Analemma Society Programs
Ever wonder what telescope to buy? Refractor, Reflector ... Big Scope or a Little Scope ... Dobsonian Mount ... or maybe just a good pair of binoculars and a star catalog. As they say, this isn't rocket science. Here's an excellent article: So You Wanna Buy a Telescope - Advice For Beginners by Ed Ting. Ed walks through the type of telescopes and eyepieces and even the types of binoculars that will help you get started with a great view of the sky.
"The simplicity part is important...Beginners need early success, and the 6" or 8" aperture is big enough to throw up a bright image of most common celestial objects." Read it all in Ed Ting's article.
Observatory Park is closed to the public until May 2016 for safety during the construction of the Roll-Top Observatory building. Because of the closure, the Friday night public observing program at Observatory Park have been suspended until construction is complete.
In lieu of this, a monthly public observing program is being held on moonless Friday nights at Baron Cameron Park in Reston, Virginia. The observing program is similar to the observing program at Observatory Park with telescopes set up on the field for public observation, informal sky tours of the night sky... and of course everyone is welcome to bring their own telescope.
Construction on the Roll-Top Observatory at Turner Farm in Great Falls, Virginia is proceeding despite a month or rainy weather where we only had a brief glimpse of the transit of Mercury on May 9th. The roof of the Roll-Top building is now being constructed and the telescope pier mounting plates will be installed during the week of May 16th as well. Construction continues on schedule with initial operating capability targeted for September 2016.
This photo was taken on 26 May 2016 and shows not only the exterior construction of the Roll-Top Observatory, but the rafters and support joist of the roll top roof.