Officers & Board

 

Elected Officers

President

Derek Demeter (321) 388-4788 demeterd@seminolestate.edu

Vice President

Bob Vogel (407) 314-1798 robertclarence@hotmail.com

Treasurer

Kent Allingham   treasurer@cfas.org

Secretary

Anna Metke   secretary@cfas.org
Board Members At Large

Richard Wright

  bmal1@cfas.org

James (Don) Ratliff

  bmal2@cfas.org

 

Committees & Other Board Members

AstroLog Editor

Francisco Gonzalez* keframil@gmail.com

Dark Sky Advisory Committee

Derek Demeter* (321) 388-4788 demeterd@seminolestate.edu
Robert Vogel*     (407) 314-1798 robertclarence@hotmail.com

Education & Public Outreach Director

Mike McConville mcconvillem@seminolestate.edu

Loaner Telescopes

Francisco Gonzalez*  keframil@gmail.com

Librarian / Education Committee /Mentor Program

Open Position

Membership Committee

Ray Jones*  (407) 221-6779 raygjones@earthlink.net

Endowment Fund Manager / CFAS Equipment Manager

Ray Jones*  (407) 221-6779 raygjones@earthlink.net

Observing Committee

Mike McConville           mcconvillem@seminolestate.edu

Observing Sites:

 

The Ocala Dark sky site is located at the old Navy range station off of Florida highway 19 some 13 miles north of Umatilla, Florida and a mile south of Florida Highway 40.

There are signs for a US navy facility marking the road to the site (NFS road 524). CFAS has an agreement with the National Forest service to have private access to this area on specific new moon nights. The agreement requires that a porta-potty be available on viewing nights. Telescopes are set up in a large paved area.

No elecricity is available, however some members bring small generators. Seeing conditions are good with views to the east and south being the best. The Ocala light dome interferes with views to the northwest.

The site is located at Lat: 29° 8’ 34.23 N, Long: 81°38’ 32.06’’ W.

http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=29.143461,-81.642238&z=15&t=h&hl=en,

Clear Sky Clock: http://cleardarksky.com/c/CFASCFFLkey.html

CFAS members are asked to sign up in advance on the observing Forum. This allows the CFAS Ocala site member to make arrangements for the porta-potty. If arriving after dark ensure headlights are turned off after passing the new Navy facility on the left.

CFAS Ocala site POC: Vince White.

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve Site (KPP) The KPP dark sky site is located at the KPP Florida campground.

CFAS uses this excellent facility for its two annual star parties held in the Spring and Fall during the new moon.

The camp ground is located off of US 441 some 25 miles northwest of Okeechobee, Florida. Take county road 724 west off of US 441, and follow the signs some 13 miles to the campground.

This is an excellent dark sky site that is on par with the state's best areas. The camp ground offers sites with water and electricity hook ups. Showers and rest rooms available. Besides the 12 new sites built for astronomers there are many additional ones available in a wooded area. Florida park fees are required.

http://www.floridastateparks.org/kissimmeeprairie/default.cfm The site is located at Lat: 27° 35’ 4.60 N, Long: 81°2’ 42.92’’ W.

http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=27.583365,-81.045885&z=16&t=h&hl=en ,

Clear Sky Clock: http://cleardarksky.com/c/KPPFLkey.html?1

Programs

Robert Vogel*     (407) 314-1798 robertclarence@hotmail.com

Publicity Committee

Elizabeth Vilella  publicity@cfas.org

Astronomical League Corespondant

Thomas Grimms*      tgrimms007@gmail.com

Scientific Activities Committee

Position open contact  president@cfas.org to apply.

CFAS Store Manager

Dwight Cox  karakhitai@aol.com

Historian

Position open contact  president@cfas.org to apply.

Web Site Content Manager and Forum Administrator

Tony Urzi -   tonyu13@earthlink.net

Webmaster

Francisco E Gonzalez - webmaster@cfas.org

* Indicates Committee Chairman and CFAS Board Member

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