Holiday Meeting and Raffle

2023 Holiday raffle

This event will start at 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 7, 2023 with conversation and refreshments. This event is open to club members and the public; please join us. There will also be a number of raffle items to purchase tickets for — see them below.

LOCATION: UNC-Asheville Reuter Center, Manheimer Room on the bottom floor.

This year, we’ll have three door prizes:
3 attendees will win an astronomical warning sign, a red flashlight, or the book “A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky”.


Prices shown (when available) are the approximate retail value.
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Sky & Telescope’s Jumbo Pocket Sky Atlas, 2nd Edition

Features: The wonderfully color-illustrated charts (90 of them) in this volume contain 30,796 stars to visual magnitude 7.6.
Retail value; with shipping and taxes: $53

Dinner for Two at Chestnut Restaurant

Features: Creative cuisine & craft cocktails in downtown Asheville.
Since 2012 Chestnut has been making a gustatory impression on Downtown Asheville. Chestnut offers classics done right with a touch of cutting edge. From house cured meats to perfect mashed potatoes to local steak cooked to a turn to local vegetables fresh from the farmer; it’s not what you do, but how you do it.
Retail value: $100 certificate

NightWatch, 5th edition – a practical guide to viewing the universe

Features: As NightWatch, Terence Dickinson’s classic stargazing guide, neared its 40th anniversary, Dickinson worked with a small group of trusted colleagues to give this groundbreaking reference an overhaul that will take it deep into the 21st century. Longtime astronomy writer and sky observer Ken Hewitt-White led the editorial team. A central aspect to this new edition is the subtle improvements to the unique seasonal star charts that present a 360-degree simulation of the night sky on one page and identify the stars and constellations on the facing page.
Retail value; with shipping and taxes: $35

Dinner for Two at The Madness Restaurant

Features: Sushi, Burger, and Bar with locations in North Asheville and Candler
Retail value: $100 certificate

Milky Way Rising over the Blue Ridge Parkway
Club member Jerry Sherman took this image from the Mt. Pisgah Trailhead parking lot. It is a 12” x 18” frameless custom canvas print.
Retail value: $50+

Road Atlas for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2024 – Color Edition

Features: This atlas contains a comprehensive series of 26 detailed maps of the path of totality (for the April 8, 2024 eclipse) across Mexico, the USA and Canada. The large scale (1 inch = 22 miles) shows both major and minor roads, towns and cities, rivers, lakes, parks, national forests, wilderness areas and mountain ranges.
Retail value; with shipping and taxes: $25

Rick Boozer’s Image of NGC 4945 Edge-On Galaxy
Dr. Boozer is an astrophysicist who captured this image of the 9.3 magnitude barred-spiral in the constellation Centaurus. It is a 12” x 15” framed print (despite the unframed image).
Retail value: $50+