Greetings fellow astrophiles!
Direct from Fibber Magee of the Kopernik Astronomical Society (www.kopernik.org) comes an announcement for SAS members and the general public for AstroFest 2011, being held from September 30 to October 2 in Vestal, NY (perhaps the sister city to our own Vesper, NY home for Darling Hill Observatory?).
Click the image to download the Registration PDF.
Scheduling information and Kopernik info can be found at www.kopernik.org/news_and_events/public_programs.htm#astrofest, but do check the Registration Form first for all of the info you likely need. Among the many events scheduled for AstroFest 2011 are two afternoons of Solar Observing with Barlow Bob himself (those who attended our Barlow Bob session know just how fantastic his scopes and the views in his scopes are) and a solar imaging session with Alan Friedman, whose unbelievable images can be found at his website, avertedimagination.com (I purchased a print of his at NEAF2011 and was there for the lecture on how he made my print. It’s magic, but it isn’t magic!).
Two-and-a-half days of observing, workshops, swap meet(!), and spending time with fellow amateur astronomers. The event does overlap with an upcoming SAS Public Viewing Session, but I will definitely be making a daytime Saturday trip to Vestal to visit our night sky neighbors to the South.
Tentative Agenda (From The Kopernik Website)
Friday - 9/30/11 5:00 PM Doors open to public 5:00 – 7:15 PM Dark Sky Exhibit NYSERDA Exhibit Night Sky Network Workshop Food available 7:30 - 8:30 PM Dr. John Delano – University of Albany (general public talk) 8:30 PM to dawn Night Sky Viewing Saturday - 10/1/11 7:30 - 9:00 AM Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Juice, Bagels, Donuts, Muffins, Pastries, etc. All Day Dark Sky Exhibit NYSERDA Exhibit Solar Viewing and Imaging 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM Swap Meet Night Sky Network Workshops Making Stuff Workshops Solar Viewing - Barlow Bob 10:00 - 11:00 AM Alan Friedman Solar Imaging Presentation 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Dr. John Delano Student/family workshop 11:00 AM - 1:15 PM Lunch (TBD) Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Chili, Potato Salad, Green Salad, Pizza, Prepackaged snacks, water, soda, fruit juice, coffee Tea, Hot Chocolate. 1:30 - 3:00 PM Dr. John Delano - Teacher Workshop 2:00 – 5:00 PM Night Sky Network Workshops Making Stuff Workshops 3:00 - 4:00 PM Alan Friedman Solar Imaging Presentation 4:00 – 6:00 PM dinner (TBA) 6:00 Pm - 7:00 PM Dr. Joseph Veverka of Cornell University 7: 30 PM - 8:30 PM Dr. John Delano – Albany University technical talk 8:30 PM - Dawn Night Sky Viewing Sunday - 10-2-11 7:30 AM to 10 AM Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Juice, Bagels, Donuts, Muffins, Pastries, etc. All Day Dark Sky Exhibit NYSERDA Exhibit Solar Viewing and Imaging 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM Solar Viewing - Barlow Bob 10 - 11 AM Alan Friedman Solar Imaging Presentation 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Night Sky Network Workshops Making Stuff Workshops 11 AM to 1:15 PM lunch (TBA)