Welcome, Lovejoy! What better way to begin the New Year than with a new comet! For those who haven’t already seen it, C/Lovejoy Q2 is naked eye observable low in the southern sky by mid-evening. Read more –> Celestial Observer Jan 2015
Star Party Report Event – Essex National Heritage Area – Trails and Sails Location – Battis Farm, Amesbury, MA When – Friday September 19, 2014 We had a great star party at Battis Farm in Amesbury this Friday night for our first of two Trails and Sails star parties. We had quite a large group […]
NEAF 2014 visit summary – April 12 & 13, 2014 A small contingent of NSAAC members attended the two day North East Astronomy Forum in Suffern, NY this past weekend. For most of the NSAAC members in attendance this is an annual pilgrimage but my only previous trip to NEAF was about ten years ago […]
By Dr. Ethan Siegel Although Saturn has been known as long as humans have been watching the night sky, it’s only since the invention of the telescope that we’ve learned about the rings and moons of this giant, gaseous world. You might know that the largest of Saturn’s moons is Titan, the second largest moon […]
by Donald E. Pensack Collimation is the alignment of the optical parts of a telescope. Though lining up the secondary under the focuser is essential for uniform illumination of the field of view, there are only two critical alignments in Newtonian collimation: the Focuser Axis (aligned by adjusting the secondary mirror), and the Primary Axis […]
By Kandy Rathinasamy I got started with astronomy about a year ago, so I’m a relative newbie. Here are some tips that I hope will help you get started. You don’t need a telescope You don’t need a telescope to get started. There’s a lot to see with the naked eye. Learn about the constellations […]
About the club
The NSAAC is an association of amateur astronomers who meet and observe from a local site on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Our members share in the beauty of the night sky and the belief that observing should be enjoyable.