Club April 22, 2014 – Fundamentals of Digital Single Lens Reflex Astrophotography

Come and join us April 22, 2014 at SciWorks at 7:30.

Fundamentals of Digital Single Lens Reflex Astrophotography

Our April speaker will be Paul Patterson from the Greensboro Astronomy Club. He will present methods and essential tools needed for DSLR astrophotography. Paul will show simple, low-cost ways of acquiring astro-photos of the night sky using cameras and camera-telescope combinations. As each method is explained, he will note any additional accessories required for successful imaging.

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Stone Mt. Outreach

The April 19th observation has been canceled due to rain.


We will try again May 10th

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Stone Mt. State Park, NC April 19, 2014 – Observation

If you are camping at Stone Mt. State Park, NC on April 19th join in with FAS to view the night sky. Club members will be there with telescopes setup for you to view through. This observation is for campers only! Club members will be allowed to exit the park when the event has ended. A few member will be camping that weekend at the park so if you want stop by and say hello and if the Sun is out take a look.


Chip and Vivian will be camping in site #33 the observation will be in the field behind their camp site.


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Lunar Eclipse – 15 April at 1:58 AM – Gathering

Update – Sorry to report but this event has been canceled because of weather. We will try again October 8, 2014!


Tax day and a Blood Red Moon, come out and join FAS and SciWorks to start your day/night! 

Here is a timetable of events (morning of Tuesday April 15):

  • Eclipse (visibly) begins: 1:58 AM
  • Total eclipse begins: 3:07 AM
  • Total eclipse ends: 4:25 AM
  • Eclipse (visibly) ends: 5:33 AM 




 Club members will be setup in the parking lot by 1:30 AM at SciWorks, rain and cold are possible so please come prepared.



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SciWorks April 12 Public Observation

Update —-

On Apr 11, 2014

Hi FAS folks:

The forecast for tomorrow night looks great for our public observation at Sci-Works. In addition to a nice view of the moon, we have Jupiter in excellent viewing position. Also, Mars rises at 7:20 PM, near to its closest approach to Earth in several years. So bring your planetary eyepieces and filters for what looks like a wonderful night for planets.

Sunset: 7:52 PM
Astronomical twilight: 9:20 PM
Moon at 90%

Steve C.


 Come on out and enjoy looking at the sky above! Saturday FAS will be at SciWorks. If the sky is clear some member may setup solar scopes to view our star the Sun during the day.

As the sun sets in the west club members will be setting up their scopes for everyone to enjoy.


SciWorks information.

400 Hanes Mill Road
Winston Salem, NC

Please be there around dusk at about 7:30PM

The Moon, Jupiter, Mars, and more should be great to see.



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North Carolina Statewide Star Party! Yadkin County Park


Join Us As We Participate In The Second

North Carolina Statewide Star Party!

(weather and clouds permitting)

When:   Saturday, April 5, 2014

Where: Yadkin County Park
               6500 Service Road
               Yadkinville, NC 27055


  • Observe the Moon and Planets!    8:00PM – Until
  • Check on other sights to see: Heavens Above

Sponsored By: NC Science Festival ( )

                           Forsyth Astronomical Society ( )


You’re invited to look into the universe!

We’ll provide the telescopes, you provide the curiosity!

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The Young Astronomers Newsletter April 2014

The Young Astronomers Newsletter


The Young Astronomers Newsletter Volume 22 Number 5 April 2014

By Art Gormley


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Elections Tonight – 2014

Elections Tonight –  2014

Current Slate for Board of Directors 2014

Dave Morgan – President

Stu Williams – Vice President

Edgar Lopez – Treasure

Bruce Gavett – Secretary

The voting is over and the above are the new FAS Board of Directors!

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Jay Pasachoff to Speak at GTCC on Friday, 28 March – Transits of Venus

Jay Pasachoff to Speak at GTCC on Friday, 28 March – Transits of Venus

Friday, 28 March, 7 p.m.

Koury Auditorium, GTCC, Jamestown


Transits of Venus:  Science and History

Jay Pasachoff, Williams College


Noted astronomer Jay Pasachoff will give a lecture, “Transits of Venus: Science and History,” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28 in the Joseph S. Koury Auditorium on GTCC’s Jamestown Campus, 601 High Point Road. The event is free and open to the public and is part of the North Carolina Science Festival, a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology through a variety of events across the state.


Jay Pasachoff is Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. and chair of the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Eclipses. He is the world’s most distinguished researcher of solar eclipses and has observed 58 eclipses of the sun during his career. Pasachoff has received the Education Prize of the American Astronomical Society and the Janssen Prize of the Société Astronomique de France. He’s also the author of the popular “Petersen Field Guide to the Stars and Planets.”


Pasachoff’s lecture is presented by GTCC’s Student Astronomy Club, The Stellar Society, whose mission for the past decade has been to support public outreach activities at Cline Observatory. Their efforts have made this annual lecture possible.


Cline Observatory will be open for viewing after the talk, weather permitting.


About the talk “Transits of Venus: Science and History”: Perhaps the rarest scheduled astronomical event comparable to human lifetimes is a transit of Venus. Not a person on Earth was alive when the previous transits occurred before the 2004-2012 pair. Pasachoff will describe the interesting history of transits, from Jeremiah Horrocks’s view of the first observed one in 1639 through Captain Cook’s voyage to Tahiti for the transit of 1769 and through the current efforts. With support from the National Geographic Society, he extensively observed the 2004 transit from Greece and the 2012 transit from Haleakala, Hawaii. He also used the Hubble Space Telescope and the Cassini Mission at Saturn to observe transits seen on other solar-system bodies.


Event website:

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Quick Event List





Saturday, April 5 NC Statewide Star Party Yadkin County Park
Saturday, April 12 Star Party at SciWorks [8 - 10:30 pm] SciWorks
Saturday, April 19 Public Observation for Campers Stone Mountain State Park
Saturday, April 19 Planetarium Laser Show [6 pm] SciWorks
Saturday, May 10 Public Observation for Campers (Spring National Astronomy Day) Stone Mountain State Park
Saturday, June 7 Star Party at SciWorks [7:30 - 10:30 pm] SciWorks
Saturday, Sept 6 Int’l Observe the Moon Night for Campers Stone Mountain State Park
Saturday, Sept 6 Int’l Observe the Moon Night SciWorks
Saturday, Oct 11 Public Observation for Campers Stone Mountain State Park
Saturday, Nov 15 Public Observation Pilot Mountain State Park
Saturday, Nov 22 Public Observation (rain date for Nov 15) Pilot Mountain State Park


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