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.

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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 plan a meeting at a school for a star party if it is clear on 2 Feb (as is usual with schools, access is not given to the public)
- If it is not clear we will have the usual sit-down meeting on 2 Feb at the S&DC with a rain date at the school scheduled for 7 Feb
- If we meet at the S&DC, program will be:
---- Sundials In and Around Bay County by Dick Suiter

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.


New article concerning sundials at [Articles] tab. I will be giving a talk on this topic the next sit-down meeting at the Science & Discovery Center. Nevertheless, I am presenting it early so you can read ahead and have questions for me. This is a new version. I have been tweaking it.

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 

Picture(s) of the Month

Milky Way Sparkleberry Pond snapshot: Aquila to Sagittarius
Milky Way Aquila to Sagittarius
Photo by Bob Hess. Annotation by Dick Suiter

Last updated 22 Jan 2017