We are pleased to offer a pre-Stellafane workshop all day on Thursday, August 4th, at the historic Hartness House Inn and Hartness-Porter Museum of Amateur Telescope Making located in Springfield, Vermont. Proceeds will support the Hartness-Porter Museum of Amateur Telescope Making, which is run by volunteers from the Springfield Telescope Makers. While associated with the Stellafane Convention, this is a separate event and separate registration and fees apply.
New For 2016: Workshop attendees may set up at Stellafane on Wednesday August 3rd after 12pm to 6pm without additional charge (more info below).
Continuing a workshop series instituted by John Briggs and Dan Lorraine in 2009, this year's Hartness House Workshop theme is Sub-Arcsecond Spatial Resolution Imaging. Many thanks to John and Dan for 7 years of successful seminars! This year the Hartness House Workshop is presented by Dr. Tom Spirock and Dan Lorraine. In addition to the Workshop Program, participants will have private access to the Springfield Telescope Maker's Museum and, weather permitting, evening observing with the historic Hartness Turret Telescope.
The last few years have seen a revolution in astronomical imaging for professional and amateurs alike. Come and learn about equipment and techniques that now enable ground-based imaging that rivals or surpasses space-based imaging from just a few years ago.
Day Session Keynote Address:
Dr. Phillip R. Goode, Former Director of the Big Bear Solar Observatory: "Highest Resolution Observations of the Sun Using the Latest Technologies at the Big Bear Solar Observatory." For more info on Dr. Goode's work, see this article from physics.org.
Day Session Speakers:
James Daley, Springfield Telecope Makers: "Designing, Building, and Imaging Results of a Scalable High-Resolution Solar Telescope." See Jim's latest research in the Journal of Double Star Observations.
Richard Schumde, Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers: "Analyzing High-Resolution Images of Jupiter." See Jupiter's Changing North Equatorial Belt by Richard.
Frank Melillo, Astronomical Society of Long Island: "The Inner Planets Mercury and Venus: The Secret Ways to Capture Them." See Mission to Mercury, an article detailing Frank's work with the NASA Messinger mission. Asteroid 2000 EZ70 is now designated as '30068 Frankmelillo' for Frank's work in the ALPO Mercury section.
Thomas Spirock & James Daley, Springfield Telescope Makers: "Sub-Arcsecond Imaging with the 13" Schupmann Medial Telescope at Stellafane." See Dr. Spirock's work on the Digital Vector Magnetograph at Big Bear.
Clif Ashcraft, Perrinville Observatory: "High Resolution Planetary Imaging With a Video Camera: Lucky Imaging." See Clif's Astronomy Site.
Clif Ashcraft, Perrinville Observatory: "Speckle Interferometry of Double Stars From My Backyard Observatory."
Reed Riddle, Caltech Palomar Observatory Campus: "Robo-AO: The First Robotic Adaptive Optics Instrument." See the Robo-AO homepage here for a great preview of Reed's talk.
Wayne Jaeschke: "Concepts and Techniques for Producing (Near) Diffraction-Limited Planetary Images."
Geoff Chester, US Naval Observatory Public Affairs Officer: "Sub-arcsecond observing at the U.S. Naval Observatory."
Banquet Keynote Address:
Geoff Chester, US Naval Observatory Public Affairs Officer: "Teaching Old Telescopes New Tricks." Hear Geoff on NPR's Weekend Edition with Linda Wertheimer.
More coming soon...
Registration and coffee start at 8:30
The presentations will start at 9:00 AM sharp on Thursday, August 4th.
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