DSO Club (Dark Sky Observers)

Next club meeting is January 12 at 6 pm.

Nov. 17, 2018 club notes

Please check the list below for ideas of future meetings.


The club meeting began at 6:00. Mark Bunnell was at the crafts fair at 1:00 pm with his solar telescope. Lenore Callor had activities for kids. The sky was overcast so visitors were minimal. They left at 2:30.

Mark Wickman presented what sized telescopes were good for viewing which objects. It was very informative and well presented. He used a 4 star rating system and explained that the bigger telescopes did well for most uses, but sometimes the smaller ones were better.

Paul Rickets offered to present at the next meeting if the library’s router was in working order. It will need to be much stronger if he is going to be able to stream the telescope located in Southern Utah.

Mark Wickman discussed that it is time for the club to elect officers. If this is something you are interested in, please notify the library before the next club meeting as we will have elections.

There will be no December meeting due to the holidays.

****New Event***

Mark Bunnell will be in front of the Helper City Auditorium with a solar telescope on Nov. 17 from 1-5 pm. Come and view the sun! The Helper City Crafts Fair will be going on inside the auditorium at the same time. There will be a table with more information and a sign up sheet if you want to join the DSO Club. (It is free to join.)

Our next meeting is Nov. 17 at 6 pm.

Oct. 20, 2018 club notes

The club meeting began in the library at 7 pm. Mark Bunnell had a wonderful slide presentation of constellations and handouts to go with it. He also discussed computer aps. Paul Rickets from the UofU joined us and added comments. We discussed future discussions ideas. Mark had a handout with a list of ideas for future discussion. Michelle and Phyllis got the IPads ready to download the computer aps for the next meeting. It was mentioned that there would be a meteor shower tonight. It was also International Observe the Moon


We then went up to Cemetery Hill to star gaze. Paul Rickets spoke of what Helper City and home owners can do to be Dark Sky compliant. He also talked about some changes for Dark Sky Designation.


Mark’s List. Please let us know of ideas you wish to add or what topics you would like us to discuss at the next meeting.

We had an astronaut come to the club meeting!




Sept. 14, 2018 club notes

There were over 30 people at the auditorium. Michelle Goldsmith welcomed everyone. Carly Yates oversaw the children’s activity in the library. Mark Bunnell discussed parts of the telescope and the different types of telescopes with the older group. Michelle encouraged everyone to view the new astronomy books. Lastly, there was a drawing for several door prizes.ast 2

Michelle said the telescopes would be available for checkout once they were cataloged into the library. However, you must be a member of the library to check one out. Phyllis told everyone they needed to provide a driver’s license or similar identification to get a library card.

Ideas for future meetings were discussed. The October meeting will be about some of the more common constellations and how to find them in the night sky.

There were 58 people who viewed the night sky by the cemetery. Several planets and constellations were viewed.

Next Club Meeting Saturday October 20 at 7 pm!!!!


Text “dark” to 917-242-4070 to learn about how you can protect Utah’s night skies!

I had the chance to attend a live broadcast of Science Friday, the NPR radio show last night. One of Ira’s guests was Jess Dwyer, founder of Dark Sky SLC. She gave a great interview on the importance of dark skies in Utah. She teamed up with Doug Frabrizio of Radio West and Ira Flatow of Science Friday to make a great video on dark skies in Utah.

Mark Bunnell

Go to sciencefriday.com to the “space” section and the video is there to download.