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MAY 15, 2015 GENERAL MEETING TO ELECT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  2015 LAS BOARD OF DIRECTORS BALLOT.DOCX (12.4 KiB, 4 hits)

It is that time of the year again, Election Time.  On May 15, 2015 at the General Meeting to be held at the Urban Astronomy Center (UAC) located in E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park, members in good standing (lifetime or those that have paid their dues for the 2015 year), are asked to come and vote, or to download the attached ballot and mail it in, to elect the new Board.  There are two new faces on the Ballot and we need you, our members, to decide who will be on the Board.  At the present time the only position that is not unopposed is the Member-At-Large.  Per our By-Laws we may only have three (3) Member-At-Large.  There are 4 members running.  As you can see by the ballot below, we could use a member to fulfill the Librarian position.  It is never too late to add your name.  On behalf of the 2014 Board I thank you are members for a wonderful year and for your support of the club.

LOUISVILLE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

2015-2016 Election Ballot

If you are unable to attend, please mail your completed ballot to be received by May 14th, 2015 to: LAS, P.O. Box 17554, Louisville, KY 40217-0554.  You may e-mail your responses by 7:00 p.m. to: editor@louisville-astro.org.  Please note the By-Laws limit family memberships to two votes only.  Thanks for all you do.

___President: John Turack

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 ___Vice President: Tom Epsom

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___Secretary: Karin Harle

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___Treasurer: Jeff McCaffrey

___Write-In___________________

___Sidewalk Astronomy Chairman: Don Spain

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___Lunar and Planetary Chairman: Richard Stearman

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___Starword Editor: Mark Rockstroh

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___Historian:  Drew Foster 

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 ___Librarian:

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Member-At-Large Position: May Select Three (3) Only.

___Member At large: Bo Lowrey

___Member At Large: Steven Swinney

___Member At Large: Mike Sellers

___Member At Large: Warren Philpot

___Write-In_____________________

 

Signed__________________Date_____________

May 5
2015

LAS EVENTS THIS WEEKEND

LAS Events this week

Friday – The planetarium at the University of Louisville. We set up scopes in the courtyard for the visitors to look through after the indoor program. Set up by 8:30 PM or earlier

Saturday – Louisville Free Public Library on York Street as part of the “How To” festival. 10 AM to 3 PM. Solar observing. Bring your solar scope and show the public the nearest star.

 
Saturday – Bernheim Forest 9 PM to 11:30 PM. Sky Watch and Star Stories. Set up by 8:30 PM. This monthly program is a partnership between the LAS and Bernheim Forest.

Apr 21
2015

March-April 2015 Starword and Request for Updated Information.

  jan-Feb-2015-Starword.pdf (325.9 KiB, 159 hits)
Starword for January/February 2015.

  March-April-2015-Starword.pdf (287.3 KiB, 140 hits)

Attached are the January/February 2015  and March/April 2015 Starword.  Page 2 and 3 list our upcoming events.

If you have not recently updated your your information, or if you need to Join or Renew your membership, attached is a form which may be used.  If you use the Paypal link, please complete the form and send a copy to Treasurer@Louisville-Astro.org and to Secretary@Louisville-Astro.Org.

  Membership Update form (16.5 KiB, 42 hits)
Form members may use to join, renew or just update their data.

Members have requested a Membership Listing/Address Book be made available.  The list will be limited to members only and once our records are updated and verified will be available by contacting the LAS Secretary at Secretary@Louisville-Astro.Org.

The Forms may be printed and mailed to the address with any checks if joining or renewing or may be brought to any LAS Function and provided to any Board Member present.  Remember, the LAS General Meeting on May 15, 2015 is election time for the new Board.  Any member in good standing may run for office.  If you would care to run, please contact me or the LAS Secretary with your interest prior to May 01, 2015 so we may add your name to the Ballot.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.  Clear Skies (one day soon I hope).  MFR, Editor, Starword.

Mar 29
2015

PROPOSED BY-LAWS

  Proposed LAS By Laws 2015.pdf (55.5 KiB, 138 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 also be the Election for the Board of Directors on May 15th, 2015.  If there are no comments prior to the Board Meeting which will be held at 6:30 p.m. on May 15th, the Board plans to vote and formally adopt the by-laws as presented in the January/February 2015 Starword and the March/April 2015 Starword.  Comments may be sent to any of the Board Members listed on our website.  Or you may send them to me at editor@louisville-astro.org or Markrockstroh@twc.com.

Mark F Rockstroh, Editor

editor@louisville-astro.org

Current By-Laws  

  Bylaws (39.1 KiB, 1,066 hits)
Bylaws

Feb 6
2015

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, 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
2014

DECEMBER 2014 STARWORD

  December 2014 Starword (387.5 KiB, 320 hits)

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

Editor, Starword

Mark Rockstroh

Editor@louisville-astro.org

Sep 11
2010

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
2010

Louisville Astronomical Society Library Book Listing


Contents:

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
2010

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
2010

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.


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