I’m pleased to have obtained the official schedule for Bob Piekiel’s growing observing and lecture programs for the 2014 season and have added them to the CNYO Calendar. For those who have not had the pleasure of hearing one of his lectures, attending one of his observing sessions, or reading one of his many books on scope optics (or loading the CD containing the massive Celestron: The Early Years), Bob Piekiel is not only an excellent guide but likely the most knowledgeable equipment and operation guru in Central New York.
Notes On Baltimore Woods Sessions:
The Baltimore Woods events calendar is updated monthly. As such, I’ve no direct links to the sessions below. Therefore, as the event date nears, see the official Calendar Page for more information and any updates on the event.
* Registration for these events are required. Low registration may cause programs to be canceled.
* $5 for members, $15/family; $8 for nonmembers, $25/family.
* To Register By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* To Register By Phone: (315) 673-1350
* February 8 (Fri.)/9 (Sat. weather alternate), 1-3 p.m.
Solar viewing session at the main office parking lot. See the Green Lakes website for directions.
* February 21 (Fri.)/22 (Sat. weather alternate), 7-9 p.m.
* February 22 (Sat.)/23 (Sun. weather alternate), 1-3 p.m.
A solar viewing program, featuring our nearest (and favorite) star! Come and enjoy safe views of the Sun through a variety scopes and several wavelengths.
* March 21 (Fri.)/22 (Sat. weather alternate), 7-9 p.m.
Jupiter will be visible high in the sky for excellent viewing in the evening, then come and bid farewell to the Winter Skies.
Montezuma Wildlife Refuge:
* March 28 (Fri.)/29 (Sat. weather alternate), 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Come and enjoy the late Winter / early Spring skies, featuring views of Jupiter.
* April 15, VERY Early Tuesday A.M. – Midnight to 2:30 am
Again, assume this starts at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 14th and goes through about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. This is the first Lunar Eclipse CNY has had in several years, and it will be visible in its entirety for all in NY State. Watch the Moon get covered by the Earth’s shadow and turn a deep shade of orange or red. Saturn and Mars will be in good viewing positions as well for scope viewing.
Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society:
* May 14 (Wednesday)
* May 23 (Fri.)/24 (Sat. weather alternate), 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Join Bob Piekiel for a possible Meteor Storm! In the early morning hours of Saturday, May 24, the Earth will pass through the debris field left behind by a small comet known as P/209 LINEAR. Astronomers are predicting that this interaction may result in a brief but intense burst of meteor activity that could range from dozens to hundreds of meteors per hour. Nothing is certain, but many mathematical models are predicting that this could be the most intense meteor shower in more than a decade. Saturn will also be at its biggest for its best viewing of the whole year, plus good views of Jupiter and Mars are to be had. Come and say “hello” to the Spring Skies!
* June 6 (Fri.)/7 (Sat. weather alternate), 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Join Bob Piekiel for an in-between Baltimore Woods sessions during this weekend’s Mars and Moon Conjunction.
* July 18 (Fri.)/19 (Sat. weather alternate), 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Look into the heart of our Milky Way galaxy to see the finest examples of rich star clusters and gaseous nebulae. Also fantastic views of Mars and Saturn.
* July 25 (Fri.)/26 (Sat. weather alternate), 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Summer Milky Way, at the Frisbee Golf field.
* August 12 (Tues.)/13 (Wed. weather alternate), 8:30-11:00 p.m.
The annual Perseid meteor shower, one of the year’s finest, plus Summer Skies and the Milky Way. Look into the heart of our Milky Way galaxy to see the finest examples of rich star clusters and gaseous nebulae. Also fantastic views of Mars and Saturn.
* August 15 (Fri.)/16 (Sat. weather alternate), 8:00 – 10:30 p.m.
Summer skies and left-over Perseids.
* August 16 (Sat.)/17 (Sun. weather alternate), 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Solar observing program
* August 22 (Fri.)/23 (Sat. weather alternate), 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Clark Reservation State Park:
* August 29 (Fri.)/30 (Sat. weather alternate), 8:00-10:00 p.m.
* October 8 – EARLY MORNING 4:30 – 6:30 am.
Lunar Eclipse, NO BACKUP DATE.
* Monday, November 17 (backup Tuesday 18th) 8 – 10 p.m.
Leonid meteor shower and hello to fall skies. Also the planets Uranus and Neptune.
* Saturday, December 13 (backup Sunday the 14th) 7 – 9 p.m.
The Geminid meteor shower and hello to winter skies.