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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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  • May Virtual Meeting
    May Virtual Meeting
    May 25, 2020

    Wow! I finally got the opportunity to watch the video of the last club meeting… incredible! I’m thinking that this was the best meeting we’ve ever had… great presentations, great sharing, lots of information passed back and forth… demos… It looks like there were 15 in attendance… and unfortunately I was not one of the 15… I’m embarrassed to say that the reason I couldn’t attend is because I cut my fibre cable while mowing the lawn,  and they didn’t get this repaired until too late… ARG!!! I REALLY LIKE THESE VIRTUAL MEETINGS!!! It would be cool to do them even when we can get back together… make them available and live for folks to join in when they can’t physically be there. It would also be cool if we could take a queue from Matt, Paul, and John, and even if ya dont set up your gear to log into their sessions… Im sure that they would not only be educational and interesting, but entertaining to say the least! We were already thinking of doing this for our public events…. broadcasting them so the public can log in to participate… maybe as view only, but that opens a lot […]...

  • We held our May Meeting via video conference. Check it out!
    We held our May Meeting via video conference. Check it out!
    May 23, 2020

    QCAS General Meeting, May 18, 2020...

  • Menke Messier Marathon
    Menke Messier Marathon
    March 20, 2020

    Hi all, I just conferred with Dave Mercia of the Wapsi River Environmental and Educational Center to see if the Observatory was under lock down. He advised that based on the State Department and Health Department recommendations, the Wapsi River Center is closed to the public, along with all Scott County offices. So, tomorrow nights marathon is canceled. Take care, be overly cautious, and see you soon! Clear Skies! Jeff...

  • Cancellation Update
    March 14, 2020

    Due to the increased concerns over the CoronaVirus, and also the wet weather, tonight’s event at Jens-Wendt is canceled. We will continue to consider the March 21st Menke Messier Marathon plans. I’ve decided to restrict this event to PAC and QCAS members only. Generally there are only 5 or 6 there, and are outside… weather pending… let me know your thoughts. Clear Skies! Jeff...

  • CoronaVirus Notice!!!
    CoronaVirus Notice!!!
    March 13, 2020

    Hi all, As brought up by Paul… thank you Paul! we will be canceling our regularly scheduled March meeting which would have been held this Monday, the 16th. I’m hoping that Paul and Rusty can do their presentations at the April meeting and Ron can do his in May. For our Jens-Wendt open on Saturday… we will hold this unless we get precipitation tomorrow… The Messier Marathon is not cancelled, but as always, pending weather. Clear Skies! Jeff...

  • 2020-01-25 Jens-Wendt Observatory
    2020-01-25 Jens-Wendt Observatory
    January 25, 2020

    It’s obvious that the Clear Weather Agenda is out as we will have, essentially 100% cloud cover… But I’m thinking that the Poor Weather Agenda is not able to be followed either. Between the snow and rain and now the defrosting, I think the road to Jens-Wendt will be hazardous, particularly to any public that attempt to attend. In addition, the snow covered grounds both at Jens-Wendt and Menke would mean quite the trek through snow to get to and tour either facility. So with that in mind… tonight’s event has been cancelled....

  • 2020-01 Events!
    2020-01 Events!
    January 4, 2020

    Hi all, and Happy New Year! I’ll be adjusting the club member distribution list for the February email note… so for those of you that have not renewed your dues and wish to, there is still a bit of time! Here are the events for January 2020: 01/06/2020    QCAS Board Meeting * Moved to Jan 6th due to the holiday * 6:30 PM at the Elmore Village Inn  01/20/2020    QCAS Society Meeting * Main presentation will be given by Sam Santiago on the Beetlejuice situation * St. Ambrose McCarthy Hall- Doors open at 6:30 PM, meeting starts at 7:00 PM 01/25/2020    QCAS at Jens-Wendt * The public portion will be from 4:30 PM till 6:30 PM * Clear weather: ** Quick tour of Jens-Wendt ** Power Point on Celestial Objects ** View through available scopes or EAA * Poor weather: ** Quick tour of Jens-Wendt ** Quick tour of Menke ** Intro to the Observatory Relocation Project Please let me know if you can help out with the Jan 25th event! I’ll send you info on the presentation to help you with the guest part of the program. Clear Skies! Jeff...

  • 2019-12-28 Public Night at Jens-Wendt Observatory
    2019-12-28 Public Night at Jens-Wendt Observatory
    December 27, 2019

    Hi all! It looks like our last Jens-Wendt public presentation for 2019 will be weathered out… In any case, our program will begin at 5:00 PM this month and assuming we wont be able to do any viewing, will start with a abbreviated tour of the Jens-Wendt facility,  and a Q&A session… we will then caravan over to the Menke Observatory, just a few miles away, for another tour and Q&A session… I would expect that we will be done between 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Clear Skies! Jeff...

  • 2019-12-21 At Menke
    2019-12-21 At Menke
    December 21, 2019

    Fun night at Menke tonite… Put together my dome with Mike O and family friend Matt P this afternoon… Mike and I headed out to Dixon where we grabbed a burger at the Legion… then met Ken B at Menke… Mike and Ken did AP, as was my intent as well, but as I car pooled with Mike, I left the power cable for my CCD in my van… kind of a bummer! Oh well… I had a great time doing a bit of visual astronomy… I made a list of the following objects I viewed: The Planet Venus M2 Cluster  M15 Pegasus Cluster M37 Salt & Pepper Cluster  M56 Cluster M72 Cluster The Planet Uranus I tried but couldn’t be sure of seeing the Asteroid Vesta C30 The Deer Lick Galaxy M36 Pinwheel Cluster  M81 Bodes Nebulae M82 Cigar Cluster NGC2244 Harp Cluster Way cool NGC2169 The 37 Cluster And for Star Wars, NGC936 Darth Vaders Starfighter Galaxy And who can resist M42 Orion Nebulae… Kinda fun how there are some new names for a few objects… and I’d never seen the 37 before… that’ll have to be another Owl Cluster type favorite at public events… I had to […]...

  • Coming in outa the cold….
    Coming in outa the cold….
    December 21, 2019

    It getsa bit nippy doin astronomy in December… so while inside getting defrosted, I thought Id thank Mike O and close family friend Mike P for helping me put my dome together this afternoon… I need to find a lot somewhere for it to live though… but at least put together I can get it all cleaned up and the rubber seals redone… See ya!...

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