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Sunspot  photo added  10/25/14
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New Report Added 10/11/13
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Club Information

This web site features examples of astrophotography and other activities by the Cumberland Astronomy Club of Cumberland, MD. The club membership represents many walks of life, including students, housewives, contractors, and even a few college professors. Meetings are held on the third Friday of each month, usually at the La Vale Public Library. Occasional meetings are held at the Frostburg State University Planetarium.

The club is affiliated with the The Astronomical League. Annual dues are $10 for a family membership. The dues include individual registration with AL and entitle the member to a subscription to The Reflector, AL's quarterly publication on amateur astronomy. If you are interested in becoming a member, or if you'd like more information about the club, please contact one of the officers, or you can contact S. Luzader at the email address given at the bottom of this page.

2015-2016 Cumberland Astronomy Club Officers

President Dr. Robert Doyle
Vice-President David Sherman
Secretary/Treasurer/ALCor Dr. Stephen Luzader

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Meeting Information

Last Meeting



"Astronomy Udate"

Next Meeting

8:00 PM




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Next Star Party

Telescopes will be set up in the courtyard outside the planetarium lobby, weather permitting.

Astrophotography by CAC members

Click on a category to see "thumbnail" preview images.

Star Trails Startrails and other examples of fixed tripod astrophotography. (Aurora photo added 6/23/04.) Constellations Constellations A collection of fixed tripod photographs of familiar constellations. 

Comet Pictures Comet pictures (Comet Jacques added 8/28/14)

Sun Moon and Planets Pictures of the sun, moon and planets. (New photo added 10/25/14)
Deep Space "Deep space" objects, including novae, galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters. (New image added 7/29/04.)  Messier Objects Messier objects.  (New images added  9/15/04.)

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Special Reports of Activities by CAC members

The 2013 Blackwater Falls Astronomy Weekend
(Posted October 2013)

The Folger Mount (Posted November 2007)

John Jankauskas Earns AL Lunar Club Certificate (Posted January 2004)

The Beijing Ancient Observatory (Posted June 1998)

Naked Eye Planetary Astronomy (Posted June 2000)

Reports by Steve Luzader

John Jankauskas' Observatory (PowerPoint Presentation in pdf format)

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Astronomical Links

Get the latest on  NEW HORIZONS approach to Pluto:

APL Site
Free montly star charts for your personal use

Overnight Prints Learning Center
Astronomy Activities for Kids

Teach Astronomy
All kinds of astronomy resources
Check for solar flares, auroras, etc.

Clear Sky Clock for Frostburg courtesy Attilla Danko
Accuweather Stargazing Forecast for Frostburg
Intellicast Sky Watch for MD-PA-WV

Accuweather Visible Satellite Image of MD-PA cloud cover for star party planning


Hale-Bopp pictures by CAC members
CCD images by Greg Latta and Frostburg State students
The Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Astronomical League
American Association of Amateur Astronomers

Sky & Telescope magazine
Astronomy magazine

Jersey Starquest
Kanawha Valley Astronomical Society (includes Blackwater Falls Astronomy Weekend)
Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh

Star Gazer Online (Jack Horkheimer, formerly "Star Hustler")
SEDS (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space)

Lunar Prospector mission (NASA Ames Research Center)
Mars Pathfinder mission (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Mars Global Surveyor (JPL)
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Space Telescope Science Institute (Hubble Space Telescope images)
Green Bank National Radio Astronomy Observatory
StarDate Online

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Steve Luzader's home page
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