Roanoke coordinates: 37o 16' 04" N, 79o 56' 26"W Altitude is about 1050 feet (320
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e: bring your own food, beverages, cups and utensils; folding chairs; and eat in family groups. Masks will be worn whenever social distancing cannot be maintained outdoors or in the observatory. There will be do
RVAS ANNUAL PICNIC and STAR PARTY: Saturday, October 16th (Rain Date: Saturday, October 23rd). The Society resumes its annual event exclusively for members and their families and invited guests at the Claytor Nature Center and Belk Observatory, Bedford, VA. (This event takes the place of our regular third Monday monthly meeting. The next monthly Zoom meeting will be November 15th.) The picnic begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Center’s Husted Pavilion, with observing to follow at the Belk Observatory. For safety during the continuing COVID pandemic the picnic is tailgate style: bring your own food, beverages, cups, plates and utensils; folding chairs; and eat in family groups. Masks will be worn whenever social distancing cannot be maintained outdoors or in the observatory. There will be door prize drawings and demonstrations of some of the telescopes and eyepieces owned by the RVAS that are available for loan to members. The observing segment will feature use of the Observatory’s Gilbert 20-inch Ritchey-Chrétien telescope. Several 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain and other telescopes will also be available for use. Members may also bring their own telescopes. A map and directions are included in the October newsletter.