Apr 10


  March-April-2015-Starword.pdf (287.3 KiB, 54 hits)

  Attached is a copy of the March/April 2015 Starword.  On pages 2 and 3 you can find the most current listing of club events for the year.  As always, there will be additions, subtractions etc.  Scouting Events will be added and updated will be posted on the LAS website and on our Yahoo Message Board.  Notice will be posted when possible to the LAS Facebook Page.  The LAS Christmas party time and date will be added latter.  As always some events may be cancelled or postponed due to the weather.  Some events involve making reservations or paying a fee at the door.  LAS Public Nights are free to all.

This edition of Starword includes proposed changes to the clubs By-laws.  The last time formal changes were adopted was in 1996.  Please take time to review the document and let the Board know of any concerns.  The next Board Meeting will be held February 20th at the Urban Astronomy Center starting at 6:30 p.m.  The General Meeting will take place at 8:00 p.m. and the presenter will be Richard Stearman, longtime member of LAS.  His topic is on using the software available for image processing.  This talk will be a how-to including the term many hold dear “stacking”.

Look forward to seeing everyone.  MFR

Editor, Starword

Mark F Rockstroh, editor@louisville-astro.org

Apr 7

LAS events April 10 and April 11, Bernheim, Girl Scouts a GO

Louisville Astronomical Society events this week:

April 10, Friday – University of Louisville Planetarium, Scope setup in the courtyard by 8:15PM

Tomorrow day and night looks great. Bernheim and the Girl Scouts tomorrow are both a go. I can use at least one other scope at Bernheim. See info below for times and location


April 11, Saturday – Sky Watch and Star Stories at the Garden Pavilion of Bernheim Forest, Program is from 8 – 10:30PM, scope set up by 8:30PM.

ALSO on the same night – Girl Scouts from 3 – 8PM at Hannah Farm, 4300 W Hwy 524, Westport, KY. Would like a scope or 2 for solar observing and night observing will begin about 8:30 PM


Mar 29


  Proposed LAS By Laws 2015.pdf (55.5 KiB, 93 hits)
Proposed changes to the LAS By-Laws.

The LAS Board held a meeting on January 24, 2015 to discuss changes to the LAS By-Laws.  The last time they were formally changed was in 1996.  There have been several changes with additions and subtractions.  Please take time to review the proposed By-Laws and let the Board know of any suggestions, concerns or ideas.  The next Board Meeting will be held February 20th.

Mark F Rockstroh, Editor


Current By-Laws  

  Bylaws (39.1 KiB, 1,035 hits)

Feb 6

Event Calendar for 2015

Following is the provisional of events for the Louisville Astronomical Society for 2015. Note that there will be additions, deletions, and cancellations as the year progresses. I will normally notify the society as soon as practicable when there is a change. This calendar is posted on our web site  louisville-astro.org as the official calendar.

2015 Astronomy Schedule, All Events.

Date                     Time             Event

Apr, Friday 10        8PM             U of L Planetarium

Apr, Saturday 11    8-10:30PM     Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories

Apr Saturday 11   Girl Scouts at Hanna Farm, Westport, KY

Apr, Friday 17        8PM              LAS General Meeting at the UAC

Apr, Saturday 18    8:30PM         Stars Over Blackacre

Apr, Saturday 18    dusk         Curby Member Night

Apr, Friday 24        dusk          Urban Astronomy Center, Public Night, Rotary Club Hosting

Apr, Saturday 25    dusk          Curby Public Night, Cub Scouts, pack 153

 Apr Fri/Sat 24/25    ……..             Two troops of Scouts at Tom Sawyer for both days, cub pack 141  on Saturday will be joined be joined by 40-50 scouts from Sellersburg, Indiana, and another,  troop 1 will be at  Curby

 May Friday 1             6PM             Mile of telescopes on Bardstown Rd

May Friday 8         8PM              U of L Planetarium

May Saturday 9     9-11:30PM     Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories

May Friday 15       8PM             LAS General Meeting at the UAC

May Saturday 16   dusk              Scouts at Curby, two troops

May Saturday 16   dusk             Scouts at UAC, Tom Sawyer

May Sunday 17          1-4                 Astronomy Day at the Planetarium

May Friday 22       dusk              Urban Astronomy Center, Public Night

May Saturday 23  10-midnight      Planet Watch at Bernheim

May Saturday 23  dusk                 Curby Public Planet Night Watch

Jun Saturday 6     9:30-Midnight      Stars over Blackacre

Jun Friday 12       8PM                     U of L Planetarium

Jun Saturday 13   9:30-Midnight      Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories

