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

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Saturday, August 01 2015 @ 04:12 PM EDT



August General Meeting
Saturday, August 8,
 2015 at 7 p.m.

Annual Meeting at Pulpit Rock Astronomy Park!

An Introduction To Video Astronomy

featuring Larry McHenry

Larry will present a discussion on Video Astronomy for beginners: An overview of the benefits of using an inexpensive security-style 'Planetary' or commercial astronomical 'Deep-Sky' video-camera, type of equipment needed, and video capture tips and examples.

Video Astronomy allows you to observe in comfort, reduces eyestrain, and eliminates 'floater' issues. It is great for group observing, and allows you to manipulate images in real-time thru your monitor and camera's controls.

The future of Video in amateur astronomy is quite bright, as Video Astronomy is becoming popular, with amateurs replacing their glass eyepieces with electronic video eyes! Weather permitting, Larry will be demonstrating video astronomy onsite at Pulpit Rock throughout the weekend from the back of his Tab Teardrop camper using a 8” SCT on a C-Gem mount. He has created a web portal highlighting his observations and equipment:




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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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