Kern Astronomical Society
The Kern Astronomical Society (K.A.S.) promotes
community awareness of current events in astronomy, and provides a forum for
sharing of knowledge and experiences among amateur astronomers. The Kern Astronomical Society meets at 6:30 PM for dinner followed by the business meeting and program at 7:30 PM on January 6th (Friday) at the Round Table Pizza at the corner of Gosford and White Lane (4200 Gosford Rd, Suite 101) in Bakersfield—see the map below.
We're part of the Night Sky Network. Find our events by using the NSN Search widget at left or check out the Syzygy (our newsletter). The initial search will be all events within 100 miles of the given zip code and it will be sorted by date. You can then sort by club or narrow the search radius.
KAS group on Facebook
From 8 PM to 10 PM KAS members will be outside of Russo's Bookstore in The MarketPlace to show you the sights through their telescopes. See star party link for more information and download the flyer.
Usual meeting spot shown below:
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Annual membership is $20.00 and $25 for those getting paper copies of the Syzygy (to cover postage). With membership Sky
and Telescope and / or Astronomy magazines are available at reduced rates.
New members get first crack at borrowing one of the club telescopes for a month!
- We have club star parties every month on the Saturday evenings
(sometimes also Friday evenings) before and after New Moon (weather permitting). Favorite spots
for these are: near the Lockwood Valley ranger station (alternate map and look for the Chuchupate Ranger Station -- Forest Route 8N04 = Frazier Mountain Road) & Mt Pinos (other maps). Other
areas we've been to are: Wind
Wolves Preserve, Red Rock Canyon, and an airfield at Barringer Canyon
- We give star
parties for school groups during the early fall semester and late spring
semester when the weather is still decent and
the schools are in session.
- We put on the annual Astronomy Day in April drawing hundreds of people with workshops during the day for kids and adults and evening viewing and it's all free! There will be a one-year break with Astronomy Day so the next one will be in April 2014. Link to "Make Your Own Spectroscope" project done at 2012 Astronomy Day.
- We also hold public star parties for the general public at various times
of the year. Popular spots for these are at C.A.L.M. (local zoo), Barnes+Noble
on California Ave near Hwy 99, Russo's Bookstore in the MarketPlace, and
Panorama Park on Panorama Drive, a little west of Bakersfield College
(near where Linden Ave runs into Panorama Drive)
- Late Summer Messier Object hunt -- use the enclosed star charts to hunt down some Messier objects (nebulae, clusters, galaxies) while the temperatures are still comfortable.
- Want to Build a 20-inch f/4 Telescope? (10.5 MB PDF download) Doug Stewart gets down to nuts and bolts with this graphical step-by-step approach to building your own telescope. The PDF is 10.5 MB.
- Make your own Planisphere (circle map of entire sky)
- Star Party Photo Album shows some of our members and their telescopes (before
- KAS group on Facebook---we observe stars, galaxies, and planets and we even social network!
Our monthly newsletter is called the "SYZYGY". Copies
of the newsletter are posted on the web as PDF documents. Select
here to go to the newsletter archive.
|President: Jeff Steele
||Vice President: Diane Franco (487-2519)
|Secretary: Carrol Powers (393-6379)
||Treasurer: Ken Powers (393-6379)
|Equipment: Rod Guice (412-5146)
||SYZYGY editor: Florencio Ortiz (378-7391)
|Star Party Coordinator: Darren Bly (302-1607) -- contact person for schools and group leaders wanting a star party at their school (edit email address after you click the link)
Have you taken images of some celestial object that you would like to share
with others? Send them to the KAS webmaster and he will put them in the KAS
- This week's sky
at a glance
- Sky almanac (quick
overview of what's visible now)
- Astronomy Notes (will answer
just about any other astronomy question)
- Bakersfield College Planetarium (also has info on safely observing the Sun during solar eclipses)
May 13, 2013
Webpage contact: Nick