San Juan Stargazers study Hubble photographs

By Jerry Granok
Special to The PREVIEW

The next regular meeting of the San Juan Stargazers will be on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce on Hot Springs Boulevard.

We will be studying some of the fantastic photographs from the Hubble Heritage website, how they were made and what we learned from them.

We also are operating the telescopes at star parties at Chimney Rock National Monument every other Friday night, including the Sept. 5 Moon Viewing program, and at the Aug. 22 and Sept. 19 Night Sky Programs. We have two new Chimney Rock “go-to” telescopes that are absolutely amazing and, weather permitting, we will also have a 20-inch telescope at the Night Sky programs, with Saturn being its best in 10 years. Club members and guests can also bring their own telescopes. Locals are encouraged to come to the Chimney Rock Star Parties, which include an educational talk before we view the amazing dark sky with telescopes in the upper parking lot.

If you are a visiting amateur astronomer, you are invited to join our club meeting and share your interests and activities with us. We value new ideas. Also, you can join our star parties with or without your scope.

The San Juan Stargazers are part of the Astronomical League, which includes its website at, email them at or phone 335-8286.

Anyone interested in learning more about astronomy is invited to come.

This story was posted on August 25, 2014.