Astronomical Society of Bay County

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Currently, we meet often at various locations and at telescope observation sites. Call one of the people below (or e-mail one of us) for the exact time of the next meeting and for more precise directions. We welcome visitors.

In the following table, the N and S of the beginning of e-mail addresses is designed to avoid unsolicited advertisements from e-mail. Please remove this two-character sequence manually and delete spacing before actually attempting to use these to e-mail us.

Club Officers  
President Richard Millett, 850-387-5994   NSrmillett @
Vice Pres/Programs Bob Hess, 850-896-7075   NSbhess5 @
Website Editor Dick Suiter, 850-832-6454   NSsuiterhr @
Treasurer Carl Hurston, 850-785-8908   NSchurston @

Meetings / Upcoming Events

Regular meetings are normally held on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30pm.

- We will be meeting at a school for telescope night this month on Feb 22, Feb 27 if clouded out. 5:36pm sunset. Contact one of the officers for more information.

- I have resurrected a lot of old articles in the [Article] category above. Check them out as I keep unearthing and posting more.
- The teacher information has been updated through calendar year 2018.
An article link [ Comment about proposed bill to move us to EDT. ]

Meeting Location
Regular meetings are held at the Science and Discovery Center located at 308 Airport Rd, near the intersection of Jenks and Airport Road. Usually, we meet in the old Junior Museum building. Park in Airport Rd lot and walk to old building on Jenks through iron gate and gazebo. See map (loads slowly). Park at the building NW of Wilson funeral home and walk to the diamond-shaped roof.

Conjunction of Jupiter and Mars
Conjunction of Jupiter and Mars 4:53am on 1/7/18 showing annotation.
Approximate separation of Zubeneschamali and Zubenelgenubi is 11 degrees
Photo: Dick Suiter, Camera LUMIX DMC-LX5 point-and-shoot in full manual
mode, f/2 15sec ISOeff = 400, 5 mm efl, infinite focus, contrast shifted
and cropped by Adobe Photoshop. Annotated using Powerpoint.

See Clear Dark Sky link below

Web Links - A free planetarium program, well worth the price! - A great site for tracking satellites and the space station. - Sky and Telescope magazine. - Cloudy nights telescope reviews. - Astronomy forum site. Lots of stuff on astrophotography. - Astronomy calculator and graphical almanac site. - Sky condition predictions for Panama City - Current Solar Information - XKCD Comic Strip

Club Telescopes

The telescopes will be used as an educational resource and for club Star Parties. When not being used for official club business, members in good standing will be able to check out the scopes for personal use.

Orion XT6 Telescope  Celestron Telescope 

Last updated 25 Jan 2018