Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2004-11-10

People considering buying a telescope for Christmas may want to take note of two upcoming Birmingham Astronomical Society [BAS] meetings.

At its Tuesday, Nov. 16 meeting, BAS members will provide information and expertise to assist novice astronomers in making an informed buying decision. Several types of telescopes will be available for examination. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in Samford University's Sciencenter Planetarium.

On Saturday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m., BAS will meet at the Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park for a special star party. Members will set up a variety of telescopes for night sky viewing.

"Telescopes come in many sizes and shapes, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages," said BAS program coordinator George Atchley, who is director of the Samford Planetarium. "Some are not worth purchasing, but there are some excellent choices recently introduced by manufacturers for almost every budget."

For information, contact Atchley at (205) 726-4139 or check the website at


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