Observing is the Heart of
Amateur Astronomy

The American Association of
 Amateur Astronomers

Serving the Amateur Astronomy Community
Since 1996

The AAAA Online Store

Home ] Up ] Explore AAAA ] Table of Contents ] Site Index ] Welcome to the AAAA ] Astronomy Links ] AAAA News Page ] AL Observing Programs ] C.L.A.S.S. ] Light Pollution ] FAQ Index ] News and Activities ] AAAA Observing Reports ] AAAA Partnerships ] AAAA  Newlsetter ] Constellation Home Page ] Solar System Data Page ] History of Astronomy ] SWRAL ] Astronomical League ] Search AAAA ]


Search AAAA

The AAAA Universe
Start Here

The AAAA Online Store

Join the AAAA

Control Center
Site Table of Contents

AAAA Members
  Reports and Activities

Frequently Asked Questions

to Astronomy Sites

Fight Light Pollution
Be Part of the Solution

Observing Programs
from the  Astronomical League 

News from the AAAA
Press Releases and News Updates

Overview of Astronomy
A Concise Guide to the Universe

The Solar System
Planetary Data Page

The Constellation 
Home Page
Data, Myths and Background
Arp Peculiar Galaxies
A CCD Image Gallery
The American Astronomer 
The AAAA  Newsletter Online
Members of the AAAA Team

The American Association of Amateur Astronomers 
AAAA Mission Statement

AL Observing Programs in PDF Format
AL Observing Programs in Adobe Acrobat PDF Format

Join the AAAA's FREE Online Discussion Group, Hosted by Yahoo's eGroups Service

P.O. Box 7981
Dallas, TX 75209-0981



Learn the Constellations
The First Light Astronomy Kit from David Chandler Company
Buy it Now or
Find Out More

AAAA Attends Starry Nights Festival

October 16-18, 1998

Presented by the Town of Yucca Valley, California
and the Western Region of the Astronomical League (WRAL).

WRAL Meeting

Astronomy on the Hi-Desert
Starry Nights Schedule
Guest Speakers
WRAL Meeting Notes
Observing at Black Rock Canyon
The 5K Run
The Pancake Breakfast
1998 Registration Form
Town of Yucca Valley

The Annual Meeting of the Western Region f the Astronomical LeagueThe Annual meeting of the Western Region of the Astronomical League was held during the Starry Nights Festival at Yucca Valley, Ca, on Saturday, October 17, 1998. There were about 40 people attending the meeting.

WRAL Chairman Bob Gent introduced Jim Schooler of Yucca Valley Community Services, who was instrumental in bringing the Starry Nights Festival to Yucca Valley.

Jim Schooler introduced Mayor Pro-Temp Bob Leone, who made welcoming remarks to the attendees., saying that Yucca Valley is fortunate to be able to promote its dark skies through the Festival.

The main item of business at the WRAL meeting was discussions on how to bring the Western Amateur Astronomers into the Astronomical League. Tim Hunter and Lance Shaw made a motion that the WRAL rename the region as the “Western Amateur Astronomers - A region of the Astronomical League,” if WAA consents to merge. The motion was passed by acclimation, and will now be passed to the Executive Committee of the WAA.

The second Annual WRAL Burnham Award for Exceptional Contributions to Amateur Astronomy was presented to Dr. Paul Coomba, of Prescott, AZ, for his work in asteroid discovery. Dr. Coomba has discovered over 460 asteroids by himself using an 18-inch Dobsonian telescope. He has also recently developed a new asteroid observing program for the Astronomical League. This award is named for Robert Burnham, whose Celestial Handbook is widely used by amateur astronomers. Burnham died in 1996.

A major topic of business was the problems with the observing site at the Black Rock Campground in nearby Joshua Tree National Park. The Park Service is unable to designate the campground to SNF exclusively, so the Festival had to buy all the campsites in the park, a large expense for this young festival. Next year, there are plans to have in-town observing, with tarps acting as light shields.

WRAL Elections

Chairman Bob Gent has moved to Virginia, and so has stepped down. Wayne Johnson was elected WRAL Chairman as well as Chairman of SNF. Tim Hunter replaces Wayne as WRAL Representative to the AL, while Marishka Emry remains as Vice-Chairman. Marishka also established a publicity committee for the Festival.

A Meade ETX telescope was the main door prize at the Starry Nights Festival. Other door prizes included copies of The RealSky software and astronomy books/ Here WRAL Chairman Bob Gent presents the prize to the winner.

Ed Flaspoehler
Vice-President, AAAA

Go to the AAAA Home Page
Go to the
Starry Nights Menu

P.O. Box 7981, Dallas, TX 75209-0981

Formerly Corvus.com

Hit Counter
Counter reset October 2005

Copyright © 1996-2016 by The American Association of Amateur Astronomers - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED