Wake Up to a Total Lunar Eclipse on October 8, 2014

Hey get up and look up next week – Oct. 8, 2014 there is going to be a Lunar Eclipse, it all starts at 4:45AM EDT.

For more information check out — Sky & Telescope

Wake Up to a Total Lunar Eclipse on October 8, 2014

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The Young Astronomers Newsletter October 2014

The Young Astronomers Newsletter


The Young Astronomers Newsletter Volume 22 Number 11 October 2014

By Art Gormley

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Astro Photos from September 2014 Club Observation

Joe took some great pictures using the club C11 telescope Saturday night.

Joe posted them to Google+ below is one of them.


Joe and other club members are going to be working on the C11 and the club observatory to improve it so other members can try there hand at Astrophotography!

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The City Dark – At Temple Emanuel – Nov 6 – 7:00PM

There will be a screening of the film The City Dark

Where: Temple Emanuel 201 Oakwood Dr Winston Salem, NC 27103

November 6, 2014

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Dark Sky Observation Sites

The FAS September 2014 meeting had a talk on the Dark Sky Observation Sites that club members have used. It was determined that the club website should also contain the information presented. Also other members provided other locations and information.

Observing Locations – Notes from the presentation


The sites covered were:

Altitude (meters)
Doughton Park Picnic AreaN36 25' 18.3262"W81 10' 58.9145" 1112
Stone Mountain CampgroundN36 22' 59.5146"W81 01' 16.9792"579
Rocky Knob(1st parking lot) N36 48' 36.9038" W80 21' 00.355"980
Rocky Knob "The Saddle" N36 49' 23.3774"W80 20' 30.6726"1030
Pilot Mountain State Park N36 20' 25.312" W80 28' 48.3597"677
Whitetop N36 38' 14.1366" W81 36' 27.22" 1658
Sheet's Gap Overlook MP 252 N36 21' 50.7012" W81 18' 14.3207"1018
The Lump (up on top) N36 16' 28.1391" W81 22' 46.3868"1078
Blue Ridge Music Center
Groundhog Mt

Other Information –

Check out this on the Charlotte Exclusive Website – Dark Skies: The Best Places in the Carolinas to See Stars

Anyone that has another site or additional information about the above sites let me know and I will add them to the website.


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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

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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?

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