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The Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area

The Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area (A.S.T.R.A.) is open to individuals who are interested in astronomy and space sciences. Members are of all ages and all levels of experience. Many are novices, some are advanced observers. Beginners are especially welcome.
A.S.T.R.A. has monthly meetings and participates in several star parties throughout the year. Check our Meeting & Star Party Schedule for times and locations.
Meetings cover a wide variety of topics (observational, theoretical, and amateur activities). Meetings may offer presentations by members, guest speakers, and or workshops on some aspect of astronomy.


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Next Meeting:

ASTRA has moved its meeting location. Instead of being held at the Planetarium bld. #13 it has moved to the Conference bld. #10 across from the Planetarium.
Still use parking lot #2, go up the ramp and go to the right to the Conference bld. #10

OCC Campus Map: https://www.ocean.edu/content/public/ab ... s-map.html

Friday April 14th, 2017

ASTRA member Bob Chamberlain begins his "Making Your Own Telescope" series of presentations, covering the basics of Dobsonian telescope design and buying the materials on a budget.

His project is to create a tabletop 4 inch Dobsonian, f/6 with an approximate 24" focal length. His presentations will address:
1. Basics of reflector/Dobsonian telescope design and materials.

2. Mirror grinding and polishing/silvering.

3. Optical Tube assembly. Mounting primary and secondary mirrors.

4. Design/building of base.

5. Final assembly and use.

Telescope mirror telescope mirror 2 telescope mirror 3

 


Next Star Parties/Events

Viewing events are always subject to weather conditions. Please check the "Meetings and Star Party Schedule" link button above 2 hours prior to the start time to verify that this event is still scheduled. ASTRA Members will receive an email notification of any ASTRA star party/event changes or cancelations! If you are an ASTRA member and are not receiving these notifications please contact John Endreson at: President@astra-nj.org



 

Jakes Branch Park Astronomy Day (Daytime event) Saturday, April 29th

One day each spring, astronomy clubs, planetariums, and other groups of sky lovers band together to share the wonders and excitement of astronomy with their communities.

The theme of Astronomy Day is "Bringing Astronomy to the People," and amateur astronomers and science fans can hardly wait to share their excitement about the sky with the general public.

Our daytime event will have astronomy displays and demonstrations along with "safe" solar observing!

Our nighttime event will have telescopes setup to observe the wonders of the night sky!

Date: Saturday, 4/29/2017

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Jakes Branch County Park, 1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood, NJ 08722

 

Jakes Branch Park Astronomy Night (Night time event) Saturday. April 29th

Members of the Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area (ASTRA) will setup their telescopes and share the views of the planets and stars. We will explore the constellations and other celestial objects of the Season! This is a "Free Event". Weather permitting!

The Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area (A.S.T.R.A.) is open to anyone who is interested in astronomy and space sciences. Members are of all ages and all levels of experience. Many are novices, some are advanced observers. Beginners are especially welcome.

Check the ASTRA Facebook page and website message board for the latest updates and cancellations on ASTRA's star parties.

Date: Saturday, 4/29/2017

Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location: Jakes Branch County Park, 1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood, NJ 08722






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Astronomy Day 2010 Image 1


To get an overview of what happens at the annual Astronomy Day celebrations, click on the above image to see a video of ASTRA presentations at an Astronomy Day celebration held on April 30, 2011 at OCC.

To get an idea of what a typical Star Party is like, click here or select the"Gallery & Event Photos" link above for photos taken at various ASTRA events.


Wanted!

No longer used telescopes, parts, and accessories.
Call the ASTRA Hotline at 609-971-3331 or email John Endreson at: President@astra-nj.org
and we will come and pick-up your used equipment.


"THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT"


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