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President's Address

November 2018


Greetings!, We are now into November, with cooler evenings and clearer skies for viewing. Daylight Savings time ends, allowing us to see darker skies earlier in the evening. Though we are losing the two favorites of Jupiter and Saturn, there are many fascinating object just begging to be viewed this time of year. Orion the Hunter offers numerous objects to observe. It would be very easy to spend an entire night on just Orion and still not be able to see everything it offers for astronomers. M42 is spectacular, and Rigel and Betelgeuse are both double stars that are worth viewing time, along with the Running Man nebula M43. My SkySafari observing list has 19 objects to view just in Orion.

Other objects such as Uranus with it’s blue-green color are worth a look, if you have not seen it. It’s viewable with the naked eye in Pisces, under dark skies, but binoculars or even a small telescope will show the color and a disk of 3.7”. Neptune is a bit dimmer, but can be seen in Aquarius with binoculars or a small telescope. Both planets are visible most of the night and worth a bit of time to seek out. Other favorites such as the Pleiades will be available to WOW astronomers, and this is the time of year to see many of the Messier List items. Spend some time observing this month, and share what you’ve see with other members at the next meeting!

We held our Annual PAS Picnic in October, and all who attended had a great time with the food and comradeship of fellow members and guests. A big THANK YOU! To member Walter Sarrat, who offered the use of the Family Estate to the PAS. We also held an Outreach at the Bogue Chitto State Park, which was well attended by the public, who were excited and enthusiastic about viewing heavenly sights. Thanks to all members who came out to support the PAS at this event.

We move into November, and note that The Deep South Star Gaze event is being held Nov-6-11th, and promises the darkest viewing skies in years at the new location. At the November monthly meeting, We will close nominations for PAS Officers for 2019. Davis Williams, who has served admirably as 1st VP in 2018, will not be continuing to 2019. We are still looking for a volunteer to step up for the 1st VP position. If you are interested in helping to plan the direction of the PAS, please contact me or other officers.

We also look to December, and the annual Christmas Party to be held at Porter and Luke’s on Metairie Road on December 14th. You should have received an email asking to RSVP attendance. Please respond yes or no, if you have not already done so. Cost and guest options will be available in the Email and on the Astronola.org Web site. And speaking of the web site, why not check out the updates, and while there, vote for your favorite Photo of the Month.

Our next meeting will be held on Friday, November 16th, at 7:30PM at UNO Science Building, and the presentation will be “All About Telescopes, Eyepieces, Exit Pupils, Useful Magnifications, Airy Disks, Dawes Limits, Etc” by our own PAS member Ralph Junius. I hope to see all of you at the next meeting. Bring a guest!

Bill Johnson
PAS President 2018

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