TriStar 2016 Will Be Held On March 4-5 2016 At GTCC

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Come join fellow astronomy enthusiasts as the Cline Observatory hosts its annual amateur astronomy conference TriStar at Guilford Technical Community College. Dr. Patrick Miller of Hardin-Simmons University will be the opening speaker on Friday March 4th at 7pm with observing in the Cline Observatory afterwards, weather permitting of course. For a full list of guest speakers, topics and schedule please visit http://observatory.gtcc.edu/tristar/ .

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Young Astronomers Newsletter February 2016

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The Young Astronomers Newsletter Volume 24 Number 2 February 2016

By Bob Patsiga

 

 

With great loss we have to announce the Forsyth Astronomical Society is diminished with the passing one of it’s brightest stars. Young Astronomers Newsletter founder Art Gormly passed away on January 7th. This edition includes an editorial from Bob Patsiga and FAS Pres. Dave Morgan to include some of Art’s accomplishments and contributions to this wonderful hobby we all enjoy so much. If Art’s work and influence has affected your appreciation of astronomy feel free to leave comment in the moderated comments below.

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FAS meeting January 26

The January Meeting of the Forsyth Astronomical Society
is tonight Tuesday, January 26th at 7:30pm at SciWorks.
The program will be about the archaeoastronomical alignments
at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. All meetings are open to the public and all are welcome. An informal social gathering is typical from 7 until the meeting begins. So come on out and join us.

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Young Astronomers Newsletter January 2016

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The Young Astronomers Newsletter Volume 24 Number 1 January 2016

By Bob Patsiga

 

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Young Astronomers Newsletter December 2015

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The Young Astronomers Newsletter Volume 23 Number 13 December 2015

By Bob Patsiga

 

 

 

We would like to welcome Bob Patsiga in his debut as the new editor of the Young Astronomers Newsletter. Thank you Bob, for taking on this mantle. I am sure we’ll see lots of good things to come.

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Young Astronomers Newsletter November 2015

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The Young Astronomers Newsletter Volume 23 Number 12 November 2015

By Art Gormley

 

 

 

An end of an era is marked by this edition of the Young Astronomers Newsletter. This will be the last edition by Art Gormley. Art had faithfully and diligently served in creating this wonderful resource for over 20 years. Our gratitude as a community and club can never be fully expressed for his efforts. But we do thank you Art, for all you have done to reach the hearts and minds of the folks who have enjoyed your work these many years. Club member Bob Patsiga will be aptly filling Art’s shoes to produce the newsletter’s future editions. We welcome him in this new opportunity and look forward to his insight and unique perspective that he will bring to this resource.

Please excuse the tardiness of this post as the holiday hustle and bustle has waylaid my efforts to promptly post.

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Pilot Mountain Public Observation Saturday November 7th

Update 11/13:

We are a resounding GO for tomorrow night’s Pilot Mountain State Park observation. The weather seems to be cooperating this time, all but being a little cold. The forecast is clear and in/around town has the temperature being in the mid 40’s but keep in mind the elevation difference. It will most likely be in the mid to upper 30’s atop Pilot. Please dress accordingly.

Solar observing will begin around 2-3 pm til sunset which is at 5:15pm and astronomical observing will ensue as soon as it is dark enough. We will remain set up for observations until 9:30-9:45pm. The park gate will be closing at 10pm.

Come on out and let us share with you the wonders of the night sky.

 

Update 11/6

The Pilot Mountain State Park observation for November 7th has been postponed due to adverse weather. It has been rescheduled for November 14th. Hopefully we’ll have better conditions then. 

 

The Forsyth Astronomical Society will be hosting a dark sky public observation in the upper parking area of the Pilot Mountain State Park on Saturday November 7th. This venue is much darker than our typical locations for public observations. This means we can hopefully show you fainter deep sky objects such as galaxies and nebulae as well as planets and star clusters. The event will occur between the hours of 5-9:45pm with the possibility of solar observing happening in the hours before sunset. Make sure to dress the accordingly, keeping in mind the cooling weather and the increased altitude. This is a weather dependent event. A final weather call will be made on Friday November 6th. This post will be updated to reflect that call and also posted to the club’s Facebook page. There is a scheduled rain date of November 14th in the event of a cancellation on the 7th.
Hope to see you there.

All eyes on Jupiter

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FAS Annual Telescope Buyers Clinic

Have you been interested in astronomy as a hobby, but don’t know what equipment you may need?  Maybe you have equipment,  but need advice as to its operation?  Or still yet,  maybe you’re a novice and need advice as to where to go from here?  You’re in luck. This Saturday November 7th, the Forsyth Astronomical Society will be hosting its annual telescope buyers clinic and information workshop at SciWorks in Winston-Salem from 2-5pm. Come join us and let our club members  share their advice and experience-based knowledge with anyone wanting to know more.

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FAS meeting on October 27th.

This months meeting of the Forsyth Astronomical Society will be this evening at Sciworks at 7:30 PM. The presentation will be given by club member Sean Wood about the topic 3D printing, how to utilize it to enhance your astronomy hobby experience, along with info and tips on the process and including  a demonstration of the processes use. All meetings are open to the public and all are welcome. An informal social gathering is typical from 7 until the meeting begins. So come on out and join us.

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Scheduled Stone Mountain Observation for Saturday has been canceled

I can only offer the words that our club president have used to open our meetings for the last 6 months or so. “Well, It’s an El Nino year….” It seemed a quasi foreboding warning to begin with but since has taken on a tone more akin to a stand up comedy show opening line.

The observation at Stone Mountain has been canceled due to inclement weather. This scheduled event will have concluded our observations at Stone Mountain for the year.  Stay tuned to the club calendar for the 2016 dates.

Our next major events will be November the 7th. We will have our annual Telescope Information Workshop at Sciworks that day and one of our biannual public dark sky observations atop Pilot Mountain that evening. Stay tuned here or on our Facebook page for more details on these events as they become available.

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