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Astronomy Club of Tulsa Meeting
Broken Arrow High Cafeteria
1901 E Albany, Broken Arrow, OK. Located on the corner of East 61st and County Line.
Driving Directions: Take the Broken Arrow Expressway East. Exit at Lynn Lane near the Armory.
Turn Left (North) to the 2nd stop light at Albany also known as 61st St.
Turn Right (East) and go 3/4 mile to BA Football Stadium (Last Entrance on East)
Turn into the campus and follow the signs to the cafeteria in the back of the campus by the greenhouse.
Space Artist - Robert Daniels
We have invited Robert Daniels, of Silverwings Studio in Oklahoma City to come demonstrate his Art of the Universe
collection. At the meeting he will let us observe as he completes an actual painting envisioning an astronomy vista. Mr. Daniels has done several art demonstrations for schools in the Oklahoma City area. We would like to invite artist, young or old, as well as space enthusiast to come enjoy this experience with us. Daniels will also have some of his collection available for sale. You may find some great ideas for those special Christmas gifts for the astronomer. Several people have seen his demonstration of talent and say it is well worth the time. You won't want to miss this one! You can see some of Robert's Paintings at
http://www.galaxies.com/Market/spaceart.asp. Win an Astronomy painting. Robert has graciously offered to donate the painting he does to the club. We will give out drawing tickets for donations of $1.00 or more. The winning ticket will take home the painting.
Bring some Christmas snacks!!
The Broken Arrow High School Astronomy Club students will be our host during this meeting. Mr. Daniels wants us to be able to watch as he paints and walk around the work in progress. We thought this would be a perfect opportunity to bring some Christmas cookies or snacks to enjoy as we watch, mingle and ask questions. We are asking our members to bring a couple of dozen of their favorite Christmas bite sized food to share. The Club will provide the drinks, you just bring the snacks. We have sent out flyers to the school district and community so we need to have enough for 200. If that many don't show up, HEY that's more for us!! Please call John Land at and leave a message that you will bring some snacks.
New Club Officer Elections: At our November meeting we elected new officers for 2001. They are: President -
John Land; Vice Pres - Dennis Mishler, Secretary Teresa
Kincannon; Treasurer - Nick Pottorf with Richie Shroff serving as associate treasurer. Board Candidates are
Gerry Andries, Aaron Coyner and Steve Chapman. We would also like to welcome
Tom McDonough as our new club webmaster and thank Dean Salmon for his years of effort setting up such a great web presence.
Our sympathies and prayers go out to Nick Pottorf in the loss of his wife of 65 years Mary Pottorf. Nick has been our faithful treasurer for 30 years and Mary often accompanied him to club functions giving a warm smile and encouragement to many of us. Mary was a Spanish teacher and patron of the arts for many years in the Tulsa area.
Time to pay your Club DUES. Memberships are $25 per year regular or $15 per year student. You must be actively enrolled in High School or College to qualify for student rate. As a member you will continue to receive our club newsletter and opportunities to participate with us in our activities. You will also receive a free subscription to the Astronomical League's Reflector newsletter and discounts on League materials. Discounts are also available for subscriptions to the two leading Astronomy periodicals. Sky and Telescope is $30 /yr and Astronomy magazine is $29. Don't miss out on the great stories for 2001. Send your checks to our treasure Nick Pottorf at 3832 S Victor, Tulsa OK 74105.
Astronomy Club Shirts: Aaron Coyner has designed some nice looking astronomy club shirts with our club logo and name embroidered on the front. They are short-sleeved Polo Type collared shirts in a 60/40 blend. He is taking orders for them at $17.00 each. Contact him at 918.259.8757.
Christmas Eclipse 2000 - Eclipse Shades™
On Christmas Day 2000 there will be a 40% partial solar eclipse visible from Tulsa and almost all of the USA and Canada. We will be selling Collector Edition Eclipse viewing glasses for only $1.00 each. You may pick up some to help us sell at our club meeting. We have ordered 1000 pair. Each pair of glasses comes with information about the eclipse and safety instructions.
The eclipse glasses will make a great stocking stuffer and provide a family activity after all the presents on Christmas morning. Contact schools and youth groups in your area of town and let them know they are available. You'll be amazed how quickly they sell.
You may order them by mail by sending a: STAMPED SELF ADDRESSED LEGAL SIZED envelope and $1.00 for EACH PAIR of glasses you wish to purchase to: Astronomy Club, 25209 E. 62nd St, Broken Arrow, OK 74014
NOTE: Up to THREE pair of glasses will fit in an envelope. If you want more than three pair, include an extra stamped and addressed envelope for multiples of three.
For large quantities contact us at our number or email. Leave details how to contact you via email or phone day or evening.
Our Phone is 688 - MARS or email < John Land e-mail >
Altitude 19 deg
Azimuth 140 deg
Altitude 27 deg
Azimuth 158 deg
Altitude 30 deg
Azimuth 182 deg
Altitude is angle above the horizon and Azimuth is its direction. North = 0 deg, East = 90 deg, South = 180 deg, West = 270 deg)
John Land has Baader Solar Filter material available for you to make your own filters. 4-inch squares are $3, and 5-inch squares are $5 each. Larger sizes available by request.
Club Meeting Dates for 2001
Meetings will be at TU unless otherwise announced. Next months club meeting will be Friday, January 12. For the rest of the year we hope to meet in the FIRST FRIDAY of each month unless a conflict develops. This will make it easier to plan your schedules. Dates are Feb 2 - Mar 2 - April 6 - May 4 - June 1 - - - July and Aug Club Star Parties TBA. There will be no formal club observing night in December 2000 due to the Christmas Holidays.
We are getting lots of calls for groups to visit the observatory or for us to come to schools with our telescopes. Most of these groups make generous donations toward the expenses of our observatory. Please contact Gerry Andries and confirm your commitment to help with these events. Contact - Gerry Andries - Phone or < Gerry Andries e-mail >
The following is the current schedule of star parties and public groups. All events are at the RMCC unless noted otherwise:
|7th||Thursday||17:00||Jenks HS Science Club|
|29th||Friday||17:00||Gleenpool Cub Scouts|
|1st||Friday||17:00||Bird Middle School|
|6th||Saturday||17:00||(Backup for 5 January)|
DAVID'S ASTRO CORNER
By David Stine
"Clouds Cover Leonids; Geminids Coming; Observable Comets; and How to Catch an Iridium Flare."
Astronomy Club of Tulsa, 918.688.MARS
President: John Land
Vice President: Dennis Mishler
Secretary: Teresa Kincannon
Treasurer: Nick Pottorf
RMCC Observatory Manager: Gerry Andries
Observing Chairman: David Stine
Web Master: Tom McDonough
New Membership: Dennis Mishler
Librarian: Ed Reinhart
Education Coordinator: Scott Parker