Lassen Star Party 2015

For the third consecutive year, the ASN participated in the Lassen Volcanic Dark Sky Festival. The 2015 event was held in Lassen National Park from August 7 through 9. Shown are some of the many ASN telescopes set up at the Bumpass Hell parking lot, at an elevation of 8,200 ft. The park was packed with visitors from the U.S. and around the world who came to appreciate the night sky. Although the first night was cloudy, this event proved once again to be a premier opportunity for ASN members to perform public outreach in an exceptional setting.  Objects viewed ranged from Saturn to galaxies, globular clusters, emission nebulae, and Pluto.  Several early Persid meteors were spotted as well.

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Nova awarded to Jim Fahey

Nova awarded to Jim Fahey

The ASN presented its Nova award to Vice-President Jim Fahey at our monthly meeting in July 2015.  This award is given on special occasions when we wish to recognize outstanding contributions to the ASN and amateur astronomy in general.  Our membership voted to recognize Jim’s leadership and enthusiasm for public…

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ASN’s 24” Scope sees First Light

ASN’s 24” Scope sees First Light

The ASN’s 24” truss-tube dobsonian has not been used since approximately 2010.  In January through June 2015, the scope was restored and rebuilt by current ASN members. First light was in Palomino Valley on July 11, 2015!

Our 24" scope was built by ASN members in 1991 and rebuilt in 2002 using the mirror and support frame from the original scope. Thus the scope is a legacy from former ASN members and was updated with modern tools.

Here is a list of the upgrades to the scope:…

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ASN Star Parties and Events (Rev 10-19-14)

Recurring Star Parties

ASN members help conduct weekly star parties at the UNR Redfield Campus MacLean Observatory, off the Mt. Rose Highway, every Friday of the month (weather permitting; event will be cancelled if skies are overcast).  Contact the UNR planetarium for cancellation info and other questions.

The ASN provides monthly…

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President's Perspective August 2013

Summer has come, and is quickly going by! We have warm, but short evenings to observe the heavens, and all the summer treats they have to offer. Oh, the riches of Scorpius, Sagittarius and Ophiuchus! Globular clusters, planetary nebulae and emission nebulae oh my! Further north, we have such wonders as the Ring Nebula, the North America Nebula, and my all-time favorite, the Veil Nebula!

The premiere event of the summer, the Golden State Star Party (GSSP), has come and gone already. This was my second time at this event, and it was just as good as the first time. Well, almost. My time at the star party was cut short by a gout attack in my left hand, which left me with a painful and useless hand. I ended up going home a day early because of this. However, even with a hurting hand, I could still push around the club's 20 inch 'scope, and learn how to effectively use it. As luck would have it, the digital setting circles on it had acted up, so all use of this 'scope was by viewfinder and knowing where the interesting objects were. Although I could not go looking for the 'faint fuzzies' I wanted to try to see, I can now use it to locate a number of good objects without a computer, enough to conduct a public star party with it, as need be. ASN member Jeff Wolff is giving up this 'scope as he now as a really cool 14 inch dob with a great mirror and motor drives. I will likely take over taking this 'scope out to club and some public star parties, as I have a means of storing and transporting it. (And work continues on trying to make the 24 inch 'scope a more useful instrument, although this is not proceeding as fast as I had envisioned.)…

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