THE FCAS

ABOUT
The Fairfield County Astronomical Society normally meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 8pm at the Observatory. Meetings usually consist of a short business session, followed by a speaker or film/video. Speakers are drawn from the astronomical community of the Northeast, both amateur and professional. The FCAS meeting ends at about 10pm and members are free to use the telescope for the rest of the night. This has been the most common time for the general membership of FCAS to use the telescope, although qualified members can arrange to use it nearly any time. Some members also bring their own telescopes to set up on the roof observing deck of the building which has a fairly good view, although light pollution is a problem. There are several small telescopes at the Observatory, as well as the 22-inch. The original 10-inch telescope built by Bob Cox is still available for use.

Society efforts to further astronomical education in the community include an annual Astronomy Day, also sponsored by the Museum. That afternoon special events for children and a Planetarium show both take place at the main Museum building, and there is an open house at the Observatory with observations of the sun if weather permits. An evening observing session completes the day. Each year we have a topical theme suggested by astronomical events at that time.

FCAS members help staff special event open house times, such as during Farm Days or when a bright comet is visible. Halley's Comet and Comets Hyakutake and Hale-Bopp have provided good viewing, with hundreds of people visiting. For Halley's Comet we shared in the preparation of a major exhibit at the main Museum. The theme was Halley's, but the exhibit covered all phases of comet apparitions and history.

THE FCAS STORY
Soon after the founding of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in 1936, the Museum developed an astronomy program. The Stamford Astronomers Club came to be and installed a Spitz Model "A" planetarium by building a dome made of wood slats for the frame, which became the first small planetarium between New York and Boston. Here, astronomy classes were taught and a telescope was acquired.
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DONATE
Please consider donating to the FCAS to help fund our research. Make your check out to the Fairfield County Astronomical Society and send it to the address below or visit the Observatory to make a donation in-person. Thank you for your generosity, any donation amount is greatly appreciated.
Fairfield County Astronomical Society
Stamford Observatory
39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903


JOIN THE FCAS
Regular meetings of the society are held the second Tuesday of each month, except for July and August. After each meeting, the society has an observation session, weather permitting. Members receive monthly meeting notices. Upon demonstration of proficiency, members will be allowed to use one or more of the telescopes and workshop equipment.
On the application, you are required to provide your name, address, phone number and e-mail.

FEES:Regular Membership: $35Under the age of 21: $25 Over the age of 65: $25

Members over the age of 21 must have a membership with the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Because the Observatory is part of the Museum and on Museum grounds, having a Museum membership will allow you free entrance and parking on the grounds and reduced rates for events.
Please download the application PDF and send your completed application and check to:
Fairfield County Astronomical Society
Stamford Observatory
39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903