Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
February, 2005

In this Issue

February Events PST Page Debut
U of A Gets New 16-inch Scope Hubble Funding Axed
Astronomy Day 2005 2005 Georgia Sky View Canceled

February Events

This month’s meeting will be on Friday, February 4, at 8:00PM in room 215 of the Aerospace Engineering Building.  Riders from the Montgomery area are welcome to meet at the home of Russell Whigham, 518 Seminole Dr., and carpool over to Auburn.  Plan to be ready to leave for Auburn at 7:00PM.  Allen Screws writes that we have 6 new DVDs for future programs and John Zachry writes that he, “has a real good ESA Press Conference about the results of the Huygens probe to Titan recorded Jan. 21, 2005 - one week after landing in case club wants to see.  Time 1:05.”

Our star party this month will be the following night, Saturday, February 5, at Cliff Hill’s farm

PST Page Debut

An equipment inventory, a brief “how-to”, and procedures for borrowing the society’s hydrogen-alpha solar telescope are now on the AAS Web site.  General information about both the 8-inch Dobsonian and the PST scope are at .   The “how-to” is at , and the inventory/check-out and return check-list, prepared by Mack Acheson, is at .  I’ll be returning the PST to Rhon at Friday’s meeting.  Let him know if you want to be added to the waiting list. 

Would you like to have a link from the navigation frame menu to the loaner scopes?  Let me know.  Currently the only link is from the “benefits of membership” section of the FAQ page.

U of A Gets New 16-inch Scope

The University of Alabama has replaced their antique 10-inch refractor with a 16-inch Ritchey-Chrétien telescope from DFM Engineering. 

Hubble Funding Axed 

Is this some sort of perverse funding ploy or are they for real?

Astronomy Day 2005

Mark your calendars.  Astronomy Day 2005 will be on Saturday, April 16 at the W. A. Gayle Planetarium.  Rick Evans writes:

Do you have any suggestions for a topic for Astronomy Day this year.  I need to get that project started and in the will be here before you know it otherwise.


2005 Georgia Sky View Cancelled
The 2005 Georgia Sky View hosted by Flint River Astronomy Club has been cancelled.  Indian Springs State Park is currently in renovations which will not be completed until June.  We have searched throughout the state of Georgia for another site with comparable skies and accommodations and we were unable to locate one that fit all our needs.  We have already started planning the 2006 Georgia Sky View which will be back at Indian Springs State Park in the spring and will be a 3 day event.  I will send out a message once the dates for 2006 are locked in. 

Thank you for your past attendance at Georgia Sky View and I look forward to seeing you in 2006.

If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to email me. 

Dawn Knight

Hope to see everyone at the meeting and star party,