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Amateur Astronomy: The Universe at your Fingertips

Would you like to take a trip to some of the most exotic and beautiful places in deep space without leaving the safety of Earth? Just imagine, exploring the surface of the moon, watching the weather on Jupiter, peeking into a stellar nursery, or gazing into the heart of a giant spiral galaxy. Amateur Astronomy delivers just that and much more!

Upcoming Meetings

Unless otherwise noted, PAC meetings are held at Hyde Memorial Observatory in Holmes Park South on the last Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm. Meetings are open to the public.

March Meeting

“Beyond the Shadow: Exploring the Great North American Eclipse of 2024” presented by Michael Sibbernsen.

On April 8th we will experience the last Total Solar Eclipse in the United States until the year 2044. In this program, Michael will take the audience on a journey of discovery, exploring the importance and rarity of this phenomenon as well as some of the scientific experiments taking place during the eclipse. Tuesday March 26th at 7:30pm at Branched Oak Observatory.

April Meeting

For our April 30 program we welcome Robert Teeter, founder of Teeterscopes LLC who will talk about optimizing Dobsonian telescopes and some of the interesting builds he’s done over the years.  Formed in 2002, Teeter’s Telescopes has been custom building dobsonian telescopes ranging from 8″ F/6 ton 24″ F/3.5 and nearly every aperture and focal length combination between.