Welcome to the official website of the Cumberland Astronomical Society. We are a group of amateur astronomers based in Gallatin, Tennessee. Our focus is to bring astronomy to the general public in the upper middle Tennessee area. We hold several monthly events at local schools, libraries, and parks. Everyone is welcome, so please click the "EVENTS" link for dates and times.
Please enjoy the video below which gives a brief overview of the Cumberland Astronomical Society.
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THIS JUST IN Society information and News from our Members!
Meetings will be held in the WARF Building Room #111 at Vol State Community College until further notice.
Public Star Parties are being held at Bledsoe Creek State Park during the summer.
In the late fall and winter the Public Star Parties are being held near the Field Science Station at Vol State.
Please see The Events page for more detailed information.
We are having a Club Christmas party at Keller's resturant on December 14th.
During the last meeting we decided to start a 7:00PM. We'd love to see you there!
Recieved Thursday November 21st, 2013
It's about time for a new Calender....
So here is offer that you might be interested in!
Recieved Monday November 18th, 2013
Tom Murdic is at it again!
He captured the following images of Lovejoy and Ison early this morning.
"Captured these two comets early Monday morning using the AT 8" and mod.Canon XT DSLR.
Both are the results of 3, 180 sec. light subs stacked, at 800 ISO."
Recieved Sunday, November 17, 2013
Bill wants everyone to know:
"Folks, If you look to the EAST with a Flat horizon and the Day after,just 30 or som minutes before dawn.
You will be able to see FOUR COMETS at once. I hope you can take your regular camera and hopefullly with
Zoom and take pictures of them. Comet ISON has done a Major Outburst and is magnificent ! For more Information
Checkout www.spaceweather.com or the Sky and Telescope Website or many other Site with Info and Charts.
Dress very warm, Hot Coffee and print the Chart I sent you. Happy Hunting !
Bill- Cumberland Astronomy Society a Astronomy In The Parks..
PS: Don't forget your Binoculars that will help alot even though ISON has reached Eye Visual."
Recieved Monday, November 4, 2013
Tom Muric sent in this image of NGC 7380 The Wizard.
"This is a capture from Sunday night.
NGC 7380 aka The Wizard Nebula in constellation of Cepheus.
24, 300 sec. light subs using AT 8" and modified Canon XT.
Looking for a great Star Atlas Guide? Here it is!
This helpful article was written by a very knowledgeable amateur astronomer
Bill Warren - President of the Flint River Astronomy Club in Georgia.
To read and download the file, click here.
Deep Sky Objects - Circumpolar Constellations Click on the form above to view printable document in another window.
2012 Observing Resolution - Start working on your Double Star Award!!!
Albiero in Cygnus
One of the advantages of membership in the Cumberland Astronomical Society is that we are a member of The Astronomical League, which is composed of over 200 astronomy clubs from all over the United States. Several of these member societies sponsor Observing Clubs, which award pins and certificates upon completion.
The purpose of the Double Star Club is to introduce observers to 100 of the finest double and multiple stars in the heavens. You don't need a large, expensive apochromatic refractor to view the objects on this list since a small refractor, Newtonian reflector, or Schmidt-Cassegrain will do just fine. All objects on this list were originally observed with a three-inch refractor using between 75X and 150X. Again, this program is meant to allow you to enjoy a different aspect of our wonderful hobby, and not to test your equipment.
Double star observing can be very forgiving. You don't need the darkest skies, the clearest skies, or even a moonless night to observe many of these objects. Some can be observed from your backyard under moderate light pollution, some can be observed under less than transparent skies, and some can even be observed with the moon up. However, as usual in astronomy, the best results can be obtained under optimum conditions. The point is, always try for the best conditions, but if you don't have them, don't worry about it. You can still enjoy this program.