Vermont Astronomical Society (VAS)
PO Box 782
Vermont 05495 USA
Gary T. Nowak President
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The Vermont Astronomical Society (VAS) was founded in 1964 by a small group of Chittenden County residents utilizing temporary observing sites and portable equipment. Today the VAS is an organized and enthusiastic group of amateur astronomers dedicated to promoting amateur astronomy in Vermont, improving public awareness of astronomy, and serving as an educational resource for Vermonters of all ages. The VAS sponsors both club observing programs and public events.
Individual VAS members are involved with a variety of exciting special programs. Some club members make their own telescope optics and build homemade telescopes. Others produce excellent high quality images of planetary and deep sky objects with CCD and video cameras. Still others search for new astronomical objects using visual and electronic techniques. Our club members are involved with various activities to curb light pollution and preserve the dark natural sky. Our membership ranges from beginning stargazers to advance amateurs with home observatories and elaborate equipment. Club members reside in the greater Chittenden County area as well as other nearby counties.
Club Observatory: Our club maintains a small observatory in Hinesburg, VT. The observatory houses a 10” (250mm) F/20 Tri – Schiefspiegler (planetary telescope) and a 10” F/5.6 Newtonian Telescope (deep sky). The club also has portable instruments: 14” F/4.7 Newtonian along with a 6” F/5.2 Newtonian and a 5” F/5 Newtonian telescope.