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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.

May Meeting

Our May Program will be: “An Overview of Observing Programs” – by Jim Kvasnicka
Jim will present an overview of Astronomical League Observing Programs for new members and those who have not done an observing program. He will talk about how to start, what is needed, and how to select a program to do. He will review the different observing programs and the experience level required to do them. Jim will include a review of observing programs that have been completed by PAC members. May 28th at 7:30pm.

June Meeting

“Nearest Star Party” – instead of a club meeting, we will meet at Hyde Observatory at 6pm for solar viewing. Club members are invited to bring their telescopes (with appropriate solar filters). Hyde Observatory, 6pm, June 25th.

July Meeting

The July meeting has been canceled since it is the same week as the Nebraska Star Party.

August Meeting

The August Program will be “Lunar Photogrammetry” by Mark Dahmke.

Mark will show examples of how one can generate 3D spatial data (3D models) from Apollo-era photos using modern photogrammetry software. With as few as two photos taken on the surface of the Moon, it’s possible to reconstruct not only stereoscopic views but actual 3D models and animations.