Cancelled C.M. Crockett Public Night

By | 2018-03-17T10:40:22-04:00 March 17th, 2018|Home, News, Public Night|

Cancelling the public night for C. M Crockett Park scheduled for tonight. This is a tough call. Weather forecasts don't agree as of 08:00. The Clear Sky Chart forecast says skies will clear to 20% coverage at 17:00 and then clear completely by 19:00. Forecasts by WeatherUnderground, Weather_Channel and show clearing later with the [...]

Binocular Messier and the AL Observing Program

By | 2018-03-12T18:48:58-04:00 March 12th, 2018|Home, News, Public Night, Website|

March is the time of the year when the Messier Marathon is possible.  This is also a great time to get started on your Binocular Messier observing program. A very useful resource (I would say essential) for observational astronomy is Sky and Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas.  It is available from many sources for less than [...]

NOVAC General Meeting – Sunday March 11, at 7:00 PM at GMU

By | 2018-03-12T18:34:46-04:00 March 5th, 2018|Meetings, News|

Come join NOVAC members to hear Dr. Miki Nakajima from the University of Rochester speak about the origin of the Earth and Moon. Dr. Nakijima earned her PhD in Planetary Science with a minor in Computational Science and Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. Guests are welcome at our meetings. Topic: Origin of the [...]

NOVAC Treasurer’s report and Thank you NOVAC volunteers and donors!

By | 2018-02-23T08:39:48-05:00 February 22nd, 2018|Members Only, News|

A big thank you to all NOVAC members for your volunteer and financial support during 2017! As of Feb 22, 2018, we have 675 full dues members and 189 “additional" members for a total of 864 NOVAC household members. Our club gains its strength from your membership and volunteer participation. Last month about 90 NOVAC [...]

Great Meadow Public Night Feb 18 – Cancelled

By | 2018-02-20T17:59:45-05:00 February 18th, 2018|News, Public Night|

I'm cancelling public night. Great Meadow fields are soft already. The melting snow will make it worse. When using the dirt roads to access our site, remember to try not veer off, causing damage and widening of the roads. We are grateful to be guests at Great Meadow so please don't damage the facilities. I [...]

Great Meadow Public Night Feb 18 – TBD

By | 2018-02-18T11:27:57-05:00 February 17th, 2018|News, Public Night|

There's a public night scheduled tomorrow, Feb 18, at Great Meadow. The weather forecast is pretty decent. However, the state of the field is not known. I will send out an email tomorrow as to whether the ground is too wet to hold the event. A group of special needs scouts who are taking the [...]

Cancelled – C.M. Crockett Public Night – 17 February

By | 2018-02-17T20:32:23-05:00 February 16th, 2018|News, Public Night|

A nasty wintery mix of rain, sleet, freezing rain and/or snow tomorrow afternoon and evening isn't suitable for telescopes, astronomers or the general public. Hoping for Clear skies for future dates, Tree Greenwood Crockett Park Site Coordinator

Byron Bergert Imaging Group on April 14th 10am – 1pm

By | 2018-02-13T18:53:26-05:00 February 13th, 2018|Home, Meetings, News|

NOVAC’s Byron Bergert Imaging Group will hold its next Processing Party on Saturday April 14th from 10am to 1pm at the Providence Community Center near the Vienna Metro Station. We’ll be in Multipurpose Room 1, which is to the left past the registration desk. As usual, we’re very low key: come when you like, leave [...]

NOVAC General Meeting February 11

By | 2018-02-13T18:41:20-05:00 January 23rd, 2018|Meetings, News|

Hello NOVAC! Thank you for turning out in force in January for our first meeting of the year. Our speaker for February, Dr. Michelle Thaller will be speaking and her topic is A Solar System of Surprises. I've not heard Dr. Thaller speak in person, but have occasionally listened to her podcast, Orbital Path, and found [...]

Byron Bergert Imaging Group on Feb 3 10:00a – 1:00p

By | 2018-02-13T18:54:18-05:00 January 22nd, 2018|Meetings, News|

NOVAC's Byron Bergert Imaging Group will hold its Groundhog Day +1 Processing Party, featuring Special Guest Processor John Kasianowicz, on Saturday February 3 from 10am to 1pm at the Providence Community Center near the Vienna Metro Station. We'll be in Multipurpose Room 1, which is to the left past the registration desk. As usual, we're [...]