Arkansas Oklahoma Astronomical Society
PO Box 180
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Founded in January 1985, Arkansas Oklahoma Astronomical Society (AOAS) has been an active astronomy club for 22 years. We own and operate Coleman Observatory in honor of founding member Major Douglas C. Coleman who died in the crash of his F-4 jet during a routine training mission with the local 188th TFG out of Ft Smith, AR. Doug and co-pilot Capt. Richard Lumpkin were killed on June 5, 1985 near Waldron, AR.
AOAS has 38 members and are very active in education around the Arkansas River Valley area of the AR/OK border region. AOAS was awarded the Phi Delta Kappa International Certificate of Recognition in May 1998 for having presented and otherwise come in contact with more than 60,000 people in our area by that time since our founding 13 years earlier. Those numbers continue to grow.
AOAS operates Coleman Observatory with a Celestron CGE1400XLT telescope and are entering the CCD age at present with 2 Meade DSI cameras, a Meade LPI and a Celestron NexImage cameras, as well as 35mm and Schmidt Camera capabilities. AOAS meets every 1st Friday of each month at University of Arkansas Fort Smith campus in the Math/Science bldg in room 211 at 7:00pm until 9:00pm. The public is always invited to every AOAS meeting or event and there is never a charge to share the sky with us.