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Library Home Delivery

VBAS members! Our librarian, Jeff Bennett, is now offering Home Delivery of our VBAS library books!

Browse the VBAS Library's online catalog

Then, email Jeff B. at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your requested books. Read below for details:

Must be a member in good standing. (Want to renew? Click Here. )
Each household may borrow up to 5 books for up to 90 days. Borrowers must be home to receive books. Jeff will coordinate delivery with you in advance.
Jeff will deliver and pick up on the first Saturday of the month, as long as stay at home orders are in place.
Jeff will wear a mask and be healthy (or, he won't run the service)
Books will be in quarantine for one month between check outs.
Books will be in a plastic bag and only be handled by Jeff while wearing plastic gloves/mask.
Orders will be filled on a first-come, first served basis.
 

Monthly Society Meeting

May Virtual Monthly Meeting

 

The May Monthly Meeting, (held on Zoom), was great! Thank you to Jeff Delmas for an interesting and informative talk on Dark Sky issues, both local and general.

If you missed the talk, here is the link to the presentation, and a link to the City Council meeting that Jeff referenced.


The presentations by Wes Kelley and George Woodbury to the City Council can be found at: https://www.huntsvilleal.gov/videos/huntsville-city-council-meeting-april-23-2020/


Watch this site for information about next month's talk by Peggy Walker of AstroLeague on June 19. (We will have an online meeting option and hope to be able to have a physical meeting as well, stay tuned for further developments.)

 

Weekly Planetarium Shows Cancelled

From the Von Braun Astronomical Society:

 

Important Notice

 

As we all know, the COVID-19 Corona Virus has been declared a Pandemic.

Schools and Public events in enclosed spaces are being cancelled.

 

Consistent with these practices, the VBAS Board of Directors has decided

to suspend our public gatherings. This will continue until next month, at which time the board will reassess the situation.

 

   

Night at the Observatory

New Program!

Night At The Observatory

VBAS is pleased to announce a new program that provides guests an opportunity to direct an observing session using the historic Swanson 21” telescope with a modern digital camera. Our Night At The Observatory is a personalized program that allows small groups to experience an evening of observing deep-sky objects of their choice. And the fun doesn’t end when the night is done because at the end of the evening you will take home the images acquired during your observing session. A VBAS certified operator will assist in target acquisition and imaging and can make suggestions for interesting deep-sky objects to discover.

Your Night At The Observatory requires no prior training or experience with telescopes. You will learn some of the fascinating history of the observatory and how to operate the large telescope. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Observatory Director, to book your own Night At The Observatory. Click the link below for details and prices.

VBAS Night At The Observatory

   
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