ScopeX 2014 final report
by Lerika Cross
It didn’t rain, which was nice.
There were six talks during the day. Prof Steyn, Francois Kapp & Chris Forder -
ATM Judges: Chris Stewart, Dave Blane, Chris Forder
Their report is on the website under Previous Events>2014> ATM Report
Peter Rendall:Polar Disc Mount and Wooden Tubes
Carmel Ives: A-
Johan Smit: Curved Bolt Drive, Binocular Collimator, Infinity Finder
Michael Moller:Steampunk Schiefspiegler
Eric Slaghuis: Minimalist Dobsonian Mount
Michael Moller said of his endeavour “Now while I'm fairly practically minded, I always consult my wife Robynn when it comes to things aesthetic. After discussing the technical aspects with her, we came up with a sketch of a light, femininely curved, open-
AstroPhoto Judges: Allen Versfeld assisted by Chris Forder
Johan Smit: Asteroid Patentia occultation
Paul Smit: Eta Carina region
Johan Moolman: Saturated Moon
Johan Smit said of his endeavour "The final image, Patientia, did not come easily. The star that was occulted is very faint". His write up is found at Gallery>Astrophoto Dairies>Asteroid Patentia occultation.
Paul and Johan Moolman's photos are at Gallery>Astrophotograohy
Nineteen students brought and exhibited their science projects. Many thanks go to Amanda Calitz (educator at the Nooitgedacht Primary School) who brought 14 scholars from her school.
Donated by G&L Agencies:
Celestron Sky Prodigy won by Peter van den Meer
Celestron Sky Master 20x80 won by Kamal Cassiram
Donated by Kameraz:
Canon 1200D DSLT + lens won by Daryl Garner-
Donated by iOptron
iOptron R80 telescope won by Andreas Dinkelacker
The real winners -
Department of Science and Technology and SAASTA/Business Unit of the NRF for providing support funding, without which ScopeX would not be able to provide the Student Programme and host guest speakers from outside Gauteng;
the commercial companies who donated prices to give away – many thanks for adding spice and excitement to the day. All the detail is listed on the website;
Experilab for running 5 Science Shows during the day;
those who brought their exhibit/s -
Unika Voortrekkers whose youngsters again provided excellent support of the ScopeX activities and excellent fare at the Food Tent;
everyone who helped with the activities on the day – at the amateur and commercial stands, the help desk, camera obscura and sun dial corners.
Special thanks to Sci-
And a special thanks to SAAO /EUNAWE for offering Buzani Khumalo to run four Solar System workshops which were attended by 80 6 to 10 year olds – all the supplies brought by Buzani were exhausted. These activities expanded the scope of what visitors could enjoy on the day.
Members of the ATM class built and handed over to Sci-