Welcome to the Oakland Astronomy Club Website!
Our Club Is Located in Oakland County, Michigan
Fascinated by the Night Sky?
Have a question about Equipment?
Wondering how to get started?
Check us Out!
Club Meetings are in-person and Virtual!!
(Virtual guests need a Zoom invitation. In-person guests are Always Welcome! Contact our club president Gary Dietz at president AT oaklandastronomy.net and he'll send you an invite either way!
WHAT?? The NFL would not re-schedule the Super Bowl? So it is, that we have graciously deferred to hold our club meeting on the 3rd Sunday!! February's meeting will be held on Sunday, the 19th, at 7:00 PM. Tonight's main presentation is titled "Getting started in wide field astrophotography with basic equipment." Club member Mike Close will discuss wider-field astrophotography using light, portable and less expensive equipment. Mike will discuss several equipment setups including configurations, results, limitations, image processing considerations and potential to grow with the setup as your skills increase. Whether you are looking to get started in astrophotography or looking for a second smaller rig to compliment your main astrophotography platform there is something for all! (To see last month's meeting highlights select the Club News tab.)
There is a new feature in What's Up? Be sure to visit "What's Up?" on the Observation Tab for the "Monthly Observer Guide" from veteran observer Dave Holt! The monthly download now includes importable files for SkySafari and Stellarium users!! Also in Timely References you'll find "Citations" from recent presentations and more. Check it out!
In the News This Month: For Astronomy News Highlights, see January 2023.
Public Observing Nights at Addison Oaks: The sky is amazing when viewed through our 17½" Dob or our 14" SCT Telescope. To be notified of viewing opportunities, send an email to: outreach AT oaklandastronomy.net.
Community Events: Our Winter Programs are under way! Check the (Event Calendar) for dates, times, and registration information for these family friendly presentations.
Beyond our Community: Ordinary people using a cell phone or computer can be NASA Citizen Scientists! Many hands lighten the load! Volunteers contribute huge amounts of research assistance to NASA every day. Check out these opportunities for Citizen Scientists.
Business Meeting: All club meetings are open meetings. Business meetings are usually held on the Wednesday preceding the monthly meeting. Email our club president for the business meeting link.
Welcome! We hope your experience on our website is enjoyable and informative.
Who are we? Well, apart from our mission statement below:
- We are based in Southeast Michigan's Oakland County.
- We operate a semi-dark sky observing site at Addison Oaks County Park, which is the home of the club's 17.5" dobsonian and 14" SCT telescopes.
- We put on educational programs for local schools, parks, and other organizations, including Star Parties!
- Membership is open to anyone with an interest in Astronomy. You don't need to own optical equipment to join - everyone from complete beginners to grizzled veterans are most certainly welcome!
- We have meetings at 7:00 PM on the second Sunday of every month except May, open to all interested parties, for the exchange of knowledge, information, and interesting discussions concering all aspects of Astronomy. Meetings are held at the Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in Rochester, Michigan. (Directions):
We all look forward to seeing you at the next club function!
Interested in becoming a member? Fill out the Membership Form to request more free information or contact us: (About Us):
The Oakland Astronomy Club, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the following registered purpose:
"To provide astronomical education through ownership and operation of facilities for the benefit of the general public, both youth and adult; to make available instructors for the conduct of seminars and class room education, which shall be available to other institutions of learning, public and private, as well as programs for the general public; to do research and study in the science of astronomy; to receive, administer and disburse funds for the furtherance of its educational purposes as well as for other charitable, philanthropic and scientific purposes for the public good and welfare and for no other purposes."