There are five club officers. First there are three presidents: the President, the Past President and the President Elect. The President Elect acts as the vice president in other organizations and the Past President provides continuity of the club. The secretary and treasure perform their customary duties. Contact information is found here.
We meet at First Presbyterian Church 118 West Commerce Street Smyrna Delaware on the first Tuesday of each month from 7-9 PM. September to June. There are no meetings in July and August although there is a Summer Party in July.
The normal meeting format includes discussion of club activities, observing high lights, constellation and deep sky object of the month, an advertised presentation and possible guest speakers. We welcome the public to our meetings, membership is not required to attend. We are always open to suggestions for topics and guest speakers.
The Star Gazer News is usually composed on or after the middle of each month and published seven days before the club meeting. Please send items you wish to have published on or before the 15th of the month to editor – contact information found here. Currently the club newsletter is on hold until enough articles are written to fill an issue.
Observing is (usually) scheduled for the Friday and Saturday nearest the New Moon to maximize the observing hours during complete darkness. The cloud or rain date for the monthly Friday observing will be the following Saturday, but don’t trust the weather man! Go outside and look for yourself or check a weather link.
Trap Pond State Park: This is our darkest site. Please visit our Trap Pond page for more information.
Tuckahoe State Park: During the summer months when the park is open the observing site will be at the baseball field in the camping area at Tuckahoe State Park. In the winter we observe at the Equestrian center. Observing at Tuckahoe is limited to members of the Delmarva Stargazers only. For more information please visit the Tuckahoe Dark Site Page. Apparently there are problems here – people have been run off at 10PM by rangers which is just when it gets dark in the summer.
Blackbird Forest: This is no longer used for observing for several reasons. so begone bright sky site!
- A house across the road has a very bright light shining in to the parking lot.
- The parking lot has been expanded and the trees no long provide protection against car lights.
- 30 cars per hour or more pass by the site nicely illuminating anyone unfortunate enough to be there.
The Delmarva Stargazers are dedicated to promoting amateur astronomy in our area. Our members are also promoting “Astronomy at the Library”, giving presentations and providing people of all ages with the opportunity to look at the night sky through a telescope at our local libraries. We have developed relationships with local schools, summer camps and scouting organizations to provided both classroom and observing opportunities for people of all ages. For more information contact one of the club officers and visit our out reach page.
We have a few regular projects and some outreaches that could sure use helpers. No experience required – we’re all learning on the job and a great way to get to know others in the club.
The Star Gazer News is usually composed on or after the middle of each month and published seven days before the club meeting. Please send items you wish to have published on or before the 15th of the month to editor PJ Riley at this email address (this is just a picture of his email address)
Become a member
Our annual dues are $15 for an individual or $20 for a family. Anyone with an interest of astronomy is welcome to join the Delmarva Stargazers regardless of skill level, we are all amateurs and trying to learn. Meeting attendance is not required but highly recommended to get the most out of the club. Please join us today.
Corrections and changes
The picture of the email addresses are not links – they are images of the email addresses.
|Past President||Lyle Jones|
|Club help||Paul Riley|
|Club Newsletter Editor||Paul Riley|
President Elect and Past President
The treasurer performs all the financial transactions required by the club and performs book keeping duties. A financial report should be made to the club at each meeting.
Anyone interested in assisting with the site can read more here.