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Understanding the Summer Solstice and Learning How to Use Your Telescope

Understanding the Summer Solstice and Learning How to Use Your Telescope

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Date(s) - 06/20/2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Understanding the Summer Solstice and Learning How to Use Your Telescope

Join The Bishop for this free Zoom program on Saturday

Are you one of the thousands of people who recently purchased a telescope because you were spending more time at home over the last three months? If so, The Bishop has a program for you!

At 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, The Bishop staff astronomer Howard Hochhalter and Ed McDonough from the world’s leading telescope maker Celestron are pairing up to present a free program on Zoom about June’s big astronomical event — summer solstice — and to teach participants some tips on how to get the most out of their new telescopes.


“We’ve seen record telescope sales over the past three months — a 45 percent increase in sales since March 1 over the same quarter in 2019,” McDonough said. “Clearly folks are looking for a home-based, family-friendly hobby and we want to make sure they’re able to get the most out of their new scopes.”

In addition to covering the top mistakes inexperienced amateur astronomers make — and helping you avoid them — participants will explore the relationship between the Earth and the sun and how it affects our view of the solar system.

“Having a basic understanding about how our solar system works will help new hobby astronomers have context for the events taking place in our skies and make their stargazing experience even more exciting,” Hochhalter said. “People may know that Saturday’s summer solstice is the longest day of the year, but having a better understanding of why we have solstices and what is happening astronomically will unlock even more night sky mysteries.”

About Celestron

Celestron is a leading designer, manufacturer, and importer of high quality optical products including computerized and non-computerized telescopes and related accessories, binoculars, spotting scopes, and microscopes. Since manufacturing its first telescope in 1960, Celestron has grown to become the world’s No. 1 telescope maker, and enjoys brand name recognition among serious amateur astronomers for superior optics, outstanding design, and innovative technology.