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This page is in four parts. First there are current stories and/or news of interest to WCAC members. Second there are reports and pictures from past club meetings. Third there are reports and picture galleries of past special events. Last there are articles posted here that were featured in past Horizon newsletters or in other publications.
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February Meeting -
"2015 Dark Times Calendar and Less Well Known Deep Sky Objects That Just Might Be Worth a Look" by Phil Hoyle

January Meeting -
"Visiting the Large Radio Telescope in Green Bank, West Virginia" by Ron Wallick

November Meeting -
"A Visit to Cherry Springs" by Dave Ross

October Meeting -
Phil Hoyle's 10 inch home built reflector on a Celestron CGEM mount

September Meeting -
"Meet Sir Patrick Moore" by Jim Quinn was the focus of this month's meet-up.

August Meeting -
Phil Creed recounted the history about his 8 inch Newtonian, "Altaz Adventures: One Orion Reflector's Long Strange Trip."

July Meeting -
Joann Ballbach and Phil Hoyle gave presentations about the Sun and the SOHO mission.

June Meeting -
Club members shared stories about observing.

May Meeting -
The club had a joint meeting with the local OCVN chapterCarrie Elvey, a TWC naturalist, discussed the various methods of interacting with groups of different ages and interests.  Afterwards we observed several objects through the telescopes in the observatory.

April Meeting -
The program was "Russian Meteor Videos" by Phil Hoyle.

March Meeting -
We celebrated the WCAC 30th anniversary (which was technically in 2013 but postponed until better weather arrived). Dave and Robin Gill (and other long time club members) told stories and shared pictures of the earlier days of the club. Refreshments were provided by Bill Castro, Brian Gray and the club.

February Meeting -
The program was "2014 Dark Times Calendar" by Phil Hoyle.

Observing Report, Evening of 2/28/14 at TWC Observatory. The weather was: 22 degrees, 32 % RH, 1 degree dew point at 10:30pm. Thin clouds and/or contrails were seen here and there. We observed before and after the meeting. The meeting was Phil Hoyle’s 2014 Dark Times Calendar program followed by an abbreviated business meeting so we could spend time outside observing.

Scopes used: 6” APO, 10” SCT, Tom Kiehl’s 8” Newtonian. Main objects observed: M42 in Tom’s 8” and in the clubs 10”, open cluster M46 with planetary nebula NGC2437 superimposed in it with the clubs 10” and Jupiter.

The highlight of the night was Jupiter in the clubs 6” APO. We observed a shadow transit and the GRS. Excellent detail was observed in the GRS and in the NEB and SEB. Numerous cloud belts and polar caps were also observed. The Shadow transit had a 3 dimensional look to it. The timing of the events on Jupiter were:
  • 7:02 ET     Io shadow transit begins
  • 8:11 ET     Io transit ends
  • 8:59 ET     GRS transits
  • 9:18 ET     Io shadow transit ends

Current stories and/or club news

Announcements   .

- Elections - We need to elect a new president. Any volunteers please speak up.
-WCAC_VOLUNTEER_LOG.ppt
- A power point summary of club events for the years 2010 thru 2013 including numbers of guest attendees and volunteers, and the hours of volunteers. This includes outreach programs and monthly public star watches.
-Small Telescopes Wanted -
If you want to recycle your no longer used, small telescope to a school age child, please drop it off at The Wilderness Center. It will be used for our monthly telescope drawing.

October telescope drawing
              winner.Sept. telescope drawing winner.August Telescope Winner
From left to right, the October, September and August Public Star Watch Telescope Drawing winners.


Sundial.Looking inside
          the Keller
Outreach - New bookings, schedule, reports and Night Sky Network info.


Members in the observatory.Planetarium.
-UPDATED- Astronomy Education Building Update: Observatory report, Public Star Watches and Planetarium report.

FOR SALE - Items club members have for sale.

Treasurer's deals -

Planispheres and red light key chains from the Stargazing 101 program will be sold for: Planispheres $10.00 each (amazon.com price is $11.95), Red light key chains $3.00 each  or both for $12.00.

 

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Last updated March 29, 2015,by Brian Gray