presents a program for beginning telescope users, at the January meeting
of the Saint Louis Astronomical Society.
The directions that come with new telescopes typically explain how to
assemble the instrument, but not what to look for, how to find interesting
objects, or what you can expect to see. Members of the Astronomical
Society will present an introduction to observing the sky with binoculars
or a small telescope. Included will be suggestions about books, charts,
and accessories that are useful - and some that are not. In addition
to the Moon, the planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, binary stars, star
clusters, and interstellar dust clouds are all visible in the skies
of winter, 2004 - if you know where, when, and how to look. Telescope
owners are invited to bring their instruments along. Weather permitting
following the program, members of the Society will assist new owners
with assembly, alignment, and use of their telescopes.
The St. Louis Astronomical Society is an organization for individuals
interested in astronomy and telescopes. The public is invited to attend
its meetings, telescope observing sessions, and special events.