The AVAC is a member of the Astronomical League. The Leagues basic goal is to encourage an interest in astronomy (and especially amateur astronomy) throughout America. Many people have seen pictures of the other planets in our Solar System from spacecraft, but have no idea that they too can see these objects with a telescope. They want people to get access to telescopes, whether it is through their local astronomical society, school, or their own instruments, and use them to view the beauty in the heavens.

To encourage amateur astronomers to learn and study the night sky, the league has developed 28 observing clubs, which are listed below. Each club offers a certificate based upon achieving certain observing goals and a beautiful award pin. These are usually in the form of a specific number of objects of a specific group with a given type of instrument. Occasionally there are multiple levels of accomplishment within the. There is no time limit for completing the required observing, but good record keeping is required. For the clubs listed below that are shaded, it is valid to use computerized GOTO systems or digital setting circles. Although you CAN use a GOTO system on these programs, it is highly recommended that manual methods be used. For any program not shaded, you must use manual methods to complete the program.

The North Houston Astronomy publishes a monthly newsletter, "What's Up, Doc?", that lists what objects are in the evening sky, organized by Astronomical League. They also have an Excel spread sheet, "What's Up Tonight, Doc?". The user enters their latitude, longitude, and the Universal Time of their observing and the spreadsheet will provide various listings of objects in the sky at that time, ordered by descending altitude. It currently has 2187 objects, covering all 28 of the Astronomical League clubs.

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Announcements

 

 

SOLAR ECLIPSE ON AUGUST 21. The eclipse will not be total from the Antelope Valley but will still be impressive at 71% of total.  Because so many of our members are traveling to the path of totality, WE WILL NOT BE HOSTING A LOCAL EVENT.   There will be no event at the SAGE Planetarium. Information on the local times can be found here: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/lancaster

Since we are still getting inquiries, we want to clarify that the Antelope Valley Astronomy Club has exhausted our supply of eclipse glasses. We do not have any more for distribution to the public.

The Antelope Valley Astronomy Club has been handing free eclipse glasses out at some of our events since Memorial Day weekend and we have no more to give.  As of our meeting at the SAGE Planetarium on Friday 8/11, and our event at Prime Desert Woodland Preserve on Sat 8/12, we had handed out approximately 1,000 to the community.

Most online retailers have exhausted their supplies as well and we do not know where you can get them. 

 

Upcoming Events

Club Meeting
Friday, Sep 8, 2017, 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Dark Sky Star Party
Saturday, Sep 16, 2017, 3:00PM - 8:00AM - Sunday, Sep 17, 2017