Club Events / Meetings

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The Ford Amateur Astronomy Club organizes a series of events throughout the year that are open to the general public.

General Meeting

The Ford Amateur Astronomy Club holds regular general meetings open to the public on the fourth Thursday of every* month at 7PM. Meetings are held at Henry Ford College (HFC) Administrative Services and Conference Center Berry Amphitheater Except November and December  (Thanksgiving Day and Christmas holidays) when special dates are selected

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Board Meeting

The Club Board meetings are held at 7PM the first Thursday of each month and are open to members.

Do you want us at your Event/Meeting

Do you have company or public event that you think having some telescopes, observing or astronomy based presentations as a nice addition. If so contact us with the details of your event and its purpose and we will let you know if some of our members are available to come out to add an astronomy twist to your event. You can email us at

Observing Site

The Ford Amateur Astronomy Club has an established Access to Island Lake State park, Spring Mill Pond as an observing site for the members of the club. During our Beginner Nights the park gates will be open until 10PM, all visiting guests must be accompanied by a Ford Amateur Astronomy Club member after 10PM.

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Members looking to stay after 10PM or wish to enter the park any night after 10PM will need to get the code of the park gate from one of our club members or club officers at the observing site during an observing session.
Please send a note to us at our Club eMail to let us know that you would like to attend an observing session outside of our Beginner Nights so that we can make arrangements for you. Always lock the gate behind you after 10:00pm whether entering or leaving the park. Don’t forget to place the key back in the lock box immediately after use. It is our only means of entering and exiting the park after hours.

Beginner Nights Schedule 2017

Month 1st Quarter Beginner’s Night Sunset Location
June Thursday, 1st Saturday, 3rd 9:04pm IL
July Friday, June 30th Saturday, July 1st 9:12pm IL
July II Sunday, July 30th Saturday, 22th 8:54pm IL (Club Picnic)
August Tuesday, 29th Saturday, 26th

** Eclipse is on 21st

8:15pm IL
September Friday, 9th Fri-Sat 29, 30 7:17pm 7:14pm (AATB / KMP?)
October Sunday, 27th Saturday, 28th 6:30pm Maybury

A Calendar of events for all the above mentioned meetings and events is below.