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Club Updates

February 16, 2009

We have a lot of exciting events coming this year so keep an eye on the calender.

November 17, 2008

Cub Scout PVN this Saturday at Camp Preston Hunt. They are meeting to set-up around 5:30pm. Check calendar for updates on meeting and other events.  

September 9, 2008

RRAC in hosting a Burgerburn September 25-28 2008.  All area clubs are invited. The newly forming Arkansas IDA will have an administrative/organizing meeting Saturday at 3pm. No cost for attending. A meal of either burgers or barbeque will be available Saturday night for a cost of $5.

RRAC will provide coffee, shower, dark skies and limited electricity on the observing field.

March 10, 2008

We canceled the Public Viewing Night (PVN) at Hope, AR due to rain. We will reschedule soon. We got clouded out Saturday so we will attempt a messier marathon later this month. Check the calender above for scheduled events.

January 28, 2008

Soon the weather will get more hospitable and PVN's and cookouts will flood the schedule. Many members have expressed an interest in a Messier Marathon this year. The best dates for our latitude are March 8-9 but 29-30 would work but some objects may be difficult to spot.

Roy will present to the Nashville Rotary at 12pm Wednesday. His latest observatory report is here

October 15, 2007

New Meeting Guidelines

We will host club meetings the Saturday on or after New Moon in Texarkana at 4pm rain or shine. Meeting place yet to be determined. This will allow time to go to the club property after a 1 hour meeting, weather permitting if you desire. The meeting time/place will appear in the Texarkana Gazette. These will be business/social meetings with some organization.

These new guidelines come about due to many reasons, low attendance at meetings during bad weather at the club property,  prospective members not able/willing to make the drive to the dark site. Some meetings will fall on or just before first quarter. You can go and observe at the property at anytime.

We will not officially schedule PVN's before they are discussed at a meeting. So no conflicts in scheduling arise.

We will try and find a meeting place to suit our needs.

The next meeting is November 10.

September 17, 2007

Check the calender we are hosting a Boy Scout Troop from Nashville at the club property on Saturday October 6. We may also host a cookout that afternoon before. Check your email for updates.

LSU-S in Shreveport is hosting another free public lecture on September 25.


September 4, 2007

Someone emailed me the other day for exact details on the September 14 event. I lost a week of email off my computer so I could not respond.

On Friday September 14 we will host a Public Viewing night at the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Center. We will set-up around 7:30pm close to the classroom building. If the weather is unfavorable call 1-877-777-5580 or 903-824-1520 for updates.

Map with directions

May 5, 2007
We welcome all area clubs to the property this next weekend
May 10-12 for an area astronomy club get-together. Saturday May 12 we will cook burgers for everyone. No admission for camping or anything. This is a casual get together so we can all get to know each other and exchange ideas.

If you come early on Thursday or Friday you can park and set up camp any where around the buildings. Just try to keep the eastside clear for people who will leave late and not camp.

I will set-up camp on Friday night. We will have movies, coffee and such in the classroom. Hopefully the sky is clear and we can spend the time observing.


April 13, 2007

We will meet for observing Saturday at 8pm at the club property. We will eat at Pablano's in Nashville at 6pm. Pablanos is located just south of downtown on Main street.

March 6, 2007

The eclipse watch went great. The sky was clear but breezy and cool. John Pfister sent in some photos he took during the eclipse. Link to photos here. Send in your photos of this or any other event to tim@onebigorangecomputer.com. If you would like to upload your own photos to the gallery email me and I will email you a user name.

Messier Marathon time is here and this next meeting on March 17th we will be at the property logging as many as possible.

Check the calendar for updates. April 13 scout-o-rama in Texarkana we need as many volunteers as possible.

February 21, 2007

The PVN at Liberty Eylau went well. Roy did not  show his presentation because of scheduling but maybe next time.  Even under bright street lights I believe folks still enjoyed the views of the Moon, Saturn, and Orion's Nebula. We will be at the property Saturday  March 3 to observe the lunar eclipse at moon rise. The club property has a low eastern horizon that is required to view this eclipse best.
Link to eclipse map

February 16, 2007

No official meeting this month due to many members having outside obligations. The property is still open for observing as usual.

This Tuesday February 20, we will host a public viewing night at the Liberty Eylau Pre-k. We will meet there around 6pm. Roy will do a 15 minute presentation on the solar system. We will set up outdoors for viewing if the weather permits.

Liberty Eylau pre-K is located a quarter mile north of hwy 59 on Robinson rd in Texarkana. See you all there.

January 18, 2007

We postponed the meeting one week because the weather looks bad for Saturday night and we need as many folks to come as possible.

Spring is around the corner and it tends to be a busy time for PVN's and Star Parties. We will plan some of these at the next meeting. See y'all there!

