The Prairie Astronomy Club was founded in Lincoln, NE in 1961 as a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the study of Astronomy and related subjects for the benefit of its members and the general public. No prior knowledge of astronomy is required to be a member. If you simply enjoy looking up at the night sky, we welcome you to become a part of the Prairie Astronomy Club’s amazing 52 years of Astronomy! Contact us to learn more.
The December club meeting is a holiday gathering for club members only. Our guest speaker will be Larry Stepp, Telescope Department Head with the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Project.
The Prairie Astronomy Club will offer its annual free session: “How to Use Your Telescope” at Hyde Observatory, Tuesday evening January 27th at 7:30 p.m.
Far too often, individuals receive a telescope as a gift or purchase it on their own. Instructions and manuals are never very helpful and the telescope may sit unused because the person feels they intimidated or very unclear on how to do the observing. The Prairie Astronomy Club would like to help. Every year at their January public meeting, they offer a session to give hands-on assistance to those who would like to get that telescope out of the closet or the garage and really be able to enjoy it. There is no charge for this session. It is open to the public and if you have a telescope you want to use you are encouraged to bring it.
This session begins with a short welcome and explanation and will last one hour to 90 minutes. The Prairie Astronomy Club holds its meetings the last Tuesday of every month at Hyde Memorial Observatory in Holmes Park here in Lincoln. You do not need to be a member to attend one of these meetings.
Interested in becoming a member? Contact us or come to our next meeting and say hi!
REGULAR MEMBER – $30.00 per year. Includes club newsletter, and 1 vote at club meetings, plus all other standard club privileges. FAMILY MEMBER – $35.00 per year. Same as regular member except gets 2 votes at club meetings. STUDENT MEMBER – $10.00 per year with volunteer requirement.
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- January PAC Meeting The Prairie Astronomy Club will offer its annual free session: “How to Use Your Telescope” at Hyde Observatory, Tuesday evening January 27th at 7:30 p.m. Far too often, individuals receive a telescope as a gift or purchase it on their own. Instructions and manuals are never very helpful and the telescope may sit unused because the person ...
- November PAC Meeting Every holiday season people ponder buying telescopes as gifts, for their children, for their family or for friends. The few designs found in most department stores offer little information and clerks are rarely knowledgeable. Buying on the internet or home shopping channels without any help doesn’t inspire confidence. What if you had a chance to have help in making that ...
- October Meeting The October PAC meeting program will be a video update of the Rosetta Mission, plus club officer elections. The meeting will be held on October 28th at 7:30pm at Hyde Observatory. Meetings are open to the public. Share this:FacebookGooglePinterestTwitter
- September Meeting Don Cox – “Electric Cars and Radio Astronomers” Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular. Don will talk about electric car history, on reasons that electric cars are important, on important issues for electric cars, and some current examples. Also Don will talk about some Radio Astronomers that he knew and worked with. These include Robert (Bob) Wilson and Arno Penzias ...
- July and August Meetings There won’t be a July meeting due to overlap with the Nebraska Star Party (July 27-August1). The next club meeting will be Tuesday August 26th at 7:30pm at Hyde Observatory. Share this:FacebookGooglePinterestTwitter
- June Meeting The next PAC meeting will be on Tuesday June 24th at 6:00pm at Hyde Observatory. Instead of a program we will have our annual Near Star Party. Dave Churilla will have his new Lunt 60mm Solar filter there and he will set up Hyde’s new Coronado scope. Bill Lohrberg will also have his Dob set up with his white light filter. The ...
- May Meeting The next PAC meeting will be on Tuesday May 27th at 7:30pm at Hyde Observatory. Michael Sibbernsen will talk about high altitude balloons. As Special Projects Facilitator with Nebraska Space Grant, Michael creates and provides aerospace related activities such as public and private star parties, various space-science teacher training workshops, K-12 and higher education rocket workshops, high altitude ...
- April Meeting Andy Franknoi’s (Astronomical Society of the Pacific) interview with the iconic Frank Drake. Drake is one of the leading authorities on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and the creator of the “Drake Equation” which predicts the probability of finding other intelligent life beyond Earth. Share this:FacebookGooglePinterestTwitter
- March PAC Meeting Mark Dahmke will talk about 3D printers and amateur astronomy, or “how to print your own telescope, accessories and replacement parts.” Topics covered will include an overview of 3D printing technology, software and hardware, how to design objects, how to select a printer, how to use a service bureau, plus a live demo of the Wanhao ...
- February Meeting Remote Observatories At the upcoming club meeting Brett Boller and Tom Miller will be talking about all that is involved in building a remote observatory. This is a possible venture for the club to undertake. Topics will include possible land locations for the club to use, design types that are of interest, pro/cons of each design, ...
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