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 MSRO@raclub.org
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!
August 4, 2018, 10 am to noon: The MSRO Commission is sponsoring a get-together at the Wilderness Branch of the Orange County Library at 6421 Flat Run Road in Locust Grove, VA, to introduce the launch of the MSRO Training Program. The MSRO is an advanced, state-of-the-art small telescope observatory that can be remotely operated over the Internet from your home computer.
The program is free to current members of the Rappahannock Astronomy Club (RAC) (RAClub.org) and to new members who join to take advantage of this training opportunity. The meet-and-greet will allow prospective students to find out more about the training, which will start on Saturday, September 1. The training will be given by MSRO Director, Dr. Myron Wasiuta, and MSRO Assistant Director, Jerry Hubbell, and will consist of two Saturday sessions, each lasting 5 hours, including a lunch break.
For more info about the program, see https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/rac_group/conversations/messages/5713 For info about the observatory, visit the RAC website at RAClub.org/MSRO.To find out how to join RAC, visit https://www.raclub.org/join/.
If you plan to attend and/or have questions, please email MSRO@raclub.org
The May issue of the StarGazer is now available for your reading pleasure. Just click the newspaper icon in the right column of this page. You’ll be able to read a short piece on Stephen Hawking, a discussion of the effect of LED street lighting on your ability to block light pollution, a U. of North Carolina online course that lets you use telescopes around the world, as well as a number of our recurring features. Enjoy!
You can now read the January issue of the StarGazer. Just click the newspaper icon in the right column of this page. You’ll read about our trip to Keeble Observatory, equipment and book reviews, an experiment to detect secondary x-ray radiation changes during the August eclipse, and an examination of mountains and mountain ranges of the Moon. Last, but certainly not least, is the Picture of the Quarter–Myron Wasiuta’s spectacular image of the Horsehead Nebula region taken using the club’s Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO).