Miraloma, Wed 3/26

by Jane Houston Jones

Four of us brought telescopes to Family Math Night at Miraloma Elementary up above Portola Drive in San Francisco last night. Very windy but clear. But Mike Portuesi's and my twin f/7 10-inch Dobson-class-made reflectors were mostly up to the challenge. The two other 'scopes were a 6-inch f/5 reflector and an Orion StarMax Mak/Cass which Mojo and Jim Mace valiantly aimed at Jupiter, Saturn, Sirius and M42 or they switched to the bigdobs depending on the crowds or the wind.

Views were excellent, and dozens of math-minded mini-astronomers came up to have a look, clutching their gumdrop and toothpick tetrahedrons, cubes and pyramids and other fun math activities they'd been working on in the classrooms upstairs. All in all, a great way to spend a short Wednesday night.