“Experience the Universe at Charlie Elliott”
Join us for our next meeting at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, December 20th, 2014 at the Charlie Elliott Campbell Aquatics Building. Questions? Contact one of our officers.
Quarterly Potluck and Holiday Raffle!
It’s time for our quarterly potluck once again! Join us at the Campbell Aquatic Activities Building at Charlie Elliott on Saturday, December 20th, at 3:00 p.m. for good food and good company. It goes without saying that potlucks take a lot of work to organize, and this one is no different. We need help with everything from setup and clean up to green bean casserole and banana pudding. Even if you don’t want to (or can’t) cook, you can always volunteer to help out with setup and clean or, or you can just pick something up at the deli. Click here to find out how you can help.
We’ll be holding our second annual Holiday Raffle and we have gifts from Camera Bug, Explore Scientific, Orion, Celestron, Canon, as well as a handful of others!
Raffle tickets are $10.00 each (a tax deductible donation) and you can buy as many as you want. Money raised from the raffle will go toward equipment purchases for outreach as well facilities maintenance and improvement.
Click here for raffle tickets via PayPal (even if you don’t have an account).
If you would like to purchase tickets using a check or money order, contact Steve Siedentop via email at email@example.com or phone at 404-769-1559.
All raffle ticket donations must be received by 11:59 pm Friday 12/19/2014.
We’ve also had great success with having a speaker join us for an informal presentation while we enjoy some good food, and this month Theo Ramakers will join us to talk about outreach and how you can get involved whether your schedule allows for several hours each week or just one day out of the year. Theo is a familiar face around Charlie Elliott Astronomy, and you may not know that he is an internationally recognized imager and Solar System Ambassador recognized by NASA. One of his images is at the Smithsonian (an ISS transit of Venus!). Theo was also recently featured in the book Energize your Retirement by Christine Sparacino.
Charlie Elliott Astronomy Observing Supervisor John Towne will be giving a short presentation of what you can expect to see in the sky this month with binoculars and small telescopes as well as the monthly Charlie Elliott Observing Challenge. At the meeting, remember to ask John for the target list and SkyMap! The target list and presentation from the last meeting are available for download below.
Sunset Time Alert
While we would love for everyone to stay for the entire meeting, we realize that some folks prefer to leave a bit earlier so as to set up their equipment at the observing field before dark. If the meeting runs longer than planned, a “Sunset Time Alert” will be announced.
“Observing after the meeting”
All are invited to Jon Wood Astronomy Field immediately after the meeting (weather-permitting). You don’t have to be a member to attend the meeting or join us on Jon Wood Astronomy Field with your telescope (or just your eyeballs). Note: The security gate at the entrance to the main road leading up to the observing field closes at 10:00 p.m. You’ll be able to leave at any time, but you won’t be able to get in after 10:00 p.m. You will, however, be able to park near the gate and walk a few hundred feet to the observing field after 10:00 p.m.
Downloads from the Last Meeting
What’s Up Presentation
Charlie Elliott Target List