Richmond Astronomical Society

Archive for August 2009

Bryan Park Skywatch

Aug 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Events

This Wednesday, August 26, John Raymond will be hosting a skywatch for Bryan Park on the park’s soccer field.  Viewing starts at 8:00 PM.  If you can bring a telescope, please do.  It should be a lot of fun.  All are welcome. 



August Meeting minutes

Aug 17th, 2009 | By | Category: Meetings

Richmond Astronomical Society 719th Consecutive Meeting August 11, 2009 —– Jim Browder called our meeting to order, in the Eureka Room. Greeting & Announcements – approximately 34 in attendance at the meeting. Share table: There were free books and magazines donated to anyone who wants them.  An agreement was made to save and donate the […]



Mini Star Party – August 14

Aug 15th, 2009 | By | Category: Events

Clouds threatened to restrict our viewing at the August 14 mini star party at the scout camp in Goochland, but periods of clear skies prevailed, allowing us several hours of good viewing in stable skies.  Dave Walton, Tim Streagle and I deployed scopes at various time during the evening and were treated to some nice views […]



The History of the Richmond Astronomical Society

Aug 15th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog

The RAS startedin 1949 October as a group of local astronomers wanting to set up a group. The society, with a great deal of cooperative effort and some ingenious designs, constructed a 7-inch refracting telescope in the Bon Air vicinity of the Richmond area; this telescope is still usable today despite light pollution. The club […]



The August Meeting, Perseids and a Mini Star Party

Aug 14th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog

At our August meeting we had several visitors who were interested in the Perseid meteor shower. A number of us were hoping to see some Perseids after the meeting, but it wasn’t to be.  Clouds obscured the view.  Maybe we will have an opportunity to see some stragglers on a following night. John Raymond presented […]



Tonight’s meeting topic

Aug 11th, 2009 | By | Category: Events

Tonight Ken and Betty Wilson will give a talk on the Great China Eclipse of 2009. This eclipse is a member of Saros 136; a Saros is a period of 18 years 10 1/3 days in which eclipses repeat. The previous eclipse of this Saros was on 1991 July 11, and I was in Mexico […]



RAS Board Meeting Notes May 18, 2009

Aug 10th, 2009 | By | Category: Board Meetings

RAS Board Meeting May 18, 2009 Attendees: Jim Browder, President Gary Cowardin, Vice President Jim Blowers, Treasurer John Barnett, Observatory Director Preston Kirby Notes from previous meeting accepted. Treasurer’s report (presented by Jim Blowers): Balance Summary: 66 members, drop from 73 last year for Astronomical League role. General Fund:      $7,460.89 Observatory Fund:    $236.25 TOTAL:             $7,697.14 […]



Here come the Perseids for 2009!

Aug 8th, 2009 | By | Category: Events

The Perseid Meteor Shower starts Aug. 11 (the night of our next RAS meeting). 



Brandermill Skywatch and Upcoming Events

Aug 5th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog

Brandermill Skywatch: What a great skywatch we had at Brandermill on Monday night!   Many thanks to John Raymond for coordinating the event with Jennifer Strader of the Brandermill Community Association and to Terry Barker, Jim Blowers, Sue Brubaker, Gary Cowardin, Dave Credicott, Ray Moody, Hank Nebel and Dave Walton for bringing telescopes and their expertise […]



Skywatch report, Brandermill

Aug 3rd, 2009 | By | Category: Events

Everything cooperated last night (Aug. 3)–the skies, the weather, and the crowd.