Join us for for our next meeting on Saturday November 18th, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Charlie Elliott Conference Center, Conference Room B



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November Meeting & Observing

Meeting Details

“Who needs remote control?”

Lloyd Smith of Deep Sky West will be joining us for our November meeting on November 18, 2017 at 3:00 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 check out some of 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

All of the Above!

David Whalen, the most interesting observer in the world, who also happens to be the Observing Supervisor for Charlie Elliott Astronomy will give a short talk about what you can expect to see in the sky this month with binoculars and small telescopes. David will also cover the Charlie Elliott Observing Challenge. Be sure to ask for the monthly target list and a SkyMap! David will be joined by Astrophotography Coordinator Mark Woolridge who will cover the imaging challenges of the month and tips on how to image them.

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

Valorie Whalen will be on hand at 2:30 p.m. to give a workshop about the ongoing Constellation Hunter program that Valorie has been leading for the past several months.  If you’re new to amateur astronomy, feel free to join us and learn something new.  If you’ve made several trips around the sun with your telescope, this will be a good chance for you to brush up on the seasonal constellations.  This workshop will be approximately 20 to 30 minutes long.  The Technical Workshop is your chance to share something you’ve learned.  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.

Downloads from the Last Meeting

Technical Workshop Presentation
All of the Above Presentation
Charlie Elliott Target List
Skymap

Our Monthly Meetings and Public Observing Nights for 2017-2018

June 24, 2017,  July 22, 2017, August 19, 2017, September 23, 2017, October 14, 2017, November 18, 2017,
December 16, 2017, January 20, 2018, February 17, 2018, March 17, 2018, April 14, 2018, May 12, 2018, June 16, 2018

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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