The ASN will hold a member's star party this Saturday August 27, 2016 at Robbins house. We will meet at Sunset (about 7:30). A very close conjunction (12') of Jupiter and Venus will be briefly visible right after sunset (and in the daytime on Saturday). Members typically bring their own scopes but that is not required. I plan to set up the ASN's 24" scope for deep-sky viewing.
1. If you would like some help getting acquainted with your scope please let me know and I'll plan to arrive early to help you out. Here is an online article showing how to collimate your newtonian telescope without any using any special tools (except a sight tube, which you can make):
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-resources/how-to-align-your-newtonian-reflector-telescope/ If you are new to astronomy or haven't used your scope for awhile, this article will help you get ready so you can have a better experience on Saturday!
2. In case of bad viewing weather, I'll email a cancellation notice around 4 pm on Saturday.