Upcoming Events

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Most of our events happen at the Chabot Space and Science Center. Get directions here.


Next General Meeting – WE’RE BACK AT CHABOT!!

(Note that this meeting will be hybrid, in-person and on zoom/facebook. Our speaker will join us VIA ZOOM in Classroom 3 & 4 / Kepler-Copernicus), as well as in our on-line meeting.

Saturday, May 25th, 2024
Our meeting begins promptly at 7:30 P.M.

Meeting will be held at the Chabot Space and Science Center Classroom 4 (the Room formerly known as Copernicus). Please enter through the side gate along the back road of the facility.

Our guest speaker for the evening is Robert Reeves, Author
 
TITLE: Postcards from the Moon

Robert Reeves’ presentation, “Postcards from the Moon”, summarizes his 60-year passion for observing the Moon by helping the others appreciate the beauty as well as the science of the Moon. Illustrated with images taken by Robert, a noted lunar astrophotographer, his presentation shows that a look at the Moon through a telescope is as much an exercise in cosmic art as it is science. The lunar enthusiast will see that the Moon is both the mysterious world puzzled over in the past as well as a world full of promise for future exploration. By explaining the nuances of the Moon and its varied geology, Robert provides the Moon with a personality and makes the Moon a valued nighttime friend.

About the Speaker

Robert Reeves has been exploring the cosmos since 1958 and took his first lunar photograph in 1959. Robert began photographically exploring the Moon while in high school and his Moon photography entry in the 1965 Alamo Regional Science Fair won him a trip to the Johnson Space Center during the groundbreaking 8-day flight of Gemini 5 in the summer of 1965. Today, Reeves uses a Celestron 11 Edge HD and a Sky-Watcher 180mm Maksutov for lunar photography from his Perspective Observatory located in central Texas.

In 1984 Reeves began publishing articles about astrophotography in Astronomy magazine. Since then, Robert has published over 250 magazine articles and 250 newspaper columns about astronomy. His articles have appeared in Sky and Telescope, Astronomy, Deep Sky, Deep Sky Journal, Amateur Astronomy, and The Astrograph. In 1994 Reeves published his first book, The Superpower Space Race, followed by The Conquest of Space, co-authored with Fritz Bronner. In 2000, Robert published Wide-Field Astrophotography, followed by Introduction to Digital Astrophophotography in 2005 and Introduction to Webcam Astrophotography in 2006. Robert’s latest book, Exploring the Moon with Robert Reeves, was released in August of 2023.

Although Robert Reeves is an accomplished deep sky astrophotographer, his current passion is re-popularizing the Moon within the amateur astronomy community by explaining the origin of the Moon, the evolution of its face, and introducing its geology to Moon lovers everywhere. Robert has perfected image processing techniques that allow the amateur astronomer, using modest equipment, to exceed the quality of Earth-based professional lunar photographs taken during the Apollo era.

Robert Reeves enjoys speaking about astronomy and spreading his passion for the Moon and photographing the heavens. In addition to appearances and Zoom presentations to interested groups, Reeves has been a keynote speaker at the Winter Star Party, Apollo Rendezvous , the Advanced Imaging Conference, the Okie-Tex Star Party, the Southwest Astrophoto Seminar, AstroImage, ALCON, NEAF, NEAIC, and the Texas Star Party. Robert has also been the Master of Ceremonies for both ALCON and the Arizona Science and Astronomy Expo. His recent activities include a five-city speaking tour in China where Reeves was the first westerner to address the Chinese astronomy community about the Moon. Reeves also represents the Celestron telescope company at national astronomical conventions.

Asteroid 26591 Robertreeves is named in his honor and asteroid 26592 Maryrenfro bears his wife’s name. Robert and Mary Reeves are the only husband and wife team to have sequentially numbered asteroids.

This talk will be available live and publicly at:

 
EAS Members will get a private Zoom invitation by Email

Telescope Makers’ Workshop

The Telescope Maker’s Workshop is one of few regularly scheduled such workshops in the world! Every Friday from 7 to 10 PM, amateur telescope makers from the bay area meet at the Chabot Space & Science Center and learn how to grind, shape, polish, and figure mirrors for reflecting telescopes, under the guidance of EAS volunteers. The workshop is free; participants pay only for the mirror blanks and grinding tools, which generally cost between $100-$300, depending on the size of the mirror. All the instruction, grinding grit, testing equipment, and camaraderie is free of charge! For more information, email Richard Ozer at pres@eastbayastro.org, or come by the workshop any Friday to see what it’s all about.


Outreach

In person events are more limited because of COVID, but are being scheduled for schools and other community institutions. Contact us also for possible virtual events, or visit http://www.chabotspace.org for scheduled public virtual telescope viewing events]

EAS sends volunteers to schools, libraries, and anywhere curious aspiring astronomers gather. EAS volunteers bring their own equipment or borrow telescopes. Students, parents, and teachers are always thrilled to look through the telescopes and ask questions. You’ll meet all sorts of interesting people and provide a unique and inspiring experience to kids and parents who may have never looked through a telescope before. Find our next event on the calendar above.

Inquire about and request visits by e-mailing EAS Outreach Coordinator Raymond Howard at outreach@eastbayastro.org. Visit our outreach page to find out about upcoming events.


Members Only Viewing Nights (MOVN)

[In person events are more limited than in the past because of COVID, visit http://www.chabotspace.org for virtual telescope viewing events]

Once a quarter, we schedule a Members Only Viewing Night at the Chabot Telescope Deck for both EAS and Chabot members. This is our opportunity to look through Chabot’s historic instruments and research telescope, as well as bring our own equipment to share in a more quiet venue. The schedule for MOVN will appear in the event calendar below.


Barcroft High Altitude Star Party

Reservations for the Eastbay Astronomical Society’s Barcroft High-Altitude Star Party are now open to members of the EAS, the Tri-Valley Stargazer’s, and the Mount Diablo Astronomical Society clubs. This year’s event will be held from Saturday August 31st through noon on Friday September 6th. That’s six nights. Registration is required and now open. Please read these instructions carefully.

Before sending payments for reservations ($90 per night, per person), even if you’ve been there before, please contact Don Saito FIRST (barcroft@eastbayastro.org) to ensure the dates you wish to attend are available. You will also be asked to read the Barcroft Writeup, as it provides the information you’ll need to have a safe, comfortable stay, and what is expected of guests to this University of California research facility.

You must also review and sign the White Mountains Research Center COVID Terms and Conditions and Liability Waiver.  You can scan and email the signed copy to barcroft@eastbayastro.org. You may also mail the signed document to EAS, PO Box 18635, Oakland, CA, 94619-0635

So, four steps to apply:

1.  Email photo evidence of Covid-19 vaccination/booster to barcroft@eastbayastro.org

2.  Attest in writing/email that you read the current Barcroft Writeup and COVID Terms.

3.  Email Don Saito at the above address to check reservation availability and make reservation.

4.  Pay the number of days reserved via PayPal or check/snailmail.

Space at Barcroft is limited to a maximum of 12 people per day, so to ensure you get the days you want, make your reservations early.

Barcroft is one the premier amateur astronomy view sites in the world, and it’s slightly less than a day’s drive from the Bay Area to its location in the White Mountains.


Nights reserved
Dates reserved (list by range)




Golden State Star Party

This year’s GSSP is scheduled for July 3rd – July 7th near Adin, California. For more information and online registration, visit https://goldenstatestarparty.org


Fall Calstar

Spring Calstar 2024 is scheduled for May 1 – May 5 at Lake San Antonio. For more information visit https://calstar.observers.org/


Event Calendar

Header photo by EAS member Alan Roche.

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