December 2016 Meeting Minutes

Richmond (G)Astronomical Society

807th Consecutive Meeting

December 13, 2016


Greetings – approximately 31 in attendance at the meeting.

Jim Browder called our meeting to order in the Eureka meeting room


Announcements / Share Table


Telescope for sale: Celestron Astro Master 130 EQ (#31045), two years old, unused eyepieces still in boxes.

Contact Ernie Irby at 804-282- 0202 or


Library Report: Virginia Eckert


Welcome Visitors: 2+2


Events and Individual Observing:

RAS members

Midlothian High School

Powhatan Library

Science Museum



Science Museum of Virginia Skywatch, Friday, December 16, 6:30:

Please join RAS astronomers at the Science Museum of Virginia for a skywatch in conjunction with the Museum’s Science After Dark event. RAS astronomers will have telescopes deployed in front of the Museum for visitors to see celestial objects visible in the night sky. Please feel tree to set up before dark — sunset is at 4:53 PM on Friday.


RAS Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, January 10, 7:30 PM, Science Museum of Virginia: Please join us for the meeting and, if you can, for dinner before the meeting about 6:00 PM at Chicken Fiesta across the street from the Museum.

For those that cannot attend the meeting in person, we will Stream video of the meeting (Internet bandwidth permitting) at http://ustream.tvfchannel/richastro


Belmead update: An update on the anticipated sale of Belmead is available on our web site at and at


Video: Antares launch


Presentation: The New Horizons LORRI Instrument, Steve Conard.