LVAS President's Note - October
LVAS President - Greg McKay
Join us at our next monthly meeting at the CSN Cheyenne campus at 7:30pm on November 3rd.
At our November meeting Dr. Joe Haller, a former astrophysicist working for the University of Arizona will be our guest speaker.
But before that, join us in Death Valley for our annual fall Death Valley Star Party on October 28 & 29. Details can be found above here on the website.
If you have a topic of astronomical interest and would like to present at our monthly meeting which is held on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30pm please drop me a message and let's talk.
Keep an eye out on the Event Calendar page here and our Facebook group page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/81273219287/ for more info on upcoming events.
Speaking of events, I'd like to thank everyone that participated in our Skye Canyon Star Party on September 10th. We viewed the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and a few faint fuzzies. On September 17th the club participated in International Observe the Moon night with telescopes set up at the CSN Cheyenne campus. Lucky observers got a chance to peek at the moon and a few other interesting sights that night.
As president I look forward to meeting and working closely with everyone. I’m excited about the new year and upcoming astronomical events that I hope we are able to share with even greater numbers of the general public.
My personal belief is that educating the public, children and adults, on the subject of the night sky should be our #1 priority. I’m very proud of the work the club has done with the public park events and especially the private school events.
While I’m not a professional I do consider myself an avid amateur. A little bit about myself, my adventure into this field began at about the age of 11 or 12 when helping my dad clean out our attic I found a very old department store 2” refractor telescope. It had belonged to my older brother years earlier and had been relegated to the attic I’m sure after many attempts to get any kind of useful image from it. Several nights of looking at the moon and I was about to call it quits when I “discovered” Jupiter and Saturn. That first sighting of Saturn in this little discarded telescope and I was hooked for life. After that I upgraded to a 3” refractor and then an 8” SCT and now the 12” SCT that I currently use. Throughout the years I witnessed Halley’s comet, Shoemaker-Levy 9 crashing into Jupiter, comets Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake among others, a multitude of partial solar eclipses, one annular solar eclipse and numerous lunar eclipses as well as my favorite astronomical events, meteor showers.
Here’s wishing clear skies to everyone and as Jack Horkheimer used to say, “Keep Looking Up!”
2016-17 LVAS President