Jun Friday 19       8PM                  LAS General Meeting at the UAC

Jun Saturday 20   dusk                 Curby Member Night

Jun Saturday 20   dusk                  Welcome Summer Night at Earth Measure

Jun Friday, 26      dusk                  Urban Astronomy Center Public Night

Jun Saturday 27  10-midnight         Planet Watch at Blackacre

Jun Saturday 27  dusk                     Curby Public Night

Jul Friday 10       8PM                     U of L Planetarium

Jul Saturday 11   9:30-Midnight         Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Storie s

Jul Saturday 11   dusk                     Curby public Night

Jul Saturday 18   dusk                     Curby Member Night

Jul Friday 24       dusk                     Urban Astronomy Center Public Night

Aug Saturday 8   9-11:30PM             Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories

Aug Saturday 8   dusk                     Curby Public Night

Aug Friday 14     8PM                      U of L Planetarium

Aug Saturday 15  dusk                    Curby Member Night

Aug Friday 21      dusk                      Astronomy Center Public Night

Aug Saturday 22  6-11PM                 CONNECT event at Bernheim

Sep Saturday 5      8:30-Midnight     Stars over Blackacre

Sep Friday 11        8PM                 U of Planetarium

Sep Saturday 12    8-10:30PM      Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories

Sep Saturday 12    dusk                 Curby Member Night

Sep Friday 18        8PM                  LAS General Meeting at the UAC

Sep Saturday 19    dusk                 Welcome Fall at Earth Measure

Sep Saturday 19    dusk                 Curby Public Night

Sep Friday 25        dusk                 Urban Astronomy Center Public Night

Sep Sunday 27      evening             TBD Total Lunar Eclipse

Oct Friday 9          8PM                     U of L Planetarium

Oct Saturday 10    7:30-10PM          Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories

Oct Saturday 10    dusk                     Curby Member Night

Oct Friday 16        8PM                     LAS General Meeting at the UAC

Oct Saturday 17    dusk                  Curby Public Night

    Oct Staurday 17    dusk                       Stars over Charlestown, IN

Oct Friday 23        dusk                     Urban Astronomy Center Public Night

Nov Saturday 7      dusk                     Curby Public Night

Nov Friday 13        8PM                     U of L Planetarium

Nov Saturday 14     6-8:30PM              Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories

Nov Saturday 14    dusk                     Curby Member Night

Nov Friday 20        8PM                     Urban Astronomy Center Public Night.

Dec Friday 11        8PM                     Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories and Geminids

Dec Saturday 12    dus                     Curby Member Night

Dec Friday 18        dusk                  Urban Astronomy Center Public Night

LAS Christams Dinner……TBD


Dec 12


  December 2014 Starword (387.5 KiB, 278 hits)

The Last Starword for 2014 has just been posted.  Thanks everyone for a great year.

Editor, Starword

Mark Rockstroh


Sep 11

Galileo’s Starry Messenger

At yesterday’s meeting, Dr. Chris Graney donated a copy of his book to the LAS. It is titled Galileo’s Starry Messenger 1610-2010: An exhibit for the Louisville Free Public Library. It is on the bookshelf at the UAC.

Aug 15

Louisville Astronomical Society Library Book Listing


Amatuer Telescope Making:   1
General:   13
Observing:   24
Photography:   6
Physics:   11
Science:   25

