The lead article continues the last issue’s “travelogue,” with Ryan Rapoza’s astronomy experiences south of the Equator (Australia, New Zealand, & Fiji). Tom Watson offers a piece on “prehistoric astronomy” and the first of a series of product reviews. Jerry Hubbell contributed the content for a new “Op Ed” feature. His subject is advice and opinions on how beginners should start observing the sky, with an emphasis on “starting simple” to more easily learn the sky. Click the “newspaper” icon to the right.
Join us January 18 for a Special Workshop “All About Telescopes.” Our regularly scheduled meeting will be devoted to helping you get the best observing experience. Bring your telescope to learn how to use it. Members will also bring a variety of different kinds of telescopes and will discuss how they work, what each type does best, and general how-to and tips. Meeting will be held at our regular venue at Maury School. For directions, go here.
Tonight, December 21, 7 pm–Come on out to our monthly club meeting. Ryan Rapoza will talk about his astronomy experiences on his recent trip to the Southern Hemisphere that included Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji.
I hate it when we have to cancel a star party, especially when the sky looks clear and beautiful right now. But the forecast predicts clouds will continue to increase and the sky will become completely overcast. Tonight will be cold, and I don’t want anybody to drive a long way, be out in the cold, and have nothing to see. If the forecast is wrong and the sky is nice tonight, I’ll be sorry. – Glenn December 10 2016
Be sure to check out the YouTube recorded live video (3 hours +!) of the lunar surface with a C-11 camera. The video has a wealth of detail and shows just how good the seeing was this past Saturday night at the Ferry Farm event. Five RAC members (with three telescopes) provided amazing views of the Moon to about 40 adults and kids.
This issue is a bit of a “travelogue,” with articles by Jerry Hubbell and Ron Henke. Jerry describes all the places he’s traveled in last few months to star parties out West, as well as a vacation visit to Arizona to see, among other things, Meteor Crater. Ron talks about his Arizona astronomy club’s facilities, including a VERY dark site. There are also articles on the “music of the stars,” Moon features, and a review of Einstein’s Telescope.