Our Board and Members


Harry Treece

One of the first year members of AASI and the club’s coordinator with  the NASA Night Sky Network.   Harry has a Celestron C11 and a Meade ETX125Harry also was the club’s first webmaster.

Vice President

Fred Isberner

Although he observes with a 9.25″ Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope from home, Fred is a frequent traveler.  He and his wife have observed solar eclipses in places as varied as Colorado and the Faroe Islands.  Fred took the prototype telescope for the Citizen CATE Experiment to the Faroe Islands for the first test run in March 2015.  He also maned one of the CATE telescopes and its recording gear during the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse.


Sharon Smaga is a long time member and can be found at many of our public events. She has helped at large events such as the 2015 lunar eclipse at Saluki Stadium to our smaller viewings at Giant City. Hopefully she can get out more with her telescope now that she has retired.

Treasurer and Membership

Lane Pierce

Lane is one of our newer members but he has already contributed much to our outreach programs.  He has worked with Michelle Nichols of the Adler Planetarium at STEAM night at the Murphysboro schools.  He also helped with a viewing at a 2017 summer program at the Egyptian School District.  Lane has setup other public viewings and can be found at most of our public and club viewings.

Bob Baer

Bob does the astronomy outreach for the College of Physics at Southern Illinois University.  Bob was the Illinois coordinator of the Citizen CATE Experiment and trained Fred Isberner on the equipment for the Faroe Island eclipse in 2015.  He also the co-chaired the SIU 2017 Eclipse Steering Committee and was instrumental in getting NASA Edge, Mat Kaplan  of Planetary Radio, Adler Planetarium of Chicago, the LSU High Altitude balloon team and others to partner with the university for the 2017 eclipse event.