Louisville Astronomical Society

Louisville Astronomical Society

Upcoming events

    • Sat, April 27, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • UAC-EP Tom Sawyer Park

    We are offering a Special EAA Training for volunteers who are setting up for the Derby Eve Mile of Telescopes. Since none of our usual targets are visible, like the moon and planets, our goal is to use EAA (Electronically Assisted Astronomy) to share a few galaxies, clusters and a few planetary nebula with the public.

    The training will be scheduled for an hour, but I will be available for however long it takes.

    This training is a How-To for setting up and using an EAA camera to share the night sky with the public. We can also discuss the logistics of using a laptop while observing. 

    It is assumed that attendees know how to set up and use their mounts for visual. We will not be covering that.

    The basic needs to do EAA are a scope that will focus with a camera, a mount that has goto and the mount will do simple tracking. You will also need an EAA camera and a laptop. A typical EAA setup would be:

    - Goto mount. Alt-az is fine. Equatorial will work as well.
    - Optical tube is typically a short focal ratio, i.e. f6 or less, but even f10 will work. A small refractor or SCT is good. Some reflectors and tracking dobs will work, but may not come to focus with a camera. We can test your setup to confirm.
    - EAA camera. A typical camera would be a ZWO ASI120 ($160) or better. Mallincam makes models that don't require a laptop.
    - Laptop. Most any Windows laptop will work. The biggest challenge is power. We hope to be able to solve that problem.

    If you want to be sure you are prepared for EAA and have equipment questions, please give me a call or email. Please leave a message and I will return your call.

    Hope to see you there!

    Warren Philpot
    warrenp@iglou.com
    502-541-8378


    • Sun, April 28, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Parklands

    Make weekends in April special when you join the Louisville Astronomical Society for solar viewing on SUNdays in the Parklands. On every SUNday in April from 1-3 PM, except Easter, the LAS will be at Beckley Creek Park at the PNC Achievement Center or at the Broad Run Cliffside Playground to show you how to view the sun safely as they observe Sol, our private star through specially filtered telescopes.

      REMEMBER- Never look at the sun through binoculars or a telescope.

    LAS members will be using special sun filters on their scopes and showing Parklands visitors sunspots and prominences on the sun that jump thousands of miles into the solar atmosphere. They will also be giving you facts on NASA’s Parker Solar Probe which is orbiting the sun on an extraordinary mission to study the 900,000 mile across star that gives us warmth and causes the Parklands to be green through photosynthesis. Parklands Ambassador and NASA Solar System Ambassador Ken Alderson will have his meteorite collection at all events so that you can hold a 4.6 billion space rock in your hands.

    View the sun safely with the LAS from 1-3 at Beckley Creek April 7 and 28 and at Broad Run April 14. For more information on the Louisville Astronomical Society, visit their website at www.louisville-astro.org

    Directions to Beckley Creek Park, PNC Center: take the Gene Snyder to the Shelbyville Road exit 27. Turn east on Shelbyville Road and follow for approximately 1 mile then turn left onto South Beckley Station Road. Follow South Beckley Station Road for  about 1.7 miles until you see the Park entrance sign and turn left onto Beckley Creek Parkway. Turn right to stay on Beckley Creek Parkway and follow to the PNC Center.


    • Fri, May 03, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Bardstown Road

    Come out for the annual Mile of Telescopes along Bardstown Road. We set up starting at Longest Avenue ( PNC Bank on one side of Bardstown Road and Skyline Chili on the other side) down to Eastern Parkway.

    • Sat, May 04, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Bardstown Road

    Come out for the annual Mile of Telescopes along Bardstown Road. We set up starting at Longest Avenue ( PNC Bank on one side of Bardstown Road and Skyline Chili on the other side) down to Eastern Parkway.

    • Fri, May 10, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • UofL Planetarium

    Join us after the Monthly Skies over Louisville program at the UofL Rauch Planetarium.

    We will set up in the courtyard and let you see views of the night sky. It is also a good time to see the different types of telescopes and binoculars you can use to enjoy the night sky.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    Link to UofL Rauch Planetarium

    • Fri, May 10, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • UAC - Urban Astronomy Center
    Come out this Friday night to the Urban Astronomy Center located in the Root Cellar Building in E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park here in Louisville. Rain or shine. Tonight we can observe the First Quarter Moon.

    Members may arrive early for set-up. If the ground is wet, we will set-up behind the building on the asphalt. Scope set-up is weather dependent. Our scopes are unable to penetrate the clouds and heavy moisture such as rain drops are bad for the electronics.

    Map to UAC


    • Sat, May 11, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Main Library 5th and York

    Come out and learn from Louisville Astronomical Society member Frank Nelson how to buy a telescope that is right for you. This event is being held at the Main Library downtown at 301 York St, Louisville, KY 40203.

    • Sat, May 11, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 11:59 PM
    • Curby

    We welcome the Public to join us at the James G. Baker Center for Astronomy Saturday in Curby, Indiana, one hour away. Directions are on the website. Tonight the First Quarter Moon will be available to view through our telescopes.

    Map to Curby

    The LAS welcomes one and all at our Star Parties. If you have a scope and are having trouble figuring out how to use it, please feel free to bring it to our public Star Party.

    The LAS is an IRC §501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Donations are welcome.

