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The Memphis Astronomical Society

will present the following presentations at our

Friday, January 5th, 2018

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

The meeting begins at 8:00 pm

How to Set Up and Use Your New Christmas Telescope

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

PROGRAM Part 1: Getting Started With Your New Telescope

By William J. Busler

Bill will cover the various types of telescope designs, power (magnification), the magnitude scale, finder scopes, and types of mountings.


During the break, knowledgeable M.A.S. members will individually assist you in setting up your telescope.

PROGRAM Part 2: Getting Started 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. We 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.


Weather permitting, we will proceed outside to the parking lot, where once again, knowledgeable M.A.S. members will individually assist you in locating celestial objects with your own telescope. (In case of inclement weather, we will hold an informal question-and-answer session.)

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.

Contact us:
Phone Numbers and email
Ric Honey, President (901) 828-3112
Jeremy Veldman, VP Programs

(662) 418-7511
Mark Matthews, VP Observing (901) 755-5564
Sarita Joshi, Treasurer (901) 752-5761

Bill Busler

(901) 382-2246

Memphis Astronomical Society

P.O. Box 871

Cordova, TN 38088-0871




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