[NOTE: Participation in Special Interest
Groups is limited to MAS members only.
For information about
joining the MAS, please visit the membership
page at www.mnastro.org/
The Beginners SIG focuses on getting you started in astronomy... from
purchasing and getting the most out of your telescope to learning the night skies.
The Beginners Special Interest Group usually gets together on the second or
third Saturday of each month to discuss what we've been doing, to share ideas, show
off our new ''toys'' and to listen to a presentation on a topic of interest. Previous
topics have been astronomical terms, constellations, telescope basics, accessories
and Messier Objects. Everyone is welcome, no matter what level you consider
yourself - beginner, intermediate, advanced, etc. I would suggest that you regularly
check the B-SIG
discussion forum in the MAS discussion forums to keep informed of what's
going on with the group. The discussion forums can be linked to from the MAS home
If you're new to astronomy, or even just new to MAS, this is a good place to
start. You don't need a telescope or any equipment, just an interest in learning
more. Send me an e-mail or post in the B-SIG discussion forum if you have any questions.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
[See ''Events Calendar'' at www.mnastro.org/events]
Beginners SIG meetings are held the second or third Saturday of each month,
usually starting at 10:30 a.m. with half an hour before hand to set up and meet
people. Normally we meet at the Golden Valley Library but we do have 3 or 4
field trips annually that will meet at one of the MAS observing sites on a regularly
scheduled MAS star party night. Any changes to the scheduled location will be
posted in the Beginner's Discussion area. You can link to the discussion area from
the MAS home page. The full list of upcoming meetings is posted near the top of the
B-SIG forums under the heading ''B-SIG Schedule''.
If you are interested in giving a presentation please contact Dave Falkner at the
address at the bottom of the page, or use the B-SIG discussion forum.
Useful Resources on the Internet
The following Beginner SIG forum discussion topic lists a number of useful Internet
sites. The list of links complied by Steve Emert can be found HERE
Discussion Forum Instructions
The Beginner's SIG uses a web-based discussion forum to facilitate
communication among its members. The forum is found
under the ''Special Interest Groups'' section. Anyone can
read messages, but you must be a registered member of the forum
For more information regarding this Special Interest Group, please contact: