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Our meetings are held at 7:00pm on the third Tuesday of the months of September through June at the Laurel Manor Recreation Center. No meetings are held in July or August.

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Mission Statement

The Villages Astronomy Club is open to all The Villages residents and their guests having an interest in astronomy.  Our monthly meetings focus on sharing our knowledge and learning about the latest theories and developments in astronomy.  Our goal is to develop community programs and encourage member participation in an effort to enhance our members' and community's awareness of our solar system and universe.

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SPECIAL EVENT

STARRY STARRY NIGHT

STARRY STARRY NIGHT was held on Saturday "March 8, 2014" at dusk in our new location at "Miona Recreation Center".  There was a large variety of telescopes for viewing by the public.  We had a turn out of at least 300 men, women, and children.  Many were full time residents but we had people from all over the country, plus many from England, and Australia.  Everyone was treated to a very fun time and a lot of information was passed on to those who had many questions about the sky above.

STARRY STARRY NIGHT was held on Saturday "February 1, 2014" at Lake Griffin State Park. Telescopes and other astronomy devices were set up for the general public to enjoy. Our turn out of campers, children and visitors was great. A presentation was made in the park's amphitheater before dusk for the campers. There were many questions from the attendees who were able to see Jupiter and four of its moons along with the Orion Constillation and the Orion Nebula with its Trapazium star group. Thanks to all those people who showed up and helped to make this a fun event.

Several times a year we host STARRY STARRY NIGHT events.  Our next event is scheduled for Saturday "TBD" at dusk in a new location "Miona Recreation Center". This location is golf cart accessable. 

Telescopes and other astronomy devices are set up for the general public to be exposed to the wonders of the universe.  All members with or without a telescope are encouraged to participate and share their knowledge.  Bring your children and grandkids to this wonderful and well attended event.  Often we are also joined by another astronomy club from the area.

Before attending a star party, you should become familiar with "star party etiquette." Please note, however, these rules will vary between locations, activities and more than likely, between clubs. Please visit the Alachua Astronomy Club, Inc web site at floridastars.org • Star Party Etiquette  

To find The Villages Starry Starry Night observation site on the internet go to:

http://itouchmap.com/latlong.html

To locate The Villages viewing site, input +28.897576 degrees North Latitude and -81.981429 degrees West Longitude (do not put a space after the + or - sign and the first number) into the appropiate boxes located below right of the map.

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NEW:  "Boardwalk Under The Stars" , come join us for telescope viewing on the Boardwalk at 5:00pm on "TBD" at a location near the public restrooms. Telescopes will be set up on the Boardwalk for you to see the planets and stars.  Please come and join the club members who will educate you on the sky and all its splendors.  See "Calander of Events" page for more information.

NEW:  As a new feature of our club there will be presented every week a 30 minute DVD pre-meeting (starts at 6:20pm)  lecture by Professor Alex Filippanko of the University of California.  See "Calander of Events" page for more information.

NEW:  For Villages Astronomy Club Members only a New DVD Lecture Library Series is available.  There are 18 presentations of 30 minutes each that can be borrowed from the clubs' Library.  The lectures are by Professor Alex Pilippennko.

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ATTENTION VILLAGES ASTRONOMY CLUB MEMBERS

Club shirts are available for purchase from:

CUSTOM APPAREL at 3451 Wedgewood Lane (next to Publix in Southern Trace Plaza)

Shawn & Robin Carr, proprietors, Telephone Number: 750-1600

The Poly/Cotton shirts are $22.00 Add a name $3.00

Extra Small or Plus Sizes add $2.00

Light Blue is our club shirt color

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IMAGE TAKEN BY DOUG LANDMANN OF "THE VILLAGES ASTRONOMY CLUB".

The Pelican Nebula (also known as IC 5070 and IC 5067[1] is an H II region associated with the North American Nebula in the constellation Cygnas. The gaseous contortions of this emission nebula bear a resemblance to a pelican giving rise to its name.

Image taken with the following equipment:  Scope: ASA-10N Astrograph
Camera: SBIG STXL-11002      Mount: Paramount MX     Exp:  40 300 second exposures through LRGB filters



BELOW ARE IMAGES TAKEN BY DOUG LANDMANN OF "THE VILLAGES ASTRONOMY CLUB".

Pictures taken Wednesday September 1st. from Doug's home using a CPC1100 with Hyperstar.  Mallincam Hyper Color, 5 frames at 28 second integration, Celestron Light Pollution Filter.  The Deep Sky Stacker & Deep Sky Image Processing for images.

M20 TRIFID NEBULA



M8 LAGOON NEBULA



M16 EAGLE NEBULA



M17 SWAN NEBULA



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