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NAA Calendar of Events

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Public Night @ 8:00pm

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NAA Regular Meeting @ 7:30pm

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COD at AEC @ 8:30pm

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Members Only Dark Site Night

AEC Members Only Night @ 8:00pm

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Come View A Rare Transit of Mercury at the Riverwalk
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NAA Board Meeting

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Public Night at the Riverwalk
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Heartland Elementary School
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Public Night and Scouts at AEC @ 8:00pm

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Astronomy Fundamentals Program @ 7:30pm

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Solar Saturday at the Riverwalk
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NAA Regular Meeting @ 7:30pm

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Public Night at AEC @ 8:30pm

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Fermilab Picnic
Solar Viewing
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Girl Scouts
Camp Green Wood
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Our May Presentation:


Telescope Projects


Presenters: NAA members Tim Baker and Steve Segerian
Date: Tuesday, May 3rd. 2016
Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting rooms B & C (see map for directions)
Time: 7:30P.M.

Tim Baker - 18" Dobsonian Re-build

Tim's latest project was re-building his 18-inch Dobsonian into a more compact and transportable configuration. The 4-month project required repeated problem solving to achieve a result that eventually exceeded his initial expectations. Tim will take us through this process which may provide you with insight on improving your equipment or overall observing experience.

Tim Baker has been a member of the NAA since 1987 and involved with astronomy clubs and observing for over 40 years. He has built several Dobsonian telescopes used for searching the night skies for deep-sky objects. He is often found at NAA sites or at various star parties throughout the Midwest. He also enjoys attending public nights and showing individuals new to astronomy the wonders of the universe.


Steve Sagerian - Meade LX50 to a GoTo Scope

Presentation will cover the conversion of a Meade LX50 to a modern GOTO scope. The project was a pilot project to test out the feasibility of converting the DVO to a modern GOTO scope capable of supporting astro-photography. The conversion utilized an open source project called OnStep.

Steve Segarian has been a member of the NAA for over 10 years. He enjoys visual observing as well as learning about the engineering and technology behind many of the astronomy products we enjoy today. Steve ground his first six inch mirror in high school. Later he followed in the footsteps of his uncles by becoming an electrical engineer. He hopes to someday work for Fermilab but is currently a senior embedded firmware/hardware designer for Molex Corporation.

The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.




Our May Fundamentals Program:


Observing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse


Presenter: NAA Public Relations Officer Rick Gering
Date: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting rooms B & C (see map for directions)
Time: 7:30P.M.

The upcoming 2017 Total Solar Eclipse is arguably the greatest astronomical event to happen in the area since the founding of the NAA over forty years ago. In order to make sure we all have the best possible experience, renowned solar eclipse observer Rick Gering will cover the do's and don'ts of observing this rare event.

In addition, the NAA's eclipse committee has secured locations along the path of totality with local organizations that will allow NAA members access to observing sites separate from the millions of others that will be gathering along the thin line that marks the eclipse path. Rick will be covering what the packets provide and how to use them. To recoup the money laid out, the club will be selling these passes beginning at the May general meeting.

The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.



     

Next NAA Board Meeting:

The next meeting of the NAA Executive Board will be May 10th at the Culver's Restaurant, Naperville (Rt. 59 & 75th St.). Starting time 7:30pm, all N.A.A. members are welcome to attend.



 
 

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