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POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER TILL 7/29 Starwatch at Nockamixon State Park, Tohickon Boat Launch Area https://goo.gl/maps/B6yHMrKwct52 (this is the turn off point onto the access road to the boat launch area)
22 Saturday, 8:30
This is a “New Moon” time and the skies will be dark enabling us to see some of the fainter sights in the summer night sky. Catch a galaxy or star cluster along with a side of Nebulae. If you have never seen the beautiful rings of Saturn, this will be your night as Saturn is in our early evening sky right now. Nockamixon State Park is one of the few places in the county where it is still dark enough to see the Sagittarius Arm and Orion Spur of the Milky Way – our home galaxy.
Cloud/Rain date for star watch at Nockamixon State Park is Saturday July 29 at 8:30 pm These events are dependent on clear skies, if in doubt about the conditions, please check this website or our Facebook page for possible cancellation information. The public is invited to bring their own telescopes and binoculars to our events. If you have questions about your telescope please try to arrive early to talk to our astronomers. Click here to printout a (free) starmap for July 2017 http://skymaps.com/downloads.html (download the Northern Hemisphere Edition)
Please be mindful of bright unfiltered flashlights, phones or tablets during the starwatch. Red cellophane can be placed over the ends of flashlights with rubberbands to help us all maintain our night vision. Note: Even bright red LED lights can reduce night vision, dim red lights are the most acceptable. Apply bug spray downwind and away from the telescopes. Please walk slowly and carefully between the telescopes. We love to hear your questions about the night sky and astronomy!
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We will have a special video presentation by Fred Espanek. This talk was actually given at the 2016 NEAF meeting. It’s one of the best, detailed explanations describing all of the potential weather and observing conditions across the entire U.S. path for the 2017 eclipse. So if you’re planning to
The special presentation will deal with aspects of the telescope for observing; types, advantages/disadvantages, selection and maintenance. We will also have a silent auction for a variety of telescopes that have been donated to BMAA (large, small and in-between). Our meetings, starting at 7:30 pm, are open to the public
Tonight’s BMAA monthly meeting is on “Stargazing from the Suburbs” – tips and techniques. Long time local visual observer, Bernie Kosher will tell us how to maximize our sometimes less than stellar skies here in the Phillyburbs. 7:30 PM at Upper
A description about eye anatomy and visual observing will answer questions about why we need to dark adapt, why we don’t see colors when observing and, if you wear glasses, is it necessary to wear them when observing.