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General Meeting Notice

 LVAAS General Meeting 

Sunday, October 13 at 7 p.m.

"The History of Celestial Cartography - The Evolution of Art and Science in Early Printed Star Charts and Atlases"

Featuring Ray Harris

 

 

 

 

 Ray Harris is a former LVAAS Director and an LVAAS member since 1985. Ray has been studying and collecting antique star charts and atlases for 30 years. he will take us on a tour of the art and science depicted by the craft, explaining the evolution of celestial cartography from the earliest days of printing to the present. 

 

 

 

High Altitude Balloon

 

 Is That Saturn?

It seemed too bright, and too early for Saturn to be so clearly visible! Once it was brought into focus by Chris Kiely in LVAAS' 12" Newtonian Reflector, it turned out to be a very beautiful high-altitude balloon, hanging in the sky like a Christmas tree ornament, a rare special treat for visitors to our Star Party on Saturday, October 5.

A later search on flightradar24 indicated that it was most likely HBAL024, an experimental balloon for providing Internet service belonging to Loon LLC, formerly a Google X project. It was launched from Winnemucca, NV on Wednesday afternoon, and drifting at 16 kts at an altitude of 67,800 ft. over Plymouth Meeting, PA, easily visible from our South Mountain HQ.

This shaky, almost-focused photo was taken by Rich Hogg's smartphone held up to the eyepiece. The image shown is how it would look to the naked eye; in the telescope it was turned upside-down.

LVAAS South Mountain HQ Construction Video

 The Construction of LVAAS HQ

YouTube video!

This fascinating 33-minute film has a history that is almost as long and convoluted as LVAAS itself, and its colorful facilities and people. Originally shot on black and white film by Walter W. Leight, it was later transferred to videotape by Dan's Camera City, and narrated by Paul Shenkle, Bill McHugh, and George Maurer. From there it found its way (in 3 versions) onto a DVD possessed by LVAAS Programs Director and club historian, Sandra Mesics. Now, we have taken the longest, unedited version (the one without any music) and uploaded it to Youtube, which has enhanced it to make it more enjoyable than ever.

Featuring many of the founding personalities of LVAAS, this film reveals the very bones of our organization as well as our headquarters building. Enjoy a rarely-seen view into the beginnings of LVAAS!

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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.

 

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