ہم آپ کو معروف بک میکر پاکستان سے Mostbet com پر آن لائن کیسینو گیمنگ اور اسپورٹس بیٹنگ سے لطف اندوز ہونے کی دعوت دیتے ہیں۔ واقعات کی ایک بے مثال لائن، اعلی مشکلات، مختلف بونس اور پروموشنز، مفت شرطیں، مفت گھماؤ اور تیزی سے واپسی آپ کو لاتعلق نہیں چھوڑے گی۔ یہ ہماری آسان موبائل ایپ کو چیک کرنے کے قابل بھی ہے۔

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

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry





    • The next scheduled public program will be July 13, 2024 at 3:00 pm (Solar Saturday).

    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.

The next monthly business meeting will be on July 11, 2024 (note the date is NOT July 4, but rather the SECOND Thursday in July) starting at 7:00 pm. This meeting will be held at the EIOLC and virtually via Zoom. Meeting details, including a link to the online meeting, will be in the June 2024 issue of The Prime Focus sent to members before the end of May.

On April 8th, there was a partial Solar Eclipse visible in Iowa which was viewed from the observatory by 350 people based on a count from an airial picture plus many iside buildings, for an estimated total of 400. Thank you to all member volunteers who assisted and to all visitors for a fun event. The May issue of the award winning The Prime Focus newsletter includes many stories and pictures.

  • The observatory 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 10, 2023: 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 1245 indexed items in the books and media, there are now over 2500 magazine issues, and we have more than 100 recorded presentations given at CAA Free Public nights, some dating back to 2015.

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


  • Download a Flyer with all of the 2024 Event dates and times (171 kB pdf) or business card size schedule (113 kB pdf).
  • 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.



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

Society Officers
Tom Weber *
Vice President,
Chris Kardos *
Wendell Clifton 
Carl Bracken

* Newly elected for 2024




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