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The next PAS meeting is Friday April 14, 2017

7:30 pm, Room 5015, Foothill College

"Narrowband Astrophotography from Almaden Observatory" by Robert J. Hawley of PAS, SJAA and Fremont Peak Observatory

  Rob will give an overview on building the Almaden Observatory in order to provide the audience with an appreciation of the project’s scale.  This will include a discussion of classical narrowband imagery and how one composes an image using elemental spectral lines instead of broader color channels.  Finally, Rob will discuss his Narrowband 4 Stars project where he is attempting to take color images in an urban area by using filters to reduce the impact of even broadband sources of light pollution.

According to Rob, this talk will be different from an earlier version presented to SJAA and should be more generally interesting to PAS attendees.  Robert J. Hawley is a subject matter expert on narrow band imaging, software, and eclipse photography.  He is a past president of SJAA and a current PAS member, as well as a long-time amateur astronomer and inventor.

Next Speaker on May 12 -- please check back for details.

 Location: Foothill College room 5015, next to Parking Lot 5
Bring $3 for a parking permit



The Peninsula Astronomical Society is a group of some 200 Bay Area astronomy enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. Some members are professionally trained in astronomy, others are just starting and have never looked through a telescope before. One thing that we all have in common is an interest in the sky.

The PAS holds meetings on the second Friday of each month at 7:30 pm on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA (between San Jose and Palo Alto).  The meetings are usually held in Room 5015, next to Parking Lot 5 (see map). Each meeting features a speaker (or speakers) bringing us up to date on different topics in astronomy. The public is welcome to attend these meetings; there is no charge to attend.  Note, however, that there is a $3 charge for parking - visitor parking permits are available from the machines in the parking lots.  Please do not park in spaces marked "Staff" - you will be ticketed!

As part of its commitment to bringing astronomy to the public, the Peninsula Astronomical Society operates the Foothill College Observatory (click here for more information). The Observatory is staffed by members of the society who volunteer to conduct the regularly scheduled public programs.

In addition to operating the Foothill Observatory, the PAS has its own observatory in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. This location has AC power and room for members to set up their own telescopes at our monthly star parties. This site is also the home of the society's 12" telescope, available for member use after a checkout.

For informaton about membership in the PAS, click here.



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