky, members also participate in community outreach presentations to groups like school students and church congregations. Saturday, they will provide assistance during the National Astronomy Day Celebration on ... more
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