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The Delaware Astronomical Society's purpose is to encourage interest in and share our passion for astronomy. We do so throughout the year partly through star parties, a monthly on-line newsletter and having interesting guest speakers from various fields of astronomy at our meetings. These are only a few of our offerings to the members of DAS and the public at large. On this site, you will find our calendars, much more club information, items of interest to amateur astronomers, and lots of other information. Membership is not required to attend our meetings. Information on joining DAS is available at How to Join DAS.

Upcoming Events and Activities


September 24, 2014 - September 28, 2014

Annual observing trip to Spruce Knob, WV, the darkest observing site on the east coast, Interested? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., DAS Observing Chair.


September 26, 2014 - September 28, 2014

The AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS ASSOCIATION OF PRINCETON host a weekend of camaraderie and observing at the best dark sky location within 90 minutes of Princeton


October 3, 2014 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy farm fresh homemade ice cream under the waxing gibbous Moon as DAS members share telescope views with all. See their website for more information:


October 4, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Astronomy presentation in the lecture hall and if weather permits a star party on the rear lawn. DAS and MCAO Partners with DelMNH for Astronomy Day.


October 10, 2014 - October 11, 2014

Tentatively Flex-scheduled for October 10 or 11 at a member's home, the
specific date selected 1-2 days in advance according to the weather. We’ll have our usual Question and Answer session and review of members’ astrophotos.
DAS Yahoo Group email will announce the weather related scheduling of this AP-SIG meeting.

For more event information please see the DAS Calendar
DAS Members and guests are welcome to convene at the Sawin Observatory or another site where observing and imaging sessions take place on clear sky nights. Dates will post on the DAS Yahoo Group as weather permits.
Special Interest Groups’ (SIG) gatherings, which include developing the skill-sets for Astrophotography and Telescope Making (ATM), will post advisories to DAS members who join the DAS SIG through email.


Featured Articles

Astronomy Day at DelMNH - May '14
Published: 08-21-2014 Hits: 26
May 10 was AstronomyDay and DAS promoted it under very cloudy skies at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. After Greg Lee gave an informative presentation in the lecture hall, he, Keith Given and ...
DAS at the DelMarva StarGaze XX April 24 - 27, 2014
Published: 08-15-2014 Hits: 44
DAS at the DelMarva StarGaze XX April 24 - 27, 2014 Three planets, a few dozen galaxies, several galaxy groups and a couple of galaxy clusters, along with a number of various eye popping nebulae ...
Published: 08-21-2014 Hits: 67
HOW TO GET STARTED IN ASTROPHOTOGRPAHY by Bill Hanagan You can get started in astrophotography with just your current camera mounted on a tripod or a motorized telescope by taking wide field ...
InOMN at ChesLen Preserve
Published: 08-22-2014 Hits: 26
Quite a bit of work on the part of the ChesLen Preserve managers helped to make a success out of the much less than favorable skies for the International Observe The Moon Night event on Saturday, ...
NEAF 2014
Published: 08-21-2014 Hits: 31
NEAF was its usual fill of new equipment, interesting lectures and opportunities to talk one-on-one with manufacturers. DAS members explored many of the exhibits, covering a broad array of astronomy ...
The Cigar Lights Up
Published: 08-21-2014 Hits: 33
Eleven to 12 million years ago a white dwarf star and its companion star weren’t playing well together in the Cigar Galaxy, aka Messier 82 (M82). The white dwarf had been systematically ...

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