  • Amatuer Telescope Making

  • General
    • Atlas of Mars: The 1:5,000,000 Map Series by Batson, Bridges, Inge ISBN:
    • Cambridge Astronomy Guide by William Liller,Ben Mayer ISBN:0521257786
    • Einstein: : The Life and Times by Ronald W. Clark ISBN:038001159x
    • Einstein’s Universe by NIGEL CALDER ISBN:0517385708
    • Greenwich Observatory by D Howse ISBN:0850660955
    • Greenwich Observatory … the story of Britain’s oldest scientific institution, the Royal Observatory at Greenwich and Herstmonceux, 1675-1975 by ISBN:0850660939
    • Horizons: Exploring the Universe 3rd Ed by Micheal A Seeds ISBN:0534097944
    • Introduction to Planetary Geology (Cambridge Planetary Science) by Billy P. Glass ISBN:0521235790
    • Mars and the mind of man by ISBN:0060104430
    • SKYLAB Explores the Earth by NASA ISBN:
    • The inner planets: New light on the rocky worlds of Mercury, Venus, Earth, the moon, Mars, and the asteroids by Clark R Chapman ISBN:0684148986
    • Universe: An Illus Intro by William J. Kaufmann ISBN:0716716739
    • Using displayWrite by Deborah Beacham ISBN:0880221275

  • Observing
    • A Workbook for Astronomy by Gerald David Waxman ISBN:0521253128
    • Amateur Astronomer’s Handbook by John Benson Sidgwick ISBN:0894900498
    • Amateur Astronomer’s Handbook by John Benson Sidgwick ISBN:0894900498
    • Amateur Astronomer’s Handbook by J.B. Sidgwick,R.C. Gamble ISBN:0571047483
    • Astinomy Made Simple (Made Simple Books (Doubleday)) by MEIR H. DEGANI ISBN:038508854x
    • Astronomical Calendar 1987 by Guy Ottewell ISBN:0934546169
    • Atlas of the Heavens-II Catalogue 1950.0 by Antonin Becvar ISBN:
    • Cambridge Deep-Sky Albm by Jack Newton,Philip Teece ISBN:0521256682
    • Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes by Thomas W. Webb ISBN:0486209172
    • Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes by Thomas Webb,Margret Matall ISBN:0486209180
    • Comet!: The Story Behind Halley’s Comet by Greg Walz-Chojnacki ISBN:0918831512
    • G/Wich Observ. Vol 2 Wss Bnd by Meadows. ISBN:0850660947
    • Introduction to Practical Astronomy, with a Collection of Astronomical Tables by Elias Loomis, LL.D ISBN:
    • New Horizons in Amateur Astronomy by Grant Fjermedal ISBN:0399514864
    • Norton’s Star Atlas and Telescopic Handbook by Arthur P Norton, J Gall Inglis ISBN:
    • Observing Variable Stars : A Guide for the Beginner by Janet A. Mattei,David H. Levy ISBN:0521321131
    • Planet Saturn by A.F.O’D. Alexander ISBN:0486239276
    • Star Testing Astronomical Telescopes: A Manual for Optical Evaluation and Adjustment by Harold Richard Suiter ISBN:0943396441
    • Telescopes for skygazing by Henry E Paul ISBN:0817424083
    • The Amateur Astronomer’s Catalog of 500 Deep-Sky Objects by Ronald J Morales ISBN:0894040766
    • The Guide to Amateur Astronomy by Jack Newton,Philip Teece ISBN:0521340284
    • The Questar Moon by Questar ISBN:
    • Through the Telescope: A Guide for the Amateur Astronomer (Discovering Earth Science) by Michael R. Porcellino ISBN:0830631593
    • Whitney’s Star finder: A field guide to the heavens by Charles Allen Whitney ISBN:0394749537

  • Photography
    • Asto Filters For Observation and Astrophotography 2nd Ed. by Raymond Francis Barbera (et Al) ISBN:
    • Hidden Sun: Solar Eclipses and Astrophotography by James Lowenthal ISBN:0380869594
    • Kodak Films: Color and Black-And-White. (Kodak publication ; no. Af-1) by Eastman Kodak Company. ISBN:0879851619
    • Kodak Plates and Films for Science and Industry by Kodak ISBN:
    • Outer space photography for the amateur by Henry E Paul ISBN:0817424075
    • Skyshooting: Photography for Amateur Astronomers by Robert Newton Mayall ISBN:0486218546

  • Physics
    • Astrophysical Concepts by Martin Harwit ISBN:0471358207
    • Astrophysics Today (Readings from Physics Today, No. 1) by A. G. W. Cameron ISBN:088318446x
    • Cosmology + 1: Readings from Scientific American by ISBN:0716700115
    • Eternal Universe by Harold W.G. Allen ISBN:0962455512
    • New horizons in astronomy by John C Brandt ISBN:0716710439
    • New horizons in astronomy (A Series of books in astronomy and astrophysics) by John C Brandt ISBN:0716703386
    • Physics and the Physical Universe by Jerry B. Marion ISBN:0471569194
    • Realm of the universe (Saunders golden sunburst series) by George O Abell ISBN:0030051398
    • Riddles of the stars: White dwarfs, red giants, and black holes by Robert Kraske ISBN:0152669078
    • The Physics of everyday phenomena: Readings from Scientific American by ISBN:0716711265
    • The Universe of Galaxies by Paul Hodge ISBN:0716716763

