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WVAS likes to observe astronomy in various ways. Our public observing sessions are a part of how we get joy from this ancient science. We also have monthly meetings were we discuss a current topic or have a technical presentation of some topic. Topics range from the ancient of how an astrolab really works to the modern of what the various modern telescopes are observing and betting the seeing to how some of those same telescopes extend beyond our visual relm into the radio or x-ray and what those have taught us.
Additionally, we hold private sessions for local groups (e.g. scouts, libraries, local business).
For many of us, we observe using either club facilities or we use our personal telescope. For those, we use the Clear Sky Clock below to see what the sky is like when we wish to observe.
Buying a First Telescope?
We believe even an inexpensive telescope can lead to a lifetimes enjoyment IF you purchase wisely. We’ve put together explanations of some of the baffling terminology and suggestions of what to look for. We’ve also gathered a list of telescopes that we have personal experience with. Prices range from under $100 to $500 (but often less when on sale). Care to learn more? Just click here!
Additionally, Sky & Telescope has put together a review of several telescopes with recommendations of what to look for and watch out for. A quick read through their tips will allow you to get a telescope that can be used and enjoyed for years instead of frustrating and quickly forgotten.
Want to Name a Star?
Thinking of spending good money to name a star? There's a bridge in Brooklyn that could use a more imaginative name too, but it's not for sale either. Save your money and get the straight facts here.
Clear Sky Chart
Below is a clear sky chart which describes the forecast observing conditions for the coming day in the Greater Lafayette area. Click on the chart to get details on how to read it.