Join us for for our next meeting on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Charlie Elliott Conference Center, Conference Room B Scroll down for details on this month's workshop!

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August Meeting & Observing

Meeting Details

Join us August 3rd, 2019 at 7:00PM, in Conference Room B at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center for our monthly meeting!  Clouds got you down?  Bored with mere photons?  Then this meeting is for you!  Charlie Elliott Astronomy Observing Coordinator and International Man of Mystery, David Whalen, will discuss the latest creation to come out of his secret laboratory!  For several months, David has been working on an antenna and reception system to detect the 21 centimeter radiation from neutral hydrogen gas in the Milky Way.  He designed and built a quad Yagi antenna, two low noise amplifiers, and two custom band pass filters.  In July, David successfully used the system on Jon Wood Astronomy Field with great success and he’ll be on hand to talk about the system and the results!  If you’re cheap…I mean frugal, you’ll love this project!  If you’ve spent any time at our meetings, you know that David is an entertaining and engaging speaker and he always delivers great information with a lot of laughs.

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.

Perspective & All of the Above

Observing Coordinator Steve Siedentop will be on hand to discuss what you can see and image in the night sky this month.  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!

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.


Charlie Elliot Astronomy member Tim Higginbotham will be on hand for a short presentation on how he repurposed an old DirecTV satellite dish and used it as a radio telescope.  Tim will be sharing the trials and tribulations as well as the successes of his project.  This workshop will start at 6:30 and be approximately 15 minutes long.

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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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