ACA Calendar of Events
2016 -2017
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Club Dark Sky Star Gaze
October 29, Saturday 7:00 PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise-set: 0637 1822 Dark sky

See Saturn, Venus and Antares together before setting in the West.
Mars is red, just to the NE of the tipped over teapot (Sagittarius).
Follow the beautiful Milky Way Galaxy from Sagittarius up through the Summer Triangle
and all the way across the sky to Cassiopeia. Look for dark lanes.
Can you find Alnair(Grus), Formalhaut (Piscis austrinus), Diphda and Menkar(Cetus)
below Capricornus, Aquarius and Pisces, all in the S to E sky?
Help or get help, and use a telescope to find Neptune in Aquarius, Uranus and Ceres in Pisces.
Due East, the Great Square of Pegasus is nestled above Pisces. We'll name the four corners.
Learn to find the constellations: Andromeda, Triangulum, and Ares.
Here comes Perseus, such fun to label his starry parts.
The Big Dipper has just about set, but the other 4 circumpolar constellations of
Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Draco and the Little Dipper have much to offer in the North.
Hercules has no bright stars, but a distinctive shape. We'll look NW early in the evening.

Please arrive before dark. Park with your headlights toward the road.
Bring what you have of planisphere, binoculars, telescope, towel to lay on.
Wear socks, shoes, long pants, layered clothing.

Monthly Meeting
November 11, Friday,
7:00 PM at RPSEC The Public is invited!
Moonrise-set: 1543-0319 Lunar

Program: All I Want for Christmas !
My talk is about the equipment amateur astronomers use, and where to purchase the equipment from.
Our club usually suggests a $5 - $15 spending limit. I will keep that in mind.
My talk will be in 3 parts:
1) The Beginner
2) The Intermediate
3) The Expert
Speaker: Mark Moffatt
I have been an amateur astronomer since 1967. My parents bought me a telescope for Christmas.
and I have been hooked since. I joined the Astronomy Club of Augusta in the 1990s.
I have done both the Messier and Lunar list. and am the current VP for Programs.

Refreshments: Mark Moffatt

Lunar Observing after the meeting
Bring what you have of planisphere, binoculars, telescope.
Wear layered clothing.

Happy Turkey Day to you and yours!

Club Dark Sky Star Gaze
December 03, Saturday 5:30 PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise-set: 1021-2107 Dark sky
Catch Mercury close to the setting sun. Venus is just below the crescent moon.
See the Summer Triangle in the Western sky
Marvel the colors of Albireo. Look for Vulpecula, Sagitta, and Delphinus.
How about 5Lyr double star, Sulafat, Sheliak, and the Ring Nebula in Lyra?
Follow the Milky Way Galaxy from Sagittarius through Aquila & Cygnus, to Cassiopeia.
Look South for Mars in Capricornus, and Aquarius, Pisces, and Cetus in a row.
Fomalhaut is further south just below Aquarius.
Scope out Uranus, 3.5 stars in the tail beyond Pisces' pentagon head. Ceres is south of Uranus.
Keep moving east to find 2-point Ares and Triangulum.
Check out Perseus: his purse below Mirfak, Algol the Medusa head, and follow his foot to
Taurus' Pleiades, including the parents, Atlas and Pleione, and those gorgeous seven sisters:
Alcyone, Merope, Electra, Celaeno, Taygeta, Asterope, and Maia.
Wait a while longer and you will see the belt of Orion / the Three Kings rising in the East.
At Cepheus, find Herschel's Garnet Star, a red pulsating variable, and The Elephant's Trunk Nebula, just to the north.
Look for many more beautiful double stars, double clusters, and nebulae.

Please arrive before dark. Park with your headlights toward the road.
Bring what you have of planisphere, binoculars, telescope, towel to lay on.
Wear hat, layered clothing.

Come Rain, Shine, or Cold:
Fun astronomy activities planned for cloudy nights.

Annual Holiday Club Dinner
December TBD 15-17?, Thursday-Sat. ?, 6:30 PM at
TBD ? and discussed
at our Star Gaze on Oct. 29! Please come and vote or email your preference.
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1. DINNER at TBD ? (Pay when you arrive: adults:~$10, ages8-12:~$5)

Please bring a few dollars for our waitresses.

2. Mark's PREVIEW of Upcoming 2017 Programs

3. GIFT EXCHANGE: Host: Mark Moffatt
Bring your thinking caps. We'll have puzzles and trivia to keep us all on our toes.

Please bring a wrapped gift for the Gift Exchange, range $5 to $15.
Drop off your gift at the gift table, and select a number when you arrive.
This makes for a lot of speculation, intrigue, negotiating, and fun!

All, especially children, are encouraged to make a gift with an astronomy or science related theme:
models 1 , models 2 (many available free online), paper weights, mugs, night lights, or other.
or buy a gift, range $5 to $15.

It's not the gift that counts, but the happiness we bring by giving to each other.
See you there!

Beginners to experts can benefit
from the abundance of knowledge, skill, and enthusiasm
at our local meetings and star parties.
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