65-1158 Mamalahoa Hwy.
Kamuela, HI 96743
An electronic publication of The West Hawaii Astronomy Club -
With Support From:
Canada-France Hawaii Telescope and
W. M. Keck Observatory
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The West Hawaii Astronomy Club is currently a non-affiliated
group of interested astronomy geeks (ok, some of us are not so geeky) who enjoy the following shared vision:
To meet regularly, socialize, discuss the wonders of the cosmos,
hold observing sessions & clinics, and generally promote the advancement
of the hobby of astronomy on the west side of the big island of Hawaii.
Beautiful photos courtesy of member Bill Brevoort!
Please feel free to browse around. We hope you enjoy our website. We look
forward to seeing you at a future club function.
Who are we?
Well, apart from our vision statement above:
- We unofficially call ourselves "WHACos"....it's a historical thing...we're
really not crazy.
- We live and work on West Hawaii island (from South Point to Kohala.).
- We typically observe together in very dark sky conditions either at the
club dark site
or at the HP visitor's center, or as arranged during club meetings.
- We are sponsored by CFHT and the Keck Observatory. We have friends and
associates at other Mauna Kea observatories.
- We have meetings on the second Tuesday of every month at 7pm.
Meetings are open to the public, and are for exchange of knowledge,
information, and interesting discussions concerning all aspects of Astronomy.
The meetings are held at either the Headquarters of Keck or at CFHT
headquarters in Waimea. Look on the website event calendar for upcoming
meeting location and agenda.
- We rely on our web interface and a Yahoo group
for club communications.
Please check often for event schedules and updates. The yahoo email group
can easily be joined (top of this page....links you to the Yahoo group).
- Our club members run the range of experience from little, to
advanced/semi-professional astronomers. Club members also have a wide variety
of equipment all the way from none to a 24" dobsonian (as large as
the smallest telescope on Mauna Kea!). We have some pretty advanced visual
astronomers and astrophotographers in the group, as well as some aspiring learners.
- We have a motto that is inclusive. You don't need to have a lot of experience
to join us, but we do ask that you have a willingness to share your enthusiam.
The beauty of astronomy is that the field covers physics, chemistry, math,
optics, art, philosophy, religion, etc (although we don't encourage religious
debate...that often gets ugly!). It is impossible for one person to be
well versed in all of these fields. If you can help us learn and/or share
your interests, and if you have passion for learning the wonders
of the cosmos, (or if you just like socializing with other gearheads and
nighttime observers), you will probably fit right in with our cadre.
Membership is open to anyone with interest in the hobby of Astronomy.
You don't need to own a telescope to join, but we hope you'll eventually
desire to find a dark sky with us and at least look for yourself in an
eyepiece. We suspect that once this happens, we'll have even more telescopes
in the club.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Cooper