Category Archives: Special Announcements

March 14th, 2020 – Meeting Cancelled – Online only

I am pleased to announce that we are adopting an online presence for our meetings until this period of “social distancing” has ended. We will be hosting our March meeting using Facebook live. Join us on the CAS Facebook Page Saturday, March 14th at 8pm for our March meeting. “A History of M: How the Messier Catalog Came to Be” led by our very own Brad Hoehne. The other good news is that if you miss the meeting, the video will still be around on the Facebook page to watch at your leisure! It is disappointing that we are unable to come together face-to-face over donuts and Diet Coke, but I am thankful that we are still able to connect with each other and continue our mission to share our enthusiasm for all things astronomy.

See you soon!
Ness Mayker
CAS President

Important Accouncement

Due to the recent recommendations for social distancing as a proactive way to “flatten the curve” on COVID-19 ( we are canceling the March meeting. Our original speaker, Brad Hoehne, is looking into several different options to make his Messier talk available to everyone. We will send more information as it becomes available. We are looking into using online video chat as a means to keep in touch during this time. We might consider experimenting with this platform to hold online meetings in place of physically meeting at Perkins until it is no longer recommended to practice social distancing. We will keep everyone updated with any new developments.

Take care of yourselves!

Ness Mayker
CAS President

December 14th – Annual Holiday party

Society Member Brad Hoehne took this star trail picture during the July meeting at Perkins Observatory.

The CAS Annual Holiday Party and Awards Ceremony is set for Saturday, December 14th. Setup begins at 4 pm, and dinner at 6 pm. Members are asked to bring a dish to share, and the musically inclined are encouraged to bring their instruments. We will enjoy a festive feast, elect new officers and board members for 2020, acknowledge service to the Society, and the pièce de résistance: a round of Astro-Jeopardy, with our host Brad “Trebek” Hoehne (to whom resistance is futile).

CAS Unveils New Official logo

Columbus Astronomical Society Official Logo

The Columbus Astronomical Society would like to reveal our new official logo! Our logo represents several items of interest:

  • The constellations in the background show the sky around the constellation of Cassiopeia which is abbreviated as “CAS”.
  • The round logo represents looking through an eyepiece through a telescope and focusing on the State of Ohio.
  • The bottom of the state outline represents the dark foreground of trees and hills like what we see in the Hocking Hills. Our club has a long standing relationship with the Hocking Hills State Park.
  • The “star” in the middle represents Columbus, OH, our home. It also is the location, in reference to the background constellations, of the strong radio source of Cassiopeia A.
  • 1947 is the year of our founding.
  • And finally, the gradient color of the state represents the twilight sky: the transition between night and day.