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  • Title: Welcome to the Peoria Astronomical Society!
    Descriptive info: .. Current sky conditions for Peoria, IL:.. Home.. Meetings.. Calendar.. Join!.. Observatories.. Newsletter.. Links.. Contact Us.. Welcome to the Peoria Astronomical Society!.. The Peoria Astronomical Society is a non-profit organization of amateur astronomers from Peoria, Illinois and the surrounding community.. +++Upcomming Events!+++.. 10/12: Peoria Public Library's Observe the Moon night at NorthMoor.. September Monthly.. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month, at 7:30 pm at the Planetarium in downtown Peoria, IL.. (Parking info.. here.. ).. The members' meeting is a great place to meet other members, swap stories, and learn more about astronomy.. The meetings are always free and open to the public.. During the summer months (June, July, and August), we do not hold regular meetings.. Instead we plan a star party event each month!.. In September, we have our Annual Banquet, which takes the place of our September monthly meeting.. Our board meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Hardee's in the Northpoint Shopping Plaza at 7:30 pm, and is open to all PAS members.. The Peoria Astronomical Society maintains two observatories.. Northmoor Observatory.. is open to the public every cloudless Saturday night from the beginning of May through the end of  ...   information.. We also have a variety of "loaner" telescopes available for members to use.. Membership.. Membership to the Peoria Astronomical Society is open to anyone with an interest in astronomy.. We are a family oriented club and sponsor various activities throughout the year to encourage family involvement.. Annual dues are $30.. 00 per family per year.. Benefits of membership include:.. Subscription to our newsletter "The StarLite".. Membership in the.. Astronomical League.. Subscription to the Astronomical League's newsletter, ".. The Reflector.. ".. Peoria Academy of Science.. Use of the society's numerous telescopes.. Members may become keyholders to any of our observatories.. The option to join the PAS email list.. Fellowship with other amateur astronomers and others whose eyes are turned to the stars!.. Interested in joining? Simply.. download the printable membership application.. and mail it in!.. The PAS set up solar telescope viewing at the Grand Prairie Mall.. a pre-dawn crowd gathers at ICC to witness the rare occurance of Venus transiting the sun.. Awards and Recognition.. View the club.. Awards and Recognition Page.. More Information.. By Laws.. For more information,.. contact us by email.. or write to us at:.. Peoria Astronomical Society.. PO Box 10111.. Peoria, IL 61612-0111.. Visit us on Facebook..

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  • Title: Peoria Astronomical Society - Meetings
    Descriptive info: Our regular meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, at 7:30 pm.. We are now meeting at the planetarium in the new museum in downtown Peoria, IL.. Please note that we will no longer be meeting at the Lakeview Museum.. Starting at the November 2012 all-members meeting, we will be meeting at the new Planetarium in downtown Peoria! (details below).. November 7th PAS meeting at Peoria Riverfront Museum Planetarium:.. If you park on the Washington Street side of the museum, come in the front entrance, then go down the hallway to the left; the planetarium is at the end of that hallway.. You can also park in the deck beneath the museum, which you enter from Water Street.. (I don't know how much it will cost to park..  ...   side of the parking deck.. At the end of the hallway there are stairs and an elevator.. Come up to the second floor and walk down the hallway to the planetarium.. Our board meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Hardee's in the Northpoint Shopping Plaza on Knoxville Ave at 7:30 pm, and are open to all PAS members.. Note: During the summer months (June, July, and August), we do not hold regular meetings.. Instead we plan a star party event each month! In September, we have our Annual Banquet, which takes the place of our September monthly meeting.. For the meeting schedule, updates, and detailed meeting information, please check the PAS calendar or Starlite newsletter.. ICC students at a star party hosted by the PAS..

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  • Title: Peoria Astronomical Society - Calendar
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  • Title: Peoria Astronomical Society - Membership
    Descriptive info: Join the Peoria Astronomical Society!.. Subscription to our newsletter,.. "Starlite".. The option to become a key holder to any of our observatories.. Fellowship with other amateur astronomers whose eyes are turned to the stars!.. The "TMB" telescope shows excellent views of a crescent moon..

