The Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club meets on the third Friday of each month, with a break in December.
We meet at the Myers Park Baptist Church campus, in the Education Building, from 7pm-9pm.
The meetings are open to the public, and include an astronomy related lecture, followed by refreshments. Guests should plan to arrive 10-15 min before the meeting begins in order to sign in.
Myers Park Baptist Church
1900 Queens Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
Buying a telescope can be challenging. Sky and Telescope has a very educational article to read about the basics. In addition to reading, attending the club star parties is a great way to see some telescopes in action and decide on what scope might fits your needs best.
The CAAC has a Telescope Loaner Program (available to CAAC Members Only). This is a great way to learn more about the night sky and to experience views from your own backyard! A loaner telescope can help you get started and decide on the kind of telescope that you would like to buy. The CAAC also has a dark sky observatory with three magnificent examples of the common telescopes manufactured today, albeit much larger versions.
NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide
Sky and Telescope Magazine
Starry Night for Windows ($$$)
Stellarium for Windows, Mac, & Linux (free)
Google Sky (free)
SkyView for iOS (free)
Red Screen for electronic devices
Red Screen for Windows (free)
RedScreen for Mac (free)
iPhone Red Filter for iOS (free)
Rubylith Red Mask Film ($)
Where is a monthly star chart