About the Kopernik Astronomical Society [KAS]
|The KAS is always interested in getting new members of all levels of background and interest in Astronomy! We believe in letting members pursue their interest in Astronomy at whatever level they would like. We have members who are “theory people”, “just star gazers”, or “dedicated observational astronomers”. Perhaps the unique thing about the KAS relative to other Astronomy clubs is our interest in supporting the educational programs at Kopernik. As such, visitors will often find KAS volunteers helping at Kopernik programs, or even running the program completely.|
Observing at Kopernik Observatory
Observing at Kopernik using Kopernik’s equipment or KAS members’ own telescopes, and cameras. Public observing is limited to Friday evenings, however KAS Members have access whenever the Observatory is open, including members-only observing sessions.
Winter Star Party
The Kopernik Astronomical Society usually hold its annual Winter Star Party in February around the date of Kopernik’s birthday (Feb 19). Doors open at 6PM and programs are regardless of sky conditions. There are typically several speakers on various astronomy topics. Come brave the cold and see winter constellations from Kopernik Observatory’s dark site!!!
The KAS hosts the Kopernik AstroFest, our annual celebration of Astronomy. This full weekend event is usually held in October.
The KAS holds formal and informal gatherings (meetings, dinners, picnics, dark-sky observing sessions), both at Kopernik Observatory, and other locations, with KAS Members and others interested in Astronomy for the purposes of learning more about Astronomy, and observing methods. Look for announcements on the KAS Portal
KAS Members’ interests include: visual observing, telescope making, astrophotography, digital imaging and image processing, solar observing, using computers in Astronomy, and more advanced scientific study in areas like photometry and possibly spectroscopy.
Amateur radio, including using amateur satellite communications.
Special Events/Field Trips
KAS Members often make Field Trips to various Special Events throughout the year, or provide special support. The Field Trips are generally informal carpool/caravan type affairs. If you would like to join in one of these events, please attend the KAS Monthly Meeting immediately preceding the Special Event, or let one of the KAS Officers know of your interest well in advance.
The KAS provides assistance for the educational programs at Kopernik Observatory, and with the maintenance of the observatory equipment.
Astronomical Society Meetings 2018
Meetings start at 7PM, followed by observing (if clear). There is an Informal social “get-together” at the Choconut Inn starting at 5:45 PM. KAS meetings consist of an overview of next month’s events, equipment issues, and observing tips. If you are primarily interested in learning what the Kopernik Astronomical Society does on a regular basis please come to a Friday night program.