Purpose

The Beginners SIG focuses on getting you started in astronomy… from purchasing and getting the most out of your telescope to learning the night skies.


Coordinator’s Welcome

The Beginners Special Interest Group usually gets together on the second or third Saturday of each month to discuss what we’ve been doing, to share ideas, show off our new ”toys” and to listen to a presentation on a topic of interest to Beginning Amateurs. Previous topics have been astronomical terms, constellations, telescope basics, accessories and Messier Objects. Everyone is welcome, no matter what level you consider yourself – beginner, intermediate, advanced, etc. You can regularly check the B-SIG forum in the MAS discussion forums to keep informed of what’s going on with the group.

If you’re new to astronomy, or even just new to MAS, this is a good place to start. You don’t need a telescope or any equipment, just an interest in learning more. Send an e-mail or post in the forum  if you have any questions.


Upcoming Meetings and Events

[See ”Events Calendar” at www.mnastro.org/events]

Beginners SIG meetings are held the second or third Saturday of each month, usually starting at 10:00 a.m.  Normally we meet at  Library around the Twin Cities but we do have several field trips annually that will meet at one of the MAS observing sites on a regularly scheduled MAS star party night. Any changes to the scheduled location will be posted in the Beginner’s Discussion area.  The upcoming meetings is posted near the top of the B-SIG forums.


Upcoming B-SIG Meetings

Mar
11
Sat
March B-SIG Meeting @ Southdale Library
Mar 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
March B-SIG Meeting @ Southdale Library

“All about Telescopes”

Telescope preparations for the upcoming observing season.

BSIG events are always kid friendly. Also, feel free to bring along any telescopes or related equipment that you need help with learning how to set up and use.

Apr
8
Sat
April B-SIG Meeting @ Hopkins Library
Apr 8 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
April B-SIG Meeting @ Hopkins Library

Subject: TBD

BSIG events are always kid friendly. Also, feel free to bring along any telescopes or related equipment that you need help with learning how to set up and use.

May
6
Sat
May B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm
May B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field

The May BSIG will be on Saturday May 6, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center.

The directions to Metcalf are included here: http://www.mnastro.org/facilities/metcalf/

This event is weather dependent. So please send me an e-mail (sureshks1@msn.com) if you are interested in coming out so I can keep you updated… I will plan on making a go/no go decision by 3pm on the 6th.

Jun
10
Sat
June B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field
Jun 10 @ 8:00 pm – Jun 11 @ 11:30 pm
June B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field

The June BSIG will be on Saturday June 10, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center.

The directions to Metcalf are included here: http://www.mnastro.org/facilities/metcalf/

This event is weather dependent. So please send me an e-mail (sureshks1@msn.com) if you are interested in coming out so I can keep you updated… I will plan on making a go/no go decision by 3pm on the day of the event.

Jul
8
Sat
July B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field
Jul 8 @ 8:00 pm – Jul 9 @ 11:30 pm
July B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field

The July BSIG will be on Saturday July 8, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center.

The directions to Metcalf are included here: http://www.mnastro.org/facilities/metcalf/

This event is weather dependent. So please send me an e-mail (sureshks1@msn.com) if you are interested in coming out so I can keep you updated… I will plan on making a go/no go decision by 3pm on the day of the event.

Aug
5
Sat
August B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field
Aug 5 @ 8:00 pm – Aug 6 @ 11:30 pm
August B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field

The August BSIG will be on Saturday August 5, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center.

The directions to Metcalf are included here: http://www.mnastro.org/facilities/metcalf/

This event is weather dependent. So please send me an e-mail (sureshks1@msn.com) if you are interested in coming out so I can keep you updated… I will plan on making a go/no go decision by 3pm on the day of the event.


 

If you are interested in giving a presentation please contact one of the contacts at the address at the bottom of the page, or use the B-SIG discussion forum.


Useful Resources on the Internet

The following Beginner SIG forum discussion topic lists a number of useful Internet sites. The list of links complied by Steve Emert can be found HERE


Discussion Forum Instructions

The Beginner’s SIG uses a web-based discussion forum to facilitate communication among its members.  A link to the B-SIG Forum is found  under the ”Special Interest Groups” section. Anyone can read messages, but you must be a registered member of the forum to post.


 

Contact Information:

For more information regarding this Special Interest Group, please contact:

Jim Harstad
email: jameslharstad@gmail.com

or

Suresh Sreenivasan
email: sureshks1@msn.com