August 26-27, 2011

NORTHFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS


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2011 PROGRAM

 

FRIDAY NIGHT ACTIVITIES

   

The Conjunction kicked off again with dinner at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant, a family restaurant Route 2 in Gill, MA at 6:30 PM.

 

OBSERVING SESSIONS

   

Given clear skies, we will be at our regular observing site in Fuller's Pasture adjacent the Environmental Center starting at 8 PM on both Friday and Saturday nights.  Why not join us?  Please note that the Environmental Center building will be closed on Friday evening.

Location:  

Latitude: N42° 36.950'

Sunset

Astronomical twilight ends

Moonrise

Longitude:  W72° 28.151'

August 26    7:35 PM 9:17 PM 4:19 AM (Aug 27)

August 27    7:33 PM 9:15 PM 5:35 AM (Aug 28)

 

 

SATURDAY ACTIVITIES

   

 

Saturday morning program

9 AM

The morning kicked off with a welcome over coffee and donuts at the Northfield Mountain Environmental Center.  The Conjunction's Swap Table, where astronomical goodies are bought and sold all day long also opened at 9.

 

9:45 AM - 12:15 PM:  Morning roundtable  

Topic: Astro Pickers

The morning session was devoted to all collectors of antique astronomical items.  If you enjoy old books, old telescopes, or anything from a past generation, be sure to join our panel of experts -- Dan Lorraine, Rich Sanderson, Steve Hubbard, and Dave Gallup -- as they display some of their personal collections.


Saturday afternoon program

1 PM - 4:30 PM

N.B.: The evening program was canceled due to the poor weather.  Instead, our keynote speaker, Ken Launie, addressed the group in the afternoon.

Shedding Light on Dark Matter and Dark Energy

Kevin Kopchynski

-         Educator and show producer at the Seymour Planetarium in Springfield, MA

 

The Search for Exoplanets

David Wexler

-         Board of Directors of the Springfield (MA) Stars Club

Note: Due to Hurricane Irene, Phil Harrington was able to attend the Conjunction as originally scheduled.  For those who were hoping to get an autographed copy of Phil's new book, Cosmic Challenge, you may purchase a copy from Phil directly at a 10% discount and receive free Priority Mail shipping.  Contact Phil at phil@philharrington.net for details.

What’s New with Antique and Classic Telescopes?

Ken Launie

-         Founding member and current president of the Antique Telescope Society

 


OUTDOOR DINNER - A complete hot and cold buffet-style dinner was served beginning at approximately 6 PM.


2011 Photo gallery

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  • Photos below taken by Steve Hubbard.

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