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

Feb
2
Sat
January B-SIG Meeting @ Hopkins Library
Feb 2 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
January B-SIG Meeting @ Hopkins Library

BSIG Meeting

Saturday February 2nd, 2019
Location: Hopkins Library

22 11th Avenue North
Hopkins, MN 55343

Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Presenter: Valts Triebergs
Topic: Narrow-band Imaging from your Backyard

 

Feb
23
Sat
February B-SIG Meeting @ TBD
Feb 23 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am
February B-SIG Meeting @ TBD

BSIG Meeting

Saturday February 23, 2019
Location: TBD
Time: TBD

Presenter: Bob Kerr
Topic: Globular Clusters

 

Mar
16
Sat
March B-SIG Meeting @ TBD
Mar 16 all-day
March B-SIG Meeting @ TBD

BSIG Meeting

Saturday March 16, 2019
Location: TBD
Time: TBD

Presenter: Mike Shaw
Topic: Landscape imaging for beginners

 

Apr
20
Sat
April B-SIG Meeting @ TBD
Apr 20 all-day
April B-SIG Meeting @ TBD

BSIG Meeting

Saturday April 20, 2019
Location: TBD
Time: TBD

Presenter: Suresh Sreenivasan
Topic: 2019 Spring observing highlights

 

April B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm
April B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field

This months BSIG will be on Saturday April 20, 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 at 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.

Suresh

May
10
Fri
May B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field
May 10 @ 8:00 pm
May B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field

This months BSIG will be on Friday May 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 at 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.

Suresh


 

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.


Suresh Sreenivasan

Contact Information:

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

Suresh Sreenivasan
email: sureshks1@msn.com