General Interest

General interest stories.

Gifted Students got a good peek on a hazy August night by Ron Sherman

I arrived at the observatory (08/04/08) about 19:30. I was alone and the observatory was very quiet and peaceful. By twilight the weather was typical of August, hot hazy and still, with no stars visible near the horizon. A storm was building to the North-East. The twilight was illuminating the top of the distant thunderhead and cloud to cloud lightning danced around and through the high cloud. One moment it looked like another cancelled stargaze and the next minute it was looking better.

Clubs and Societies

The links below provides further information on astronomy, science and resources for the MVAS and general public. Please note these links are not endorsed by the Miami Valley Astronomical Society (MVAS) and the MVAS is not accountable for contents contain in them.

Websites

The links below provides further information on astronomy, science and resources for the MVAS and general public. Please note these links are not endorsed by the Miami Valley Astronomical Society (MVAS) and the MVAS is not accountable for contents contain in them.

Personal Websites

Membership

Membership in the MVAS has many benefits and a few obligations. MVAS members have access to three observatories and an impressive battery of fine equipment. MVAS members have each other to teach, learn, and enjoy Amateur Astronomy. MVAS members receive a monthly newsletter, discounts on publications, membership in the Astronomical League, and opportunities to take club organized trips.

MVAS History

The Miami Valley Astronomical Society (MVAS) began in 1918 as the Dayton Astronomical Society (DAS), and was the first formally organized group of amateur astronomers in the Dayton area. Founded around the time of the first world war, one of its founding members was Colonel Edward Deeds, then president of the National Cash Register Company. His home, now known as the Moraine Farm, is located in southwest Kettering. It includes an observatory that houses a 7" refractor dating from Deed's time of residence.

What Does the MVAS Do?

In short, we promote amateur astronomy at every level. The Miami Valley Astronomical Society MVAS serves two primary functions. Our most important mission is public education. We promote education by bringing astronomy to the public through regular star-gazes at our dark sky sight at John Bryan State Park JB, just north of Yellow Springs. We also host many special star-gazes at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery BMD as well as schools, Scout Camps, and other area locations.

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