Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where do you meet?

A: During the cold months we usually meet at Seven Ponds Nature Center near Dryden, MI.  During the warm months we hold public outreach events at various locations around the Dryden, Lapeer, Attica area. We also have last minute impromptu telescope observing sessions year-round at Seven Ponds and other locations.

 

Q: What happens at the meetings?

A: Meetings at the Nature Center usually start with general socializing over snacks and coffee followed by announcements and introduction of the speaker and his/her presentation. Afterward, members and guests set up telescopes in front of the building for observing, weather permitting.

 

Q: Why Seven Ponds Nature Center?

A: The Nature Center provides us with a dark location for telescope observing, outside power, an auditorium, seating, kitchen, restrooms, heat, and air conditioning.

 

Q: How much does it cost to be a member?

A: Nothing! Ever. The Club has no dues or fees. You can join Seven Ponds Nature Center if you wish. Membership allows you to use your telescope at the nature during non-meeting nights as long as there are no other events that night. However, the club does incur expenses to participate in outreach activities and to obtain and maintain their equipment.  So, donations are greatly appreciated.

 

Q: How do I become a member?

A: Just come to a meeting, sign the guestbook and you’re in! There are no forms to fill out.

 

Q: Do I have to own a telescope to join?

A: No. Everyone is welcome regardless of experience or skill level. Most club members will be happy to show you the skies through their telescopes.  In addition, the club owns and maintains a 10" reflecting telescope at the Nature Center for trained member's use. If you already own a telescope or binoculars, bring them along.  If you have questions on how to use them, we can help.

 

Q: How is the club organized?

A: A small group of volunteers do the planning, organizing, recruiting speakers, and partnering with other organizations, etc.

Q: Are there other astronomy activities in the area?

A: Yes! Many members of the club participate in the activities of other regional astronomy clubs throughout the year.  In addition, the club participates in annual multi-club events such as Astronomy at the Beach near South Lyon and the Great Lakes Star Gaze held near Gladwin both of which are held in September.