State of Eyepiece

Eyepiece, the newsletter for and about our club, will discontinue its print and PDF versions and be replaced by a web-based publication. The current schedule is to complete this work by March 2018, when the last print edition will be issued in February with overlap of the new web-based Eyepiece. The web-based Eyepiece will be open to the public and no longer lag behind the Membership publication release schedule.

In the club’s history since 1927, there have been several publications, the first one beginning in April 1929 with The Amateur Astronomer. This eventually changed and, in 1953, Eyepiece rose from a bulletin put together by the Observers Group to become the newsletter we know now. What is occurring today is another evolution of how the club informs, instructs, and involves our membership. The Eyepiece remains as the name of our publication but the manner in which it is produced and distributed is being changed.

For the past year, the Board of Directors has discussed the purpose and goals of Eyepiece and how it will be produced and distributed. Our Editor-in-Chief, OttoChin, with the support of a staff of editors, contributors, and overwhelming support from the Board, is transforming the Eyepiece. The goal is to produce and deliver the Eyepiece on the web where content is curated and published more efficiently and offer a richer media experience than the printed edition.

We would like to hear your feedback and address questions and concerns that may arise from this change. Please contact [email protected], [email protected], and/or [email protected].

Peter Tagatac, AAA President

cover design: Otto Chin