10. Community

| Gravity Points & MVP | Ask An Astronomer | Workspaces |

| Discord | Star Parties |

Gravity Points

Gravity Points are what you accrue as you participate in, and complete, quests. The more Gravity Points you earn, the more you level up.

MVP

In recognition of members' contributions to the community, The Online Telescope awards three members with the most Gravity Points for a particular object, MVP Status. This will be listed on the object's guide page.


Ask An Astronomer

When starting from a Guide, you can use the Navigation Bar to select Ask An Astronomer. Here are the steps to locate his section:

  • Select "Guides."
  • Pick the guide category that you're interested in from the Guide Navigation Bar.

  • In the next menu, select the guide you're interested in.
  • Once in the guide, scroll down to the bottom until you reach the "Topics Within This Guide" section. Here you will see a list of topics.

  • Select one from the list. Once in the Topic Guide, scroll down to the "Objects Within This Guide" section.
  • Click the "Explore Now" option on the object you want to view.

  • Once on the Object's page, there will be a Navigation Bar at the top. Select AAA from the Navigation Bar.

  • This will take you to the "Ask An Astronomer" section. Here, you can pose questions, view previous questions both answered and unanswered, and view the objects MVP Astronomers.
  • To ask a question, select the "Submit Question" button.


Workspaces

  • Click on the “Workspaces” tab at the top of the dashboard.
  • Choose the “Create New Workspace” option.
  • After naming your Workspace, select the “Create New Workspace” button in the lower left.

Discord


  1.  If you do not have one, create your discord account (If you have a discord account, skip steps 1 and 2 and proceed to step 3.)
  2. Verify your discord account.
  3. Select the "" Icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Click on the "My Community" option.
  4. Once on the "My Community" page,  select the "Join our Discord" button and follow steps 1-3.

Star Parties

Most of our Star Parties are now held on our Discord Server. Members link is available here, non-members can still join with very limited access by clicking here. To view the Star Party schedule, scroll down to the Star Party section on your Dashboard.

  • How Can I Ask a Question During a Star Party?
    If a Zoom link is publicly available, it will be listed in the "about" section of the event page - this is the only way to participate in Zoom Webinar Star Party streams. If the Star Party is held on Discord, you can communicate via the corresponding voice or text channel. NOTE: If you join our server under the "Visitor" role, you will not be able to communicate outwardly at all except on rare occasions during certain special events. If you are a member but have joined the server via a "Visitor" invite link, you will need to fully leave our server and then rejoin using the link on this page. The quickest way to check is that Visitors will have dark blue usernames. More in-depth directions on how to fix this are available in the #welcome-and-rules channel on our Discord Server.  

  • How Do I Watch a Star Party After It’s Finished?

    Non-Discord Star Parties are available for replay on their Event Page or our Youtube Channel. We do not record our Discord Star Parties as we consider them to be special discussions best experienced live. Members participate actively in the voice channel while simultaneously sharing additional thoughts, images, videos, and music in the text chat channel. It is a unique experience that can't quite be captured by a recording.


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