Calendar

All events are free and open to the public.  Outdoor events are subject to cancellation or postponement due to to weather–check our Facebook or Twitter feed to get the latest scheduling updates.


January 24, 2020
  • Member & Invited Guest Star Gazing

    January 24, 2020  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Star gazing at Keith Lawrence’s house in Bristol (almost in Starksboro).
    Primary date - January 24, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  

    Rain dates - January 25 or 26.
    Call Keith, 453-5496, or email info@vtastor.org for directions.

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February 3, 2020
  • VAS Monthly Meeting

    February 3, 2020  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln St, Essex Junction, VT 05452, USA

    Free and Open to the Public

    2 Talks

    Which Way is North? and South and East and West?
    By Keith Lawrence

    Keith will present a short talk on how to find North, South, East and West within the field of view of your telescope. This is important when star hoping, helpful identifying double stars and when observing multiple objects. He will demonstrate several pitfalls that may have you going South when you want to go North, East when you want to go West.

    Camera Basics 
    (How cameras work)
    By Paul Walker

    This presentation will cover DSLR (digital single lens reflex) cameras and touch on the more specialize astro-cameras. Paul will cover some basic concepts needed to understand how cameras work by answering the questions:
    ● What is f/ratio?
    ● What is focal length?
    ● What is ISO setting?
    ● How do these relate to taking pictures?
    ● How do the imaging sensors in cameras work?
    ● Does the size of the imaging sensor matter?
    ● Paul will discuss some of the trade-offs between choices of cameras.

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February 22, 2020
  • Telescope Workshop

    February 22, 2020  9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln St, Essex Junction, VT 05452, USA

    Free and Open to the Public

    Stay tuned for more details.
    Contact info@vtastor.org for more info

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March 2, 2020
  • VAS Monthly Meeting

    March 2, 2020  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln St, Essex Junction, VT 05452, USA

    Free and Open to the Public

    2 Talks

    Sketching Celestial Objects
    By Keith Lawrence

    Keith will present a short talk on recording your observations, including sketching, for future reference. He will feature recommendations from The Astronomical League and talk about how to be recognized for your efforts.

    Basic Astro-imaging
    By Terri Zittritsch

    Terri will cover some of the equipment steps she took to start photographing the sky. Including astro-imaging with just an SLR (single lens reflex) camera on a tripod, Astro-imaging with DSLR (digital single lens reflex) piggy backed on a telescope, video imaging with a small web cam on an SCT and then graduating to a equatorial mount with small refractors and using a computer.
    While Terri went the path of adding a computer fairly early on when she started imaging through a scope, you can do such imaging without a computer very successfully as some of our members have done and currently do.

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