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The Memphis Astronomical Society

will present the following presentations at our

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

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

The meeting begins at 8:00 pm

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

March Messier Marathon Madness!

See the forest: Using binoculars for the

2018 Messier Marathon

By Brian Hancock

The Messier Catalogue is dominated by galaxies- they total 40 of the 110 respective deep sky objects- and the apparent size of the majority of them are so small that the typical magnification range of most binoculars will fail to produce a satisfactory image scale.

So you need a scope to do the Messier Marathon, right?  Not necessarily.  Sometimes, it’s easy to lose the forest in the trees.  While a telescope is needed to perceive any detail in many Messier targets,  the large field of view afforded by binoculars not only perfectly frames some of the largest and brightest of the catalogue, it often allows one to see multiple targets in the same field of view.

A combination of binocular and naked eye astronomy can help you get a feel for the forest, as in seeing open clusters embedded in one of the spiral arms of our galaxy, or even appreciate the faint presentation of galaxies millions of light years away, like peering across a vast and barren canyon, barely making out the islands on the other side.

We will briefly cover some binocular observing techniques and then move on to the top ten Messier binocular vistas.

INTERMISSION: followed by

Messier Marathon Planning

By Ric Honey

As a veteran Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts, Ric will talk about preparing for the all night adventure as well as understanding and planning the best sequence of Messier Object observations. He will also provide a brief description of the kinds of objects to be observed.

followed by

Navigating the Virgo Cluster

By Jeremy Veldman

Jeremy will provide a brief description of how to identify and record your observations of the 16 Messier Objects known as the Virgo Cluster.

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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