John O'Neal, North Carolina Stargazer







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Astronomy Clubs/Organizations I belong to...

The Black River Astronomical Society

The astronomy club I grew up with in Lorain County, Ohio. Established in 1949 & I joined in the mid seventies.
I wore many hats in this group, including President, VP, Newsletter Editor, Librarian and Historian.
Although I've retired to NC, I will remain a member of this fine organization as long as they will have me...

Charlotte Amateur Astronomy Club

I joined the Charlotte Club several years ago. Knowing we were eventually going to retire to the Charlotte area, 

I wanted to have some astro friends in the area when we finally retired and moved.

The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club

I joined the CVAC about a year ago when we knew we were moving to Statesville, NC. 

They are a great group of guys and gals and I look forward to lots of fun with my newfound friends.

The Piedmont Amateur Astronomers Club

I joined the PAAC last fall when I learned they were in my hometown of Statesville, NC. 

They are a great group of guys and gals and I look forward to lots of fun with my newfound friends.


A facebook group that I, along with Randy & Pamela Shivak founded in 2012 to promote Solar Astronomy, 

solar imaging and solar outreach on a grassroots level with a global venue.

The Association of Lunar & Planetary Observers (ALPO)

The Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO or A.L.P.O.) is an international scientific and educational organization established in March, 1947 in the United States by Walter H. Haas, and later incorporated in 1990. ALPO is an organization for advancing and conducting astronomical work by both professional and amateur astronomers who share an interest in solar system observations. 

It is currently headquartered in Springfield, Illinois.
ALPO studies solar system objects such as the Sun, the Earth's Moon, planets, asteroids, meteors, and comets. ALPO stimulates, coordinates, and generally promotes the study of these bodies using methods and instruments available within the communities of both amateur and professional astronomers. The organization holds a conference each summer, usually in conjunction with other astronomical groups. 

I attended the annual Convention in Athens, Georgia in 2017 and presented a poster and displayed some astrophotos & Solar images.

American Association of Variable Star Observers

The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) is a non-profit worldwide scientific and educational organization 

of amateur and professional astronomers who are interested in stars that change in brightness—variable stars.

I belong to the Solar Observers Section. My Observer designation is OJWA.