Category Archives: April 2011

From the Director

by Ludovico D’Angelo, Director What does it mean to “do” astronomy?  This has been a question posed to me on several occasions. And I have various answers for this. Does doing astronomy mean looking at the stars and planets with … Continue reading

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From the Program Chair

by John Church, Program Chair On April 12th, we will be treated to a talk by Dr. Michael R. Molnar on the subject of his researches on the Star of Bethlehem.  Since one of the celestial events he will be … Continue reading

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Losmandy Mount Donated to AAAP

by Rex Parker In March the club was the recipient of a generous donation by Bob Wolf, amateur astronomer and recent AAAP member. Bob donated a Losmandy G-11 Gemini Go-To mount.  This is a “portable” German equatorial design similar to … Continue reading

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Membership Meeting Minutes March 8, 2011

by Larry Kane, Secretary The meeting was called to order by Director Ludy D’Angelo. 1.        Bill Murray has accepted the duties of Nomination Chair. 2.        It was announced that the club needs to pay its dues for UACNJ membership, and … Continue reading

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Board Meeting Minutes, March 23, 2011

by Michael Mitrano, Acting Secretary Attending were Board members Jeff Bernardis, Ludy D’Angelo, John Church, and Michael Mitrano, and members Michael Wright, David Letcher, and John Miller.  With notice having been properly given, a quorum was present. 1.        John Miller … Continue reading

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Treasurer’s Report

by Michael Mitrano, Treasurer Membership has increased to 85 with many late-in-the-year renewals. We are now only four shy of last year’s full-year membership.  Outreach contributions already exceed last year’s and match the full-year amount for two years ago.  Our … Continue reading

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From the Outreach Chair

by David Letcher Tuesday evening, March 25 proved that the U.S. Weather Service can provide a precise, down-to-the-minute forecast.  Five of us came to the Hopewell Elementary School star party at about 6:30 and so did the clouds!  But, we … Continue reading

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Spring Time is for Galaxies

by Rex Parker With the passing of the equinox it’s time to start searching for the great sweep of galaxies in Leo and Virgo.  This is absolutely the best time of year for observing galaxies both visually and astrophotographically.  In … Continue reading

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Miss Mitchell’s Telescope, Part 2

by Michael Wright Last month I wrote about Maria Mitchell’s connection to the Vassar Telescope, which is on display at the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian.  This second installment covers the telescope itself and its maker, Henry … Continue reading

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