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Stimulating an interest in the science of astronomy within the Quad Cities, nurturing an ongoing desire by our members to study the cosmos, and to providing members of our community opportunities to experience the
Joy and Beauty of Astronomy.

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  • 2020-10-16 QCAS Menke Family Nite
    October 17, 2020

    Fun nite last nite… except for the weather, preventing the viewing/imaging part of things, everything went well! In attendance, Ken, Rusty, Rolando, Jason and family, Paul L, Robert, Jim, Sam, Alan, Cecil, Matt, and myself… Everyone arrived on time, I had the pizza there at 6:30… the Legion divided and packaged it up by person, so there was no need for rehandling… the pizza was really pretty good IMHO! After eating I took everyone on an expedition around the observation field and explained where each new building was hoped to be erected and what the building was for and what it would house. We also talked about the additional pads we want to add as well as power and internet access. As a bit of comrade continued, Robert installed a new red back-lit keyboard and USB hub on the Menke Dome Computer… and we assembled the new RACI Finder Scope on the 14″ SCT. Rusty brought a Crawford Focuser that we were hoping would fit the 14″ SCT but it wouldnt… so if you are in the market for one… contact him or me. Too bad it was so cloudy, but hey, such is an astronomers life! 2 other bits […]...

  • Important Member Info!
    Important Member Info!
    October 7, 2020

    Hi all! I have 3 bits of important info that you’ll want to act on… 1. MEMBERSHIP DUES Renewals can be sent to us any time between now and January 1st. Renewal is $20 and $10 per each additional family member 16 yrs or older that also wants to be a member. I attached a form in an email sent to you that you can print out, fill in, and return with payment. Send payment and the form, or hand written info to: Quad Cities Astronomical Society P.O. Box 3706  Davenport, Iowa  52808-3706 2.OFFICER NOMINATIONS Jim Rutenbeck will be emailing out information on how nominations and voting will happen this year. Its important that you provide your input! Please watch for his email and respond as quickly as possible! 3. OCTOBER SOCIETY MEETING In place of our November Dinner Meeting, we will be having a family outing on the evening of Friday, October 16th at Menke Observatory. We moved the normal meeting date in October from Monday to Friday for this meeting so that staying up a bit late won’t interfere with the next days work. Please bring your immediate family for a bit of astronomy and pizza! We will […]...

  • Skyward for October 2020 David H. Levy
    Skyward for October 2020 David H. Levy
    September 28, 2020

    Skyward for October 2020 David H. Levy The long summer of 2020 When Earth crossed the summer solstice on June 21, 2020, we were all mired in the midst of the most serious pandemic in more than a century. Summer is the most important season for me for one reason: it was many years ago, during the Summer of 1960, that I fell in love with the night sky. This summer just concluded had a start filled with disappointment. On June 21, 1960, I was riding my bicycle to school when its front wheel struck a curb and broke my arm. My cousin, Roy Kaufman, gave me a book about the planets as a get-well present. I read and reread that book all summer, and by September I was enjoying my first look through a telescope, at the planet Jupiter. The view of the planet with its bands of color, combined with its four big moons, was one I have never forgotten. To this day Jupiter remains my favorite planet. As I never tire of looking at this world, I was able to view Jupiter this summer also. The summer of 2020 began with a huge handicap, but something appeared […]...

  • 2020-09-21 Club Meeting
    2020-09-21 Club Meeting
    September 22, 2020

    Hi all! Great meeting last nite! I wasn’t really looking forward to it as we had just wrapped up EISP the preceeding 3 nights and I was TIRED!… but I’m glad we held it! So… we talked about EISP quite a bit, and touched on the upcoming APP seminar, Elections, the November Annual Dinner Meeting, and the Observatory Relocation Project…. For EISP, we talked about the weather and seeing conditions, how well the social distancing was handled and other related logistics. We then did a round tabke and each attendee gave their take on the event… what troubles they experienced, what they got accomplished and/or learned… I had taken pics of all the scopes set up so we did a round table on what the gear was, and how it worked… lots of great discussion as there was quite a variety of gear! We talked about the upcoming APP seminar a bit… If you’ve been wanting help with processing images… or just want to understand more about imaging, this seminar is for you. Waiting for someone to help you with processing, this is for you… Hate having to deal with light pollution? Learn how to use this app to zap […]...

  • Skyward for August 2020 by David H Levy
    Skyward for August 2020 by David H Levy
    August 1, 2020

    Skyward for August 2020. Of a comet, a cosmic beacon, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life David H. Levy A few months ago I wrote in this space about Comet Atlas (C/2019 Y4), a comet that at the time showed signs of becoming a bright comet visible without a telescope or binoculars with just one’s eyes.  I also repeated my maxim that “Comets are like cats; they both have tails, and they both do precisely what they want.”  This comet indeed did not live up to its billing, and neither did the next one,  comet Swan (C/2020 F8). The third Comet, however, did!  Comet Neowise (C/2020 F3) put on a beautiful performance in the morning sky at the start of the Summer of 2020.  (First picture.) It was a shining cosmic beacon amidst the terrible time we are all having this year.  Over the course of July, this comet faded slightly as it moved into the evening sky, but it moved so far north that for a time it was visible in the night sky all night long.  (Second picture.) When I look at a comet, my thoughts often dwell on the role that comets have played in the origins […]...

