Aug 19

CONNECT event at Bernheim Forest this Saturday

CONNECT event this week at Bernheim Forest. This is normally a biggest single event of the year with well over a 1000 people who stop by to look through our scopes. The official time is from 6:24 to 10:24PM. We are normally there later than that. You will need to be there at least by 5:30, Earlier will be better. Parking will be different this year due to some events on either side of us this year. You can still drive to our location to set up, but then must to another spot. I will be going to Bernheim to scout out the parking location today.

I need to know who can commit to attend this event no later than noon Thursday.

 If you have never been to CONNECT, you must tell the person at the entry kiosk that you are with the Louisville Astronomical Society and will be setting up a telescope and you will get in free. If you just want to come and just enjoy all the festivities it will cost you $5 a person for Bernheim members, $10 for non members. Any questions feel free to call me at 445-7329. If it is a total overcast or raining our part of the event will be canceled. 


Jul 3

LAS Events through September 2014

August 23 – Saturday – CONNECT at Bernheim Forest. This is usually our biggest event of the year. More on this later.

August 23 – Saturday – Curby member night, moonless night, starts when you arrive.

August 30 – Saturday – Public night at the James G. Baker Center for Astronomy at Curby IN. Click the following link for directions. by-dark-site Public observation and scope set up begins 30 minutes before twilight. This event is free to all.

September 5 – Friday – General Meeting of the Louisville Astronomical Society, meeting starts at 8 pm and is open to the public free of charge. There will be a meeting of the Governing Board at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be at the Urban Astronomy Center at EP “Tom Sawyer” State Park. Click the following link for directions to the Park.

September 6 – Saturday – Possible lunar observation at the Parklands for International Observe the Moon Night.

September 12 – Friday – Public observation at the University of Louisville Planetarium. We normally set up telescopes in the court yard for the public to observe some objects from the courtyard of the planetarium, weather permitting. The public observing is after the public indoor show which is from approximately 8 – 9 pm.

September 19 – Friday – Public night at the Urban Astronomy Center at EP “Tom Sawyer” State Park. Click the following link for directions to the Park. Public observation and scope set up begins 30 minutes before twilight. This event is free to all.

September 19 – Friday – Stars over Blackacre Nature Preserve. Scope setup 7:30 or earlier.

September 20 – Saturday – Four events this night:

1) Sky Watch and Star Stories at the Garden Pavilion at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, KY. Program is from 8 – 11:30 pm, scope set 7:30 pm or before. This is a joint event with Bernheim and the Louisville Astronomical Society (LAS). The event is free to members of the LAS if you set up a telescope for the public to view objects in the night. The cost is $10 to Bernheim members and $12 to non-members. If overcast or raining there will be indoor virtual astronomy programs inside the Garden Pavilion.

    1. Fall Family Camp Out at Creasy-Mahan Nature Perserve. Ed Sharp is the contact for more information on this event.
    2. Curby Member Night. Crescent moon rises about 4AM
    3. Scout Troup 30 from T H Indiana will be at Curby on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th

September 27 – Saturday – Public night at the James G. Baker Center for Astronomy at Curby IN. Click the following link for directions. by-dark-site Public observation and scope set up begins 30 minutes before twilight. This event is free to all.

Also scout troop 387 will be at Curby from late Saturday 26 and will leave Sunday Morning.

Dec 27

Events for 2014


8/16 Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories
8/23 CONNECT at Bernheim Forest
8/23 Curby Member Night
8/30 Curby Public Night
9/5 General Meeting
9/6 Possible Moon ovservation at the Parklands for International Observe the Moon Night
9/12 Planetarium
9/19 Stars over Blackacre
9/19 UAC Public
9-19 & 9-20 Scouts at Curby, Troup 30 from TH, IN
9/20 Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories
9/20 Creasy-Mahan Family Campout
9/20 Curby Member Night
9-26 & 9-27 Scout Troop 387 at Curby
9/27 Curby Public Night
10/3 UAC Public
10/10 Planetarium
10/11 Curby Public Night
10/17 Blue Lick Elementary School
10/18 Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories
10/23 Partial Solar Eclipse
10/24 General Meeting
10/25 Curby Member Night
11/7 UAC Public
11/8 Curby Public Night
11/14 Planetarium
11/15 Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories
11/21 General Meeting
11/22 Curby Member Night
12/12 Planetarium
12/13 Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories with the Geminid Meteor Shower
12/19 UAC Public
12/20 Curby Member Night




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: 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

Feb 16

StarDate Online – Black Hole Encyclopedia

I have added a link in the “Astronomy News” section to StarDate Online.  StarDate is the public education and outreach arm of the University of Texas McDonald Observatory.  In addition to their website, StarDate also airs a daily  radio program and publishes a magazine dedicated to skywatching and astronomy information.

An interesting resource on their website is their Black Hole Encyclopedia.  It has been compiled by StarDate in partnership with The University of Texas’ Karl Gebhardt, one of the leading black hole researchers in the world.  It is a unique website that offers all of the latest news on black holes, as well as radio programs, feature articles, student activities and FAQ’s.  The glossary of terms and additional book and website suggestions can also serve as helpful tools for anyone looking for more information on black holes or just astronomy lovers in general.

Feb 6

Exoplanet Transits

Karen Collins was the speaker at our February meeting, and described her research to locate and characterize exoplanets.  She also described how amateur astronomers can contribute to the science using photometric methods.  You can download her presentation:

Exoplanet Transits

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