The Ames Area Amateur Astronomers is a dynamic organization with activities held year-round. Each month at our meeting we present a guest speaker, with exciting lectures about space and astronomy.
23, 2014 Meeting
This Thursday there will be a partial solar
eclipse (sibling to the lunar eclipse we saw two
weeks before). If weather cooperates, our club
is planning to have a couple of observing
locations set up for club members and the public
to safely observe the eclipse. We plan to set up
at McFarland park and in downtown Ames. The
eclipse starts around 4:30 p.m. CDT and will be
visible until sunset at about 6:30 p.m. CDT. At
McFarland the scopes will be set up either by
the conservation center or up at the observatory
- look for telescopes.
In Ames, we'll be
setting up at the small park on west Main St. by
the restaurant that used to be Lucullan's.
We plan to have some solar telescopes set up
as well as solar projection equipment and solar
observing glasses at each site. We have a couple
people lined up to help out. But if you were
willing to come out to either help or just relax
and observe at one site or the other we would
love to have you!
It's also a good preview
to the total solar eclipse that will be visible
to a large part of the country in 2017.
15, 2014 Meeting
Usually the first optical instrument any of us look
through (not counting eye glasses) is a pair of binoculars.
Also, one of the most common questions we, as amateur astronomers,
get is "What sort of telescope should we buy for our daughter,
son, niece, nephew, or grandchild?" Usually our first response is
to suggest a pair of binoculars. So tonight's topic is binoculars.
We'll look at (and through) a bunch of different kinds of binoculars.
And we'll talk about how they work and some good ways to use them
to enjoy the night sky. Feel free to bring any binoculars you
might have. If it's clear we'll do some observing afterward.