ASKC General Meeting Information

General meetings of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City, are free and open to the public. We meet the fourth Saturday of each month (except December and for the annual picnic), usually in Room 111 of Royall Hall, on the campus of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, located one block west of 52nd and Rockhill Road.
Meeting time starts at 6:30pm with a "Meet and Greet" for guests and new members. The General meeting begins at 7:00 pm and usually ends around 9:00 PM. Come early at 6:00 pm to catch our Astro 101 series. Astro 101 is a source of information about various aspects of astronomy for everyone, whether you are a novice or an experienced observer.

Meetings consist of some short business notes, our featured speaker and social hour. Plan on arriving early and take advantage of meeting our members, asking questions, and finding out what we are all about!at we are all about!


General Meeting - Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM in Room 104 - Royall Hall - UMKC

6:00 - 6:30 Astro 101

6:30 - 7:00 Meet and Greet*

7:00 - Elections and Movie Night

The election for the 2015–2016 board of directors will take place at our General Meeting on June 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

While the votes are counted, back by popular demand we will have member movie night. The ASKC will provide movie nosh favorites such as nachos, cheese, peppers and popcorn.

Members will vote prior to the meeting for their favorite movie. Below is a list of movies to choose from.
When Worlds Collide, October Sky, Apollo 13, Star Trek: The
Wrath of Kahn, The Dish, Deep Impact, Destination Moon,
Them, Star Trek (first movie with new cast), The Thing
(Original), The Thing (Kurt Russel), Forbidden Planet, Earth
vs the Flying Saucers, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

You don't need to be a member of ASKC to join us for an evening of fun and relaxation. Hope to see you there!

Meetings of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City take place at
7:00 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month except September and December. The September meeting is the annual "members only picnic".



We've added an informal meet-and-greet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Board members and club members will be available to answer questions, chat about news of the day and in general get to know faces in the light, rather than voices in the dark. Treats will be available for the meet-and-greet before meetings and after meetings. Also after general meetings and weather permitting, you are invited to the roof of Royall Hall to look through some of the instruments inhabiting the Warkoczewski Observatory.



Many of us were taught that if we face Polaris, extend our arms, and
spell the word “WE,” the cardinal directions lie at our fingertips.
North lies to our front, west is to our left (the letter “W”), and east
is on our right (the letter “E”). South, being the remainder, is behind us.
This aid works well, assuming one knows Polaris’ position — until one
applies the concept to a telescope’s field of view (FOV). In the topsy-turvy
eyepiece, east may be left, south becomes “up,” and pushing the telescope
left makes objects go right. Yikes!
When looking through a telescope, you should be able to answer two
questions: “How big is the object I’m looking at?” and “Which direction is which?” In other words, how does your eyepiece view compare to the unaided view of the sky?

Determining object size and directions, however, is difficult. Angular size relative to the FOV changes with magnification and the orientation of the eyepiece view is neither intuitive nor constant. Complicating matters further,
directions vary between telescope designs, e.g., Dobsonian, refractor and Schmidt-Cassegrain and also may differ between the finderscope and eyepiece on the same telescope!

June’s Astro 101 will tackle the second question, “Which direction is which?” On Saturday, June 27th, at 6:00 p.m., we will sort through the confusion. Next time you’re in the field, you’ll be able to look through your telescope with a greater
understanding of the upside-down, left-right-left world of FOV.

ASKC June 2015 Calendar

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