LVAAS - THE LEHIGH VALLEY AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: Promoting, Facilitating and Teaching Astronomy Since 1957

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Saturday, December 20 2014 @ 10:15 PM EST


January Meeting - at Muhlenberg College

Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Lecture Room, Trumbower Hall
Muhlenberg College


Bart Fried
Founder and President, Antique Telescope Society

China's Astronomical Treasures

This is the story of how a test of one of Henry Draper’s mirrors led to a search for Draper’s original Alvan Clark & Sons eleven inch refractor. In a wonderfully surprising turn of events, this search led to an unusual exploration of astronomical observatories and collections located in the People’s Republic of China, most unknown to Westerners. From Beijing to Guangzhou, to Shanghai and Nanjing, the interesting pre- and post-revolution history of China’s astronomy program will be revealed!

A Note on 2015 LVAAS Calendars

Because of quality issues with the printer, Lulu Publishing, we have decided to pull the 2015 LVAAS Calendars from production.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our members. If you ordered yours and find it not acceptable, please contact Lulu customer service. If you are happy with yours, you have a collector's item! We MAY have some available in time for the January meeting, through the Red Shift store.

Thank you to all the imagers who submitted their work, and thanks especially to Sandra Repash, who coordinated the project.

We may revisit this project for 2016, using another printer.



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Founded in 1957, the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society (LVAAS) is one of the oldest continuously-operating amateur astronomy organizations in the U.S. The mission of LVAAS is to promote the study of Astronomy and to maintain a meeting space, observatories, and a planetarium.

LVAAS operates two astronomy sites: The South Mountain site in Salisbury Township is the headquarters of the Society. It has a planetarium with a Spitz A3P projector, a 21 foot dome, meeting space, the Red Shift store, library, workshop space, and three observatories. The Pulpit Rock site near Hamburg is LVAAS's members-only dark sky site. At 1600 feet above sea level, the site features five observatories and a pad for member's scopes.

Members who receive training on the scopes may obtain keys to the observatories. LVAAS also maintains a rental "fleet" of telescopes that members may rent at low cost. Members also receive access to The Observer, our online newsletter, as well as reduced subscription prices to Sky and Telescope and Astronomy Magazine. If you want to learn more about astronomy and LVAAS, please join us at our next public star party.

South Mountain Clear Sky Chart  image

Pulpit Rock Clear Sky Chart         image


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