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Von Braun Astronomical Society

Practical Astronomy Course

Practical Astronomy Course
Instructor: Jeff Delmas, VBAS Observatory Director

Who Should Attend: The course is targeted to beginning observers, adults and teens, or those interested in a refresher course on basics.

Course Description:
Learn the wonders of the night sky in a practical setting that involves both lecture and observing using your own telescope or binoculars. Whether you’ve purchased a telescope and want help learning your way around the night sky, are thinking about getting a telescope and want to learn about available equipment and techniques, or just want to learn, this class will help you in your quest. At the end of each lecture, students are provided a list of skill and season-appropriate targets to observe over the following week.

Due to the pandemic, each student will be encouraged to observe with their own equipment, which can be a telescope, binoculars, or just your eyes. This is a virtual class using Zoom. No prior observing experience necessary.

Tuesdays, 9/29/20 through 11/17/20, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Eight sessions in total
Price: $25 members, $30 nonmembers
East student must provide an email address so instructor can provide course materials.
https://von-braun-astronomical-society.square.site/product/practical-astronomy-course/22?cs=true

 

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 reopening dates and procedures have been set.

 

What's Up in the Night Sky - September 2020

As we currently have suspended our public activities, including planetarium shows and outreach events we have put together a brief video tour of the September night sky for your enjoyment. We hope to be able to explore the universe with you in person soon but until then we will have to do so virtually.

https://youtu.be/mml-oW4sgZA

   

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

June Virtual Monthly Meeting

 

The June monthly member meeting will by presented by Peggy Walker online at 7:30pm on June 19th!

 

Peggy Walker is the National Coordinator for STEAM and Accessible Outreach with the Astronomical League. She will be speaking on STEAM Outreach within the Astronomical League. Peggy has extensive outreach experience with the Astronomical League STEAM Outreach (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) the Sidewalk Astronomers, Astronomers Without Borders, and as a National Parks Astronomy Outreach Volunteer.

Link to the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81477205214

   

Night at the Observatory

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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