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The Celestial Observer – March, 2014

March 2014 From the President Our February business meeting was highlighted by a lengthy discussion about our upcoming Young Astronomer’s Program and our plans to recognize the knowledge and enthusiasm of youngsters who will represent the future of our hobby. Not only did we have a chance to review the new 5 inch f/5 Dobsonian […]

The Celestial Observer – January, 2014

From the President My friends, My column this month will center around the loss of John Dobson, who unfortunately passed away on January 15th at the age of 98. I can’t think of anyone who had a greater or more positive impact on amateur astronomy than John. There are plenty of on-line articles about his […]

The Celestial Observer – November, 2013

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 […]

The Celestial Observer – September 2013

From the President Firstly we extend our best wishes to our friend Jim Bastable for a speedy recovery and hope that he will be able to join us under the stars as soon as possible. On September 6th, Ryan and Heather Goodson from New Moon Telescopes gave us a presentation on building techniques for large […]

The Celestial Observer – June 2013

From the President The past month was highlighted by our annual pilgrimage to NEAF, the award presentation of our Young Astronomer’s Program, and a couple of great observing sessions featuring Saturn, with great views during moments of excellent seeing conditions. Now that temperatures are pleasant and mosquitoes are not yet plentiful, we should have more […]

The Celestial Observer – May, 2013

From the President Thanks to everyone who attended our April Business Meeting and to those who helped with the voting for our Young Astronomer’s Program. Soon some very deserving aspiring astronomers will be using their very own telescopes and binoculars to participate in the hobby that we all love and enjoy. Each winner will also […]

The Celestial Observer – April, 2013

From the President I would like to thank all of the members who attended our recent March business meeting where a quorum of members enabled us to approve the slate of officers for the up coming year. As the reelected president, I would like to thank all of our newly appointed board members for volunteering […]


The Celestial Observer – March, 2013

From the President Greetings from the Not-So-Oval Office! I had a chance to do some observing right after the blizzard, and the conditions were pristine. I was able to split some 1-second double stars and saw some nice detail on Jupiter. This is a fun time of the year because temperatures are rising, star parties […]

The Celestial Observer – February, 2013

From the President Greetings fellow club members, and astronomy enthusiasts, lately we have and several very productive observing sessions at Veasey Memorial park, in spite of full moon or near full moon conditions. During those evenings we concentrated on observing Jupiter, double stars, and open clusters. Joined by fellow observers Kevin Hocker, Ron Sampson, Ed […]

The Celestial Observer – January, 2013

From the President Although the temperatures are dropping, it gets darker earlier and the wonders of the winter sky are now ours to enjoy.  Jupiter is in prime observing position and there are deep sky delights galore in Gemini, Taurus, Leo and especially Orion.  The key to success is to dress warmly, i.e. in layers, […]

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