ACA Calendar of Events
2016 -2017
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Annual Holiday Club Dinner
December 15, Thursday 6:30PM, at Golden Corral
All members, family and friends are invited to attend our annual holiday gathering.

Please Reserve a place for you and your family now.
Private room req.: 20-50 people.
Host: Mark Moffatt.
Buffet $8.99, seniors:$8.19, age4-8:$4.39, age8-12:~$5. Drinks:$2.09

1. DINNER at Golden Corral (Pay when you arrive: adults:~$10, ages8-12:~$5)
The varied buffet is hot and hearty, great salad bar, with many delicious desserts.
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. He'll have puzzles and trivia to keep us all on our toes.
Check out: https://www.astroleague.org/al/obsclubs/lunar/lunar2.html
and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_object#Lists_and_editions

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:
satellite 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!



2017


Club Dark Sky Star Gaze
January 07 Saturday 5:30PM at NMR-DSO
Moon rise set: 1337 0205


Look for beautiful double stars, double clusters, and nebulae in the winter sky.

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.
Ask new members Margaret, John, and Mary. They know what we learn and what fun we have,
even with clouds!


Monthly Meeting
January 20, Friday 7:00PM, at AU
Moon rise set: 0104 1233
Program: Where on Earth Are We - The Celestial Bodies Can Tell Us
Finding our location on Earth is based on the techniques of Navigation.
Finding our position using the Heavenly Bodies is a special branch of Navigation known as Celestial Navigation.
Though used primarily out at sea, out of the sight of land, the same techniques can be used on land
with a few modifications. A good example of Celestial Navigation on land was its use during the
Corps of Discovery Expedition by Lewis & Clark in the early 1800s while mapping the Louisiana Purchase.
This presentation will be a brief overview on the method used to find our location on Earth
(specifically on land) using Celestial Navigation techniques.
Speaker: Stephen Miller
enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1963 and went on active duty in January 1965,
specializing in Celestial Navigation (position finding using only the heavenly bodies).
In 1989, Steve received his U.S.C.G. Master license, and prepared students for their USCG Master licenses.
This led to teaching Celestial Navigation, and in 1994 writing his textbook: Reaching for the Stars.
Rewritten and retitled Celestial Navigation in the New Millennia, it was used at the Chapman School of Seamanship
in Stuart, FL beginning in 2000, where Captain Steve was the Celestial Navigation Instructor, prior to retiring in 2012.
With this background and a natural, burning curiosity Captain Steve was led to the world of astronomy.
In 2002, he started with an Orion 102mm Mak Cass telescope and joined the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society.
From 2004-2008, he studied under the tutelage of Astronomer Michael Palermitti, and joined the Amateur Research Group.
Captain Steve is now an advanced astrophotographer, specializing in Lunar, Planetary and Solar work,
with extensive professional equipment. His Lunar images have been published in Selenology -
-the Journal of the American Lunar Society. He joined the Astronomy Club of Augusta in April 2015.
Captain Steve loves to share with others by imaging with his telescopes, cameras and lenses.


Refreshments: _____

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



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from the abundance of knowledge, skill, and enthusiasm
at our local meetings and star parties.
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