The Celestial Observer – November, 2013


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From the President

Greetings astronomy fans! We’re getting into one of the best times of the year now that it is getting dark earlier and we can still see some of the late summer and autumn constellations early in the evening and some of the best winter constellations later on. In particular, Jupiter is prominent and should be getting even better. Lately club members have been involved with several star parties in observing sessions at Veasey Memorial Park. Recent monthly meetings have featured some fantastic guests; Ron and Heather Goodson of New Moon Telescopes, the legendary telescope reviewer Ed Ting, and our own John Hobbs who gave us a great presentation on astronomical imaging.

Our observatories at Salem State and Merrimack College have been active and are drawing large crowds. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming meetings, at star parties, our observatories, and at impromptu Veasey observing sessions.

Please email me with questions or comments at

Clear skies,
Bryan Stone

News, Correspondence, and Upcoming Activities:

Upcoming Star Party events for November
Full details on the website; Please log in and sign up at

Thursday Nov 21, Peabody Library, Danvers. This is the 3rd reschedule for this event.

Tentatively Dec 3rd and cloud date of Dec 5th for either a reschedule of a postponed event or for Bancroft Elementary, which is willing to be scheduled on short notice should the 3rd/5th be available.

That will be it for the year, thank you for all of your assistance this fall. We have about 4 requests from the fall to fit in to the spring schedule.

Recent events done by the club:
Pollard School star party held at Goudreault Farm in Plaistow. A great evening out under the stars, even though the full moon was competing with the faint fuzzies. Staffed by NSAAC and ATMoB, the event draws 200+ students and parents for telescope viewing, hayrides, bonfire, and live music.

North Reading Library family science night. After a short presentation inside, the 50 or so parents and students headed outside to be greeted by NSAAC members Bryan Stone, Ginny Mills, John Gall, Kevin Ackert, and ATMoB member John Reed. Also greeting them was 100% cloud cover, which parted after about 15 minutes and observations of various double stars, M57, and the Pleaides were possible.

November Business Meeting Minutes
President Stone called the November Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 8:20 PM. There were 6 members present plus 6 Board members. There was not a quorum. Meeting was information only. >Read more.

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