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  • March 24, 2020 9:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A friend in Albuquerque reminded me this week that while we have not been able to gather together and enjoy our night sky lately, there's always opportunities that present themselves.

    Below is his recommendation for make the most of these quiet evenings at home. Let's see how many people want to take advantage of the break in the weather!

    Virtual Messier Marathon.jpg

  • March 02, 2020 7:36 PM | Anonymous member


    Check out the link.

  • February 25, 2020 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A great crowd of stargazers arrived at the Dark Sky Site for our February Star Party on Saturday. Although the temps were projected to be in the 30's, we had at least 15 people in attendance for much of the evening, including a couple children and other guests. We had two club telescopes in operation, and 5 or 6 more brought by members. This was the first star party for my new CPC telescope, so it was great to work out the remaining bugs with my new setup.

    Arriving just before sunset, we found the weather to be a rather pleasant sunny 55 degrees while our equipment was brought out. And thanks to all of the attendees who brought snacks, there was a terrific assortment of treats and nutritious items. We started off with dazzling views of Venus, which is moving towards its maximum Eastern elongation in March. After the sun set, we were treated to a clear sky and good visibility. Just a few thin clouds moved in and out over the course of the evening. Quite a relief after all of the cloudy skies and rain we've had in the Upstate this winter. Our guests and kids were treated to views from multiple scopes as we toured our favorite winter objects like the Orion Nebula, Pleiades Cluster, and the Eskimo Nebula. As the night went on, a few more folks stayed inside to keep warm. The rest soldiered on, but eventually decided to call it a night by 11:00 PM. I worked on some photography of Venus and M42, and those images are below. 

    We hope that the weather remains clear for the next Star Party in March, and that you will join us!

  • February 20, 2020 1:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tonight's scheduled RMA member meeting has been canceled due to inclement weather. The presentation on Lunar Photography will be rescheduled for a future date.

  • February 07, 2020 2:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    We have added a new page for loaner telescopes, which are available for checkout by RMA members. This page can be found under the "Members" menu while logged in. We will be adding additional information and telescopes to this list in the near future. If you don't have a telescope to use, we encourage you to consider checking one of these out so that you can begin exploring the night sky. 
  • January 30, 2020 4:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I'm pleased to announce that the member directory is live! This new benefit will allow us to keep in touch with one another, while protecting our privacy from public website visitors.

    We have only included essential information, such as name, phone, and email. To access the directory, log into the site, then DIRECTORY from the MEMBERS menu at the top. If you wish to change the amount of information shown for your account, please click your name at the very top of the screen to access your profile. Click Privacy, then Edit Profile. Here, you can enable and disable certain items. If you wish to be excluded from the member directory select "No access" for all items, then remove the check mark for "Show my profile to others". Click Save when done. 

    If you have any questions about this or any other new feature of the site, please email me or see me at the next club event! 

  • January 13, 2020 11:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Two upcoming events have been added to our Events section: "Project Artemis-Forward to the Moon" and "Seeds in Space." Both presentations are being given by NASA Solar System Ambassador and past RMA President David Leaphart. Please join him for these fascinating subjects. Registration with the libraries is required for these events, and those details can be found on our Events list or on the Greenville County Library System website. Please note that these are independent events and not affiliated with the Roper Mountain Astronomers club.  

  • January 10, 2020 2:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Celestron has released a useful guide to celestial events in 2020. Hope you enjoy!

  • December 10, 2019 12:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The new RMA website is live! As of today, the domain is taking visitors to our new Wild Apricot site. Online payments have been activated through Affinipay, allowing members to make payments directly on the site. 

    The Roper Mountain Astronomers made the decision to move our existing website and member management tools to Wild Apricot, which specializes in online membership management for organizations like ours. It was a clear choice to provide a modern website and membership experience. In addition to the new web design, RMA will now see new benefits, including:

    • Members Only section.
    • Member Surveys
    • Event Calendar and Online Registration
    • Member directory
    • Site photo gallery and member photo galleries
    • Mobile apps for members and Admins
    • Online Store, News, Forums, and Classifieds 
    • Online membership application and payments
    • Automated membership management
    • Family (Bundle) memberships with multiple logins

    Online registrations are now being accepted, and we are asking all new and existing members to register on the site for 2020. We'll be sending out more information soon, so watch your inboxes. 

  • December 09, 2019 8:13 PM | Anonymous member

    What a fantastic year our club has had!  For starters, I'd like to thank Russel Fern for serving as our last president.  Russel led the club to seek an updated web site.  If you are reading this you are on the new web site.  Thank you Russel!  The club also was able to reassess its use of costly storage.  In July, the club vacated its storage unit.  Frank Crowder, Vic Crowley, and Tim Sullivan also passed the baton of leadership and stepped down from serving on the board.  All three of these gentlemen served many terms, in various positions over the years.  The club is here due to their service over the years.  Thank you Tim, Frank and Vic.  We had a great line up of speakers throughout the year.  We covered many topics; from astrobiology, to women's contribution to astronomy, astronomy's contribution to ancient civilizations calendars, and lets throw in some dark matter as well!   

    We have a great lineup of guest speakers in 2020.  Author,  Jonathan Ward will be back to discuss preparing for a Messier Marathon.  Dr Judy Beck, who spoke several years ago, will also be back to speak.  Look for us to change up our Star Parties a little bit this coming year.   More on that surprise in the near future.   Randy Cockrill has volunteered to lead our club member learning effort.  We are looking for both mentors and mentees  If you want someone to mentor you or guide you to improve your astronomy skill and knowledge, or if you are willing to share your expertise, let Randy know.  The board is always looking for fresh ideas to improve the club and make your hobby more enjoyable.    Let us know your thoughts and ideas.   I'm looking forward to an exciting 2020.  

    Bill Michaud


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