Visual Observing

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Visual Observation of the Night Sky.

One of the primary activities of amateur astronomers is visual observation of the night sky and the vast assortment of objects it contains.  One can participate in this activity using the unaided eye or by using telescopes and binoculars of varying sizes and designs.

Many SAS members are visual observers, and the SAS welcomes all members to participate in this activity regardless of skill or experience.  Some SAS members are casual observers who enjoy the sky for pure pleasure, while others commit to more serious observing programs such as recording observations of variable stars or completing one or more of the observing programs offered by the Astronomical League.

One of the best ways to get started as an observer is to attend one of the SAS star parties.  Nonmembers are welcome to attend our monthly public star parties at Green Lake and Paramount Park, and members enjoy views under a darker sky at the monthly star parties held at Snoqualmie Point Park.  There is no substitute for first hand experience at these events.

The SAS does not own or rent property for astronomical observing.  We have a contractual agreement with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources to use Snoqualmie Point Park for our members-only star parties.  Also, members often meet at Rattlesnake Lake for impromptu observing sessions.

Seattle observers may find the 2020 AstroCalendar useful for planning their outings.

Upcoming Visual Observing Events

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  • AUG

    Globe at Night August Observing Campaign

    Mon at 06:00 PM Open to Public

    Globe at Night is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure & submit their night sky brightness observations. It's easy to get involved - all you need is computer or smart phone & follow these 6 Simple Steps!

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Interested Members

posted almost 7 years ago

Mark A. Folkerts Mark A. Folkerts is planning on participating.

posted almost 7 years ago

Ward W. Vuillemot Ward W. Vuillemot is planning on participating.