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.
George Washington’s Ferry Farm, Saturday, November 12: 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Come join us at Ferry Farm to learn about the history in the night sky through the constellation stories known to George Washington and other early Americans. Witness a theater scene depicting Revolutionary War soldiers by their campfire. Discover how early Americans used lanterns, candles, and other ingenious lighting technology to banish the dark. Weather permitting, RAC will offer stargazing opportunities for children and adults. Other children’s activities will include making a paper-bag “tin punch” luminary or their own constellation, and everyone can enjoy a campfire and roasted marshmallows. There is an admission charge for this fundraising event. For more details, visit here and scroll down to the announcement of this event.