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Huge Public Astronomy Event at BMC: PAS 70th Anniversary celebration
Calendar: PAS Public Event Calendar
Event Posted By: Terri Finch  
10-11-2018 05:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Public Astronomy Event to Celebrate
PAS's 70th Year as an Astronomy Club

This is a HUGE Celebration with tons of Fun things to do & Free to do it. Please note - the indoor portion of this event is happening rain or shine.
We are seeing a lot of clouds in the forecast and PAS will do it's best to provide views through the telescopes. However, if rain happens, or is forecast to happen, then no telescopes will attend. But we will still have the indoor portion of this event with all the activities I have listed in the Forum Thread, minus the Treasure Hunt - as that requires the telescopes can show the night sky.
There is still room for more public RSVP's. Drop an email to with the number in your party, and come join the fun.

Indoor activities in Aquila Hall are from 5pm to 9:30pm indoors
Free Raffle - must be present to claim prize
Hands on Activities for kids of all ages
20 minute lectures on various topics by various guest speakers
(please see Public Forum Thread for Speaker Line up)

Public Star Party at Black Mountain Campus - outdoors
Featuring the Moon, Saturn and Mars
Time: 7pm to 9:45pm
Bring a Friend!
Bring the whole family.
Please RSVP with Terri to attend

Public attendance... RSVP's for public attendance can be emailed to Terri at Please provide in your RSVP the number in your party, plus the date and description of the event you are attending. PAS has RSVP's come in 2-3 months in advance. I can assume you mean the next possible star party, or you can make sure I know which event you wish to RSVP for. Thank you.
An auto response will be returned to you with an update about the event. The auto response will start going out on the Monday before the event, with info about the weather and if the event is happening or canceled due to weather. It is highly recommended you RSVP through email to get this notice. The auto response comes to you if you email me anytime from the time I set it up, to the day of the event.

Tonight's Highlights:

Sunset 6pm
Dark 7:30pm
Moon following the Sun
Mars is visible 545pm
Saturn is visible 545pm and sets 8:10pm
Moon is 19% lit and sets 8:45pm
Orioin Nebula rises 9:15pm

For the Activities list, please visit the Public Forum Link below. The list will be updated as more activities become confirmed that they will happen. Plus a list of items you can win at the Free Raffle, is at this same link. I also put the list of Guest Speakers and their scheduled talks.

For a complete list of what to expect at this event, please visit the Public PAS Forums where I will be updating activities as they are added to the agenda for this evening. Here's the link to the Public Forum Thread:

PVCC Black Mountain
34250 N. 60th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85266

More details can be read about by PAS Members, in the Private PAS Members Forums:
This is where all updates are being added to this event, so PAS Members please take a peek at the plans for this event, at this link!!!

The Public calls me with their RSVP and asks these same questions almost every time.... so, i present the answers here.
1) This event is open to everyone. Come take a look through our high powered telescopes.
2) This event is FREE and Open to the Public, all ages welcome. RSVP is requested if you wish to receive a notice that this event has become cancelled. We don't want you driving to a cancelled event.
2) This event has the ability to be wheel chair friendly. However, you might not be able to see through a scope that is looking at an object closer to the horizon, if you can not stand up from your wheel chair for some of the scopes.
3) This event outdoors also starts when it gets dark enough to see something in the night sky, and ends at 9:45. The public does not have to attend at the start of the event, but they do have to leave at the end of the event. Come and go as you please. And please do not go down to the observing deck until the designated start time of the Star Party - for your safety.
Additional notes: I highly recommend that you look through each telescope at least 2 times during the evening, as the telescope operators will be moving to new objects as new objects become availble and the previous objects disappear from view.

PAS members are setting up 10-14 telescopes for your viewing pleasure. Please help us keep these events Admission FREE by following these rules.
a) Please NO White light in the observing area. If your phone rings, take the call away from the observing deck so that your white like will not affect other attendees night vision.
b) Please DO NOT touch the telescopes.

