2011 CAA Convention coming July 30

The CAA OTAA convention will be held at the Letha House Park building and grounds the afternoon and night of July 30, 2011. Registration starts at 3 p.m.  There will be an Observatory demonstration session at 4 p.m. to learn about our new “Push To” equipment.  Potluck dinner at 5 p.m., followed by a door-prize raffle, and then our speaker Jay Reynolds at 8 p.m. The subject of Reynolds’ talk will be the Cassini Saturn mission. The Club will provide hot dogs, brats, and lemonade.  Bring a dish to share for the potluck!

Click Here: Google Map to Letha House Park

In addition to reserving our observatory site and the excellent new Letha House building for the day, we have also reserved the pavilion area across the road. The pavilion features an open shelter with picnic tables, plenty of parking space, and a large open area suitable for setting up telescopes. The pavilion area may be even darker than the space around our observatory, which is unfortunately affected by the headlights of cars driving past on Spencer Lake Road and by outdoor lights from a house across the road. With both sections of Letha House Park reserved for our use, we will have plenty of room for telescopes. Now all we have to hope for are clear skies. See the flyer for further details (click here for PDF).

Special Findley State Park star party – CANCELED

UPDATE: Due to a very unfavorable weather forecast, the Findley State Park star party has been canceled. We hope to try again in September! — Aug. 5, 2011

CAA will host a star party on the beach at Findley State Park from 9 PM to midnight (or so) on Saturday, August 6. Mike Williams, Jay Reynolds, and Bill Murmann plan to participate and of course welcome any other club members who would like to join us. Speaking from experience, Mike and Jay say that this is a great dark-sky site. Park Naturalist Roger Nikiforow said we could expect somewhere between 100 and 200 people for the program. The concession stand will be kept open before and during our star party.  Roger will be giving a presentation about astronomy from 7-8 p.m. in the nature center, and will join us with his telescope around 8:30 p.m. CAA members are encouraged to attend and bring their own telescopes; a limited number of reserved camping spots have been set aside for participating CAA members. Everyone’s invited!

Findley State Park, Wellington, Ohio