About the society:
The Chippewa Valley Astronomical
Society (C.V.A.S.) is an amateur astronomy club in Wisconsin's Chippewa
Valley. The society, which currently has more than 50 members,
meets at Hobbs Observatory in the Beaver Creek Reserve near Fall Creek
Wisconsin. C.V.A.S. members cover a broad spectrum of astronomical
interests, from casual observing of the constellations to serious
visual observing, astrophotography, astrometry, CCD imaging, computer
control of telescopes, photometry, telescope building, and radio
Public talks are given at 8 p.m. on
the third Saturday of every month at Hobbs Observatory, followed by
observing ( if it's clear.)
Public observing sessions are held
every Saturday evening, May through October, starting
an hour after sunset.
Business meetings are at 7:30 p.m. on the
first Tuesday of each month at Hobbs Observatory, unless otherwise
announced. (see 'events' page)
Hobbs Observatory , with it's twin
domes, is located in the Beaver Creek Reserve near Fall Creek,
In the west dome is a
computer-controlled 24" Newtonian/Nasmyth reflector with a Photometrics Star-1 CCD camera.
The control software is maintained
by Xecon Associates. To view additional information about this
software, click HERE-->. XECON
In the east dome is a 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain
The building also contains The Robert
Elliott Classroom, an office, and a small library. The observatory is
used by C.V.A.S. members, the Beaver Creek Reserve, and the Physics and
Astronomy Department of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.
To learn more about Hobbs
follow this link
Positional information for
||44deg 48' 56.84" N
|44deg 48' 56.88" N
||91 deg 16' 18.76" W
|91deg 16' 17.98"W
+/- 7 ft
+/- 7 ft
||UT - 6 hrs 5 min 5.25 sec
||UT - 6 hrs 5 min 5.20 sec
|This data is a result of
DGPS measurements taken in April 2001
To get to Hobbs Observatory from Eau
Claire (approximately 12 miles), take highway 12 east to Fall Creek,
then take highway K north. The Observatory is 4 miles from Fall Creek
on the north side of the road.
To get to Hobbs Observatory from
Chippewa Falls (approximately 15 miles), take highway 29 east to the
highway J exit. Follow county highway J south to county highway K. Go
south on highway K approximately 5 miles to the observatory.
Click here for maps
to the observatory
Secretary Heidi Conde
Call Hobbs Observatory at
(715)-877-2212. During the day this number will be
answered by Beaver Creek Reserve staff - ask
for Angie to schedule a visit..
Send mail to ...
Chippewa Valley Astronomical
P.O. Box 765
Eau Claire, WI
CVAS membership is open to anyone with
an interest in astronomy. Membership dues are $20 for
individuals, $25 for families, and $10 for full time students .
Memberships run from January 1 to January 1. For an additional
cost of $7.50, members may choose to become a member of the
Members joining in the
middle of the year may pro-rate the dues.
Members receive E-mail
activity notices of upcoming club events.