PAS Members please RSVP your attendance below.
A minimum of 1 scope and 1 public RSVP will
keep this event happening. RSVP today!

Public RSVP is by Email to Please include number in your party. Thanks.

This event is Weather Permitting. Bad Weather WILL cancel this event.

Here's the map of where to park on the campus to attend this event:

Can't make it to this event but wanna see a list of upcoming Fall and Spring events like this one? Here's the Upcoming Black Mountain Campus Star Party schedule for Fall 2017 into Spring 2018:
(Working to update this list soon, thank you for your patience.)

PAS Members, please set up at 6pm for the star party which is 7pm to 9:45pm.

Those doing indoor activities, set up is 4pm, with a start time of 5pm and going to 9:30pm.

If anyone wishes to help with the initial set up, I'm planning to be there at 2pm and will need help unloading my car into the Aquila building.

RSVP is highly suggested with Terri Please provide the number in your party. If event becomes cancelled due to weather (for the outdoor portion of the event), you will be notified by return email by Noon on this date.

Current PAS Member RSVP's as of Aug 2 at 11:15am:
RSVP'd Yes: 5
Terri Finch [Remove] [04-16-2018 02:25 PM] - William & Terri plan to attend this event indoors with PAS table, Handouts, Q& A for the Kids with Prizes, and some Demos.
Sam Insana [Remove] [07-16-2018 11:29 PM] - With Vera and Frank
Don Boyd [Remove] [08-01-2018 01:16 PM] - With 8 scope in for outside, unless we get a lot of scopes signed up then I may setup indoors as a display.
Peter Turner [Remove] [08-01-2018 04:57 PM] - I will bring telescope for outside viewing.
Rick Cunningham [Remove] [08-01-2018 06:25 PM] - 12" Scope

Additional attending PAS Members:
* Frank Otsuka: AVX mount with a 8" Celestron SCT with a broken corrector plate

Update Monday Oct 8: Due to bad weather in the forecast, a weather forum thread has been started and will be updated starting Monday Oct 8 to the day of the event, Thursday Oct 11. Since weather is important to IF we have telescopes at this event for your Viewing Pleasure, you might want to check the forum thread at this link to see what is happening with the Weather. Bad weather can cancel the telescope viewing for this event. Your RSVP to is more important now that we have knowledge that this event may become cancelled due to the weather.
RSVP'd Yes: 11
  • Bill Powell [09-01-2018 09:55 PM] - Spectroscopy presentation at 6:30. I will be there around 4:30 to help out.
  • Sam Insana [09-04-2018 04:03 PM] - I will bring posters to put up, do a power point presentation on PAS 70 year history. Frank will bring his 16 inch dob telescope. Vera with help at the table with items from the 70 year history of PAS
  • Paul Facuna [09-12-2018 11:11 AM] - I will bring Don and his scope arrive about 2:00 PM and help out any way I can.
  • Ron Walker [09-14-2018 02:19 PM] - Ron Walker with Julie and will give talk on building a planetarium for outreach.
  • Mike Marron [09-15-2018 08:54 PM]
  • Ray Adams [09-17-2018 03:42 PM]
  • Roger Anzini [10-03-2018 10:43 AM] - 16 inch DOB
  • Mark Johnston [10-05-2018 02:49 PM] - I'll be there with my 5.5" refractor in the evening
  • Howard Moneta [10-05-2018 05:16 PM] - With telescope
  • Calvin Vance [10-09-2018 01:42 PM] - 6" Dobsonian and tripod mounted binoculars (16x70). If it's too cloudy, I'll still bring my dob and set it up inside as a display. It will go along with my presentation.
  • Terri Finch [10-10-2018 02:51 PM] - Terri, William, Storm and Bruce will be indoors running the PAS Table which also has the Raffle. Bruce is planning to attend, not sure if he will help with Raffle or bring a scope.
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