Join us for for our next meeting on May 27th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, Conference Room B

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May Meeting – “Who needs remote control?”

Meeting Details

Lloyd Smith of Deep Sky West will be joining us for our May meeting on May 27, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to talk about the benefits and advantages, as well as the trials and tribulations, of remote observatories. There are quite a few of us that take advantage of remote capabilities from a few feet away just so we can sit closer to our heaters on Jon Wood Astronomy Field in the Winter Months. There are also those who leverage full-blown remote observatories and imaging rigs at prime dark sky locations.

Lloyd Smith designed the Deep Sky West facilities which reside under dark skies near Rowe, New Mexico. Lloyd is also closely involved in managing the imaging system operations of Deep Sky West. Lloyd’s interest in astronomy started in the early 1970’s following the United States’ missions to the moon and he was also fortunate to have a supportive teacher who facilitated visits to the Greenbank Observatory in West Virginia. His teacher also supported his interest in visual astronomy. Lloyd acquired a C8 after college and, after a few career accomplishments, Lloyd found himself involved in astrophotography with an AstroPhysics Mach 1 mount, a Takahashi FSQ-106 telescope, and a QSI683wsg-8 which he still uses today.  If you would like to see Lloyd Smith’s images, you can find them here.

Even if remote observatories and astrophotography aren’t up your alley, you’ll more than likely find something in this presentation that can be applied to your particular area of focus in amateur astronomy. Be prepared to leave the meeting having learned something new!

My sincerest apologies to The Clash…

Officer elections will be held at the beginning of the meeting for the 2017-2018 term. If you would like to nominate someone, please do so in person or by proxy. If you have any questions, please contact an officer.

All of the Above!

Charlie Elliott Astronomy Observing Supervisor Extraordinaire David Whalen will give a short talk about what you can expect to see in the sky this month with binoculars and small telescopes, as well as the monthly observing challenge.  If you’ve been to one of our meetings, you know that David is an exciting and engaging speaker and always delivers a lot of great information with plenty of laughs.

Observing After the Meeting

All are invited to Jon Wood Astronomy Field immediately after the meeting (weather-permitting). As always, the event is free and everyone is welcome.

Technical Workshops

Steve Siedentop will be on hand at 6:00 p.m. to give a workshop on how to remove light pollution gradients from your astrophotography images using PixInsight. This workshop will be approximately 15 to 20 minutes long. If you would like to participate in the walk-through, this workshop assumes that you have the ability to follow instructions, does not assume a deep understanding of PixInsight, but does assume that you have preprocessed your images. If you have an idea for a 15-30 minute discussion or presentation that you would like to see or would like to give,  contact the Charlie Elliott Program Coordinator, Steve Siedentop.

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Our Monthly Meetings and Public Observing Nights for 2016-2017

January 28, 2017,  February 25, 2017, March 25, 2017,  April 22, 2017,  May 27, 2017,  June 24, 2017,  July 22, 2017, August 19, 2017, September 23, 2017, October 21, 2017, November 18, 2017, December 16, 2017

Meetings start approximately 2 hours before sunset. Meeting rooms and start times vary, so please check back here for details. Public stargazing on Jon Wood Astronomy Field follows the meeting.

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