6:45 p.m. Setup and open discussion
Future Programs Workshop
by Daryl Doughty (Program Chairman)
The program this month will focus on planning future meeting programs. We will discuss new program ideas and solicit feedback for future topics. Feedback from members and interested individuals is critical to the club's ability to provide interesting and informative programs. We will not require anyone to give a presentation, but it should be noted that those attending the meeting will have a chance to defend themselves, while those NOT attending the meeting run the risk of being assigned a program "in absentia". :-)
See you there.
Four Infamous Telescope Myths
BAS Observing Sites
One of the objectives for our club this year was to establish a viewing site for our club. Since last summer we have secured the use of the following sites. Features offered by each includes an unobstructed view of the sky, easy access by car, close proximity to Bartlesville, a reasonably flat observing field, and some arrangement for use free of charge to club members. Because the advantages and limitations are different for each location, circumstances dictate choices.
Skull Creek (Hulah Reservoir). This property is privately owned, but we have recently obtained verbal approval to use the location for stargazing. Best features: Darkest sky in the surrounding Bartlesville area (metered: 21.32-21.36, average conditions). The club has unlimited access. Limitations: No facilities available. Not as close to Bartlesville (40 min drive). Some maintenance is required (mowing the observing field). Primary Use: Site is accessible to club members anytime (contact John Grismore if you intend to use it), and this site offers the best observing sky for serious viewing. Lack of facilities is manageable, but some provisions may need to be made. The Astronomy Club of Tulsa is envious of our dark skies here, and they are considering establishing a presence for their club.
Wah-Shah-She Girl Scout Camp. This property is owned and operated by the Girl Scouts, rented out for many groups (not just scouts). We can use the facility, but its use requires prior approval. Best features: Reasonably dark sky (meter: 20.09-21.05, average conditions). Excellent facilities available (electricity, rest rooms, adjacent dining hall). No site maintenance. Close to Bartlesville (15 min drive). Limitations: Use is subject to availability. Often, the facilities are being used by other groups, and we cannot plan more than 2-3 weeks ahead. Primary Use: When available, this site is the overall best choice for club stargazing activities.
Sooner Park (near swimming pool). This is a public park, and no permission is required for its use. Best features: Located in Bartlesville. No site maintenance. Everyone including the general public knows the location. Limitations: In-town light pollution and surrounding street lamps compromises views of deep sky objects and less bright stars (metered around 18.5). Park closes at 11:00 pm. Primary Use: Currently, this site is the best choice for public events.
Other sites are also being considered, but at this time are not part of normal club use, including the Tuxedo Ball Park, Tallgrass Prairie Preserve (Osage County), and other Hulah Reservoir government land areas. Private residences may also sometimes be made available.