August 22-23, 2014

NORTHFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS


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PROGRAM

Saturday morning program

10:00 AM - 11:30 PM

"Digital Astrophotography for Beginners" 

Our Saturday morning program was aimed at beginners in the field of digital astrophotography as well as those who wish to get involved in this exciting aspect of astronomy. The first speaker was expert astrophotographer Al Takeda, who is an active member of the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston and is a Laboratory Manager at the Electronic Instrument Design Lab at Harvard University. Al will present, "The Wide Wide World of Wide Field Astrophotography."

Following Al was Tim Connolly, an Electron Microscopist for Baystate Medical Center's Pathology Department. Tim is an accomplished astrophotographer and member of the Springfield Stars Club and Amherst Area Amateur Astronomers' Association.


Saturday afternoon program

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • “Performing Public Astronomy at Mauna Kea” by John Sillasen, astronomy educator at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station and member of the Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford. 

  • “Observing Earth Satellites” by Rich Nugent, Astronomy and Chemistry Teacher at Framingham High School and member of the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston. 

  • “The Legacy of John Dobson” by Dave Kelly, telescope judge at Stellafane and member of the Springfield Stars Club, and Astronomer’s Conjunction coordinator Ron Woodland, who also is a Stars Club member. Both Ron and Dave are Master Telescope Makers, and they will talk about the life and legacy of John Dobson and the telescope design that made his name a household word among stargazers. Introductory remarks will be made by Rich Sanderson, Curator of Physical Science at the Springfield Science Museum .  Members of the audience are encouraged to share their memories of John Dobson.


Saturday evening address

7:30 PM

"Navigating our Milky Way Galaxy" 

William H. Waller

This talk gave a tour of the entire Milky Way -- as viewed from our particular perspective within the Galaxy, and as imagined from beyond.

William H. Waller, Ph.D. is an astronomer, science educator, and writer. He has worked with NASA on several space science research missions and educational outreach programs. He currently teaches physical sciences at his hometown high school in Rockport, MA, and serves as a Zooniverse Teacher Ambassador.

Copies of his book, The Milky Way–An Insider’s Guide, were available for sale before and after his talk.


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