Join us for for our next meeting on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Charlie Elliott Conference Center, Room B!

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April Meeting & Observing

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Join us in April when Theo Ramakers presents his research on the current solar cycle and the transition to cycle 25.  To form a baseline for this research, Mr. Ramakers had to create a database of solar observations and leveraged the archives of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers, NASA, and NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center.  Yes, space weather is a thing!  For his research, Mr. Ramakers used the average size of sun spots rather than the quantity and will cover the progression of solar cycle 24 as well as the transitions of cycles dating back to 1874!

Mr. Ramakers is a retired software professional and found his interest in astronomy while in the Boy Scouts growing up in the Netherlands.  Orion has always been his favorite.  As it usually goes with most of us, Mr. Ramakers returned to amateur astronomy later in life when his children gave him a telescope for Christmas.  His initial interest was in planetary observation and imaging.  Mr. Ramakers has been involved with Charlie Elliott Astronomy and served as Director from 2008 to 2011 and Outreach Coordinator from 2011 to 2016, becoming a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.  Mr. Ramakers also serves as the an Assistant Coordinator  for the Solar, Computer, and Online sections with the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers.  Later in life, Mr. Ramakers turned his interest to solar observing and led him where he is today.

If you haven’t found it already, check out our Facebook Page. You’ll find a welcoming group of people sharing ideas and tips as well as organizing ad-hoc observing and imaging sessions on Jon Wood Astronomy Field.


Observing Coordinator Steve Siedentop will be on hand to discuss what you can see and image in the night sky.  His short presentation will cover observing from both a visual and a contemplative perspective. Steve started out as an observer, moved into astrophotography and enjoys doing both, finding observing particularly therapeutic. That’s a good thing, because he needs all the therapy he can get! Steve will be joined by Astrophotography Coordinator Mark Woolridge who will cover the imaging challenges of the month and tips on how to image them as well as tips for beginners so you don’t have to do everything the hard way!

Observing After the Meeting

All are invited to Jon Wood Astronomy Field immediately after the meeting (weather-permitting). As always, the event is free and open to the public.

Tech Talks

If you have an idea for a 15-30 minute discussion or presentation that you would like to see or would like to give, contact the Charlie Elliott Program Coordinator, Kevin Snedden.

Downloads from the Last Meeting

Tech Talk
Perspective Presentation
Charlie Elliott Target List
Astrophotography Presentation

Our Monthly Meetings and Public Observing Nights for 2018

January 5, 2019, February 2, 2019, March 9, 2019, April 6, 2019, May 4, 2019, June 1, 2019, July 6, 2019, August 3, 2019, August 31, 2019, October 5, 2019, November 2, 2019, December 7, 2019

Meetings start approximately 2 hours before sunset. Meeting rooms and start times vary, so please check back here for details. Public stargazing on Jon Wood Astronomy Field follows the meeting.

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All Charlie Elliott Astronomy events are free and open to the public and you don’t have to be a member to attend our meetings or join us on Jon Wood Astronomy Field.  However, we would encourage you to consider a yearly paid membership for less than the cost of a couple of pizzas.  Your membership dues allow us to continue our science outreach programs in area schools and youth organizations, merit badge programs with area Scout Troops, and allow us to maintain the facilities on Jon Wood Astronomy Field.  To become a member, you can fill out our membership form or contact an officer.

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