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Last Updated:
October 21, 2013



Beginners  Special  Interest  Group  (B-SIG)

[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/ membership.]


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.

Coordinator's Welcome

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 page.

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 at http://www.mnastro.org/forums/viewforum.php?f=5, under the ''Special Interest Groups'' section.  Anyone can read messages, but you must be a registered member of the forum to post.

Contact Information:

For more information regarding this Special Interest Group, please contact:

Dave Falkner
email: def5454@gmail.com

Ric Heins
email: astro@richeins.com