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

Apr
28
Sat
April B-SIG Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 12:00 am
April B-SIG Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory

The April BSIG will be on Saturday April 28th, weather permitting, at the Eagle Lake Observatory.

NOTE: Due to poor field conditions at Metcalf Field, this months B-SIG has been moved to the Eagle Lake Observatory (ELO).  Information about ELO as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

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.

May
18
Fri
May B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – May 19 @ 1:00 am
May B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field

The May BSIG will be on FRIDAY May 18th, 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.

Jun
30
Sat
June B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 1 @ 1:00 am
June B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field

The June BSIG will be on Saturday June 30th, 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
28
Sat
July B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 29 @ 2:00 am
July B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field

The July BSIG will be on Saturday July 28th, 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
11
Sat
August B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field
Aug 11 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 12 @ 4:00 am
August B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field

The August BSIG will be on Saturday August 11th, 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.

Sep
22
Sat
September B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 23 @ 12:00 am
September B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field

The September BSIG will be on Saturday September 22nd, 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.


Suresh Sreenivasan

Contact Information:

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

Suresh Sreenivasan
email: sureshks1@msn.com