The 2017 Electric Telescope Tour

What we do

We take Telescopes and Astronomy to where people are
Free use of Telescopes
Free daytime and night time astronomy
Lectures and demonstrations on Cloudy days
When we can, we take one of our trailers to use as a base

You may find us at
Camp Grounds
Schools
Museums
Festivals

What it Costs
Nothing. Our sevices are free
Nor do we have anything to sell
We do not solicit visitors for donations
We do have free handouts and materials that have been donated to us
We have no agenda other than promoting Astronomy, Light Pollution and STEM
We do ask that in exchange you waive your fees, such as parking or camping


We are working on the 2017 Schedule
If you would like us to visit your location, please contact us



Don't be Sheepish Come try our telescopes
(Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival)

Some of the telescopes you will get to use

TeleVue Pronto
Meade ETX 105
Galileo Scope
Bresser 102
Don't forget to bring your cell phone with you
We have a Tele Vue FoneMate,
that allows you to become an Astro Photographer with your cell phone
and Our Telescopes


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Shpatzir Mobile #2. Our typical set up

2015 was a great year
So was 2016
2017 is going to be better. We have made lots of changes and have some new stuff

We are based at the Springfield Massachusetts
Science Museum
From September to May we do at least two events a month at the Museum. Public welcome
One of the First Friday at 7:30 PM and one on the Fourth Tuesdays at 7:00 PM
On weekends in the warmer weather, we like to travel about 3 hours from home and have a mini Star Party
In the cold of winter, you may find us anywhere warm, such as the Florida Keys


Stay Tuned for more details



Our activities are in 6 groups

1. Sunny Days
2. Clear, Cloud free Nights
3. Cloudy Days
4. Cloudy Nights
5. An Hour before Sunrise
6. Stormy Weather

Most activities are for all ages, but we do some just for kids


1. Sunny Days

On Sunny days, we take out special telescopes that are designed to view the sun
You will get to see Sunspots and maybe Solar Flares
You can also just sit around, read our books and enjoy free lemonade and popcorn

2. Clear, Cloud Free Nights

This is what we have been waiting for...
On clear nights we will be using the telescope to see things in the night sky
From as close as the craters on the Moon to distant galaxies
Things in the sky are constantly changing. Every night is a different show. No reruns
We will also be watching for Meteors and Satellites

3. Cloudy Days

You will learn how to use the telescopes and what all the controls do
You will practice taking care of your telescope and how to tune it up
We tell you about different types of telescopes and binoculars
You will get to see all sorts of things that you add on to your telescope to make it do different things
We will turn Astronomical telescopes in to Spy Glasses and do bird watching
You will learn what to buy and what not to buy in astronomical equipment

4. Cloudy Nights

When it gets dark and there are no stars in the sky, we take out the projector and popcorn machine
You will get to hear stories from all over the world, some topics are;
Mars
The Sun
The Moon
Woman in astronomy
Eclipses, the technical stuff
How to find your way in the sky
Light pollution. It hurts everyone
Touring the Universe with Binoculars
The Constellations. What is your sign?
The Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights
Taking Astro Pictures with your Cell Phone
Computer programs to help you with astronomy
Eclipses, and the adventures of Eclipse Chasers
Sextant and the Compass. Navigating in the old days
Star parties, great places to travel to in the summer
What you can and cannot see with a small telescope
Who are astronomers, and who do we think are astronomers?
What to do and what you are going to see when the clouds go away
Astro toys; How to spend more money and have more fun with your telescope
Taking pictures of the sky. Leave your socks home as these pix will knock them off
Short Talks-
Problem solving
The Importance of Nothing in Astronomy

5. An hour before Sunrise

A quick look at the morning stars before the sun comes up

6. Stormy Weather

Stormy weather is God's way of saying that it is a good time to take a nap






Please support Our Sponsors

FAR Laboratories      Tele Vue             NASA       Sky & Telescope Magazine      International Dark-Sky Association Willmann-Bell Publishers


                Explore Scientific Hampden Engineering Corp.                               Celestron Kalmbach Publishing Co.


              Glatter's Collimators                   Daystar Filters                Astronomy Magazine                    ATT Magazine
 
 
     United Technology NASA Space Place Natl. Weather Serv. N.E.R Astronomical League

We are looking for more sponsors. If you are interested in helping us, please email or give us a call




Dark Blue=Good, White=bad observing conditions
Click on chart to change location


Astronomical Links
FAR Laboratories, The best telescope systems, mounts and accessories
Lyra DDMS Where to get the coolest mount available.
DynaPod, The best telescope mounts and accessories
Stump Pod, A way to mount your Telescope on a stump or railing
Piece Pod , The best Eyepiece holders in the world!
Helio-Pod , Solar Finders for your telescope, how else are you going to find the sun?
InventionMart, Great inventions for Telescopes
Tales of The Lazy Star Gazer
Flash Astronomy resources and tips for Flash Astronomers and Star Gazers
Reflector.org of the STARS
Arunah Hill Natural Science Center
5As
Astronomy Association
NERAL, North East Region of the Astronomical League
Stellafane
Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston
Dyna-Pod, My design of light weight Tension Leg Tripods
Astro dictionary
Pielock's Planetarium and Collectors Resource
Junies Astronomy
Universal Astronomics, Binocular and Telescope Mounts
The Astronomy Shoppe, Astro-Glow and Unitron Parts
Willmann-Bell, Astronomy Books
Howie Glatter's Collimators and lasers
Sky and Earth Science
Astronomy For All
Tele Vue Optics
Hands On Optics
Orion Telescopes
Astro Surfing Links
Astronomy Resources
Scope Stuff
Greenwich
Astronomy Technology Today
Sky & Tel Magazine
Astronomy Magazine
Clear Sky Clocks
Starlight Learning and News in Space
Kids Space Center - Telescopes and Astronomy
NELPAG
IDA internation Dark Sky association
The hidden costs of light pollution
Earth and Moon Viewer
Space Weather



The Electric Telescope Tour
P.O.Box 10
South Hadley MA 01075

Our phone number is 800-336-9054
Email: Astronomer@ElectricTelescope.com
Last update Nov. 9, 2016


No, you can not find us on Facebook, Twitter or other Social Media.
We are too busy being outside and enjoying life and looking at the heavens with Telescopes.
If you want to contact us, you have to do it the old fashioned way, either telephone or email.