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  • Title: Peoria Astronomical Society - Observatories
    Descriptive info: The Decker-Grebner-Van Zandt Observatory.. (Map, Location).. The Decker-Grebner-Van Zandt Observatory, otherwise known as "Jubilee" observatory, was built on the grounds of Jubilee State Park in an effort to escape the Peoria city lights.. Over the years however, the city has been growing ever closer, and obscuring the night sky with light pollution.. The observatory has two domes that house a 24-inch Newtonian Reflector and a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain.. The site was established in 1974, when PAS member Dr.. Philip Holwick offered to donate his 12-inch Cave reflecting telescope to the Society on the condition that a suitable "dark-site" could be found for it.. PAS members located an abandoned farmyard complete with several out buildings and a large concrete feedlot.. The land was owned by the Forest Park Foundation, and use was granted for the PAS to develop an observatory.. Mr William Rutherford of Forest Park Foundation not only granted the use of the land but also authorized funds to help the PAS develop the site.. The 10-foot dome (foreground) had been built originally in the 1960's as one of the first fiberglass domes in the country.. It was originally located at the Northmoor Observatory, but had fallen into disrepair and disuse because of the growing light pollution problem on the city's north side.. Because of the problems in setting up the 14-inch telescope, the dome was moved, repaired, and re-installed to house the 14-inch telescope at the Jubilee site.. In 1976, Dr.. Sam Decker offered to purchase a 16-inch telescope and donate it to the Society.. Society members Art Grebner and Rollin Van Zandt responded to Dr.. Decker's offer by asking if he would be willing to donate the money to the club instead and let the PAS build as large a telescope as possible.. Dr.. Decker agreed, and work began on building the 24-inch Newtonian.. The PAS bought a 24-inch Pyrex mirror blank and a 5-inch elipitcal flat.. Art Grebner undertook the job of grinding the mirror, while Rollin Van Zandt began construction of the tube assembly and a horse-shoe mount.. It took Art Grebner 6 months to complete the mirror grinding, sometimes resorting to power tools to remove the enormous amounts of glass.. Rollin Van Zandt's task took over two years to complete.. Art Grebner had built a dome outside his country home, but when he decided to move to the city, he had to do something with the dome, realizing the PAS needed it more than he did, he tore it down, and piece by piece reassembled it at Jubilee.. Scott Swords, also a PAS member, donated the use of several pieces of earth moving equipment so that eroded areas could be filled in and the hill top leveled.. The area was seeded with blue grass and buffalo grass to control insects and erosion.. Finally in 1980, under police escort from Peoria, the 24-inch telescope was moved on its mount to Jubilee.. In 1981, the original DC motors for controlling the telescope were replaced with stepper motors and encoders were added in preparation for adding the computer to control the movements of the telescope.. Building the Decker-Grebner-Van Zandt Observatory and its telescopes have cost the Society in the vicinity of 10,000 man-hours.. There is still more work to be done! The history doesn't end here.. it begins.. Click Here to read about the current Jubilee renovations!.. Northmoor Observatory.. Northmoor Observatory is located within the city of Peoria at the Leo Donovan Golf Course, and houses a 9 inch refractor telescope.. The telescope was one  ...   on July 23, 1955.. Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of the planet Pluto, came to the NorthMoor Observatory in 1982 and observed through the famous refractor.. Several hundred people came to NorthMoor Observatory in 1994 to view the dark spots left on Jupiter after the Comet Shoemaker-Levy crashed.. Thousands came to the PAS viewing sessions to see the solar eclipse of 1994 and comets Halley (1986), Hyakutake (1996), and Hale-Bopp (1997).. Thousands came to view Mars, the week of August 2003, when the planet came closer to Earth than it has been in 60,000 years.. The Peoria Astronomical Society's Mission:.. The members of the Peoria Astronomical Society could be content with bringing their private telescopes to our dark sky observatory near Jubilee State Park, or with observing through the society's telescopes there.. However, we are committed to bringing astronomy to where the people are and where they can conveniently observe the Moon, planets, stars, and comets.. Our public education program consists of:.. Public viewing sessions, conducted at Northmoor Observatory every Saturday night from the beginning of May to the end of October (weather permitting).. Special public viewing sessions, arranged for special events at NorthMoor or at other locations more appropriate for the type of event.. Private group educational sessions, presented by the PAS at NorthMoor Observatory and at various off-site locations.. The Numbers:.. 50 - The number of years the Peoria Astronomical Society has conducted public viewing sessions at NorthMoor Observatory.. 1,400 - The number of Saturday night viewing sessions at the NorthMoor Observatory conducted by members of the PAS.. 45,000 - The number of people who have looked through the 9-inch refractor at the NorthMoor Observatory.. 7,000 - The total man-hours volunteered by PAS members at the Saturday night viewing sessions at the NorthMoor Observatory.. $110,000 - A conservative value of the PAS contribution in man-hours toward the Peoria Park District in conducting the Saturday night viewing sessions.. From the 1964 PAS Newsletter.. "After the Park Board approved the transaction for the site of our observatory, the scope-less sky-scanners (the Astronomy Section members) were ready to move.. With the completion of the plans on June 24, 1953, groundbreaking at NorthMoor Golf Course took place the following autumn.. ".. "The combined building cost was $11,500.. Because of membership cooperation as well as that of various business firms, we eluded a building estimate of $50,000 - the 1964 cost of total replacement.. In addition to the building value, this replacement value of the refractor is $15,000 [1964 dollars] - thus making the cost of replacement or duplication $65,000 [1964 dollars].. "Due to the efforts of a group of Caterpillar specialists, the new observatory was well equipped.. Mr.. Van Zandt undertook the construction of a drive to rotate the dome.. Ernest Landen devised the clock drive that powered the telescope.. The scope's drive was synchronized with the pendulum mechanism he built in the lecture room which was completed in November, 1956; at a cost of $5,500.. The Future:.. The Peoria Astronomical Society is committed to continuing the long tradition of providing a view of the night skies to the public.. The new new dome is installed, and renovations to the warm-up room are complete!.. If you would like to donate to the PAS for the NorthMoor Observatory restoration project, please send your check or money order to the following address:.. For additional information, please contact us at: info@astronomical.. org.. PAS member Scott Hay assists the crowd at Northmoor Observatory.. to see Mars closest approach to earth in over 1,000 years..

