From the Treasurer / Membership Chair...

Getting Busy with ASN

I would like to begin by saying Hello to all of the ASN members new and old.  I have been a member for a couple of years and really enjoy the indoor events.  Especially in the winter.  I really enjoy the monthly club meetings.  The club Officers make sure that there is always an informative and very interesting topic to discuss at the meeting.  After the presentation, there is always an opportunity for questions and discussion and this is the part I love.  I love looking at the stars but except for the major constellations I admit I get pretty lost and frustrated.

I have made some great friends with the ASN membership who have always been VERY helpful in teaching me creative ways to not only find objects but give me pointers to find them myself the next time.  At the meetings, there are always members to discuss how to find the Orion Nebula or discuss Cosmic String Theory which I did not understand until our Vice President Dennis Jamison discussed it at one of our meetings.  I asked questions in what I call "Fourth Grade Terms" and all of the members at the meeting were so helpful.

What I would like to impart to all of you is that this club wants to help everyone have a great experience whether it be by becoming a better viewer with your telescope or understanding how and why those stars are out there.

We are discussing possible events for 2013. Dangberg Ranch and Grover Hot Springs came up as possible Star Party locations.  We also try to have a Messiers Marathon in March and September.  The weather does not always cooperate but these marathons really are great.  You can bring your telescope out to a location with a lot of other members.  If you need help with your telescope (like me) there is always someone to help.  The ASN's club scope is there as well and you can see some really great things through that.

In closing, I would like to say that 2013 is going to be a great year!  Please let me know if there is anything or anyplace you would like to see in the 2013 line up for events or topics of discussion for the monthly meetings.  This membership is here for you to enjoy.  Have a great evening and I hope to hear from you soon!

Category: Membership/Treasurer