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

May
22
Sat
May B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Observing Field
May 22 @ 8:00 pm
May B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Observing Field

B-SIG star party will be on Saturday May 22, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center. Saturday is the primary night for the event. Friday is the backup night if Saturday is forecast to be cloudy. Visit the MAS B-SIG discussion forum for additional information and schedule changes HERE

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

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.
Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Jun
19
Sat
June B-SIG Star Party
Jun 19 @ 8:00 pm
June B-SIG Star Party

B-SIG star party will be on Saturday June 19, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center. Saturday is the primary night for the event. Friday is the backup night if Saturday is forecast to be cloudy. Visit the MAS B-SIG discussion forum for additional information and schedule changes HERE

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

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.
Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Jul
24
Sat
July B-SIG Star Party
Jul 24 @ 8:00 pm
July B-SIG Star Party

B-SIG star party will be on Saturday July 24, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center. Saturday is the primary night for the event. Friday is the backup night if Saturday is forecast to be cloudy. Visit the MAS B-SIG discussion forum for additional information and schedule changes HERE

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

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.
Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Aug
21
Sat
August B-SIG Star Party
Aug 21 @ 8:00 pm
August B-SIG Star Party

B-SIG star party will be on Saturday August 21, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center. Saturday is the primary night for the event. Friday is the backup night if Saturday is forecast to be cloudy. Visit the MAS B-SIG discussion forum for additional information and schedule changes HERE

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

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.
Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Sep
18
Sat
September B-SIG Star Party
Sep 18 @ 8:00 pm
September B-SIG Star Party

B-SIG star party will be on Saturday September 18, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center. Saturday is the primary night for the event. Friday is the backup night if Saturday is forecast to be cloudy. Visit the MAS B-SIG discussion forum for additional information and schedule changes HERE

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

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.
Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Oct
16
Sat
October B-SIG Star Party
Oct 16 @ 8:00 pm
October B-SIG Star Party

B-SIG star party will be on Saturday October 16, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center. Saturday is the primary night for the event. Friday is the backup night if Saturday is forecast to be cloudy. Visit the MAS B-SIG discussion forum for additional information and schedule changes HERE

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

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.
Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.


 

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