About Lauren

I'm a 19 year old girl who's deeply passionate about both the sky, and sharing what's in it. Since 2019 my focus has been on spectrography, but I'm also a hardcore visual observer, and do a little astrophotography when the opportunity presents itself. I'm a firm believer that observing and science don't have to be mutually exclusive.

Total Beginner’s How-To Guide: Drift Scanning Spectrography

On August 22nd, 2020, I gave a talk on the drift scanning method during an AAVSO Spectroscopy Observing Section webinar. You can watch a recording of that presentation here: Recording high quality spectra of the stars is easier than you ever thought it was! Drift scanning is a method which can be used to record scientific spectra using any telescope, even if it doesn't have a tracking drive. Dark skies aren't required-- I shoot all [...]

By |2020-09-17T11:05:13-05:00August 21, 2020|Beginner, Spectrography|12 Comments

Children’s Lighthouse

I must say that this was not the ideal situation or environment for an astronomy talk. The kids were great, but the people putting the event together didn't really know what they were asking for.At first, they said that they just wanted someone to talk with the kids, and hold a conversation about astronomy. Perfect! I didn’t particularly want to do a formal presentation in a daycare environment, but a conversation with kids about astronomy I [...]

By |2020-09-24T12:22:49-05:00August 2, 2017|Outreach|0 Comments

Texas Buddhist Association

We were invited to take some telescopes out to a camp held for Buddhist youth, quite a ways out of town compared to our usual outreaches. Objects shown included the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and the Cat’s Eye Nebula.Night Sky Network Log:Event Date: Saturday, 7/1/2017Name of Event/Service: BYC CampType of Service: Public Outreach# of Hours: 2Description of Service Performed: We arrived sometime before sunset and I set up my XT8. The kids came out around 8:45 and left sometime just before 10PM, by my [...]

By |2020-09-24T12:23:04-05:00July 1, 2017|Outreach|0 Comments

Brentwood Baptist Church

In churches all across the country, an event called “Galactic Starveyors” was being put on by VBS. One participating church, Brentwood Baptist, reached out to HAS and asked if we could bring out some telescopes and give a talk about the stars. We wound up showing the full Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn (and a very red star).Night Sky Network Log:Event Date: Thursday, 6/8/2017Name of Event/Service: Brentwood Baptist Church VBS “Galactatic Starveyors”Type of Service: Public Outreach# of Hours: 1Description of Service Performed: We set up next [...]

By |2020-09-24T12:23:11-05:00June 8, 2017|Outreach|0 Comments

Middlelands Music Festival

Well, I think Steve summed this one up best when we arrived and he greeted me with “Welcome to Woodstock!” A modern Woodstock, indeed. I didn’t mention this in the Night Sky Network log, but there’s definitely a reason the crowd was so easy to impress. I think that, except for the couple who hung around all night, most everyone there was “chemically influenced” in some way or another, which made their experience at the eyepiece (and their reactions to [...]

By |2020-09-24T12:23:18-05:00May 4, 2017|Outreach|0 Comments

Shadydale Elementary

I brought my Z12 to this one, because I left directly from the outreach to have an extended stay at the HAS dark site! It was paradise. Night Sky Network Log:Event Date: Friday, 4/21/2017Name of Event/Service: Shadydale Lock-InType of Service: Public Outreach# of Hours: 2Description of Service Performed: I set up my Z12 in the parking lot of the school alongside 6 scopes brought by others. A combination of the severe light pollution, partial cloud cover, and being set up directly underneath bright streetlights meant [...]

By |2020-09-24T12:23:25-05:00April 21, 2017|Outreach|0 Comments

George Observatory

Event Date: Saturday, 4/15/2017Name of Event/Service: Public Observing Event – George ObservatoryType of Service: Public Outreach# of Hours: 2Description of Service Performed: We arrived around sunset, and I set my up my XT8 near the eastern stairs. There were some thick cirrus clouds over the western portion of the sky that came and went throughout the night. Ten or so minutes after setting up and pointing at Jupiter, the first people started to come by, and it became fairly busy after that until around [...]

By |2020-09-24T12:23:30-05:00April 15, 2017|Outreach|0 Comments

St Francis Episcopal School

It took a bit longer than we had hoped to get to this outreach, as initially we went to the wrong campus… Oops! Fortunately we realized our mistake and arrived at the correct campus with enough time to set up, and it was a fun night. There was one quiet kid who I didn’t mention in the Night Sky Network log, who I tried for a minute or two to help look through the eyepiece, but he couldn’t seem to [...]

By |2020-09-24T12:23:37-05:00February 24, 2017|Outreach|0 Comments

Cross Creek Ranch

This was my first outreach with the Houston Astronomical Society, and little could I know at the time just how much it would change my life! Here I am just over two months later, and I’ve already found incredible friends and mentors among the club. Good people, who take me seriously and treat me well, and it all started here, with meeting Ed, Steve, and Amelia. Before this point, while I had done plenty of outreach and meetings with the [...]

By |2020-09-24T12:23:43-05:00February 23, 2017|Outreach|0 Comments
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