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Dave Mitsky's Observing Highlights

Dave Mitsky's Observing Highlights


An expanded list of Dave's observing highlights is now on the Member's Page.  Please login to see his list.

Astronomical Humor

Astronomical Humor

This is from our club VP who got it from some friends at the Winter Star Party.  Unknow author, but it is Funny

The Ten Commandments for Amateur Astronomers

I: Thou shalt have no white light before thee, behind thee, or to the side of thee whilst sharing the night sky with thy fellow stargazers.

II: Thou shalt not love thy telescope more than thy spouse or thy children; as much as, maybe, but not more.

III: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's telescope, unless it exceeds in aperture or electronics twice that of thy wildest dreams.

IV: Thou shalt not read "Astronomy" or "Sky & Telescope" on company time, for thine employer makes it possible to continue thine astronomical hobby.

V: Thou shalt have at least two telescopes so as to keep thy spouse interested when the same accompanies thee under the night sky or on eclipse expeditions to strange lands where exotic wild animals doth roam freely.

VI: Thou shalt not allow either thy sons or thy daughters to get married during the Holy Days of Starfest.

VII: Thou shalt not reveal to thy spouse the true cost of thy telescope collection; only the individual components and that shall be done with great infrequency.

VIII: Thou shalt not buy thy spouse any lenses, filters, dew shields, maps, charts, or any other necessities for Christmas, anniversaries, or birthdays unless thy spouse needs them for their own telescope.

IX: Thou shalt not deceive thy spouse into thinking that ye are taking them for a romantic Saturday night drive when indeed thou art heading for a dark sky site.

X: Thou shalt not store thy telescope in thy living room, dining room, or bedroom, lest thou be sleeping with it full time.


DATES for Upcoming Meetings - Updated for 2018!


General Meetings:

The General monthly Meeting of ASH is now on a Lunar schedule!  Here are the dates for 2017-2018:


General Meeting
December 12/11/2017 HACC
January 1/15/2018 HACC
February 2/12/2018 HACC
March 3/5/2018 HACC
April 4/2/2018 PA State Museum
May 5/7/2018 Naylor Observatory
June 6/4/2018 Naylor Observatory
July 7/30/2018 Naylor Observatory
August 8/27/2018 Naylor Observatory
September 9/24/2018 Naylor Observatory
October 10/29/2018 HACC
November 11/19/2018 HACC
December 12/17/2018 HACC

 Our meetings are always open to the public!  So come over to the ASH Observatory, located in Lewisberry, PA!

The regularly scheduled meeting will be held on the dates shown above at 7:30 pm and goes to 9:30 pm.

October - March:

Harrisburg Community College (HACC) in the Blocker Hall building first floor room 128.


Pennsylvania State Museum PlanetariumPA State Museum, 3rd Street, Harrisburg

Note: the doors will be only be open from 7pm to 7:25pm! Visitors are welcome!

May - September:

Naylor Observatory, 670 Observatory Drive, Lewisberry, PA 17339


Excutive Board Meetings:

The Excutive Board meetings are held at Naylor Observatory or elsewhere as announced by the President or Executive Board.

The Excutive Board meets at 10:00 AM and goes until 12 PM on the Saturaday dates listed below.  The meeting is open to All members.


 Executive Meeting
December 12/9/2017
January 1/13/2018
February 2/10/2018
March 3/3/2018
April 3/31/2018 - Note that this is in March!
May 5/5/2018
June 6/2/2018
July 7/28/2018
August 8/25/2018
September 9/22/2018
October 10/27/2018
November 11/17/2018
December 12/15/2018

Our Mission

The primary objective of this society shall be to promote the interest, education and advancement of its members in amateur (observational) astronomy. The Society also considers as important the education of the public in astronomy, astronomical research, space exploration, the fight against light pollution and other areas of interest that are closely related to astronomy.


The November 2017 Newsletter is now available to the members. Please login to access the Newsletter.

Clear Sky Chart for Harrisburg area

Clear Sky Chart for Edward Naylor Observatory