Central Florida Astronomical Society, Inc.

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Issues: Technology, Education, Sports

Location: PO Box 917701 Longwood FL 32791 USA

Mission: CFAS serves Orlando's four county metropolitan area. Comprised entirely of volunteers, CFAS provides astronomy related programs to public, private, and home schools (elementary, middle, and secondary) and the public at large. CFAS members support the operation of the local observatories (University of Central Florida and Orlando Science Center) and the planetarium (Seminole Community College). CFAS membership includes all family members. All area students are encouraged to attend our viewing sessions. Several of CFAS's active members have been published in well-known astronomical publications. The membership provides a forum for the interchange of knowledge and ideas between the experienced and those desiring to learn, removing the barrier of age. CFAS's major achievements included the restoration and the maintenance of the 26" Tinsley research telescope at UCF's Robinson Observatory. UCF is now in the process of replacing the Tinsley with a remote controlled observing installation. CFAS provides free training to members at Robinson in the use of the observing equipment. Upon certification, members may utilize the observatory on weekends for recreational observing and/or study and research.

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