- Ptolemy's Supper Club (PSC) is not really a club in the ordinary
sense of most astronomy clubs. It is just a group of people who are
active, interested, accomplished or otherwise "regular" observers. It
is not the beginning of some formal club. It is a quiet, private,
group of friends who go out
and stumble in the dark near
expensive instruments while pouring over cryptic charts and muttering
- We don't take ourselves very seriously. We would rather go out and observe.
- We also sometimes get together for dinner
on evenings when observing is not possible (or when it is)
or for breakfast after a long observing night.
Consumption of various forms of alcohol has been known to occur
(the Official Drink of the PSC is the
- PSC began when Mark Wagner, Mark Taylor, Bill Arnett and Rich Neuschaefer felt
that the existing organizations were spending too much time on bureaucracy
and that that was getting in the way of doing astronomy. PSC, therefore,
has no dues, no bylaws, no board of directors, and no regular organized meetings;
whatever "business" we have to do happens via the Net
or at our observing sessions and suppers.
The "original PSC" was disbanded not long after it was created and later reconstituted
as a much smaller group.
- We like small, quiet star parties far from the maddening crowds.
Thus we sometimes sneak off to obscure dark corners to snatch our old
photons in peace.
- The lack of substance above is deliberate.
Our sole raison d'etre is social star-gazing.
The only thing that distinguishes a PSC member from anyone else is
the "secret(e) handshake".
Bill Arnett; last updated:
1999 Sept 15