Astronomy Education .Organization

 Our Services
Finding Your Universe
The night sky tells the story of you
The Problem with TV & Internet Astronomy...
No matter how many documentaries clients watch, invariably they cannot answer the most basic concepts about astronomy.

When placed in a dark sky field:

1.   Which way is north?
2.   What is the Milky Way?
3.   How far away are stars?
4.   What is the furthest you can see with your eyes?
5.   Can you hear the Big Bang?
6.   Are you exposed to radiation from space when on Earth?
7.   Why do seasons change?
8.   What is precession?
9.   What are the ages of the stars you see?
10. Where are star forming regions seen with the unaided eye?
11. Where are the planets?
12. What is planetary opposition?
13. Where are any comets?

The Greatest Show on Earth is rarely observed today because of LIGHT POLLUTION.    

After Finding The Universe, you will forever look UP when walking outside.........
The Problem With Star Parties
This telescope surfing endeavor introduces the client to one-eyed fuzzy gray objects.  The average attention span is 15 seconds, or one minute for Saturn.

A kid grabs a telescope and pushes it all out of alignment.

The equipment can be an end-in-itself distraction. 

Wasn't that great?  

The media makes things worse.  Ever read a newspaper article on a new comet and where to find it?  Did you ever try?  How did it go?  Without perspective and experience, you have no chance.

Think a "harvest moon" is an astronomical condition?
Solution: Finding Your Universe
The Experience
​​​So don't start with hand-off telescopic views of gray smudges.  These are itty-bits of the sky, literally looking through a very long, small diameter pipe. We can do much better using a star chart, binoculars, a DSLR, and Friends.  There is no meaning to anything until perspective is established.  What meaning would a football game have without a defined field and lines?

Get involved!
  
- Perform Edwin Hubble's DISCOVERY of the GALAXY
- PHOTOGRAPH and compare two GALAXIES
- Assemble and OPERATE a visual COSMIC RADIATION DETECTOR
- Re-assemble the UNIVERSE to its origin
- Discover where the Universe ENDS.
- Tune in the BIG BANG ORCHESTRA broadcasts yourself, LIVE.
- Find stars AGE
- Find PLANETS
- Use the TIME MACHINE
- Trace YOU to hydrogen plasma
Home Location Pricing and Schedule

One of the darkest sky areas (Bortle Class III) in the eastern US is 20 minutes north of Sylvania, GA, and is where Finding Your Universe is centered. The price is $25 per person minumum 6 maximum 12. This consists of an initial inside orientation, including building and operation of the Cosmic Ray Visual Detector, the Big Bang Orchestra, followed by field operations.  Each person will be provided a basic sky chart to keep, relevant to the sky at the time of year to keep, a laser pointer to use, and two DSLR's / tripods will be available to use for those who do not have them. Everyone is encouraged to bring their DSLR's (with standard 55 mm lens or so) and tripods.  Any brand will work! Clients should be prepared to work late into the night, and have local overnight accommodations. One available accommodation in Sylvania for two (one queen bed) is the Music & Stars Antebellum BnB operated by us.  See Airbnb website for details.

The rally point is Music & Stars Antebellum BnB.  Clients must have their own transporation to the field observation area.  Directions & maps provided.

Suitable sky conditions here occur mid-September until mid-April.  

Finding Your Universe has each client involved in the following hands-on activities at home location presentations:

- Perform Edwin Hubble's DISCOVERY of the GALAXY
- PHOTOGRAPH and compare two GALAXIES
- Assemble and OPERATE a visual COSMIC RADIATION DETECTOR
- Re-assemble the UNIVERSE to its origin
- Discover where the Universe ENDS.
- Tune in the BIG BANG ORCHESTRA broadcasts yourself, LIVE.
- Find stars AGE
- Find PLANETS
- Use the TIME MACHINE
- Trace YOU to hydrogen plasma
​​​​Remote Location Pricing and Schedule
Including International

Finding Your Universe can be done anywhere the Milky Way is clearly visible, any time of year, during moonless conditions.   Organizations of any size over multiple nights can be accommodated, even as a team-building exercise (we are certified team builders by the Institute of Nucler Power Operations - INPO).  The cost is expenses (travel and accommodations of reason) and $750 a day for scheduled performance days, for as many days / clients as desired, limited to groups of 12 at a time. Up to three groups possible per night (as Moon conditions support).

Travel and accommodation expenses are due at the time of booking, which will be 72 hours before presentation, when weather is certain.  

We have extensive experience in domestic and international travel, including Europe, Scandinavia, and the Middle East.  All presentations are in English.

Finding Your Universe has each client involved in the following hands-on activities at remote location presentations:

- Perform Edwin Hubble's DISCOVERY of the GALAXY
- PHOTOGRAPH and compare two GALAXIES
- Assemble and OPERATE a visual COSMIC RADIATION DETECTOR
- Re-assemble the UNIVERSE to its origin
- Discover where the Universe ENDS.
- Tune in the BIG BANG ORCHESTRA broadcasts yourself, LIVE.
- Find stars AGE
- Find PLANETS
- Use the TIME MACHINE
- Trace YOU to hydrogen plasma
Eligible Home Dates

2017

September 11-22
October 10-23
November 9-22
December 8-22


2018

January 6-20
February 5-18
March 6-18
April 3-16

Weather determination go-nogo is 72 hours in advance.  Full payment due at the time of favorable weather determination.    

Home dates INCLUDE informal observation time at the "bug-free" domed Ogeechee Observatory (located at Music & Stars Antebellum Bnb) following the field observation program, WHEN weather and equipment condition cooperates.  The featured observational telescopes are a 250 mm (10") Schmidt-Cassegrain or Newtonian telescope on a goto mount. Astrophotography class is also setup for advanced clients to experiment with and learn, utilizing familiar DSLR cameras and LCD TV displays, at no extra charge.  Success at deep sky objects is extremely weather dependent: usually the colder the better!  Planet observation (all year) and photography (October - February) have been successful at the observatory.  
Music & Stars Antebellum B&B