Observing Program Questionnaire

1. How long have you been an RCA club member? (Check one)
2. The most important aspect of my RCA membership is:
2. The most important aspect of my RCA membership is:
a) Special Interest Groups
b) Group observing opportunities
c) Book/Video Library
d) Astronomical League membership
e) Monthly general meeting
f) Telescope Library
g) Club Forum
OBSERVER EXPERIENCE/GOALS
3. Do you use optics to observe the night skies?
4. If yes, which optics to you use for observation?
5. Rate your personal level of observing skills and experience: (Check one)
6. What are your current observing objectives?
6. What are your current observing objectives?
a) Visual Observer (no “go-to” scope)
b) Electronically-assisted Viewing
c) Astrophotography
OBSERVING HABITS
7. At observing events, what type of accommodations do you use?
8. Do you observe in the winter months?
10. Which RCA-sponsored star parties have you attended within the past 2 years? (Check all that apply, incl. number of visits)
OBSERVING PROGRAM SATISFACTION
12. Do the RCA-sponsored star parties satisfy your desire for dark sky site observing?
13. What are the reasons that you don’t observe or observe more often?
13. What are the reasons that you don’t observe or observe more often?
a) No interest
b) I don’t have transportation
c) There are no dark sites close enough to home
d) Frequent poor weather
e) No 24/7 drop-in sites with truly dark skies
f) Insufficient site amenities
g) Insufficient free-time
h) I can’t manage the equipment alone
i) Unable to stay overnight
j) Cost-prohibitive
k) No electric hookup
l) Mosquitos
14. How could RCA improve its current star party locations to satisfy your observing needs?
14. How could RCA improve its current star party locations to satisfy your observing needs?
a) Concrete pads
b) Bunkhouse(s)
c) Improved road access
d) Restrooms
e) Water Utilities
f) Cell phone/wifi coverage
g) Storage
h) Electric Utilities
OBSERVING SITE PREFERENCES
15. RCA currently has about $29,000 in its Observing Site Fund. How would you like the fund to be used?