Join us for for our next meeting on July 9th, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlie Elliott Conference Center

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Meeting Details

Join us July 9th, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlie Elliott Conference Center (room to be announced) for an engaging and informative discussion with one of the Charlie Elliott Astronomy founders, Phil Sacco.  Phil will focus on commonly held astronomical knowledge before the advent of the telescope.  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 clumsily setting up my first “real” telescope while doing a very poor job of answering questions from a group of inquisitive youngsters.  Even though the sun hadn’t set and there was nothing to see yet, they wanted to look through the telescope.  So, I asked Phil if I could borrow his step stool, which I later learned also served as a clever eyepiece case.  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 July meeting, Phil will focus on astronomical knowledge that was commonly held long before Galileo pointed a telescope at Jupiter.  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 10 Astronomical League observing programs.  There are currently just over 160 Master Observers in the United States.

Phil isn’t a Georgia native, but don’t hold that against him.  He 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 games of strategy and making mead using a 2000 year old Roman recipe and performing as a magician.

All of the Above!

Following the feature presentation, Charlie Elliott Astronomy Observing Supervisor David Whalen will give a short talk about what you can expect to see in the night sky with binoculars and small telescopes as well as the monthly observing challenge.

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 everyone is welcome.

Downloads from the Last Meeting

All of the Above Presentation
Charlie Elliott Target List
June 2016 Skymap

Our Monthly Meetings and Public Observing Nights for 2016

January 9, February 6, March 12 (potluck), April 9, May 7, June 4 (potluck), July 9, August 6, September 10 (potluck), October 29, November 19, December 10 (potluck)

Indoor meetings start approximately 2 hours before sunset. Monthly locations & details vary, so please check back here ( for current specifics. Public stargazing sessions on Jon Wood Astronomy Field begin just after sunset on the above dates.

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