July 12-13, 2013
Photos by Rich
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Saturday morning program
AM - 11:30 PM
K20 Project: Building a Telescope and More!” by
Kevin, president of the Amherst
Area Amateur Astronomers Association will talk
about the design and construction of his 20-inch truss
tube Dobsonian telescope.
The presentation will include construction photos
and resources for those thinking about building their own
also will discuss the satisfaction of sharing this project
with his brother and father.
Bring your questions about telescope making.
PM - 5:00 PM
- "The Integration of the Maksutov
Telescope Design into the Realm of Amateur Telescope Making"
by Richard Sanderson, Conjunction Coordinator and Curator of
Physical Science at the Springfield (MA) Science Museum.
- "The REAL Star of Your Birth"
by Jack Megas, Conjunction Coordinator and Planetarium Educator,
and Kevin Kopchynski, Astronomy Educator and Planetarium
Producer. Learn about your own personal star in the cosmos by
providing your birthday when you register.
Conjunction at 30: A Look at Its Origins and Future" by
the Conjunction Coordinators. During this round-table style
presentation, each of the coordinators will talk about the
Conjunction and its history and meaning, as well as the future
of amateur astronomy.
Saturday evening address
"The Mysteries of the
Bob Berman will offer his favorite
little-known realities about our nearest star. He will
discuss how the Sun affects health and technology, and how it
will dictate our future with dramatic consequences far sooner
than many people realize. Berman will finish
with a look ahead to the most spectacular astronomical events of
the next decade, all of which - eclipses, comets (especially
Comet ISON) and the aurora - are created or sculpted by the Sun.
Bob Berman is the author of nine books.
For the past twenty years, he has been the Astronomy Editor of
the "Old Farmer's Almanac," a Contributing Editor and
Columnist for "Astronomy Magazine" (formerly with
"Discover") and has appeared on such TV shows as
"Late Night With David Letterman."
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