LVAAS General Meeting

Saturday, August 8 at 8:00 p.m.

Rain Date: Sunday, August 9

- Meeting will be held at Pulpit Rock AND on-line -


Earl Pursell


“Explorer's Guide to the Solar System”

This presentation's focus is on NASA's exploration of the Solar System using telescopes, robots, and humans. Exploring other worlds in our Solar System stretches our minds and excites our imaginations like nothing else. It's the only way to answer some of our deepest questions.  It was originally published on NASA's Night Sky Network, of which LVAAS is a member.

Speaker Bio: Earl Pursell is a retired R&D microbiologist who worked in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry for thirty years. He has always been interested in visual astronomy and photography and has recently begun exploring astrophotography. As a member of LVAAS, he participates in the club's weekly maintenance at South Mountain and is qualified to run the telescopes there, as well as the planetarium. Earl is also the LVAAS Club Rep to UACNJ, a member of the UACNJ Board of Trustees, and a volunteer Observer. 

This meeting will be held outdoors at our Pulpit Rock dark sky site, as well as on-line using Zoom. If the weather is unfavorable on Saturday the meeting will be rescheduled for Sunday. The Pulpit Rock gate will be manned from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00. New members who do not yet have a key should plan to arrive during that interval.

Members will receive an invitation to the on-line meeting by email. Prospective new members who wish to attend on-line should contact our Membership Director ( to arrange to receive an invitation.




Paint the 40!

Help out the 40-inch telescope project by suggesting a new color scheme. using the LVAAS Paint the 40 web app! We are working on choosing a tasteful and appealing color scheme (not like the example shown here) for our 40-inch Cassegrain telescope project at Pulpit Rock. This web page lets you design your own paint scheme and see how it will look on the telescope. If you are an LVAAS member, you can sign in with your email and submit your design, or browse the gallery and enter your reactions to other members' designs.

July 11 general meeting video - click here

* * * NOTICE: * * *
temporarily closed at South Mountain:
Brooks Observatory (dome with Meade 14")
Roll-of with 12" Newtonian
(the floors have been painted! Thanks to Mike, Earl, and Pete.)

Astroimaging July 18 CANCELED
Star Party July 25 CANCELED

The Board meeting July 26 will be held on-line. If you are a Full Member and you wish to attend the Board Meeting, please e-mail to request an invitation.

LVAAS facilities are now available for use by members, individually and in small groups. Please adhere to the guidelines at this link.

Watch this space for news about future events! There is a high likelihood of cancellation of upcoming events at LVAAS facilities. However, we are now having some online events.