August 12, 2022: Perseid Skywatching at Dix

Date:  August 12, 2022 Time:  9:00 – 11:00 pm (and later) Location: Dix Park, Raleigh, NC Volunteers: Steven Blake, Johnny Horne, Mike Keefe, Barton Meeks, Ann Murphy, Emily Ann Kolvitz, Matt Lochansky. Lijoy Samuel. Tony Verdone, Frank Westmoreland, Richard White, Chris Wittum Event Attendees: 4000-5000 Overview: The weeks leading up to the event were showing very strong registration. With beautiful weather, they all turned out for the event. The storm front passed ealier in the day leaving temps in the…

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June 15, 2022: Stars for Ft. Bragg

Date: June 15, 2022 Time: 9:00 – 11:00 pm Location: Smith Lake Recreation Center, 5144, Smith Lake Rd, Fort Bragg, NC 28310 Volunteers: Steve Blake Dana Bostic (author) Steve Goodman Mike Keefe Barton Meeks Bob Muzzi Rob Parsons Ed & Joan Radomski Chris Wittum Matt Lochansky did all the upfront work, but was unable to attend. Event Attendees: 104 Overview: This site is at the Smith Lake Recreation Center for Fort Bragg. It is just across the lake from Simmons…

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June 4, 2022: Mini Star Party at Three Bears Acres

Three Bears Acres with Triangle Land Conservancy Date:  June 4, 2022 (This was the rain date, originally June 3) Time:  8:30 – 11:00 pm Location: Three Bears Acres, Creedmoor NC Volunteers: Dana Bostic Rob Parsons Chris Wittum Ann Murphy Matt Lochansky Ana Vail did all the upfront work, but was unable to attend. Event Attendees: ~30 Overview: This site, the former site of Three Bears Acres in Creedmoor (Granville County), was recently acquired by the Triangle Land Conservancy. To my…

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April 8, 2022: Public Observing at Prairie Ridge Statewide Star Party

Prairie Ridge Statewide Star Party Date:  April 8, 2022 Time:  8:30 – 11:00 pm Location: Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Raleigh NC Volunteers: Steven Blake Doug Lively Chris Wittum Brian Reasor Tony Verdone Frank Westmorland Event Attendees: 176 Overview: We setup near the research building closest to the parking lot, with good views > 15 deg elevation in all directions. Viewing conditions were party cloudy until ~9:15PM, at which point a cloud layer from the southwest moved in. Only the Moon was…

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April 1, 2022: Public Observing White Deer Park

Aspiring Engineers Public Observing at White Deer Park Date:  April 1, 2022 Time:  7-9pm Location: White Deer Park, Garner NC Volunteers: Steven Blake Nick Helmer Jossilin Lochansky Matt Lochansky Ann Murphy Rob Parsons Tony Verdone Event Attendees: ~75 Overview: We had a good night with clear skies. Temps were in the 60s much of the evening. We set up on the field by the Nature Center with a decent view towards from the NW to S, then to the SE…

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Meeting Minutes 26 March 2021

Co-chairperson Ann Murphy hosted the online meeting using the Zoom platform 50 participants Indoor Meeting:  “Objects in the Heavens” by author Peter Birren. Business Treasury Report.  The reported by Treasurer Steve Izzo. Members should renew their memberships by March 31. After that, membership roles will be purged of overdue memberships. Membership – 365 total (245+2*60) 245 single memberships 60 family memberships Balances $772.15 in business checking $19,060.77 in savings $0.52 in special purpose checking  Meeting Format. By Co-chairperson Mike Keefe.…

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Can RAC Help with My Telescope?

Can RAC Help with My Telescope? Short Answer, Yes! First, a shameless plug for the club:   If you’ve got your first telescope and need some help, you are a perfect candidate to become a club member.  With membership you get access to our club email list and can find a mentor to help get you started in the hobby.   Additionally, you gain membership into the Astronomical League, which through their observing challenges helps progress you in the hobby and keeps…

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Donate a Telescope to RAC

How to Donate a Telescope to RAC If you have an old telescope laying around that you want to get rid of, but do not want to throw out, RAC may be able to accept it.  RAC owned telescopes are used as part of a pool of loaner telescopes for our members.  This gives our members the opportunity to try telescopes before investing in one. What Kinds of Telescopes does RAC Accept?  Telescopes must be in working order.  Other than…

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RAC Email Groups

The Raleigh Astronomy Club has grown into a hobby club with several hundred members. Our primary means of communication is via emails, which can lead to a fair amount of traffic. To keep the conversations relevant, the club has created email subgroups which allow our members to pick and choose which discussions they wish to partake in without filling up their inbox with unrelated discussions. Our email groups are restricted to members only.  Any member can join as many groups…

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