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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!

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Tonight is “Moon Night” at DHO 8-10 PM. Members and Non-Members are Invited!

Posted by Sean McClain, June 11th, 2019


All members and future members,

The rain will end by noon, the cold front will pass. It will be cold and a little windy, but you will probably see the half-moon as you’ve never seen it before…during the day and at night.

Bring your smartphone to capture images if you’d like to show your friends what you saw at DHO. I will be testing our new phone adapters with the Cave.

I’ll need someone to help open the roof at 8 PM. Since it’s a school/work night, I plan to close the roof and building at 10 PM, but members are welcome to stay longer and lock the gate on their way home.


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Public Observing Friday 5/31/19 at DHO!

Posted by Sean McClain, May 30th, 2019

We are GO for Public Observing tomorrow night, Friday, May 31st starting at 9:00 PM and going to 11:45!  According to my three favorite sky cover predictors (www.wunderground.comforecast.weather.gov, and www.cleardarksky.com), there is a good chance there will be a big hole in the gray blanket that protects CNY most nights.  I plan to arrive around 7:00 PM to finish cleaning up and unboxing the books in the observatory.  Members are welcome to stop by any time of course.  Non-members may show up starting at 9:00 PM.  With a little luck, we’ll be using the Nexus II system to find Deep Space Objects well into the wee hours!


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May Public Observing is On!

Posted by Sean McClain, May 3rd, 2019

Is there a Board meeting tonight? Yes! At DHO! At 7:00 PM! Be there!

Is there Public Observing tonight? Yes! At DHO! 8:00 PM to 11:45 PM!

Will we actually be looking at stuff through telescopes? It looks kind of cloudy in (fill in the blank East Coast town). Maybe! If stuff outside our atmosphere is visible and it’s not raining we’ll try to look at it!

What will we do if we don’t look through telescopes? Members of SAS will be on hand to give tours of our newly upgraded 16″ f/6 Cave telescope and observatory, and answer any questions we know the answers to including: how to make your telescope or binoculars work, how to get started in Astronomy, when are the best times to look for stars, nebula, and galaxies, how to find objects, how to predict sky visibility up to 10 days out, and how to become a member.

For members who are interested, we will also spend some time preparing the observatory for when skies are clear – hopefully soon!


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April Meeting Moved!

Posted by Sean McClain, April 4th, 2019

Due to the weather and extremely soggy ground at DHO, SAS will hold both of its meetings tomorrow night at our usual OCC classroom, Rm. 343 Ferrante Hall on the campus of OCC.  The board meeting starts promptly 6PM, followed immediately by the membership meeting from 7 PM to 9 PM.

We will be discussing our projects that are currently underway, and we’ll discuss some future projects and activities for 2019. Your input is very important and very welcome. This is the time of year to speak up about what our focus should be for the rest of the year.

New members may join and current members can pay their dues tomorrow, as well.

Tyler Beagle will give a talk on the History of Astronomy.

There will be no activities at the observatory at Darling Hill tomorrow night.

Secretary,  SAS