DAS Activities

DAS Public Nights

Public Nights
Tuesday and Thursday at
DU's Historic Chamberlin Observatory
Current start time is 7:30 pm
Costs to the public are:
$4.00 adults, $3.00 children
RESERVATIONS Please Click:
Public Night Reservations

Volunteering

Showing the Night Sky or the Sun to Others

There is a wide range of volunteer opportunities involving astronomical observing for DAS Members, including bi-weekly Public Nights at DU’s Historical Observatory, monthly Open Houses at Chamberlin, and Public or Private Star Party/Astronomy Outreach Events. Sharing our knowledge and love of astronomy is one of the most important things we do.

Star Parties/Public Observing

The DAS provides telescope operators, lecturers, and experienced sky guides for astronomical activities at schools, businesses, nature centers, and conferences.

DAS MEMBERS: We are in need of volunteers in February and March, 2017. Please email July Candia at external@denverastro.org if you can assist. Thank you!

Outreach February-March 2017:

February 16, 2017, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
Clear Sky Elementary (4th grade), 1470 Clear Sky Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109. Solar Viewing/possible presentation.

February 28, 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
Wilmore-Davis Elementary, 7975 W 41st Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Community Night – Night Observing.

March 3, 2017, during school hours, TBD.
Coronado Hills Elementary, 8300 Downing Dr., Denver, CO 80229. Reading for Dr. Seuss Day/Share info. about DAS/amateur astronomy.

March 30, 2017, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Homeschooled kids – all ages, pre-school and up (~ 65 people, including some adults). Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 (exact location TBD). Night observing.

Public Nights

DAS members who want to volunteer to operate the 20-inch Clark-Saëgmuller telescope for Public Nights in DU’s Historic Chamberlin Observatory may do so by entering the Operator training program. Please contact the Public Night coordinator, Hugh Davidson, at 303-679-0629 for information.

Open Houses

Open Houses are a fun activity both for the public visitors and for DAS members. It can be a real blast showing visitors the sky. Many have never looked through a telescope before or have seen a planet or even the Moon close up.  They’re a great way for new members to get a taste of the joys of astronomy outreach.  Just bring your telescope to Chamberlin Observatory on an Open House Night, set it up, and enjoy the experience.  If you’re new to astronomy, visit an Open House and kibitz while more experienced outreachers interact with the public to get some tips.