Welcome to the Tri-Valley Stargazers Astronomy Club's web site. There is a lot
of information here on the many activities of the Tri-Valley Stargazers
(TVS). Learn why you should join the club to get the most out of your
amateur astronomy hobby in the east San Francisco Bay Area.
The Latest News & Upcoming Events
Curtis Macchioni will give a short talk explaining how to get started in video astronomy and showing
what one can expect to see. He will show the minimum equipment and setup needed to view
objects on a monitor. He will also show what else is needed if one wants to capture some
images. And he will make some suggestions on available video cameras from $99 to $1600.
Weather permitting, most of the presentation will consist of live demonstrations of both setups.
We will look at some nebula, galaxies, and star clusters so you can get a real feel for what
you can see in a light polluted environment with a video camera. If the weather does not
cooperate, he will still bring the equipment and set it up inside for show and tell.
During the day, Curtis is a Program Manager for Western Digital Corporation leading a
group of scientists and engineers in the development of the next generation of computer
hard disk drives. He bought his first telescope as a teen, a 2.4" Unitron refractor, which
he used to look at the moon and planets in his light polluted back yard in Pittsburgh, PA.
He left astronomy behind in high school but returned in 2008 when he joined the TVS. In 2010
he bought a video camera and has never gone back to visual observations. He has viewed and
imaged all of the Messier Objects with his video camera along with many other DSOs.
Request for Volunteers: Arroyo Seco Elementary School Stargazing, March 5
We have an upcoming outreach program on March 5th at
Arroyo Seco Elementary School in Livermore. Our involvement
will consist of setting up some telescopes in the playground
and letting the students look through them while
answering any questions they might have. Since the event is
taking place during twilight, viewing will be limited to bright
objects like the moon, Jupiter, and the Pleiades. It would be
great to have at least two more TVS members volunteer to
be there with their telescopes. As the event nears, we will keep
all TVS volunteers updated with any additional details or sudden
changes in plans due to weather. If you are interested, send email to
who will act as coordinator for this event. You may also contact him
TVS Yahoo users group
Dues are due
TVSí membership year runs from January to December, so now is the time to renew
your membership. Our membership rates remain unchanged from last year, as do
the subscription rates for Astronomy and Sky & Telescope. We no longer offer the
"Regular" membership level since we do not send out printed copies of the newsletter.
Rather, at the "Basic" membership level we contact you via e-mail to let you
know that a .pdf of the newsletter is available. The renewal form can be found on
the back of this newsletter or on our website under the
link. Please make our Treasurerís New Year especially wonderful by sending in your renewal
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Handbooks and Calendars Available for Purchase
The club now has RASC Handbooks and Calendars available for purchase. The 2014
edition of the handbook is bundled with the
Earth Centered Universe Planetarium Software
This free software
will function through March 31, 2015 and will not perform predictions for events
later than December 31, 2015. Prices are the same as last year: $25 for the Handbook
and $17 for the Calendar. See Roland Albers for purchases, or contact him via
to arrange to pick up Handbooks and/or Calendars if you canít attend the meeting.
Click on the following links to get more information about the
TVS Logo Wear
You may have seen some TVS members wearing shirts and jackets
embroidered with the TVS logo. If you are interested in obtaining an
embroidered logo item, you can do so by ordering whatever you would like
Land's End's Corporate Sales
section and specifying TVS logo #0118948. You will need to set up an account, which will
ask for the logo number and the TVS customer number (3452021).
TVS has also set up shop at
for members to buy non-embroidered TVS logo wear. You can have the TVS
logo put on t-shirts, mugs, buttons, hats, coasters, etc. You buy
through Cafepress, and Cafepress sends TVS a portion of the proceeds.
Visit the web site to see all the TVS logo possibilities.