Directions for Star-Gazing Volunteers

* Arrive 30 minutes before lecture is set to begin.

* If the weather is clear, then we'll be observing tonight; if not, then we may just have the lecture and the slideshow.

* If weather is clear, get telescope and observational target assignment from organizer.

* If necessary, look at planisphere, webpage or starry night software to determine where your observational target is in the sky (or ask other volunteers).

* Get telescope and/or eyepieces for your assigned setup from the transit room. Remember, bigger focal length on an eyepiece means bigger field-of-view (FOV). Usually you want one big FOV (26mm-40mm) and one small FOV (6mm-15mm).

* If using one of the portable telescopes, move it to its assigned location on the roof.

* If using one of the fixed-mount telescopes, open the dome slit and move the dome to the target location.

* Remove lens caps, and keep them in a safe place (pockets or underneath telescope). Do not lose these!

* Find observational target in the sky using first the TelRad? (red bullseye), then the finder scope, then the actual telescope. If you cannot find your target, ask for help from other volunteers.

* Use the focus knob to bring the telescope into focus (this may change over the course of the night).

* Since the sky moves relative to the Earth, you will have to adjust the position of the telescope in order to keep the observational target in the FOV every minute or two.

* Help put up signs that direct the public to the lecture and the roof.

* Watch lecture; leave lecture early to set up telescopes on roof.

* Make sure telescopes are aligned and you are at your telescope ready.

* When people line up to see your object, show them, talk about it, and offer to answer questions about it or other astronomical topics.

* At the end of the observing (2 hours after lecture begins), let people know that we're closing.

* Put caps back on telescope, eyepieces, and finder scopes. Reposition telescope in neutral position.

* Carry telescope back to transit room. Replace eyepieces in appropriate cases in transit room.

* Help take down signs.

* Done.