Astronomy as a Hobby: New way to view your city

Saturday, Mar. 14, 1 p.m.
If you are like me, you're tired of looking up and seeing only clouds that drop snow on your glasses and cloud your vision. After a long season of cold, it is hard to look up and not expect the worst.
But while we are transitioning from winter to spring, a look up will begin to reveal other marvels. If you live in the city it can be difficult to see it, but there be stars up there. If you are lucky enough to live in a part of the city where light pollution is being addressed, you know the joy of seeing those stars, so bright above our city.
The Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomy Association – a group of local astronomy fan boys and girls – are inviting the public to join them at their Astronomy as a Hobby, Steps to Better Enjoyment series being held at Schuler Books on 28th Street.
The event is meant to further discussions locally on the science of astronomy but also provide tips to those seeking to purchase equipment, engage in creating astrophotography, or fix any gear you have lying around your home.
Attendees are encouraged to bring in gear for a ‘Telescope Tune-up Clinic’ that will follow the presentation.  The tune-up is scheduled to take place between 2:15–3pm. 
If you have a child seeking to gain hands-on experience with science or you're just looking to unlock the child-like wonder that star gazing can produce, head to Schuler Books on Saturday.
With a little instruction, you, too may begin producing images like this one by GRAAA club member Ken Stewart to dazzle your friends and community. LINK: Ken Stewart's amazing Flickr site of real stars.
Admission: Free
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