July 6th 2016 BMAA Monthly Meeting – Getting the most out of your telescope!

Telescopes Clinic ImageJoin us for a meeting to help you understand your telescope and how to get the best use of it. We’ll review types of telescope and mount designs and will have stations set up to review the use of GoTo and other types of mounts; basic telescope adjustments and set-up. If skies permit, we’ll go out for some observing. You are encouraged to bring your telescope and questions. If your telescope requires batteries or power, please bring those along charged up and ready to go. It is also good to have your manual present. If you lost it or do not have it, most of the telescope manufacturers have manuals online you can download and print out. Meeting starts at 7:30 PM at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, corner of Butler Pike and Susquehanna Roads in Ambler, PA (just a quarter mile from the Butler pike exit of the 309 expressway).

StarWatch at Northampton Park Review

StarWatch CrowdAfter a 1 day postponement due to weather, we had a very nice gathering of starwatchers and astronomers on Friday June 17th 2016 at Northampton Park in Richboro, PA. Our main targets for the night were also the first to pop out of the twilight sky. A very bright gibbous Moon graced the southeast. To the Moon’s right (west) a few degrees was a luminous large orangy Mars. Just below and left of the Moon sat a dimmer and much farther away yellowish Saturn. Over in the southwest mighty Jupiter held the sky to himself before it got darker. Visitors enjoyed the close up views of these bright objects in our evening sky. Saturn, although riding a low ecliptic this time of year has it’s rings tilted wide open for a very nice display all summer.