SAS Astronomical Chronicle For June 2012, Venus Transit Observing At The MOST On June 5th

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

The Astronomical Chronicle for June 2012 is available for download below:

June 2012 Astronomical Chronicle

This issue includes information about the Venus Transit (more below) and an article first published in the Syracuse New Times in May of 2001 about Karl Schultz, a long-time member of the SAS who passed this past 21 May 2012. The SAS thanks the New Times for allowing the reprinting of the article to bring new members “up to speed” on some of our society’s history. Also, the Venus Transit is still officially on for June 5th as detailed in the blog post below. The official flyer is as follows for the event. Stay tuned to the SAS page on Tuesday afternoon for final confirmation.

SAS Astronomical Chronicle For May 2012, Public Viewing Session This Friday, May 11 (12 Alt.), And 40 Minute SuperMoon Notice

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophile!

The May 2012 Astronomical Chronicle is up in plenty of time for our next Public Viewing Session this Friday, May 11 (as always, check the website by 5:00 p.m. on Friday to confirm we’ll be opening).

And, if you’re reading this in time, don’t forget to give the Moon your undivided attention at 11:35 p.m. tonight.

SAS Astronomical Chronicle For Jan/Feb/March 2012 And Messier Marathon, March 23/24

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophile!

The winter hibernation (be it as it was in CNY) is over for the SAS as we post our first newsletter for 2012 and announce the first session of the year this coming March 23/24 in the form of a Messier Marathon. Details are in the newsletter.

We hope you can join us! Meantime, continue to enjoy Venus (brighter) and Jupiter (dimmer) on our Western sky this week!

Astronomical Chronicle For Jan/Feb/March 2012

SAS Astronomical Chronicle For July 2011

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophile!

The July 2011 newsletter has been posted in advance of the next Public Viewing Session and can be downloaded below:

Astronomical Chronicle for July 2011

If the weather holds, this should prove to be a busy Saturday at Darling Hill. The originally-scheduled lecture/demonstration on telescope collimation by Bob Piekiel is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. This lecture provides you an opportunity to learn about the most important post-purchase piece of telescope maintenance at the hands of the arguably the most knowledgeable telescope owner in Central New York. The 6:30 start provides plenty of daylight as well, meaning you can also see the Darling Hill Observatory grounds in the daytime for a change!

NOTE 1: If the weather is bad on SATURDAY we will be hosting Bob Piekiel on FRIDAY at 7:00 p.m. (a reverse rain date). Be sure to check the website at 5:00 p.m. on Friday for the final announcement.

To this evening activity we have added a special Solar Observing Session from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. lead by none other than Barlow Bob himself! The only thing more extensive than the collection of solar observing equipment that will be at DHO is Barlow Bob’s knowledge on the subject of solar observing. If you’ve never observed out closest star through proper equipment, I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy this rare (for Darling Hill, that is) daytime observing session.

NOTE 2: The final announcement for this session (weather-pending) will be by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday on the website.

In the event you need it, copies of the sky chart for the afternoon will be available at the observatory, else feel free to print out the chart below:

Two great sessions on one (hopefully) clear day (and night) and the three hour buffer in between gives you a chance to cram all of your other Saturday activities in. Please join us for both!

SAS Astronomical Chronicle For May 2011

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophile!

The SAS Astronomical Chronicle for May 2011 is now posted (a bit close to the edge of May due to the April/May double-viewing overlap). Note that next week is our next Public Viewing session and we are hosting a lecture at White Branch Library on June 4 at 3:00 p.m. Stay tuned to the website next Friday and Saturday for weather updates.