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"O telescope, instrument of much knowledge, more precious than any sceptre!"

– Johannes Kepler

  

upcoming EVENTs

AT THE eASTERN ioWA oBSERVATORY AND LEARNING CENTER

 


 

    • The next monthly business meeting will be on December 7, 2017 starting at 7:00 pm in the St Luke's Hospital Resource Center.  This will also be the annual CAA "Pot Luck". 
      Directions to the St. Luke’s Resource Center is on the Web Site under Monthly Meetings.   
    • The next public night presentation will be in March  2018.  Date and time to be announced.  
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  • Observatory Public Open Saturdays 
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  • The open hours periods on Saturdays have ended for the year.  We will consider again having the observatory open every Saturday night for individuals or families to just drop in for a visit and tour of the telescopes starting in April of 2018. It will depend on the availability of enough volunteers.
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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.
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  • A recently updated listing of publications and media available in the Observatory library and also on the Documents  page.

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.

 

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,
Scott Bounds (Interim)
Vice President,
John Leeson
Secretary,
Doug Slauson
Treasurer,
Carl Bracken

 

 

 

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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.