  • 2020 – 07 – 27 SURVEY REQUEST
    2020 – 07 – 27 SURVEY REQUEST
    July 23, 2020

    Hi all, I need your input ASAP. As you know, at our last QCAS club meeting we had a great demonstration of the astro imaging software package called Astro Pixel Processor. We now have the opportunity to set up either a 2 session or 4 session seminar, 2 hours long each, to learn the software and if you participate in the 4 two hour sessions, receive 25% off of the purchase price of the software.  Since there are already 8 of us interested, I need your help in seeing how many others want to attend and what logistics work best for the largest group of folks. We hope to have a pre-seminar meeting to go over any imaging basics to cover any types of questions or holes in knowledge you may need filled before taking the seminar… but… the software seems so simple that not previous knowledge will really be required. Here’s a link to the recording of the club meeting where the app was presented: Here is a link sent by Mabula Haverkamp reviewing the App: Click to access QCAS-talk-20200720.pdf The cost of the online seminar may be up to $15 per hour per session.The software, if you choose […]...

  • 2018- 09-18 thru 20 Eastern Iowa Star Party
    2018- 09-18 thru 20 Eastern Iowa Star Party
    July 21, 2020

    Hi All! I know its been a while since I’ve posted an update… but the pandemic is kinda making things uncertain. At this time, we are still a Go for this September event… but with some modifications. Due to the facility size, we will be cutting attendance from 50 down to 24. Also, since we will be restricting the number of folks inside the structure, it doesn’t make sense to have guest speakers or presentations… it would be too bright outside to do any type of screen projection… maybe we can do some round table talks outside? Next, because of the smaller size of the event and how difficult the economy has been on businesses, we haven’t asked for donations, so no door prizes. Again for safety reasons, we wont be doing the midnight chili and stew… I think we will still have single serving wrapped munchies, bottled water and pop though… I’m not sure if we will charge a registration fee or a fee for electricity or not, but we will probably just go by donation. We think that we will limit the number of folks inside the structures to 2 persons… maybe 3 or 4… but with masks… […]...

  • 2020-07-20 Meeting Review
    2020-07-20 Meeting Review
    July 21, 2020

    Hi all! A special thanks to Mabula for the great presentation last night, and rhanx to Paul for making the initial contact There! Many of the 24 in attendance joined before the 7 PM event, and we adjourned at shortly after 9 PM… There will be additional email and notices put on Facebook and our website giving the link to the recording of the meeting for those that could not attend and wanted to. For those that didn’t attend as they were uninterested in astro photography, you can view at your leisure for the opportunity to add another segment of knowledge to your knowledge base. As mentioned before, I will be sending out a note with some information. The information will basically be a survey to see your interests in attending an online seminar to learn the use of Astro Pixel Processor. There will be a fee for the seminar, but it is accompanied by a 25% discount on the software if you choose to purchase. I will have cost and additional information in the email. The email will be time sensitive, so make sure you reply back so that we can schedule this to accommodate the greater number of […]...

  • Meeting Link Update
    July 20, 2020

    ARG! UPDATED LINK FOR TONITE! QCAS Virtual Meeting When Changed: Mon Jul 20, 2020 18:30 – 21:00 Central Time – Chicago Joining info Join Webex meetingstambrose.webex.com/stambrose/j…. (ID: 1466763263, password: xukdMF4N)...

  • 2020-07-20 Tonite’s Meeting!
    July 20, 2020

    Hi all! Here is the link for tonites 7:00 PM club meeting… log in a bit early, and please make sure that you keep your microphone muted when you are not speaking!!! https://stambrose.webex.com/webappng/sites/stambrose/meeting/download/71cab9a60ea349d4818c48758b003da3?siteurl=stambrose&MTID=mc2c9d51a80786b790f197e8ad96cced3 Tonites presentation will be given by software designer Mabula Haverkamp on his image processing software, Astro Pixel Processor  A short bio can be found here: About Mabula A bit more information on Mabula’s background: He studied astrophysics at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands and graduated (drs. M.Sc.) in 2004 in the field of Solar Physics. His graduation project led to this article: DOT tomography of the solar atmosphere. IV. Magnetic patches in internetwork areas https://arxiv.org/abs/0706.2008 After his studies he worked for several years in the finance industry before changing his career path to become an IT consultant in network/internet technology specialized in security, working for large companies with networks around the globe. In 2011, his social and professional life stopped quite abruptly due to a chronic disease of unknown origin (Sarcoidosis). The disease made him fully disabled for work and he was severely ill until 2017 after which the disease, luckily, slowly stopped and he regained his health. While being ill, he started work on Astro […]...

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