Join us for for our next meeting on Saturday August 11th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in Room B at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Conference Center!

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August Meeting & Observing

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Astronomy, History, and Mythology!

Join us August 11th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. for an engaging and informative discussion on astronomy and mythology given by one of the Charlie Elliott Astronomy founders, Phil Sacco. Those who have been to any of Phil’s presentations know that he is a highly sought after, dynamic, and engaging speaker. When I met Phil, I was attending my first Charlie Elliott Astronomy meeting and setting up my telescope while answering questions from a group of inquisitive youngsters in spite of the fact that they knew about as much as I did about telescopes. Even though the sun hadn’t set and there was nothing to see yet, they wanted to look in the eyepiece, so I asked Phil if I could borrow his step stool. Phil kindly obliged and we’ve been friends ever since. That night, on what we now call Jon Wood Astronomy Field, Phil gave an impromptu “Walk-and-Talk” to a group of 30 captivated visitors about the visible constellations. Not only did we learn where these constellations were in the sky, we learned their significance in cultures that existed many centuries past. For our August meeting, Phil will reprise his impromptu field presentation and discuss the mythology, history, and cultural significance of the constellations you’ll see in the May night sky. Prepare to be informed and entertained!

After a renewed childhood interest in Astronomy, Phil went on to become an officer of the Atlanta Astronomy Club, serving as President, Vice President, and Observing Supervisor. Phil also served on a national scale as the Southeast Regional Director of the Astronomical League. Today, Phil is the eleventh person to earn the title of Master Observer, one given to those individuals who complete a series of required and optional Astronomical League observing programs. There are currently less than 200 Master Observers in the United States.

Phil isn’t a Georgia native, but got here as fast he could. Born in New York at a very young age, Phil moved to Georgia as a young boy, eventually earning degrees at Augusta University and Medical College of Georgia, School of Dentistry, graduating summa cum laude. When not talking about or observing the night sky, Phil enjoys making mead using a 2000 year old Roman recipe and performing as a magician.

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 in August. His short presentation will cover observing from both a visual and a contemplative perspective. Last month, he covered, among other unique targets, a pulsar with a sub-second rotational period that happens to be part of a double-star system with a three hour orbital period! For more unique observational and imaging opportunities, be sure to join us on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.! 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 like I did!

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
What’s Up Presentation
Charlie Elliott Target List
Astrophotography Presentation

Our Monthly Meetings and Public Observing Nights for 2018

July 14, 2018,  August 11, 2018,  September 8, 2018,  October 6, 2018,  November 10, 2018,
December 8, 2018, January 5, 2019, February 2, 2019, March 9, 2019, April 6, 2019, May 4, 2019, June 1, 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.

March is membership renewal month. If you are renewing your membership, no form is necessary.

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