FAS Meeting Tuesday 09-23-2014

The monthly meeting of the Forsyth Astronomical Society is this Tuesday night at 7:30 at SciWorks.

We will have another planning meeting for the September 27th New Telescope Buyer’s clinic, before the regular monthly meeting, starting at 6:00 pm at SciWorks.

The program will be by me and will be a discussion of the dark sky observing sites historically used by the FAS, most of which are along nearby sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and a discussion of preparedness for cold weather observing. This will be followed by a short business meeting.

Plan to attend.

David Morgan
FAS President

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Jocelyn Bell Burnell to speak at GTCC on Friday, 3 October

Subject: Jocelyn Bell Burnell to speak at GTCC on Friday, 3 October

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Join us for our eighteenth annual GTCC Fall Astronomy Day Lecture on October 3rd. This year we are excited to bright Jocelyn Bell Burnell to GTCC for a voyage of discovery through “The Last and Next 100 Years in Astronomy”

The Last and Next 100 Years in Astronomy
Jocelyn Bell Burnell, The University of Oxford
Friday, 3 October, 7:30 p.m.
Koury Auditorium, GTCC, Jamestown, NC

Information about the lecture is available on the attached document or here: http://www.gtcc.edu/observatory/speaker-seriesncam.aspx
This event is free and open to anyone with an interest in astronomy. No reservations are necessary. Cline Observatory will be open for viewing after the talk, weather permitting.
This note is being sent to the TriStar distribution list – please note that this lecture is in a different location from TriStar. Koury is Building #19 on this campus map: http://www.gtcc.edu/media/10954/jamestowncampusmap.pdf

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Club Observation Saturday Night (Members Only)

There will be a gathering of FAS members at our dark sky location this Saturday night.

It should be a good night, for direction check out the members only page. (Don’t forget about road work!)

Sunset: 7:21PM.  Astro Dark: 8:47PM.

Come on out and enjoy the night sky,  there should be lots to see and a few good laughs!

Hi FAS people:

   Have we finally turned the corner on nasty summer weather and into the clear skies of Fall?  It may be true: the forecast for our club observation tomorrow night looks excellent.  So dust off that gear and come out to Bullington.

   Alas, I am swamped with a project at work and I won’t be able to join you, but I hope the skies stay clear for the rest of you.

Steve C.

Sunset 7:20 PM
Astronomical twilight 8:45

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Telescope Buyers Clinic – 2014

Telescope Buyers Clinic

Winston-Salem, N.C. – There comes a time when curiosity leads to a new hobby….like Astronomy! But where do you start? You want to see the rings of Saturn, the craters on the moon, galaxies, nebulae, and much, much more!


Scientific thought began with humankind’s first look to the skies. And that curiosity has never ended! That’s where the Forsyth Astronomical Society (FAS) can help any budding amateur astronomer….with knowledgeable advice about all the various kinds of telescopes to enjoying the hobby.

FAS will be holding a “Telescope Buyers Clinic” from Noon to 4:00PM on Saturday, September 27th at SciWorks in Winston-Salem. FAS Club members will be staffing a number of tables and providing information on:

 Binoculars for star gazing
 Telescopes for star gazing
 Star charts and Planispheres
 Astronomy Apps for smart phones and tablets
 Eyepieces and Filters for telescopes
 Advance topics including solar observing and astrophotography

A number of telescopes will be available at the event (although, due to the time of day, we won’t be doing any viewing of the night sky). Weather permitting; there may be telescopes outside for solar viewing during the program.


So, to learn about Amateur Astronomy and the RIGHT equipment to buy for your new hobby, attend the Forsyth Astronomical Society’s “Telescope Buyers Clinic” on September 27th at SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road in Winston-Salem.

The FAS event is free to the public. Information will be available throughout the entire program – so you can spend as little or as much time as you would like browsing through the information and talking with FAS members. For more information please check the FAS website at www.fas37.org.

While you are at the program, you might also enjoy spending part of the day at the SciWorks Museum (normal admission fees apply). For more information, see the SciWorks website at www.sciworks.org.

 Telescope Buyers ClinicEvent Flyer FAS_Telescopes_Buyers_Clinic__Flyer__Sept_2014.docx

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The Stars Need Our Help

Take a few and check this out.

Are We Losing the Stars?

Link provided by 


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SciWorks Observation Sept. 6

Hi FAS people:

Summer is almost over, which is good news for us because it was one of the worst summers for observing that I can remember. To start off a (hopefully) better season, this Saturday night, September 6, we are scheduled for a public observation at Sci-Works. The current forecast is not great, but remember that we don’t demand perfect skies for Sci-Works. Both the moon and Saturn will be up that night.


I’ll be sending a weather update on Friday.

Steve C.

For Saturday, sunset: 7:40 PM
Astronomical twilight: 9:10


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The Young Astronomers Newsletter September 2014

The Young Astronomers Newsletter


The Young Astronomers Newsletter Volume 22 Number 10 September 2014

By Art Gormley

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Club Meeting August 2014

The August meeting of the Forsyth Astronomical Society is next Tuesday night, August 26th at 7:30. The program is about solar observing and will be presented by Don Ehren.
There will be a planning meeting for the Telescope buyer’s clinic prior to Tuesday’s meeting. This will start at 6:00. The clinic is to be held on Saturday September 27 at SciWorks. We need participants to display equipment and answer questions.
We plan to have; telescopes grouped by type and mount, binoculars, star charts, planispheres, and tablet apps, eyepieces and filters, and a few more advanced topics.
I would like someone to do an astrophotography setup and discussion (including something about software).
Each participant will only need to discuss the topic they are displaying.

There is a club observation scheduled for Saturday August 23rd at Bullington. The weather doesn’t look favorable, at this point.

Stu Williams, our current VP has had to resign due to a job change.
As per the FAS constitution, there will be a special election at the August meeting to replace him. Priscilla Ivester has graciously volunteered to be the interim VP. The nomination committee will submit here name as a candidate. The floor will be open to nominations as well (SOP).

I would like to thank Stu Williams for a diligent and energetic job well done.

David Morgan

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Dark Skies in the News

CBS does Preserving the starry, starry night!

Take a look at the article!

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Presentation by Tim Rickard Greensboro Astronomy Club

Tim Rickard, creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip “Brewster Rocket: Space Guy!” will be speaking to the Greensboro Astronomy Club on Friday August 15 at 7:30 pm at the Greensboro Science Center on the topic “Humor” The Final Frontier” . Please let as many of your people know as possible.

 Thanks! Danny Lineberger

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