Astronomy Club


Our Astronomy Club hopes to stimulate an interest in the science of astronomy, to nurture a desire to understand the cosmos, and to provide opportunities for people to observe, appreciate and enjoy the beauty of astronomy.

Our Next Astro Club Meeting

March 17, 2017  at Youngstown State University for the Ward Beecher Planetarium lecture series
8 p.m.: Jason Kalirai of the Space Telescope Science Institute attempts to answer the question, “Are we Alone?” more info

Join members of the Beech Creek Astro club in attending this free lecture at Youngstown State University.  Details and directions to the Ward Beecher Planetarium 

RSVP : Please call to let us know you will attend.


 If we know you are coming we will meet you in the Beecher Planetarium lobby and we can all sit together.  Please try to be at the Planetarium by 7:40.

Coming up:

April (date/time TBA) – Solar Eclipse 2017: What’s the big deal?

Join us at Beech Creek to get the lowdown on all the buzz about the upcoming total solar eclipse that will be visible in the USA this summer.  Astro Club members will share their experiences chasing solar eclipse events across the globe, why this one is a really big deal for the USA and how you can prepare to enjoy it.

Check it out:


May (date/time TBA)  Telescopes in the parking lot

Bring your scope and join us for an evening of looking at the night sky.  This event is for those who would like a little help using a telescope to navigate the night sky.

June/ July:  Star Watch events TBA

August 21,2017: Solar Eclipse watch at Beech Creek – Details TBA



Meeting Recap:

Nov. 5, 2016 – “So you want to buy a telescope!”  Club members Jodi & Roy McCullough and Ralph & Sue Peti shared information on what to look for when choosing that all important “first” telescope.  If you did not attend  the “big” takeaway was – for the price of a big box store telescope you could get a much better and more useable scope from a good  company.

Here are some good resources for you to check out. – Very good and helpful information here –

Celestron FirstScope – very affordable – about $50


  • High quality Dobsonian style stand with a 76 mm reflector optical tube makes FirstScope an ideal entry level astronomical telescope.
  • Portable and lightweight table-top design makes it easy to store, transport and setup your FirstScope Telescope
  • FirstScope is very easy to observe with, the user simply navigates the night sky by moving the tube in the direction of their desired object.
  • Stylish and decorative design makes FirstScope a wonderful keepsake for anyone interested in astronomy.




Celestron NexStar SE Computerized Telescope    – a little more $ commitment but still affordable.


  • Celestron’s iconic “orange tube” design is updated with all the latest features to provide the best stargazing experience for beginners and experienced observers alike.
  • 5-inch aperture provides excellent light-gathering ability at an affordable price. You’ll get impressive views of the Moon and planets, along with deep sky objects like the Orion Nebula, while retaining a compact form factor.
  • Fully automated GoTo mount with database of 40,000+ celestial objects automatically locates and tracks objects for you.



March 2016 topic:  Astro Photography tips and tricks

Ed Teeters shared some of his insight on taking great night sky pictures using a camera and tripod. He  passed out his beautiful astro photography prints.

From February 2016 Meeting: Download a pdf of Sue Peti’s  ” Astronomy for FREE”  page with links to the sites she shared at the Feb.27 meeting. Our meetings are especially suited for those who are just getting started or just curious about night sky viewing.

If you have any questions or would like to suggest topics, speakers or just share ideas please contact Nancy BakerCazan, Beech Creek Ed. Program Director at or call Beech Creek at 330-829-7050

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