CAMP VILLAGES JULY 14, 2015 AT MIONA LAKE RECREATION
The Villages Astronomy Club had Solar Walk Panels and several Solar Scopes set up at Miona Lake Recreation Center for the grandchildren of Villagers. There were about 20 to 25 grandchildren and their grandparents which brought the total to around 50 or 60 observers. Everyone enjoyed our Solar Panel Walk through the Solar System and a look at the sun through our Solar scopes. The Solar Panel Walk also included place cards for New Horizons journey to Pluto which arrived at Pluto on July 14, 2015 after a 9 year journey
Nancy Renna in foreground and Burt Salk in background take groups on the Solar Walk Panel display explaining the Solar System and New Horizons journey to Pluto.
Dan Danofsky shows model of New Horizons space craft to interested observer.
Bruce Sinclair and Jerry Kosarko give interested observers a view of the Sun through clubs Solar Scopes
Thanks to Dan Danofsky, Bruce Sinclair, Burt Salk, Nancy Renna, Chuck Knaus, & Jerry Kosarko for making possible the Camp Villages Solar Walk and Solar viewing. Thanks also to Scott and the Lake Miona Recreation Center helpers.
STARRY STARRY NIGHT JANUARY 24, 2015 AT LAKE GRIFFIN STATE PARK.
The cold unfortunately kept many would be star watchers away, but the few that attended were treated to star viewing thru Burt's and Bruce's telescopes and Jeff's new binoculars. Earlier, Michael's solar scope was used for observing the sun.
Young visitor viewing the moon thru Jeff's binoculars.
Jeff setting his binoculars to view Venus. In background are Chuck and Patricia Knaus. The park ranger is properly dressed for the very cold night.
Thanks to Burt, Bruce, Michael, Chuck, and Jeff for making our SSN a success.
STARRY STARRY NIGHT NOVEMBER 8, 2014 AT MIONA LAKE
The Astronomy Club set up for viewing of the sun, planets and stars but the weather did not cooperate and we had overcast skies all day and into the evening.
The planetary/solar walk panels were set up to a scaled model of the distances between the planets. We had about 150 people view the planetary/solar walk panes before darkness set in. They were treated to a great walking presentation on the planets by Bruce Sinclar. Everyone was very enthusiastic about the display and left with a better understanding of the scale of our solar system.
Bruce Sinclair acting as tour guide and presenter for the planetary walk.
Viewing of panels by planetary walk participants.
Club Member Tom Stec and participants viewing solar walk panels.
Bruce Sinclair and club president Michael Weiss presenting planetary walk information to participants.
Burt Salk passing on astronomy information to interested participants.
Solar Walk Enthusiast, our club officers Burt Salk (Secretary), Phil Hubek (Visual Aid Director), Dick Danofsky (Vice-President), and Michael Weiss (President).
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
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
Instructions for our four legged friend from Jeff.
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"
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.
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