kicks 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 opens at 9.
AM - 11:30 PM
Astrophotography for Beginners" Our Saturday morning
program is 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
will be 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 will be 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
All Day: Conjunction
"Barlow Bob" Memorial Solar Star Party
|In memory of our friend and colleague "Barlow
Bob" Godfrey, participants will treat us to spectacular
close-up views of the sun through specially filtered telescopes.
If you have a solar scope, please bring it
along to share Bob's star with others.
Saturday afternoon program
- 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
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
of the audience are encouraged to share their memories of John
OUTDOOR DINNER - A
complete hot and cold buffet-style dinner will be
available beginning at approximately 6 PM. Last-minute
registrants must contact Dave Gallup at (413) 525-4697.
Saturday evening address
"Navigating our Milky
William H. Waller
This talk will give 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, will be available for sale before and after his