  • Science
    • A study guide to accompany the Dynamic universe: An introduction to astronomy by C. D Garmany ISBN:0314711309
    • A study guide to accompany the Dynamic universe: An introduction to astronomy by C. D Garmany ISBN:0314711309
    • Astronomy, the cosmic perspective by Michael Zeilik ISBN:0060473878
    • Astronomy: A Journey into Science by Karl F. Kuhn ISBN:0314470093
    • Astronomy: Journey into Science by Karl F. Kuhn ISBN:0314524878
    • Astronomy: The Cosmic Journey by William K. Hartmann ISBN:0534005462
    • Astronomy: The Cosmic Journey by William K Hartman ISBN:0534095798
    • Astronomy: The Evolving Universe 3rd Ed by Michael Zeilik ISBN:0060473762
    • Discovering Astronomy/Paperback Book With Instrument Package by William Jefferys,Ralph Robert Robbins ISBN:0471832111
    • Exploration of the Universe (3rd ed.) by George O. Abell ISBN:
    • Exploring the cosmos by Louis Berman ISBN:0316091960
    • Exploring the Universe by W.M. Protheroe,E.R. Capriotti,G.H. Newsom ISBN:067520898x
    • Exploring the universe by W. M Protheroe ISBN:0675081548
    • Exploring the universe by W. M Protheroe ISBN:0675083133
    • Exploring the Universe 4th Ed Instructors Manual by Protheroe, Capriotti, Newsom ISBN:067520898m
    • Foundations of Astronomy by Michael A. Seeds ISBN:053408544x
    • Seeing in the Dark : How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril by Timothy Ferris ISBN:0684865793
    • The Dynamic Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy by Theodore P. Snow ISBN:0314696814
    • The Dynamic Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy (Instructor’s Manual) by Stephen J. Shawl ISBN:0314711295
    • The Dynamic Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy (Instructor’s Manual) by ISBN:0314711295
    • The New Astronomy by Editors of Scientific American ISBN:
    • The Red Limit: The Search for the Edge of the Universe by Timothy Ferris ISBN:068801836x
    • The Universe by ISBN:
    • Universe: An Evolutionary Approach to Astronomy by Eric Chaisson ISBN:0139383913
    • University astronomy (Saunders golden sunburst series) by Jay M Pasachoff ISBN:0721670997

Aug 11

LAS Photo Gallery Restored!

After the crash of the old server housing the LAS Photo Gallery, I have it restored to the server here. The direct link to it is: http://louisville-astro.org/gallery. A random photo from the gallery is displayed in the left column. If you click on it, it will display the gallery within the web site.  If you click on the link in the “Links” section, it will take you to the stand-alone gallery page.

In the process I migrated it to the latest version of Gallery.  Some of the pictures were missing, probably due to some corruption on the failing hard drive on the old server.  The people with missing photos are Bob Hart, Greg Miller, Kevin Clark, and Don Spain. Check your albums and restore anything that’s missing.

The usernames and passwords should be the same in the new gallery.  I’m still working on linking the web site usernames and passwords with those on the gallery. Leave a comment here about any problems you find.

Apr 24

On being an amateur astronomer

Once again, something happened that made me realize why I am an amateur astronomer. Last night, I was tired. It had been a chaotic day at work as I tried to make a living selling storage sheds. I had closed up the store and headed for the Urban Astronomy Center, that gateway to the stars tucked into the back of Tom Sawyer State Park.

(Continue Reading …)

Feb 27

Astronomy Merit Badge Program for Cub and Boy Scouts

If you know of a cub or boy scout troop, pass this on to their leader. Space will be filling up soon for this year’s scout outings. Dates are still available at the UAC and at Curby, weather permitting.

Check the Scout Program link in the “Pages” section for more info on the LAS Scout Merit Badge Program

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