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"Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive."

– Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry

  

upcoming EVENTs

AT THE eASTERN ioWA oBSERVATORY AND LEARNING CENTER

 


 

    • The next public program will be on December 18, 2021 at 7:30pm and will be a virtual only meeting using Zoom.
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    The Public Events Page will have the program information and a link to the virtual presentation when it is available. Information will also be posted on the CAA Facebook Page.

  • Most of the public programs held virtually have been recordeed and the recordings are available to members in the CAA library at the observatory.

  • The next monthly business meeting will be on January 6, 2022 starting at 7:00 pm. This meeting will be held online as a virtual meeting only. Meeting details, including a link to the online meeting, will be in the January 2022 issue of The Prime Focus sent to members before the end of December, 2021.

  • During the pandemic the observatory is not open to the public. Once normal operations can resume, it is only open for scheduled Public Events (see navigation link at right) and for reserved events. If you would like to make arrangements for a group visit, and you can round up 15 or more attendees, then leave a request at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    • Updated December 4, 2021: You can download the list of books and media, the list of magazines and publications, and the list of Public Night Presentations available in the associaton's library on the "Documents" page. There are now 1112 indexed items in the books and media and we have 68 recorded presentations given at CAA Free Public nights, some dating back to 2015.
     

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  • Please send questions to: "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.".  

     

  • Download a map (276 kB pdf) to Pal-Dows Preserve.

Come Explore Your Universe!

 

Members of the Cedar Amateur Astronomers (CAA) host public and private group events at the Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center. The EIOLC is located on the grounds of Palisades-Dows Preserve, between Mount Vernon and Ely, Iowa.

 

There is a new link in the navigation pane at the right labeled "EIOLC Webcam" that shows a view of the observatory grounds. The camera is called Pal-Dows Skies and it shows a good size area of the southeast sky as well as the area around the observatory buildings and domes. Check the sky before you go if you would like, or see if others are out observing.

As well as being a member society of the Astronomical League, the CAA is a member of NASA's Night Sky Network, a nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy societies committed to sharing their time, their telescopes, and their enthusiasm for astronomy with their local communities. The CAA hosts public viewing nights during the year and information about those public observing nights can be found on the Events page of the website.

The Society serves its members, the public, local school districts, youth groups, as well as college and university classes. We have also hosted state and regional conventions in Cedar Rapids. Since its founding, the Society's membership has grown from 12 members to over 100. Our members come from all walks of life and with all levels of interest in astronomy.

The Cedar Amateur Astronomers, Inc. was founded on September 29, 1979, and incorporated in 1980. Based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the CAA is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center at Palisades-Dows Preserve is jointly operated by the Cedar Amateur Astronomers and the Linn County Conservation Board.

 

INQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO

Email
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Voicemail
319.848.2068

Postal Address
Cedar Amateur Astronomers, Inc.
P.O. Box 10786
Cedar Rapids IA 52410

Society Officers
President,
John Leeson *
Vice President,
Noha Reda *
Secretary,
Deb Bonser
Treasurer,
Carl Bracken

* Newly elected for 2022

 

 

 

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The Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center at Palisades-Dows Preserve.
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The Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center at Palisades-Dows Preserve. Winter aerial view.