December 8, 2006

We will hold our December meeting on the 16th at Dixie Diner in
Nash, TX off I-30 at the Kings Hwy Exit. We all look forward to seeing everyone there. This is our last meeting for this year and it was some year. We had a busy year and shared our telescopes with lots of people.

October 20, 2006

We are going out tonight (Friday) for an observing session. I am going out late around 10pm or so.  A comet, meteor shower, and possible auroras are on the list tonight. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

September 26, 2006

The Second Annual Ark-La-Tex Star Party was lots of fun. Some pictures will get posted soon, but until then here is a link to a few Click Here.  We had wind, rain and clouds but Kevin still logged nearly 25 Messier s I believe. We all got lots of visiting and movie watching in. Saturday night was the clearest night of all and of course everyone was tired from all the excitement during the day and crashed fairly early. Thanks to all the speakers and folks who helped put the star party together.

There is talk about another state get together in the spring. We cannot wait!

September 1, 2006

On September 23, 2006, the ArkLaTex Star Party's Special Guest Speaker will be Dr. Matthew Bobrowsky. Dr. Bobrowsky is employed by the NASA Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Bobrowsky will give a presentation to 175 students on Friday to three NASA Explorer schools in Texarkana, AR. The Saturday evening presentation at the star party will be "Recent Results From NASA's Great Observatories". Don't forget our drawing which will include a Celestron Telescope, Meade Deep Sky Imager Camera and many more prizes right after his presentation.

August 13, 2006

The August 12 work session was very productive. We put the classroom on its own circuit from the pole to allow more power to the field. This was made easier with a donation from John Pfister. We fenced out the cows, mowed, started repair of port-a-pots, various other small task and planned for the next session.

On Saturday August 26 we will start working at 4pm and  have a  meeting/cookout at 8pm.

Roy has started submitting articles to local papers to inform and gather more interest in astronomy. Here is a recent one.


In the future follow the link on the left side of page that says " Roy's Articles and Photos"

July 27, 2006

We canceled the July meeting last minute so everyone would have time for a break before all the work starts for the Star Party. We need as much help for the August 12 workday we can get. Everyone is welcome to come and help.

June 14, 2006

Burger Burn coming up on the 24th this month. At least it won't be cold out that night.

Sorry about the page looking terrible there for awhile. My web browser saw it fine, but Internet Explorer did not. I think it is fixed now.

May 28, 2006

The sky turned out wonderful, and we had the best views of jupiter I have ever seen. The red spot transited along with Europa which made jupiter look very exciting.
Here is a pic Roy and I took.

Orion Star Shoot Camera 30 frames stacked

May  9, 2006

There is alot happening this month, something for everyone. We will look back someday and remember these as the good ole' days.

March 19, 2006

Red River Astronomy Club will be hosting the All State Astronomy Club
Get-together on March 24/25 at our site near Nashville, AR. The two day event
will allow people to view in dark skies and visit with other club members from
through out the state. Our site is noted for being dark and our club for its
hospitality. The event is open to amateur astronomers but not to the public. If
you or your members have someone they would like to bring to the event, they will
be welcome. After dark, light restrictions will be observed.

A tentative calendar follows:

March 24 Gate open 4:00 PM
Depending on attendance, cookout or meal at a
local restaurant

March 25 Burger burn 5:30PM (RRAC's famous smoked burgers)
Introduction and meeting 6:30PM
Depending on attendance: Presentation may include "How
to search for minor planets" and other presentations.

Camping and RV hookups will be available upon request. We will have power on the
field for those needing electricity. Port-a-pots available for men and women.
Endless coffee and cappuccino supplied. The event is free but a kitty to help
offset expenses will be available for those wanting to help out. Please contact
me if you have any questions or suggestions.

February 2, 2006

We will host a Multi-Club meeting / Messier Marathon in March. We will most likely make it a two day (Friday night ,Saturday night) event with camping available for those who want to.  More Details to come shortly.

January 25, 2006

The club will meet this Saturday at 5pm at the Fish Nest in Nashville Arkansas. We decided to meet and eat because it looks like rain Saturday. We will still go to the property by 7pm for those who did not get the late message. This is the first meeting in 2006 so lots to discuss. To get to the Fish Nest go about 1 mile North on hwy 27 towards Murfreesboro from the Hwy 371 and 27 intersection in Nashville. The Fish Nest is on the left in a curve.

January 10, 2006

Yeap, a New Year and lots of exciting things in the works for 2006. If you sent in a membership application in November or December you should start receiving the "Reflector" magazine in March. The "Reflector" is a quarterly publication. We  also started your memberships for 2006. Come to the meeting and check out our Dark Site.

