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November Member Meeting!

Posted by Sean McClain, November 18th, 2019

This month we have elections and a Show and Tell session!   Meet us at 343 Ferrante Hall, Onondaga Community College, See below for more details on the Show and Tell.  See you there!

Any member is invited to participate in the first-in-a-very-long-time indoor event.  A “Show and Tell” segment has been added to our meeting agenda at OCC this coming Friday night.

Here are the details:

  • To participate, register your topic with Jeff sometime this week, or anytime before the meeting starts on Friday night.  To Register, please shoot Jeff an email.  Include the title of your presentation and a one-sentence description of what you’ll be talking about, so we can introduce you properly.   Jeff.higgins8052@gmail.com
  • On Friday, during the “Show and Tell” segment of the meeting, we’ll announce your topic and ask if you would like to present it.  Simply come up to the front of the room and the floor is yours for 2-15 minutes to speak about something that is meaningful, informative, works great, or solves a common problem for amateur astronomers.  The time is not intended to be a sales pitch for any item, but mentioning brands and models is permitted.  Since few topics in astronomy can be presented in a short period of time, this event is intended to spark curiosity to hear a more in-depth presentation on popular topics.  There is no expectation of any presenter to present again at further at future meetings.
  • Examples of topics and items include, but not limited to:
    • Tip or Technique
    • Phone/PC App
    • Website review
    • Online Education or Forum experience
    • Document synopsis or critique
    • Book or Lecture review
    • Trips to other observatories
    • A short demonstration of some fancy, schmancy gizmo
  • If prior setup (for projection needs, Internet access, table space, etc.) is needed, contact Jeff or Sean to gain access to the meeting room in 343 Ferrante Hall on the OCC campus, before the meeting starts.
  • The pace of this segment will be fast, but if time doesn’t permit everyone to present, we’ll include them in a future meeting.  We hope this becomes a regular part of our meetings.

See you on Friday.

Jeff Higgins, Secretary

(and Newbie)

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Transit of Mercury Viewing Event! CANCELLED!

Posted by Sean McClain, November 3rd, 2019

11/10/19 Update:

EVENT CANCELLED! Thanks for all the interest! Unfortunately, we’re going to have a transit of the Syracuse Nebula (a local astronomy term for clouds) tomorrow which will block our view of anything outside of our atmosphere! If you’re still interested in watching the event from the warmth and comfort of your chosen location you can go straight to NASA and watch a live stream of the event and you can read up on related news at the same time. http://sdoisgo.blogspot.com/2019/10/mercury-transit-november-11-2019.html Thanks again for your interest. Look here again for upcoming events. If you want to learn more please visit our website at http://www.syracuse-astro.org.


Original Post:

Dress warm and join us for views of the planet Mercury’s shadow as it crosses the sun for the last time until 2032!  Astronomers from Syracuse Astronomical Society will be equipped with solar viewing instruments to share views of this daytime astronomical event.

Where: Community Library of Dewitt & Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, DeWitt, NY 13078
When: Monday November 11th 2019, 8AM to 1PM
What to bring: Warm Clothes!

Learn more about this rare event at earthsky.org

If this event is canceled, it will be posted at this location by noon on November 10th.

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Perseid Meteor Shower & Star Party!

Posted by Sean McClain, August 7th, 2019

Star Party

The weather is shaping up to allow for a Saturday night Star Party at DHO. This month, the full moon coincides with the peak night of the Perseids meteors, but all is not lost. If the meteor show is subdued by the moon’s glare too much, you can look at the moon through the main scope. As they say, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”

So bring your lawn chairs, comfortable seating, a sweater, and bug spray, along with your favorite snacks and beverages to our Darling Hill Observatory this coming Saturday night, 8/10, for this free event, starting around 8:45. We’ll open up the roof and gaze at the moon and planets (at least), so there will be something for everyone to see if the meteors aren’t spectacular. We’re expecting a large crowd, so please park around the perimeter of the grassy meadow, facing your (dimmed) headlights into the woods. Let’s use the open area in the middle for people, lawn chairs, and telescopes. Remember, there are four concrete telescope platforms (with power) available to anyone on a first-come-first-served basis. And our new privy is open for business, too.

If it’s cloudy, watch this space for any cancellation/postponement emails on Friday night and Saturday morning. Rain date will be Sunday, 8/11.

For directions to our Darling Hill Observatory, click http://www.syracuse-astro.org/dho-occ-directions/

See our website www.syracuse-astro.org for more information about our organization.

Get more info on the 2019 Perseid meteor shower here: https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-perseid-meteor-shower

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Excellent Viewing for our July Public Observing Night!

Posted by Sean McClain, July 27th, 2019

We had a very productive Board Meeting last night and an excellent clear night for public observing.  Thank you to all of the guests who came out to Darling Hill Observatory last night! We enjoyed sharing our observatory and knowledge with you. A special thanks to all the members of the Community Library of Dewitt and Jamesville and to Emily Wormuth for helping them find us! Thank you also to our generous members who prepared the observatory and grounds, operated telescopes, and answered questions. Lastly, thank you to those who were able to donate to the Syracuse Astronomical Society. Your donations keep Darling Hill Observatory functioning for current and future generations of Syracuse area residents!
Last night we had a very clear and steady night for viewing. There was thin haze that allowed Syracuse City lights to increase the ambient light level somewhat, but the Milky Way was easily visible, and Andromeda was visible by the naked eye when I looked around midnight. We had approximately 70 guests and about 12 SAS members. Guests began arriving as early as 8:15. Tony Krishock, Mike Brady, Robert Stell, Mark Ellinwood, and Stephen Capp all had scopes set up around the yard, and of course, Raymond J Dague and Jeff Higgins operated the 16″ Cave Reflector from the main observatory.
Targets included Jupiter and its moons, Saturn and Titan, The Ring Nebula, the Dumbbell Nebula, Alberio, The Veil Nebula and many others. The Milky Way was clearly visible stretching from the swan Cygnus down through the tip of the tea kettle Sagittarius starting around 10 PM.
Scopes included an 8″ Dobsonian, two 11″ SCTs, one 8″ SCT, our 16″ GEM mounted Newtonian with Push-to, and an 18″ Truss mounted Dobsonian with Push-to (Please correct me if I got any of the scopes wrong. Feel free to add info if you want so I can get them right in the future!)
Guests stayed up to closing time (11:45) and hopefully all had an enjoyable and thought-provoking experience. Come again soon.

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June Public Observing Moved to Saturday June 29th

Posted by Sean McClain, June 28th, 2019

Tomorrow night has a better chance of clear skies than tonight, so we’re going to postpone our board meeting and public observing until tomorrow night. Join us for public observing from 9 to 11:45 at Darling Hill Observatory Saturday, June 29th.  See you there!