February 3rd, 2017 at 8:00 pm CST
GOT A NEW TELESCOPE?
The Memphis Astronomical Society presents
The New Telescope Seminar
PART I – Optics and Telescopes * * by William J. Busler
Bill will cover the various types of telescope designs, power (magnification), the magnitude scale, finder scopes, and types of mountings. He will also go over how to set up and use various types of telescopes.
During the break, knowledgeable M.A.S. members will individually
assist visitors in setting up their telescopes.
PART II – Finding Celestial Objects * * by William J. Busler
Bill will demonstrate the use of sky maps in finding and learning the major constellations and locating important celestial objects. He will then cover how to use your telescope to find the Sun, Moon, and planets, naked-eye stars and deep-sky objects, and a few other interesting objects which are located near easily-found stars.
NOTE: During the meeting, January sky maps and set-up directions will be distributed.
AFTER THE MEETING:
Weather permitting, we will proceed outside to the parking lot, where once again, knowledgeable M.A.S. members will individually assist visitors in locating celestial objects with their own telescopes. (In case of inclement weather, we will
hold an informal question-and-answer session.)
A FREE Astronomy Course was recently offered during the regular M.A.S. General meetings. We recorded all of the lectures and posted them on our YouTube Channel.
Click here for a Short Course Study Guide with links to the YouTube Lectures
There is a test for those who want to earn a Certificate suitable for framing.
About the M.A.S.
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.
|Phone Numbers and email
|Ric Honey, President
|Jeremy Veldman, VP Programs
|Mark Matthews, VP Observing
Memphis Astronomical Society
P.O. Box 871
Cordova, TN 38088-0871