Telescope drop-in centre proves a hit

The Michiana Astronomical Society in Indiana, USA ran an interesting event to coincide with the International Year of Astronomy, 2009 and the 400th anniversary of the telescope.

They set up shop for an all day event where local residents could bring in their old telescopes and be taught how to use it, shown how to set it up properly, have it repaired or even give it to the society to go to someone new. There was also intended to be a sidewalk astronomy event, but rain prevented play, though a portable planetarium did run a show indoors.

Images of the event can be found here.

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