Roper Mountain Astronomers

Upcoming events

    • July 15, 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Roper Mountain Science Center, Daniels Conference Room

    Topic :   Practical Astronomy topics


    We have had fantastic guest speakers for our monthly meetings. We have also seen that other clubs have meetings with just the members discussing projects that they are working on or equipment and software that they use.  These meetings will allow us to share our personal and practical knowledge about our hobby.  Please contact one of the board members if you wish to discuss a topic.  We will also have an open forum session for everyone to be heard. Three of our members will share with you how they perform very different aspects of astrophotography.  If you are a beginner or even someone with advanced skills I can assure you that you will learn something new and exciting. 


    Session 1 - EAA Electronically Assisted Astronomy by Randy Cockrill. 

    Are you underwhelmed by the view of deep space objects through your eyepiece and would like to see galaxies, nebula and star clusters in real time with modest equipment from your light polluted yard? EAA can do all that. This talk with focus on what EAA is, what you need to do it, and how Randy uses the EAA software Sharpcap for real-time observing and photography. 

    Session2 - Satellite observing and photography by Josh Palmer

    Have you ever watched the ISS pass overhead and wondered if you could possibly take a photo of it as it passes? Well, in this session Josh will share with us how he tracks satellites, both for observation and photographing and walk us through the software products and procedures he uses to take amazingly detailed satellite photos. Included will be details on choosing targets, downloading TLE files, and synchronizing our clocks. 

    Session 3 - Permanent outdoor telescopes with wireless remote access by Edward Overstreet 

    Wish you did not have to setup and takedown your equipment for each session? Or wish you could sit in your warm house in winter and operate all your equipment remotely? In this session Edward will walk you through how he has built and remotely operates three permanently mounted telescopes in his backyard year-round.  He will share information on all the software and hardware products he uses to make this possible. 

Past events

June 17, 2021 Lucy and Europa Clipper: The Next NASA Missions to Jupiter's Orbit
May 20, 2021 Arne Henden-Variable Stars and minor planet astrometry
April 15, 2021 Alan Sturgis -Nasa Engineer
March 18, 2021 March Meeting: PLUTO OUR DISTANT COUSIN
February 18, 2021 The Human Cosmos
January 21, 2021 Planet Patrol: A NASA Citizen Science Program to Discover New Exoplanets
January 16, 2021 Star Party-Jan is cancelled due to Covid-19 risk
December 17, 2020 The Latest Gravitational Wave Events
November 19, 2020 November Club Meeting: Long Period Variable (LPV) Stars in Globular Clusters
November 13, 2020 Under One Sky 2020 Global Conference-International Dark Sky
October 15, 2020 David Moffett-Strange Stellar Remnants
October 01, 2020 Galileo and the Science Deniers
September 17, 2020 Virtual Tour of the World Largest Meteorite Collection
August 20, 2020 Josh Palmer - Planetary and ISS Photography
July 16, 2020 Club Monthly Meeting - July
June 18, 2020 June Monthly Club Meeting
May 21, 2020 May Club Monthly Meeting
April 24, 2020 Livestream Star Party - Whipple Observatory
April 23, 2020 April Club Monthly Meeting- Will be on-line
April 23, 2020 Southern Star Astronomy Convention - Canceled
April 19, 2020 International Dark Sky Week
April 18, 2020 Star Party April-Canceled
March 21, 2020 The March Star Party is canceled
March 19, 2020 March Club Monthly Meeting is Cancelled
March 04, 2020 Special Presentation : MONSTERS IN THE COSMIC SEA
February 22, 2020 Star Party February
February 20, 2020 February Club Monthly Meeting -- Canceled due to weather
February 10, 2020 Seeds in Space
January 25, 2020 Star Party
January 21, 2020 Project Artemis-Forward to the Moon
January 16, 2020 January Club Monthly Meeting
November 23, 2019 Star Party
November 21, 2019 November RMA Club Meeting
November 14, 2019 November RMA Board Meeting
October 05, 2019 Star Party Rain Date
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