Welcome to the Astronomy Club of Virginia Tech Home Page!
Instructions for joining the Astronomy Club Mailing List
When and where and what's going on.
Please contact the officers for more information (e.g., schedule of upcoming
Pictures from various Astonomy club outings.
Useful Observing Tools
- SkyMaps's Evening Sky
Map and Calendar Nice PDF sky chart for the current month, showing
stars, constellation lines, planets, and Messier objects. Makes it easy
to figure out what interesting things are visible on a given evening.
Nice calendar comes with the map, detailing celestial events of interest
for the current month.
Small's Telrad Messier Maps PDF maps showing the location of each
Messier object, centered in a Telrad, shown with respect to the nearby
stars. Makes it easy to find and center a Messier object in a telescope
(if the telescope is equipped with a telrad; the C14 at Prices Fork has
a telrad). Messier objects are the brightest 100, or so, galaxies,
nebulae, and star clusters in the sky.
- The Astronomy Connection's
Observing Targets Page Lots of useful information for the
more advanced telescopic observer.
Rules for Usage of the Prices Fork Observatory
For rules on use of the Observatory key see the VT
Physics Dept Webpage on the Astronomy Club
This photo of the Prices Fork Observatory and surroundings is from the
Server-USA website. The observatory is the small circular structure just
north of the center of the image. The gravel road that passes the
observatory building is plainly visible in the image.