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THE VILLAGES ASTRONOMY CLUBS' PARTICIPATION IN "THE INTERNATIONAL ACTIVE RETIREMENT PROGRAM" AT LAKE MIONA RECREATION CENTER SEPT. 24, 2014

The Astronomy Club set up for viewing of the sun and a presentation on the sun and its characteristics but the weather did not cooperate.  Some of the Planetary/Solar Walk panels were on display at our pavilion location for visitors to see.

Thanks to Phil Hubek for the following photos.

President Michael Weiss and Scott Grimes at pavilion with solar telescope.



Scott and Robbie with a Planetary/Solar System Walk panel.



President Michael Weiss with media representatives.





THE VILLAGES ASTRONOMY CLUB MONTHLY PRESENTATION SEPT. 16, 2014

This months' presentation was "Managing Elements of the Webb Telescope;  Awe and Humility"  presented by David Shuckstes.  The presentation was attended by more than 60 people.

President Michael Weiss introducing program presentation.





David Shuckstes program presentation.















David and Phyllis Shuckstes



Club President Michael Weiss with David and Phyllis Shuckstes.



CAMP VILLAGES JULY 16, 2014

Thanks to Dick Danofsky who carried the Lion's Share of the burden for The Villages Astronomy Club for this project.  Thanks also to Bruce Sinclair, Doug Landmann, Burt Salk, Scott Grimes, Phil Hubek, and Michael Weiss. 


Villages Astronomy Club members discussing presentation.



Dick Danofsky with Apollo 11 poster.



Michael Weiss introducing presentation.



Bruce Sinclair giving presentation on the Sun.



Doug Landmann presentation to the Camp Villages participants.



STARRY STARRY NIGHT AT LAKE MIONA ON MARCH 8, 2014

Thanks to all of the Villages Astronomy Club Members who made our Starry Starry Night a huge success.  It was estimated we had about 400 to 500 people attend our SSN.  I met full time residents, part time residents, visitors, boys, girls and people from all over the country as well as England and Australia. 

Site evaluation by Burt, Chuck, Mike, Phil, and Don.



Dick and Doug



Dick and Doug




Mike



Phil





Instructions for our four legged friend from Jeff.



Bruce



Jerry



Part of the large crowds.




MAY 6, 2013  PHOTO SHOOT EVENT AT LAKE SUMTER LANDING BOARDWALK

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came out last night to Lake Sumter landing in support of our efforts for the subject. About 25 to 30 people showed up! We had unusually clear skies (although a little cold) and we had three terrific telescopes for everyone to share! It appears that everyone had a good time and I enjoyed meeting some new friends during the event as well.  Michael Weiss.








CUB SCOUT TROOP 244, DEN MOTHER MICHELLE DAVIS, CUB SCOUTS: THOMAS, BROCK, & JACOB.

Villages club members Michael Weiss, Phil Hubek, and Dick Danofsky gave presentations on "Relative distances between objects in our Solar System", the "Proper use of star finder wheels", and a demonstration of "Galaxies and Nebulas on an Ipod".

After the presentations everyone went outside to view the Moon, Jupiter, M42 The Orion Nebula, the North Star, and the Pleiades star cluster through Michael's 4.5" Newtonian reflector.










STARRY STARRY "SHORT" NIGHT AT BUFFALO JUNCTION DRIVING RANGE ON SAT. MARCH 9, 2013

Thanks to Michael Weiss, Jeff Tonge, Burt Salk, Dick Danofsky, Phil Hubek, John & his dog Happy,  Bill Santos, Mary Hall, Nancy Renna, & Jerry Kosarko.


Burt is ready to go



Dick with SCT 11"



Jerry ready to go with Meade 8"



Happy could not see thru the clouds



Many scopes ready for the night sky



Michael setting up with the help of some friends.


STARRY STARRY NIGHT AT TROUT LAKE NATURE PRESERVE ON SAT. FEB. 16, 2013

Thanks to Phil Hubek, Dick Danofsky, Michael Weiss, and Burt Salk







E-mail from Lavon Silvernell coordinator for Trout Lake Nature Preserve

Thanks to all the Village's Astronomers for making the evening a pleasant experience for all. Everyone was so patient with the families, sharing information about the moon, planets, and the current night sky. We had one family drive up from Clermont who heard about the event from their child's teacher. And some of the visitors were from Maine, they did not mind the cold.While it was cold that just added to the adventure. It gave me an opportunity to pull out my Winter gear, and despite a head cold I had a great time.Burt, I know you took some photos can you send me a couple. I want to put them on our Facebook page.

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THE VILLLAGES ASTRONOMY CLUBS STARRY STARRY NIGHT THAT WASN'T ON NOVEMBER 17, 2012 BECAUSE OF VERY HEAVY OVERCAST SKY.

Pictured Left To Right:  Jerry Kosarko, Michael Weiss, Jeff Tonge                                       

Camera Man: Phil Huber



THE VILLAGES ASTRONOMY CLUB MEMBERS AT TROUT LAKE NATURE CENTER FEB.25, 2012

Club members Doug Landmann, Dick Danofsky, Burt Salk, Chuck Knaus, Jeff Tonge, Mary Hall, and Tom Stec used binoculars, telescopes, and a solar telescope to observe sunspots, the crescent moon, Venus, Jupiter, Mars, Nebula, stars and star clusters.  Doug Landmann was able to "image capture" a galaxy with his equipment.

Approximately 40 to 50 people attended the star gazing party.

A special thanks to Lavon Silverdell, Trout Lakes Nature Center director for helping with the organization of the Starry Night event.



The following images were provided by Mary Hall 








The following images were provided by Tom Stec









THE VILLAGES ASTRONOMY CLUB MONTHLY MEETING DECEMBER 20, 2010







STARRY STARRY NIGHT FEBRUARY 20, 2010

Members of The Villages Astronomy Club, Plantations Astronomy Club and Alachua Astronomy Club set up their telescopes for the public to enjoy a fantastic night of star gazing.

Photos by Ernie Rossi






THANKS FOR THE FANTASTIC JOB EVERYONE.

PRESENTATION BY DR. KEN KREMER MAY 19, 2009





ASTRONAUT ANDREW FEUSTEL'S PARENTS, BETH AND STEVE FEUSTEL, AND DR. KEN KREMER



PRES. BERT SALK, VICE PRES. DOUG LANDMANN AND STEVE AND BETH FEUSTEL.


THANKS FOR THE GREAT JOB EVERYONE