February 1 Meeting: A special presentation about Star Charts.

Star Charts: an historical perspective by a former director of LVAAS.  He’s been studying and collecting antique star charts and atlases for 30 years. He will take us on a journey from the dawn of printing in the 15th century to modern times, showing us how maps of the heavens have evolved and how the art and science of celestial cartography progressed through the centuries.

Our meetings starting at 7:30 pm, are open to the public, and held at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, 411 Susquehanna Road, Ambler, PA, 19002.

January 4 Annual Holiday Meeting: Solar Eclipse Trivia

Join us for our annual holiday meeting on January 4th; it’s a good opportunity to socialize,share experiences and also to have a little fun.
Since this is the year of the much awaited Solar eclipse, you will have a chance to test your knowledge about solar eclipses and other astronomy-related trivia. Bring a friend or significant other. The public is invited to join us.
 
Bring a snack or dish to share; hot water for coffee, tea and hot chocolate and paper products will be provided.
 
The gathering starts at 7:30 pm at Upper Dublin Church, 411 Susquehanna Road, Ambler, PA 19002. Look for the black and yellow signs.

Dec. 7 BMAA meeting: Star hopping with binoculars and show-and-tell.

Please join us for our December 7 BMAA meeting, beginning at 7:30 pm at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, 411 Susquehanna Road, Ambler, PA 19002. Look for our black and yellow signs.
We are fortunate to have a special presentation by a member who will have give a demonstration on “Star Hopping with Binoculars.”He will have star charts to show his star hopping techniques and will also bring some star charts and atlases that are more useful than electronic versions for serious visual observing. He will also bring various size binoculars and compare them for astronomy use. Bring your own binoculars to compare how they measure up any star charts you might use.
Following the star hopping presentation, we will have “show and tell:”
1. You are welcome to bring your latest “gadget” to special equipment to demonstrate.
2. Favorite astrophotographs  are also welcome (if you bring photos, please provide some background information on techniques and equipment used as well as information about “target.”)
3. Have you taken any interesting, astronomy-related trips lately you would like to describe?
If you wish to show any photos or presentation, please bring a thumb drive containing your files.

November 2 Meeting: Intermediate deep sky astrophotography techniques.

The featured presentation for our November 2 meeting will emphasize intermediate level astrophotography using a portable imaging setup.
Topics covered will include:
– Uunderstanding image noise and the importance of long exposures and dark sky,
– Why to guide?
– Choosing a scope, mount (from barn door tracker to GEM) and camera (DSLRs vs CCDs, Color vs Monochrome, camera settings)
– Useful accessories (power supply, computer, focusing aid tools, filters, software etc).
– Choosing objects for imaging.
– A brief introduction to image processing.
Our meetings beginning at 7:30 pm, are held at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, 411 Susquehanna Road, Ambler (19002). Meetings are open to the public; if you have an interest in or curiosity about amateur astronomy, please join us.