[2017-01-17]The Club wishes everyone a Happy New Year!
We hope visions of aperture danced in your heads during
Please note: The current dates on the calendar are tentative. Concrete dates will be voted on at the January meeting, Jan 28th.
Summer a trio of planetary portraits by STM members John
Briggs and Thomas Spirock appeared which were stunning in
their crisp detail and contrast. They used a 102
year-old 6-inch Warner and Swasey Refractor with a
Brashear objective on Mount Wilson to produce cutting-edge
images of Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Recently John
published an article in the Mount Wilson Observatory
publication Reflections telling the story behind the
images. John was part of a team which took the historic
refractor out of storage and restored it. Tom used
techniques which he honed on the McGregor Observatory
13-inch Schupmann telescope and captured thousands of
frames, stacking the best of each Planet. The air flow
over the observatory steadied just in time and the
legendary (but fickle) “seeing” at the Mt. Wilson site
delivered extraordinary definition. Tom demonstrated his
techniques to an international group of undergraduate
students attending the Curea program (Consortium of
Undergraduate Research in Education and Astronomy) which
John helped launch at the Observatory.
Click HERE to read John's article.