LVAAS - THE LEHIGH VALLEY AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: Promoting, Facilitating and Teaching Astronomy Since 1957

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Tuesday, July 07 2015 @ 05:13 AM EDT



July General Meeting
Saturday, July 11,
 2015 at 5 p.m.
Grady Planetarium, South Mountain Headquarters

Rain date: Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 5 p.m. Watch here for go/no go in case of inclement weather!

Annual Members' Night and Picnic

Members are asked to bring a covered dish entrée. Hot Dogs, hamburgers, drinks, plates, and utensils are supplied by LVAAS. Bring a lawn chair. There will also be a flea market for buying and selling astronomical items, but please bring a table to display your items. We will also have a silent auction for an 8-inch Maksutov telescope and mount. More to come!

Matter and the Standard Model

Featuring Ron Kunkel
LVAAS Life Member 

Ron's talk will be a broad survey of man’s understanding about the structure of matter and the Standard Model of Particle Physics.   We’ll begin with the Greeks and transition to the Standard Model which we discuss in some detail, and finish up with some words about what’s beyond the Standard Model. The ultimate aim of the talk is intended to make some sense of the blistering array of terms and particles and how they are explained by the Standard Model.

Win this Maksutov-Newtonian Telescope at the July Meeting!



There will be a silent auction at the July Members Meeting for this 8 inch home built Maksutov-Newtonian telescope. The tube is stainless steel. The mounting is steel, and well-machined. The polar axis is hollow for polar alignment. The optics are fairly clean. We don't know much else about this scope, except that it seems to be well made and definitely over-engineered. There will be a modest reserve price set. So bring your checkbook, and you could be going home with this telescope!



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Founded in 1957, the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society (LVAAS) is one of the oldest continuously-operating amateur astronomy organizations in the U.S. The mission of LVAAS is to promote the study of Astronomy and to maintain a meeting space, observatories, and a planetarium.

LVAAS operates two astronomy sites: The South Mountain site in Salisbury Township is the headquarters of the Society. It has a planetarium with a Spitz A3P projector, a 21 foot dome, meeting space, the Red Shift store, library, workshop space, and three observatories. The Pulpit Rock site near Hamburg is LVAAS's members-only dark sky site. At 1600 feet above sea level, the site features five observatories and a pad for member's scopes.

Members who receive training on the scopes may obtain keys to the observatories. LVAAS also maintains a rental "fleet" of telescopes that members may rent at low cost. Members also receive access to The Observer, our online newsletter, as well as reduced subscription prices to Sky and Telescope and Astronomy Magazine. If you want to learn more about astronomy and LVAAS, please join us at our next public star party.


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