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Butch Demmers

Butch Demmers

Astronomy Enthusiast

I am a 1980 graduate of CSU Chico with a BA degree in Geology and enjoy science, mathematics, and nature, particularly astronomy and bird watching.

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Monthly Meeting Cancelled!

The monthly meeting of the Tulare Astronomical Association scheduled for 7:00 pm tonight has been cancelled due to an unresolved power outage at the observatory and surrounding area.  The meeting may be re-scheduled for next week, so be sure to check the website for notices.

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California City Observing

Hi all!  I just wanted to give a very brief update on our recent dark site observing event in California City.  Well, first of all, we had a GREAT time!  Greg Eckes and Greg’s brother from Sparks, Nevada was there, as well as myself, Mike Blase, and Greg’s next door neighbors, Ray and Sandy.  Read the rest

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Basic Astronomy Starts This Week!

Just a reminder that the Basic Astronomy class starts this Wednesday at 7:00 pm.  If you are not a current member of the TAA, the cost of the class is $50/person.  We ask that you please be prepared to pay for the class at our first meeting.  Memberships to the TAA are also available.… Read the rest

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Astro Trivia

Hey everyone!   If you weren’t there, you missed a great meeting this last week.  Greg had lots of good information on comets, asteroids, and Jupiter, as well as the usual club business.  But the real fun was playing our first ever round of The Great TAA Astronomy Trivia Challenge.  We divided the group into two teams, and each team got a crack at answering some pretty challenging (but practical) astronomy questions.Read the rest

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Close Encounter

There was an article in the Times-Delta this morning saying that Earth had a close encounter with a large asteroid today.  The rock was apparently as large as the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, and had it hit us dead on, it would certainly have been lights out!  Thing is, I did not hear anything about this until today.  … Read the rest

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Public Stargazing at the Arthur Pursell Observatory

Join the Tulare Astronomical Association (TAA) on January 24, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm for an evening of public stargazing.  The event will include a short program on astronomical objects of interest, a tour of the brighter constellations, and viewing through TAA’s 12″ Astrola reflecting telescope (inside the observatory dome), and other member telescopes.… Read the rest

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Nice Book!

My wife brought this book home  for me to review last week.  I liked it, and would recommend it as a resource for you astronomy library.

http://www.amazon.com/Astronomy-101-Wormholes-Theories-Discoveries/dp/1440563594/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394911817&sr=1-1&keywords=astronomy+101Read the rest

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Starsplitter II For Sale

DSCN0064I have a 15″ (f4.5) Starsplitter II truss dob with NGC Max digital setting circles for sale.  I have attached a complete description of the equipment being offered as well as some photos.  If interested I can be reached via this website or 559-786-7173.

Thanks.

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Class Wrap-Up

Well, we’ve done it…we completed the first TAA Basic Astronomy for Amateurs  class, and what a class it was!  I would like to thank all of you who participated, and hope that it helped increase your knowledge of astronomy  and appreciation for the night sky.  We certainly appreciate all of the good comments we received on the class, and will be working to implement some of your recommendations for the next one.  … Read the rest

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TAA January Meeting

Hello everyone.  I hope your holidays were joyous and fun-filled!  The new year is upon us now and we hope to make this the best year yet for the TAA.  With that said, I want to remind everyone that our January meeting will be held  at the Arthur Purcell Observatory in Tulare next Wednesday, January 8th at 7:00 p.m.  … Read the rest

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