DAS Activities

DAS Public Nights

Public Nights
Tuesday and Thursday at
DU's Historic Chamberlin Observatory
Current start time is 8:30 pm.

Costs to the public are:
$4.00 adults, $3.00 children

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Public Night Reservations



Public Night Teams

Some of the Denver Astronomical Society’s brightest and most enthusiastic individuals lead Public Nights each Tuesday and Thursday at the University of Denver’s Historic Chamberlin Observatory.

Public Night teams are comprised of DAS members who serve the roles of team leader, key holder, telescope operator, lecturer, or apprentice.  All apprentices must serve for an extended period under the guidance of an experienced Public Night operator, who verifies their qualifications for a rigorous “check ride” test and that they have a working knowledge of Clark-Saegmuller telescope operation parameters and safety requirements. Public outreach skills and knowledge of the night sky, including year-round object location abilities are also stressed. After passing the “check ride,” prospective operators must pass a written certification exam that focuses on public safety and safe operation of the telescope and the observatory. All team members are re-certified on a regular basis.

List of Public Night & Open House Teams (5/1/2018)

Team & ScheduleTeam MembersRole(s)
Team #1 - TuesdayDarrell DodgeKey/Operator
David ShouldiceKey/Operator
Ron HranacKey/Lecture
Dena McClung (L)Key/Greeter
Team #2 - ThursdayDavid Tondreau (L)Key/Lecture/Operator
Doug DreherOperator
Todd ThomasKey/Lecture/Operator
Alan PriceApprentice
Team #3 - TuesdayDavid Shouldice Key/Operator
Mark CaryGreeter
Dave GianakosOperator
George HammondLecture
Digby Kirby (L)Key/Greeter
Team #4 - ThursdayBrad Gilman (L)Key/Operator
Joe KozicOperator
Ken SturrockApprentice
July CandiaOperator
Team #5 - TuesdayDarrell DodgeKey/Operator
John DoranLecture/Operator
David Shouldice Key/Lecture/Operator
Dena McClung (L)Key/Lecture
Mark CaryGreeter
Team #6 - TuesdayHugh DavidsonKey/Operator
David ShouldiceKey/Operator
Ted CoxOperator
Digby Kirby (L)Key/Greeter
John GroubertLecture
Team #7 - Open HouseDena McClungKey/Operator
Brad GilmanKey/Operator
Hugh Davidson (L)Key/Operator
Ed LadnerApprentice
Brent BlakeTicket Seller
Robin PagliasottiTicket Seller
Freelance OperatorConnor BrayVarious