Hello SJAA members and friends,
The San Jose Astronomical Association is a non profit 510(c)3 educational organization, bringing the science and wonderment of the science of astronomy and the night sky to the public. We encourage people to go out at night to observe firsthand the many amazing features that are visible and readily available from not just dark locations, away from the city lights, but also many from our own back yards.
It's not uncommon for people to use a set of tools when they go out at night, from the basic gear such as binoculars and telescopes, to sky charts, red lights, green lasers and even astronomy software. The SJAA is proud of the loaner program that has been operating for many, many years.
It's a great way for beginners to try out and become familiar with telescopes, or to try something new.
Observing software is also very useful to help plan observing sessions and make the most of your time. To that end, the SJAA will be coordinating a group purchase of SkyTools 3, "a complete suite of software tools designed specifically for astronomical observing." Learn more about it here:
And be sure to watch the demo, here:
The SJAA will be accepting orders for SkyTools 3, either the Standard or the Professional edition, between now and end of September. The cost will be either $50.78 for standard or $90.79 for pro version. To take advantage of this opportunity, please send a check made payable to "SJAA" and send it to:
San Jose Astronomical Association
P.O. Box 28243
San Jose, CA 95159-8243
Please be sure to write SkyTools in the memo line of your check.
This offer will be limited to 25 orders and made available only to SJAA members. If we do not reach that level of orders, checks will either be returned or destroyed. If you are not a member of the SJAA, this is a perfect opportunity and reason to join! Memberships start at only $20 (tax deductible) annually and you can send the membership application and fee in the same envelope. Forms are available on the last page of the print version of the Ephemeris, our monthly newsletter, and you can find it here:
Remember, orders will be accepted up to September 30, 2011 and you must be a current SJAA member. The software will be distributed at a general meeting or other public event after we receive the shipment.
Thanks, and let me know of any questions.
See you in the dark,
Secretary, San Jose Astronomical Association