August 22-23, 2014
Photos by Rich
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Saturday morning program
AM - 11:30 PM
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
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
PM - 5:00 PM
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.
Earth Satellites” by Rich Nugent, Astronomy and Chemistry
Teacher at Framingham High School and member of the Amateur Telescope
Makers of Boston.
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
"Navigating our Milky
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
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