The speaker at our March 2008 meeting was Ken Launie, member of the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston and long time friend of Skyscrapers. Ken is a well known collector and expert on antique telescopes and also a collector of rare astronomy books and ephemera. Ken gave a presentation about collecting astronomical ephemera, including a large sampling of his observatory postcard collection. Members also displayed some of their collections of astronomically themed items.
On Tuesday, April 8, Skyscrapers set up 11 telescopes on the soccer field at Cranston East. Clear skies provided views of the moon passing by the Pleiades cluster, Saturn, Mars, and some spring star clusters and galaxies.
Skyscrapers June 2008 Meeting featured Gerry Dyck and his presentation "Astronomical Motifs in Southeast Asian Drums." Additionally, Nicholas Rodrigues of Printmakers demonstrated a new astrophoto printing service, and Tiverton High School student Nathan Pelletier gave a presentation about the Sun and demonstrated his solar spectrograph.
On Saturday, July 26, Skyscrapers participated in the Scituate Library Lawn Party with solar observing, NASA handouts, information about Seagrave Observatory, a scale model solar system and answers to astronomy questions.
AstroAssembly has come and gone once again. From all reports that I have received everyone thoroughly enjoy this years AstroAssembly. We had a great lineup of speakers and, especially member Al Hall and long time friend of Skyscrapers Dick Parker, who treated us to an outstanding feat of design and craftsmanship in the construction of their respective telescopes. I look forward to viewing through both of these incredible telescopes. My hat is off for both of these astronomers.
The name of this Society shall be “Skyscrapers, Inc. (Amateur Astronomical Society of Rhode Island).” The object of this Society shall be to educate the general public and membership on matters pertaining to astronomy. It shall be an educational, nonprofit organization. This Society is incorporated as a non-business corporation under the laws of the State of Rhode Island.