Club Observing

The Charlottesville Astronomical Society will have their annual Dark Sky Retreat at the University of Virginia’s Fan Mountain Observatory site on Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20, 2014.  The August dates have been postponed to the September dates due to poor weather conditions.  All club members and their invited guests are welcome to attend.  Bring a tent or stay in the Station House with a cot and sleeping bag.  Full bathroom facilities in the Station House.  Attendance is free for all club members and their guests.

Ducard Vineyards

DuCard Members are invited to a Star Party  at DuCard Vineyards in Madison County,  Virginia on Friday, October 3rd.  At 8 pm there will be an astronomy presentation and then observing the night sky from 9 pm to 10:00 pm.  Charlottesville Astronomical Society members will bring variety of telescopes, binoculars and green lasers to show attendees around the night sky.  Directions.

Ivy Creek BarnCome join the members of the Charlottesville Astronomical Society as we celebrate Astronomy Day on Saturday, October 4 at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. There will be Solar viewing from noon to 5:00 pm and a Star Party from 7 – 10 pm weather permitting. There will also be a telescope build for kids and parents in the Education Center from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. There is a $50.00 charge for the telescope build and registration is required. To register for the telescope build email Steve Layman.

Directions to Ivy Creek Natural Area.

Fan Mountain ObservatoryThe University of Virginia’s Astronomy Department will be hosting its Fall Open House at Fan Mountain Observatory on Friday, October 24th from dusk (about 8 pm) until about 11:30 pm.  All club members are invited to bring their telescopes, binoculars and any astronomical knowledge to share with the public.  Public attendees need to request free tickets by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the University of Virginia Astronomy Department.  Tickets typically run out about a month before the event so public attendees need to get their request in early.