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The Memphis Astronomical Society

will present the following presentations at our

Friday, February 7th, 2020

General meeting held at Christian Brothers University in the Science Auditorium of Assissi Hall.

The meeting begins at 8:00 pm

All MAS Programs are FREE and open to the general public.


by William J. Busler

What do you do as an amateur astronomer, once you’ve looked at the Moon and planets?  One excellent option is to begin hunting “deep-sky objects” – star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.  In the late 1700’s, Charles Messier and other observers compiled a catalog of such objects.  Bill will briefly describe these celestial wonders and give a few pointers on how to find them.  Also, the M.A.S. will conduct three “Messier Marathons” this year (see article in this issue), attempting to view all 110 Messier objects in one or two nights.  Come and learn!

followed by a break for fellowship and refreshments, then

How to "Computerize" Your Telescope
Your Questions Answered

by Ric Honey

There is an old saying in professional photography circles when discussing equipment. "The money goes in the glass" - meaning the optical components.  This is true in telescopes as well, but many are enticed by the all the modern electronic gadgetry available on modern telescopes at the expense of the optical system.

There are many optically great used telescopes that are overlooked and under valued because they don't have the latest control features.  Many of these "Go To" telescopes promise to point to what ever you like just by selecting from a list, but setup can still be difficult.  Unless they are very expensive they usually provide lack luster views.

The ability of these Go To telescopes to move themselves is actually secondary to knowing what the telescope is pointed at and which directions you need to move it to see what you want.  The installation of a computer interface that allows this "Push To" capability may be easier than you might think.  Ric will show you whats involved in doing this for Dobsonian and equatorial mounts where to look for the hardware to do so.


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About the M.A.S.

The Memphis Astronomical Society is a non-profit, public service organization promoting interest and education in astronomy and related sciences. Founded in 1953

The Memphis Astronomical Society, or M.A.S., is a public service organization which promotes understanding of the science of astronomy through free public lectures and demonstrations. Members are seldom professional astronomers. We work in many different occupations, some in the sciences, but most in other fields. We are amateurs in the basic sense of the word: we study astronomy because we love it. We seek to learn more about it through reading, conversation with other astronomers, professional as well as amateur, and especially through direct observation of celestial objects.

The Memphis Astronomical Society is 501(c)(3) charitable educational society, and as such, donations may be tax deductible (please consult your tax advisor). If you care to make a donation, you may use the link below to so. We will be sure you recieve a reciept for your records.


Contact us:

Phone Numbers and email

Jeremy Veldman, President

(662) 418-7511

Keith Latiolais, VP Programs

(901) 457-7180

Mark Matthews, VP Observing

(901) 755-5564

Ric Honey
Treasurer and Web Servant

(901) 828-3112

Bill Busler, Ambassador

(901) 382-2246

Memphis Astronomical Society

P.O. Box 871

Cordova, TN 38088-0871



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