The Astronomical Society of Nevada
“To encourage, foster, conduct and support programs on astronomy and related sciences for the education and enlightenment of the general public.”
The Astronomical Society of Nevada is a non-profit service organization introducing the pubic to astronomy. Here are the free programs the ASN supports:
Public telescope viewing at Sparks Marina, Sparks NV the third Friday of each month on the western peninsula. Weather permitting. Starting at sunset and until the last question is asked, ASN offers park visitors a view through our telescopes. The Sparks Parks & Recreation Dept. turns off the peninsula lights.
The ASN conducts public star parties at Washoe County schools and parks upon invitation. There are approximately eight of these events per year. We also present educational programs on a bi-monthly basis at the Galena Creek Visitor’s Center off the Mt Rose Highway. These are announced in the Visitor’s Center newsletter. Visit the Galena Creek Visitor's Center Website.
The Club supports Lassen National Park's Dark Sky Festival each August. This is typically a three-night campout with the potential for excellent viewing at 8,200 feet elevation. Details are provided on the park’s website.
ASN members attend other regional events such as the Great Basin Astronomy Festival, the Golden State Star Party, and the Oregon Star Party.
Members only star parties are held monthly (weather permitting), generally from the last quarter Moon to the new Moon at a member’s property / home in Palomino Valley. The location is provided to members and their guests. We try to select Saturday nights to accommodate the most members, but weekday nights are used as well. Star parties are often scheduled according to weather conditions. Our 24-inch dobsonian scope is available. Members are encouraged to bring their own scopes as well. This is the time to experiment with your equipment and socialize. The Club has a wealth of talent and experience astronomers to solve any problems or questions.
Monthly business meetings are held on the second Tuesday, generally at 7pm, generally at the Fleischmann Planetarium at 1664 N. Virginia St., Reno. A presentation on an astronomy subject normally precedes the business meeting. Meeting times and locations are confirmed monthly via email and our online calendar (www.astronomynv.org).
ASN equipment and resources
All ASN members have access to viewing with the club’s 20 and 24 inch telescopes. The club has two solar telescopes to view the sun in h-Alpha light, showing solar flares and surface details. At our public and members only star parties, members share views through club equipment as well as their own. It’s a great way to get a good view of the sky and check out types of equipment you might want.