When:  December 9, 2016, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Where:  NC State Crafts Center (directions)

Who: The meeting is open to the public!

“Can I See It? Modern tools for observation planning” by RAC member Phyllis Lang. Phyllis is a long-time visual observer and the author of Deep-Sky Planner software.

Go beyond charts and magazines to plan your observing sessions. Determine the best observing order for a list, plan observing around obstructions at your local observing site, and predict whether you can see a celestial object with your telescope under the prevailing sky conditions. This prediction is based on a technique I call visibility modeling.

Can I see NGC 253 in my telescope tonight?

NGC 253, Courtesy of Mark Lang

NGC 253, Courtesy of Mark Lang