Dec
11
Sat
2021
Canceled- Widewater State Park Stargazing Event @ Widewater State Park
Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Canceled- Widewater State Park Stargazing Event @ Widewater State Park

This event is cancelled because of inclement weather.

RSVP Here.

Widewater State Park and NOVAC will be co-hosting a stargazing event that’s open to the public.  NOVAC members will provide telescopes to view objects in the night sky. You do not need to be a member of the club or own any astronomical equipment to attend.

For individuals who are fully vaccinated, face coverings and social distancing are not required. Individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated should continue face covering and social distancing procedures.

This outdoor event is weather-dependent.

For more information, please visit Widewater State Park’s website.

Dec
12
Sun
2021
December 12 – Public Monthly Meeting – How to Optimize your Astrophotography Setup @ Online via Google Meet
Dec 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

How to Optimize your Astrophotography Setup

Dr. Thomas B. Fowler

Sunday, December 12, 2021

7:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST

Online event

meet.google.com/osh-bcyd-gti

Monthly Meeting – Public Invited

Abstract:

Amateur astronomers know too well that using a $400 Tele Vue eyepiece with a $100 telescope would be a waste of money and the capabilities of the Tele Vue. It would work, but for $500 a much better optical train could be assembled.  Similarly, any attempt to get 300x out of a 60mm f//10 telescope using a 4mm eyepiece and a 2x Barlow would be disappointing.  A 25 lb. telescope on a flimsy mount might not collapse the mount, but it would not make for good viewing.  These examples illustrate that in astronomy as elsewhere, for optimum performance and return on investment, it is necessary to use carefully matched equipment. In this talk Dr. Fowler will explain the issues involved in matching optical equipment, astronomy cameras, and mechanical gear to determine optimal performance and the limits to any given astrophotography configuration.

Bio:

Thomas B. Fowler has been involved in astronomy since 1960. He is the author of over one hundred articles, many reviews for Cloudy Nights, and three books, including a book on astronomy equipment and techniques, “The View Through Your Telescope and How to Make it Better” (2020). He has given presentations to the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club and the TriState Astronomers. He is an independent consultant on technology to the U.S. government and Adjunct Professor of Engineering at George Mason University. He has lectured widely on science, technology, and philosophy. His doctorate from George Washington University is in system theory. He also owns 3 telescopes and too much other astronomy equipment to think about! His books can be ordered from Amazon.

Jan
8
Sat
2022
Canceled- Sky Meadows State Park- Astronomy for Everyone @ Sky Meadows State Park
Jan 8 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Canceled- Sky Meadows State Park- Astronomy for Everyone @ Sky Meadows State Park

This event is canceled due to snow cover.

RSVP here.

NOVAC supports this event by providing telescope views to visitors.

  • Sky Meadows State Park (11012 Edmonds Ln.), behind the Mount Bleak House within the white fence.
  • For individuals who are fully vaccinated face coverings and social distancing are not required but recommended. Individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated will be asked to continue face covering and social distancing procedures.
  • The event’s programs will take place rain or shine.

Please visit the official website for more details.

Jan
9
Sun
2022
January 9 – Public Monthly Meeting – Two Eyes are Better than One @ Online via Google Meet
Jan 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
January 9 - Public Monthly Meeting - Two Eyes are Better than One @ Online via Google Meet

Two Eyes are Better than One

Philip S. Harrington, FRAS

Astronomy Author/Educator

Contributing editor, Astronomy magazine

Sunday, January 9, 2022

7:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST

Online event

meet.google.com/osh-bcyd-gti

Monthly Meeting – Public Invited

Abstract:

Binoculars are NOT just for beginners, as this talk will stress. After various binocular-related terms are defined, Phil Harrington will offer consumer tips to help the audience weed out astronomically worthy binoculars from a vast ocean of models currently available.

 

Bio:

A lifelong amateur astronomer, Phil Harrington was bitten by the “astronomical bug” when he was assigned to watch the total lunar eclipse of April 1968 as a homework assignment. Since then, Phil has spent countless hours touring the universe through telescopes and binoculars. He is a former staff member of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium and instructor at the Vanderbilt Planetarium in Centerport, New York. Phil is an adjunct professor at Suffolk County Community College, Selden, New York, where he teaches courses in stellar and planetary astronomy. He is a founding member of the Westport (CT) Astronomical Society and is also one of the coordinators of the annual Astronomer’s Conjunction, held every summer in Northfield, MA. Phil is also a contributing editor for Astronomy magazine, where he has published more than 200 articles since 1988.