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  • Title: Peoria Astronomical Society - Newsletter
    Descriptive info: Starlite (Peoria Astronomical Society Newsletter).. Northmoor Hosting Schedule - 2012.. (Download PDF).. Jubilee Maintenance Schedule - 2012.. Spring - 2013.. Included in this issue:.. List of Board of Directors.. Editor s Notes.. Address/email changes.. New Members.. Positions Available.. Programs.. North Central Region Meeting.. Comet Article.. Star Party.. Photos/Articles for Website.. Website Ad.. Caterpillar Matching Gifts.. Starlite Past Article.. Board Meeting Minutes.. President s Message-Special Tribute to Bette Ohl.. Northmoor Observatory Schedule.. Jubilee Mowing Schedule.. Fall -  ...   fall.. Banquet Information.. President s Message.. Fall Observing, 2012.. Proposed By-Laws Changes.. Northmoor Hosting Schedule.. Proposed By-Laws Changes.. Summer - 2012.. Editor's Notes.. Northmoor Dedication.. Banquet.. President's Message.. Observing, 2012.. Spring - 2012.. Future Programs.. Saying Goodbye.. President s Vision.. Items for Sale.. Financial Status.. Winter - 2011.. By-Laws.. Fall - 2011.. Slate of Officers.. Star Parties.. By-Laws Review and Changes.. Calendar sales.. Map to Jubilee Picnic Site.. Summer - 2011.. Spring - 2011.. Winter - 2010..

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  • Title: Peoria Astronomical Society - Links
    Descriptive info: Links, News, and Media.. PAS Telescope Classifieds.. Constellation Pages.. HubbleCast / Dr.. J Videos.. Heavens Above.. Sun/Moon Rise/Set Table.. Meteor Showers in 2013.. Solar Observing.. Astronomy Picture of the Day.. Sky Maps.. Sky Hound / Comets.. Measuring The Sky.. Tonight s Sky.. Deep Sky Videos.. CURRENT MOON.. moon data.. More coming here soon!..

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  • Title: Peoria Astronomical Society - Contacts
    Descriptive info: Contacts.. General inquiries, questions about the club, and scheduling events.. Name.. Position.. Open.. President.. Jesse Hoover.. Vice President.. Tatiana Johnson.. Secretary.. Dan Son.. Treasurer.. Mike Hay.. Legal Agent.. John Barra.. Nominating Chairperson.. Nick Johnson.. Parliamentarian.. Bob Pauer.. Jubilee Observatory Chairman.. Northmoor Observatory Chairman.. Scott Swords.. Membership / ALCOR.. Linda Hay.. Starlight Editor.. Mike Frasca.. PAS Email list.. Website.. Kathy Dittmeier.. Public Relations..

