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The next PAS meeting is Friday October 14, 2016

7:30 pm, Room 5015, Foothill College

"An Introduction to Astrophotography" by Dr. Stuart Forman of the Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society

  We all are here because of our love for astronomy.  Many of us have thought about putting a camera at the end of a telescope and taking a pretty picture, but what does it take? Astrophotography is a marriage between science and art. You can count photons of stars, time occultations, video record planetary rotations, measure the spectra of meteor fireballs, watch the waxing and waning of supernovae or just make pretty pictures.  But it demands precision, time and most importantly patience. This presentation will give an overview of astrophotography and give the audience an idea of the rigors and joys that is involved with the hobby. Images by club members and other friends will be displayed.

Stuart Forman is a long-time member of the Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society.  In 2010, he started doing astronomy imaging after picking up a used refractor.  He has been involved with on-line astronomy outreach with virtual star parties and video streaming astronomy education.  Stuart Forman’s day-job is being a physician at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center.

Our next speaker will be in November.

 Location: Foothill College room 5015, next to Parking Lot 5
Bring $3 for a parking permit



The Peninsula Astronomical Society is a group of some 200 Bay Area astronomy enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. Some members are professionally trained in astronomy, others are just starting and have never looked through a telescope before. One thing that we all have in common is an interest in the sky.

The PAS holds meetings on the second Friday of each month at 7:30 pm on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA (between San Jose and Palo Alto).  The meetings are usually held in Room 5015, next to Parking Lot 5 (see map). Each meeting features a speaker (or speakers) bringing us up to date on different topics in astronomy. The public is welcome to attend these meetings; there is no charge to attend.  Note, however, that there is a $3 charge for parking - visitor parking permits are available from the machines in the parking lots.  Please do not park in spaces marked "Staff" - you will be ticketed!

As part of its commitment to bringing astronomy to the public, the Peninsula Astronomical Society operates the Foothill College Observatory (click here for more information). The Observatory is staffed by members of the society who volunteer to conduct the regularly scheduled public programs.

In addition to operating the Foothill Observatory, the PAS has its own observatory in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. This location has AC power and room for members to set up their own telescopes at our monthly star parties. This site is also the home of the society's 12" telescope, available for member use after a checkout.

For informaton about membership in the PAS, click here.



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