Despite very cold, blustery conditions, our annual star party at Stratford Hall drew a good crowd. The Milky Way was already bright only an hour after sunset. With our five telescopes, we were able to show views of the variety of objects– the Moon, Saturn, Mars, Andromeda Galaxy, and the Ring and Dumbbell nebulae. It was a very engaged and curious crowd with all kinds of questions about celestial objects and telescopes–just what we hope for at our star parties.
The October issue of the StarGazer is now available. Just click the newspaper icon in the right column of this page. Read about Scott Busby’s trip to the great Yerkes Observatory and his experience using the 40-inch refractor. One of the objects he saw there–the Blue Snowball Nebula–is shown as the picture of the month above. Scott took this photo from his observatory with his 12-inch and, except for the depth of color, the photo compares quite favorably. In addition, the newsletter contains the usual variety of articles about products, outreach, etc.
October 27, 2018, 10 am until 3 pm–The Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) Commission is repeating the first of 2 MSRO training sessions for those who missed the first session. The training will be held at the Wilderness Branch of … Continue reading →
Owing to the approaching hurricane, the first MSRO training session will NOT be held on September 15 but rather will now be on September 29. Please see the August 4 post below for additional details about the training.
Please refer to the August 4 post below. Note that the training session scheduled for September 1 has been cancelled because the library will be closed. The first session will now be held September 15, and the second session will be on September 29. All other details remain the same. If you have questions or concerns, please email [email protected]
The July issue of the StarGazer is now available. Just click the newspaper icon in the right column of this page. Read about the array of “recipes” for how our Moon was formed, the Martian dust storms and our recurring features. It’s a fun read with lots of variety!