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  • Title: Welcome to the Peoria Astronomical Society!
    Descriptive info: September Monthly - By Gary Bussman.. The ICC star party schedule at Jubilee Observatory: 9/6, rain dates, 9/7, 9/27, 9/28, 10/4 and 10/5.. (clear skies and event was held on 9/6 with a good turnout).. Star party at Lake Thunderbird at Putnam County is on 9/7 which is a Saturday night! (event cancelled.. overcast predicted).. I would like a scope count on who can attend any of these star party's.. weather will determine what happens.. Larry Wilson will send a message on e group with directions and on or cancel due to weather on the Lake Thunderbird star party.. (cancelled).. Brian Bill will decide on all ICC star party's if on or off.. BANQUET: The PAS banquet will be held on September 21 at Kickapoo.. Refer to Star Lite when it comes out.. The Planets and Stars:.. Mercury: The best night to observe Mercury is on the early evening on 9/24 right after  ...   good visual.. Mars: This planet can be found in the constellation of Cancer, the Crab shining at 1.. 6.. On 9/8 and 9/9, Mars will be in the open cluster, the beehive (M44).. Use binoculars to look at this in the early morning in the east.. Jupiter: This is a very bright morning star located in Gemini.. Should be a great view thru the month of September.. This planet will be shining at -2.. Bright!!.. Saturn: Still hanging around in the south/west.. It will be moving toward Venus thru the month.. Uranus: Shining at 5.. 7 the planet lies in the constellation of Pisces.. It will have a blue/green disk looking thru a telescope.. Neptune: Shining at a faint 7.. 8, this blue/grey planet is in the constellation of Aquarius.. Telescope is a must!.. Pluto: Good Luck!.. Hopefully the weather will be good for all are star party's coming up.. Clear Sky's! Gary Bussman..

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  • Title: Peoria Astronomical Society - Planetarium Downtown Peoria, IL
    Descriptive info: Public meetings at the Planetarium in Downtown Peoria, IL.. Parking at Peoria Riverfront Museum Planetarium:..

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  • Title: Peoria Astronomical Society - Northmoor Renovation
    Descriptive info: Northmoor Observatory Renovation.. A photo collage of the installation of new dome completed March 2009.. Thanks to the amazing efforts of PAS members and community volunteers, the Northmoor Observatory has a new dome.. Our gratitude goes out to Rich and Margo Tennis for their fund raising efforts in making the dome a reality.. A special thanks to Terry Beachler and Ash Dome personnel for all thier help in getting the dome installed.. Our Thanks to the many volunteers who made the new dome possible.. Don Howerter of ENTEC.. N.. E.. Finch.. Caterpillar, Inc.. Apprentices from the local Steamfitters.. Peoria Park District.. Apprentices from Ironworkers Local 112.. Ash Dome personnel.. PAS members and volunteers.. Winter 2008.. Evaluation.. Dome Inspection.. Birds, Rust, and lack of quality electronics were big motivators in renovating the Northmoor Observatory.. It took the efforts of many volunteers, years of fundraising, and member support to finally get the new dome.. Drive down Sheridan Rd.. and you can see the shiny, new dome..  ...   Terry Beachler visited ASH Manufacturing Company in Plainfield, IL on Friday, January 23.. The purpose of the visit was to inspect the rotating dome being built for the Northmoor Observatory.. Renovation Project and to make arrangements for delivery to the Observatory site on Donovan Golf Course.. Terry Beachler, PAS Construction Coordinator; Rich Tennis, PAS Chairman of fundraising for the Project; Bruce Marshall, ASH Dome field Supervisor.. Bruce is a member of the team who brought the dome to Peoria and assisted with the assembly and placement.. February 25, 2009.. The Big Lift.. Local news media covered the events.. The 40 ton Crane arrived at 7:00am.. March 3, 2009.. Installation Day.. The first piece is in place!.. The end of a very productive first day!.. Completion.. We look forward to returning the telescope to it's renovated home and welcoming many guests through the Observatory doors.. The observatory is open to the public beginning the first Saturday in May, weather permitting until the end of October..

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