The Dec 2017 issue of the Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of South Australia is available in the Member Download section of the CSAS web page. In this issue is an article by Stephen Duplock on his experience in joining CSAS for the August solar eclipse.
Two weeks ago Tom Zimmerman, myself, and my brother Randy went down to Starry Meadows to continue work on the observatory deck. In the first picture we have Tom, Matt Russell (already there for SSSS) and myself carefully determining the lengths of each of the platform supports to create a perfectly level deck. This last Tuesday Tom and I went down again to install the remaining joists and the decking surface. Next we’ll install the pier and after that the observatory building itself. When that happens Tom and I will need additional help to install the dome.
Phase 2 of the observatory project at Starry Meadows was started on 5 Aug with Scott Donnell, Randy Donnell, and Tom Zimmerman spending the day installing the concrete foundations for the deck. Also present was the observatory mascot and project supervisor Anna (aussie shepherd/border collie mix).
To ensure the concrete footers were properly placed, Tom constructed a set of risers that temporarily elevates the observatory deck a few feet off the ground – giving us working room to expand the holes as needed. Using a plumb we positioned the forms and Randy and Scott mixed and poured concrete into them. Tom followed after using the plumb to precisely position the anchor bolts into the concrete.
In a few weeks we’ll head back down to custom cut and install the 4×4 support posts and attach the leveled deck to the footers. That will complete phase 2. After that we’ll assemble the observatory on the deck in phase 3, If all goes well we hope to have the observatory ready for use by September Skies Stare Stare.
We are full-up at our observing site at Glendo State Park and are no longer accepting registrations. At one of the upcoming CSAS monthly meetings we will review activities and processes for the registered participants and offer suggestions for those of you who are not registered but wish to view the eclipse.
Seasons Greetings Everyone!
Joe Grida, President of the Astronomical Society of South Australia sends his holiday greetings along with the January issue of the ASSA Bulletin (found in the member’s download section of the CSAS web page). They experienced the hottest Christmas day in 75 years in Adelaide with the temperature reaching 41.3 deg C!
This article is provided by NASA Space Place. With articles, activities, crafts, games, and lesson plans, NASA Space Place encourages everyone to get excited about science and technology. Visit spaceplace.nasa.gov to explore space and Earth science!AstronomyClub_April
Each Month we give a “What’s Up in the Night Sky” presentation at our monthly meeting. I’ll try to also start a monthly posting of this presentation for those that are unable to attend our meeting. Hope this works! Dave Warner
This Month: The Lyrids Meteor Shower is coming up this month with a radiant near the star Vega. A series of double moon transits of the planet Jupiter ends this month with two more that will be visible in our local night skies. We’re moving into “galaxy” season with many great galaxies and globular clusters that will be high in the night sky this month. I’ve included a couple of messier finder charts to find a couple of my favorites that are at optimum viewing this month. And finally, the Astronomical League has started a new Mercury Transit Observing Challenge where I list the requirements. Go to the AL web site for specifics to complete this challenge. The Mercury transit is May 09 and the next one won’t be until 2019 so get in on the action, get ready to see this transit and do some science!Whats-Up-APR-2016-1
Colorado Springs Astronomical Society members will be at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument visitors center on March 4th with our telescopes for viewing of the stars. The evening events start at 6:30 PM. Admission for the program is the regular park entrance fee, which is $5 per adult (16 years and older);children and federal pass holders are free and provides 7 days of access to the park if y0u’d like to come back and explore over the weekend. The dark skies are worth the trip.
Florissant Fossil Beds is an excellent place to learn about and enjoy the wonders of the night sky. Located 1 hour from Colorado Springs, Florissant Fossil Beds is easily accessible yet far enough away from light pollution to provide for dark skies to observe things we can’t see here in Colorado Springs even through our big telescopes. From the park, it is possible to see the Milky Way, other galaxies, star clusters, nebula, comets (when they are around) and much more. The night sky programs begin with a 30 minute interpretive program inside the visitor center. The program is followed by 90 minutes of sky watching. No reservations are necessary. Space is limited inside the theater where the presentation is given.
It is March and the weather is unpredictable so be prepared!
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Colorado Springs Astronomical Society members will be at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument visitors center on February 13 with our telescopes for public viewing of the stars. The evening events start at 6:30 PM.
Florissant Fossil Beds is an excellent place to learn about and enjoy the wonders of the night sky. Located 1 hour from Colorado Springs, Florissant Fossil Beds is easily accessible yet far enough away from light pollution to provide for dark skies to observe. From the park, it is possible to see the Milky Way, other galaxies, star clusters, nebula, comets (when they are around) and much more. The night sky programs begin with a 30 minute interpretive program inside the visitor center. The program is followed by 90 minutes of sky watching. No reservations are necessary. Space is limited inside the theater where the presentation is given.
It is February so dress warm!
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CSAS has a partnership with The NASA Space Place to bring monthly news of specific NASA projects to our members and to help spread the excitement of space and Earth science, as well as the technology that advances the science. The attached is the February 2016 article.The-Space-Place_February
Relayed from Joe Grida, President of our sister organization ASSA in South Australia:
I’m pleased to report that our observatory at Stockport was spared by today’s fire only by metres. Our neighbour to the south, Pat Savage, reports that the observatory is fine. There are burn marks in his backyard. There was a building fire in the adjacent property to the west, but details of actual damage are at present sketchy.
David Bennett, our Vice-President, plans to visit the site tomorrow morning and will report back.