Interest Areas: Gear and Software

Science Hobbyists Needed for a National Study

Posted on December 27, 2012

This may be of interest to some club members:

Are you a science hobbyist? We need your help with a new National Science Foundation sponsored research study that will investigate the characteristics and educational experiences of people who are active in science hobbies. More and more people are engaging in science hobbies; schools and science centers would like to know more about the characteristics of science hobbyists and how these organizations might better support hobbyists’ networking and education.

What will happen if you take part in the study? The information gained from this research can help science educators and researchers understand how to better teach science in schools and museums, and how to design better community-based science programs. Participation in this study is voluntary. Information you provide will be anonymous. If you complete the survey, you may elect to enter a drawing for a $100 Target gift card.

Survey Link: http://ncsu.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_7OOsR9G0Pkp5I2N

Dr. Gail Jones
North Carolina State University


The Real Story on Light Pollution Filters

Posted on November 3, 2011

Light pollution filters are the biggest source of confusion for beginners as well as some veterans. What do they really do? Do they really work? Which to get? Can I use them at a dark site? This article will attempt to answer all of these questions and dispel many myths.


SkyTools: an HAS member favorite

Posted on October 1, 2011

One of the premier session planning and logging packages for the Windows platform, SkyTools is used by many HAS members. In fact, the club has occasionally pooled funds for group purchases of this software.


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