November 28, 2005

Looks like the Potluck has moved forward to this Friday December 2 at 7pm. Holidays and such wreak havoc with schedules. I believe we are planning a PVN this Friday at 5pm for Nashville Arkansas Schools. All this at the club property  Friday. Bring whatever you would like. Someone said they will bring chili

November 7, 2005

At the PVN Saturday we discussed having a get together this winter. Saturday December 3 or that Friday we could go potluck at the property (we have tables and heat) or go to a restuarant. What will work best for the majority?

Thanks to all who came Saturday, it was a success.

We have a quick Public Viewing Night coming up on November 14 at Fairview Elementary in Texarkana, Arkansas. 6pm till 7pm

October 18, 2005

On Saturday November 5, 2005 RRAC will hold a Mars Watch Public Viewing night at Spillway Park by Wright Patman Lake in Texarkana.  Everyone is invited and admission is free.

Sun viewing : 3:00pm
(through special filters, never look at the Sun directly)

Sunset : 5:30pm

Mars, Moon and other object viewing : 6:00pm - 10pm

Directions: From Texarkana go south on Highway 59 ¼ mile past the Sulfur River Bridge. Turn at the first right which is a convenient store. Go straight ¼ mile. Signs will be posted.

Bring your lawn chairs, binoculars and telescopes.

September 18, 2005

Some of the presentaions and pictures from the star party available here for download

September 12, 2005

The Star Party went off well considering all the events leading up to the weekend. I will put up a page with the presentations for download and pictures from the event within the week when I get it all in. If you have any comments or  suggestions for next year email me at tim@onebigorangecomputer.com .

Red River Astronomy Club wishes to thank all who participated and paid the ridiculous Labor day weekend gas prices to attend. We enjoyed meeting everybody and sharing stories. We got alot of positve feedback through email from you all but I did not get around to answering them all. Hope to see you all next year.

Roy and I would like to thank Dr. Whitlock for visiting us and bringing her Max Scope 60 out again Sunday afternoon for a second try. The view was awesome through it.

Links to some pictures of the Star Party


August 10,2005

We have changed the speaker line up, Tim Puckett had to cancel. Check for updates we may add a speaker. We will be out at the property at 8am Saturday to work. If its clear we will be there Saturday night also.

August 4, 2005

We have over a thousand dollars in door prizes for the Ark-La-Tex Star Party. Get your registration in or miss out on lots of fun. Meeting this Saturday at the club property 7pm.

July 20, 2005

Workday this Saturday call Tim or Roy for the time to meet at the property. We need general clean up and mowing.

July 1, 2005

We are having a meeting/potluck dinner this Sunday at 7pm.
We have a video and a presentation you can watch about the Deep Impact Mission from NASA that comes to a peak Sunday night.  Rene' and Kevin are bringing HOT chili and a few trimmings so if you have something to contribute you should bring it. We will also have  NASA TV live for Deep Impact mission coverage. The  Ark-La-Tex Star Party menu will be posted very shortly.
Menu Here

June 8, 2005

Workday this coming Saturday, all are welcome to join in the fun. We are holding the next club meeting on SUNDAY July 3 in an attempt to observe the impact of NASA's Deep Space probe with Comet Tempel 1. We will try to have it live on TV in the Classroom. Some say nothing will happen to the comet while others predict noticeable change in magnitude/coma.

May 26,2005

We have a Public Viewing Night scheduled for June 4th at Lake Greeson just north of Murfreesboro, AR. click here for map  Short notice but better now then August when it is HOT!! Should be fun.

May 18, 2005

This coming Saturday we are working at the property on the fence, media wiring, set-up in building, and electricity for the well. Come on and lend a hand there is something for everyone. In the evening we are cooking something and having a Moon Party. If all else fails we could catch a movie on the silver screen.

April 20, 2005

A computer malfunction delayed the updates to the webpage, but thanks to good back-ups it was not too much hassle.
Not a large crowd for Astronomy Day but a good interested crowd. Everybody had fun and the weather was not bad at all for a PVN. Everyone got a kick out of seeing the moon on TV live.

Astronomy Day Pictures click here

Free Software links I promised some folks last month

Celestia-tour the galaxy in 3-D
Stellarium-planetarium software
Galaxy Collidor simulator in German but still usable
Virtual Moon-map software
Saros-Eclipse Calculator
Open Projects CD- email me and I will give you a copy if you can't download large file

www.sourceforge.net has lots of early release software projects, do some searches and find some to try.

We are working at the club property this weekend at about 10:30am everyone is welcome to pitch in. If you plan on coming let Tim or Roy know so we can get materials.

March 22, 2005

We will hold the next club meeting on Saturday April 9, 2005
5:00pm at the club property(subject to change to the Rock Station). On the agenda, final prep for Astronomy Day and some more planning for the Ark-La-Tex Star Party.