The American Association of Amateur Astronomers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2003 - The Fall 2002 issue of The American Astronomer, the quarterly newsletter from the American Association of Amateur Astronomers, was mailed this week to all current AAAA members. This issue is a bit late - by a few months. We appreciate your patience as we have dealt with some difficult family matters, all of which seem to be under control now. We will get things back on schedule from now on.
We have decided to devote most of the issue to a report on Brenda Culbertson's Ad Astra 2002 astronomy convention, held last June in Topeka, KS. Ad Astra was a fun event for everyone who attended. There were interesting speakers, lots of great activities, and some clear skies for observing at NEKAAL's Far Point Observatory. Facilities at Washburn University were excellent. Brenda is a great organizer as well as an accomplished observer and respected teacher, and we appreciate the effort she put in to make Ad Astra 2002 a success.
The latest issue of The American Astronomer newsletter is a benefit for current members of the AAAA. However, a PDF archive of issues more than one year old can be found on the AAAA website.
If you are not already an AAAA member, you can join easily on the AAAA website. Or you can send a check for $20 ($25 family) to AAAA, P.O Box 7981, Dallas, TX 75209-0981. We look forward to hearing from you so you can receive future issues of the AAAA newsletter and get the REFLECTOR the quarterly newsletter from the Astronomical League. We will include a copy of this issue of the newsletter as part of your new member kit.
We have added some interesting new products to AstroMax, the AAAA online store, in addition to the Observing Aids from David Chandler, the Astronomer's Journal, and the regular telescope and binocular kits that we carry. We now have two important observing books that are useful to all amateur astronomers.
First of all, don't be without Guy Ottwell's Astronomical Calendar 2003 . This complete resource contains useful information on the year's astronomical events. Whether you're just beginning to learn astronomy or are a veteran observer, you'll find this book invaluable. The diagrams and illustrations are the best you'll find. Monthly sky maps, daily events, eclipse details, comets, asteroids, meteor showers, planetary and lunar orbits, and more. 11"x15". 84 pages.
We also have a few copies left of the RASC Observer's Handbook 2003. The Observer's Handbook is a 304-page guide published annually since 1907 by The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Through its long tradition and the expertise of more than 40 contributors, the Observer's Handbook has come to be regarded as the standard North American reference for data on the sky. The material in the Handbook is of interest to professional and amateur astronomers, scientists, teachers at all levels, students, science writers, campers, scout and guide leaders, as well as interested general readers. The Observer's Handbook is an integral part of many astronomy courses at the secondary and university levels, and it should be on the reference shelf of every library.
Keep us posted on your astronomical activities, so we can include them in the next issue of the American Astronomer, and publish them on the AAAA web site. And thanks for being a member of the American Association of Amateur Astronomers, The Internet Astronomy Club
Ed Flaspoehler, President
American Association of Amateur Astronomers
The American Association of Amateur Astronomers has had an active presence in the amateur astronomy community since 1996. As the AAAA continues to grow and expand, it is having a wider and wider influence among amateur astronomers, and continues to refine the use of the internet as a tool to promote amateur astronomy to the widest possible audience. Through the medium of its own web page, an online store devoted to carefully chosen astronomy merchandise, our own quarterly newsletter, reciprocal links with other astronomy web sites, the creative use of online resources such as eGroups, Listbot and banner advertising, affiliate programs such as Amazon.com, and partnerships with well recognized astronomy organizations such as Sky Publishing, Kalmbach Publishing, Bushnell Sports Optics and the Astronomical League, the American Association of Amateur Astronomers has become an important source of astronomy information on the World Wide Web.
For More Information Contact:
American Association of Amateur Astronomers
P.O. Box 7981
Dallas, TX 75209-0981
Web Address: http://www.astromax.com