    May your scope and skies be clear at the same time. Hope to see you there.

    • Fri, May 17, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • UAC-Urban Astronomy Center

    Topic TBA.


    Directions to the UAC are on the LAS website.



    • Fri, June 14, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • UofL Planetarium

    Join us after the Monthly Skies over Louisville program at the UofL Rauch Planetarium.

    We will set up in the courtyard and let you see views of the night sky. It is also a good time to see the different types of telescopes and binoculars you can use to enjoy the night sky.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    Link to UofL Rauch Planetarium

    • Fri, June 14, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • UAC - Urban Astronomy Center
    Come out this Friday night to the Urban Astronomy Center located in the Root Cellar Building in E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park here in Louisville. Rain or shine. Tonight we can observe the Waxing Gibbous Moon which will be 91% illuminated.

    Members may arrive early for set-up. If the ground is wet, we will set-up behind the building on the asphalt. Scope set-up is weather dependent. Our scopes are unable to penetrate the clouds and heavy moisture such as rain drops are bad for the electronics.

    Map to UAC


    • Sat, June 15, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 11:59 PM
    • Curby

    We welcome the Public to join us at the James G. Baker Center for Astronomy Saturday in Curby, Indiana, one hour away. Directions are on the website. Tonight the Waxing Gibbous Moon will be 97% illuminated.

    Map to Curby

    The LAS welcomes one and all at our Star Parties. If you have a scope and are having trouble figuring out how to use it, please feel free to bring it to our public Star Party.

    The LAS is an IRC §501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Donations are welcome.

    May your scope and skies be clear at the same time. Hope to see you there.

    • Fri, June 21, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • UAC-Urban Astronomy Center

    Join us at the Urban Astronomy Center for our monthly meeting. Today happens to be the first day of Summer with the Sun arriving at the Summer Solstice point on the Ecliptic at 11:54 AM!

    Topic TBA.


    Directions to the UAC are on the LAS website.



    • Fri, July 12, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • UofL Planetarium

    Join us after the Monthly Skies over Louisville program at the UofL Rauch Planetarium.

    We will set up in the courtyard and let you see views of the night sky. It is also a good time to see the different types of telescopes and binoculars you can use to enjoy the night sky.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    Link to UofL Rauch Planetarium

    • Fri, July 12, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • UAC - Urban Astronomy Center
    Come out this Friday night to the Urban Astronomy Center located in the Root Cellar Building in E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park here in Louisville. Rain or shine. Tonight we can observe the Waxing Gibbous Moon which will be 81% illuminated.

    Members may arrive early for set-up. If the ground is wet, we will set-up behind the building on the asphalt. Scope set-up is weather dependent. Our scopes are unable to penetrate the clouds and heavy moisture such as rain drops are bad for the electronics.

    Map to UAC


    • Sat, July 13, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 11:59 PM
    • Curby

    We welcome the Public to join us at the James G. Baker Center for Astronomy Saturday in Curby, Indiana, one hour away. Directions are on the website. Tonight the Waxing Gibbous Moon will be 89% illuminated.

    Map to Curby

    The LAS welcomes one and all at our Star Parties. If you have a scope and are having trouble figuring out how to use it, please feel free to bring it to our public Star Party.

    The LAS is an IRC §501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Donations are welcome.

    May your scope and skies be clear at the same time. Hope to see you there.

    • Fri, July 19, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • UAC-Urban Astronomy Center

    Join us at the Urban Astronomy Center for our monthly meeting.

    Topic TBA.


    Directions to the UAC are on the LAS website.



    • Sat, July 20, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • KY Science Center 727 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

    Join us at the Kentucky Science Center at 727 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202. This event will be a celebration of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

    • Fri, August 09, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • UofL Planetarium

    Join us after the Monthly Skies over Louisville program at the UofL Rauch Planetarium.

    We will set up in the courtyard and let you see views of the night sky. It is also a good time to see the different types of telescopes and binoculars you can use to enjoy the night sky.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    Link to UofL Rauch Planetarium

    • Fri, August 09, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • UAC - Urban Astronomy Center
    Come out this Friday night to the Urban Astronomy Center located in the Root Cellar Building in E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park here in Louisville. Rain or shine. Tonight we can observe the Waxing Gibbous Moon which will be 69% illuminated.

    Members may arrive early for set-up. If the ground is wet, we will set-up behind the building on the asphalt. Scope set-up is weather dependent. Our scopes are unable to penetrate the clouds and heavy moisture such as rain drops are bad for the electronics.

    Map to UAC


    • Sat, August 10, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 11:59 PM
    • Curby

    We welcome the Public to join us at the James G. Baker Center for Astronomy Saturday in Curby, Indiana, one hour away. Directions are on the website. Tonight the Waxing Gibbous Moon will be 78% illuminated.

    Map to Curby

    The LAS welcomes one and all at our Star Parties. If you have a scope and are having trouble figuring out how to use it, please feel free to bring it to our public Star Party.

    The LAS is an IRC §501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Donations are welcome.

    May your scope and skies be clear at the same time. Hope to see you there.

    • Fri, August 16, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • UAC-Urban Astronomy Center

    Join us at the Urban Astronomy Center for our monthly meeting.

    Topic TBA.


    Directions to the UAC are on the LAS website.



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