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Eclipses! Saturday Presentation

This Saturday, March 13 at 7 PM Greg Buchwald will give a talk entitled “A Dozen Years of Chasing the Shadow: Observing Solar Eclipses”  As always, the event is free and open to the public — please join us!  Greg … Continue reading

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Things Passing In Front Of Other Things. . . Part I

We often speak of the stars as being fixed in the heavens or refer to their motion only in vast time scales compared to our lifetimes.  But the things that truly pique our interest in astronomy involve movement.  The planets, for … Continue reading

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January’s Public Program

Please join us on Saturday, January 9th at 7pm at the Pewaukee Library.  Club member Scott Berg will give a talk entitled “The Life and Times of a Star” – A short discussion of the very long life of a … Continue reading

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Children’s Program Saturday, Dec 12

This Saturday from 11 to noon at the Pewaukee Library, Mike Paquette will give a talk called “Seasons and Constellations”   Geared for ages 7 to 12, kids can come and see what causes our seasons, why the stars move like they do, and … Continue reading

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Adventures in Guiding. . .

I spent some time last Saturday evening taking images of some galaxies.  I wanted to get a good wide field image of M33 in Triangulum which was nearly overhead.  M33 (along with the Andromeda Galaxy) is part of our local … Continue reading

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Public Viewing Tonight (Sat 11/7)

The observatory will be open tonight from 6:30 to 9:00 for public viewing in the large onference room.  Club members will project live images from the telescope onto the view screen.  See you there!

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Hubble telescope is back in business!

Check out the following link for the post-servicing mission pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.  These pictures showcase some of the new capabilities installed during the last servicing mission in May.  I think they are amazing and speak for … Continue reading

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Balancing the telescope

Balancing the telescope tube is essential to good slewing and tracking.  Putting the guide scope on top of the tube messes with the balance in two axes.  Both axes must be brought back into balance by moving the counterweight under the … Continue reading

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