Meetings - February 12th and March 12th
Conference Room B at the Camp Lester Naval Hospital
11th meeting was held at the Naval Hospital and saw about a half dozen
participants. We had a short meeting and proceeded to Torii Station to
scout our new observing site and hopefully get some viewing in. There were
only intermittent breaks in the clouds, but we did decide that the new site
at Torii holds promise for a nearby location.
8th meeting was held at the Naval Hospital. There were just three at the
meeting, but one was a first-time attendee. Mike Swanson gave a
presentation on introducing astronomy. After the presentation there was a
short discussion session. The weather was poor so there was no observation
See in the Night Sky
Well, at least that's mostly what we've been able to see for the last couple
of months. But, if the clouds ever clear...
still well-placed in the evening sky. Jupiter is now becoming an evening
object, albeit late evening. Around midnight, Jupiter is the bright point
rising in the East.
Machholz is still well-placed for viewing. Use binoculars to search for it
throughout the month as it approaches Polaris (the North Star). Read more
and see an online finder chart at Sky and Telescope's web site:
objects well placed for viewing:
Open Cluster M44 - also called the Beehive, M44 is a
great sight in binoculars.
One of the most spectacular sights visible in the
Northern Hemisphere is found in the winter sky - the Orion Nebula (M42).
Even binoculars and small telescopes provide a treat with this great cloud
of gas and dust. The Orion Nebula is one of the most active stellar
nurseries know - inside the nebula, dozens of stars are bursting into
life. In addition to the nebula, study the bright stars nestled within.
The four bright stars in the heart of the nebula have been given the name
"Trapezium". Small scopes will show these four - designated A, B, C, D -
while larger scopes can pick up E and sometimes F.
Using binoculars or a telescope, take a look at the
two bright corner stars in Orion - Betelgeuse and Rigel. Betelgeuse is a
red giant and a quite striking red at that. Rigel is a bright white-blue
giant with a must more faint companion star orbiting it. The companion
star can be seen with good optics of about 5 inches or larger.
objects of interest and the locations of those listed above, download the
latest chart from
and customize the online star chart for Okinawa's general location of 128
degrees East longitude and 26 degrees North latitude.
Call for Presentations and Newsletter Articles
always looking for volunteers to give presentations at the monthly club
meetings or contribute articles for the newsletter. If you have a topic,
contact the organizing committee at