University Lowbrow Astronomers

The University Lowbrow Astronomers

Who Are We?

We are a diverse group of around 90 amateur astronomers, ranging from amateur telescope makers to professional rocket scientists (really!). Some of us just like to read, while others like to get out and observe or photograph the heavens. The bottom line is that we all have a more than casual interest in astronomy, and you do not have to be a student or alumnus of the University of Michigan to join! Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, we hope that you will find us to be friendly, knowledgeable, and fun to be with. The University Lowbrow Astronomers are a non-profit, IRC 501(c)(7) organization.

See also the photo album.


Your dues (see below) entitles you and your immediate family (spouse and children) to the following benefits:


See the club photo album for a sample of some Lowbrow activities.



Charles Nielsen

(734) 747-6585  

cdnielsen1 at aol dot com

President Emeritus

Dr. Mark Vincent   

Vice Presidents

Adrian Bradley

(313) 354-5346


Jim Forrester



Dave Snyder



Brian Ottum



Doug Scobel



Newsletter Editor

Amy Cantu

Observatory Director   

Jack Brisbin

(734) 455-7827

Observatory Director Emeritus   

Percival Lowell (deceased)


Krishna Rao



Online Coordinator Jeff Kopmanis

The Observatory Committee

Jack Brisbin     Ken Cook     Jim Forrester      Tom Ryan
Kurt Hillig     Yasuharu Inugi     Mike Kurylo     D C Moons
Nathan Murphy     Charlie Nielsen     Mike Radwick  
Dave Snyder      

Joining the Club or Renewing Your Membership

Annual dues are:

To join online using PayPal then contact the club treasurer at

To join by check via US mail then send your name, address, phone number(s), e-mail address, and dues check to

University Lowbrow Astronomers
1308 Gold Ct.  
Traverse City MI 49696

Make your check payable to "University Lowbrow Astronomers".

Web Site

The University Lowbrow Astronomers maintain the web site you are now viewing which contains a variety of information. Club members have contributed most of the material on this web site. The web server is provided by the University of Michigan.

This site is regularly updated (look at the calendar for recent changes) and consists of several different sections:

This and other information may be found on our home page or through the club search engine.

For comments about this web site or to obtain more information about the club, contact us.


The club operates under a set of by-laws. The current version of the by-laws was approved at the April 2010 meeting. View the current by-laws

In April 2010, the club approved the first amendment made since the bylaws were approved by the membership in 2003. One amendment is to correct a wording problem. In the description of the Webmaster’s duties the word “newsletter” is used in a place where it should be “website”. Obviously, the Webmaster deals with our website, and our Newsletter Editor with our newsletter. The other proposed amendment is to raise the club spending limit without a general membership vote of approval, from $100 to $250. The reason for this is because more than once club members have spent funds exceeding the limit due to time limitations. The money needed to be spent for a club function or property before it was possible to bring it to the next available club meeting for vote.

University Lowbrow Astronomers Bylaws, Rev. 2, 3/3/03

Page 4, Article IV, Section B, 3, f, 2:

"General expenditures are the ongoing expenses incurred in the fulfillment of the duties of officers and the basic objectives of the Club" to be changed to "General expenditures are the ongoing expenses incurred by the officers in the fulfillment of their duties and the basic objectives of the Club"

Page 4, Article IV, Section B, 3, f, 3:

Part of text "($100)" to be changed to "($250)".

After IV.B.f.3.c, add the sentence: "Special expenditures under $250.00 must be approved by a majority of the club officers, including either the President and/or the Treasurer." This will become IV.B.f.3.d.

After the above sentence, add the sentence: "Since the Treasurer and the President have check signing authority, checks written to either party must be written and signed by the other". This will become IV.B.f.3.e.

Page 5, Article IV, Section B, 6, a, 2:

"The contents of the newsletter should not be" to be changed to "The contents of the website should not be"


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