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March Meeting - We celebrated the WCAC 30th anniversary (which was technically in 2013 but postponed until better weather arrived). Dave and Robin Gill (and other long time club members) told stories and shared pictures of the earlier days of the club. Refreshments were provided by Bill Castro, Brian Gray and the club.

February Meeting -
"Russian Meteor Videos and 2014 Dark Times Calendar" by Phil Hoyle
Observing Report, Evening of 2/28/14 at TWC Observatory. The weather was: 22 degrees, 32 % RH, 1 degree dew point at 10:30pm. Thin clouds and/or contrails were seen here and there. We observed before and after the meeting. The meeting was Phil Hoyle’s 2014 Dark Times Calendar program followed by an abbreviated business meeting so we could spend time outside observing.

Scopes used: 6” APO, 10” SCT, Tom Kiehl’s 8” Newtonian. Main objects observed: M42 in Tom’s 8” and in the clubs 10”, open cluster M46 with planetary nebula NGC2437 superimposed in it with the clubs 10” and Jupiter.

The highlight of the night was Jupiter in the clubs 6” APO. We observed a shadow transit and the GRS. Excellent detail was observed in the GRS and in the NEB and SEB. Numerous cloud belts and polar caps were also observed. The Shadow transit had a 3 dimensional look to it. The timing of the events on Jupiter were:
January 2014 Meeting - The program was  "Space Observatories" by Bill Castro.

November Meeting -
The scheduled program,  "Public Outreach from a TWC Naturalist's Perspective" by Carrie Elvey, Trainer for Ohio Volunteer Naturalists and TWC Docents, was postponed until the May meeting. We can do a joint OCVN/Astro club meeting on May 30th at 7:30pm. Carrie can do the program on working with groups, and if it is nice, the Club can show the OCVNers the scopes.

October Meeting -
The program was "Thermo Nuclear Isotopes in Space" by Brian Gray. Clouds were present but clear skies looked promising at the beginning of the meeting. We kept the meeting short and were rewarded with clear skies! We rolled the observatory roof back and had an excellent observing session. Observing Report: The weather conditions were 38 degrees F, 67 % humidity and 28 degrees dew point. Haze was present and objects below 30 degrees up were really washed out in the eyepiece. Objects high up were fine. The Milky Way, Andromeda Galaxy and the Double Cluster were visible naked eye. Phil showed Dwayne the LX200 telescope/controller operation. Bill, Brian and Ron used the 6 inch refractor. Unfortunately, Ken had to leave early to work the next day. (We can't quit the day job.) Some of the objects observed with the 6 inch refractor were: M11 (Wild Duck Cluster), M57 (Ring Nebula), Albireo, M71 by accident (Bill was trying to get M27 and missed...), M27 (Dumbbell Nebula, thanks again Brian...) M15, M2, M31 (Andromeda Galaxy), M32, M110, M33, NGC869 and NGC884 (Double Cluster), M45 (The Seven Sisters), NGC457 (Owl Cluster), M36 and M37. The highlight of the evening was The Andromeda Galaxy, M31, with companion galaxies M32 and M110. This was an excellent view with the 36mm QX eyepiece (34x and 2.1 degrees field of view). With the wide field of view all three galaxies were visible at one time. Dark lanes and spiral structure was standing out in M31.

September Meeting -
Due to clear skies, the September Meeting program was postponed to October so we could get out and observe!

August Meeting - The program was postponed untill the September meeting.

July Meeting -
The program was an open forum with members discussing "Apps for Android and Apple". Here is a list of members favorite apps. 

Apple iOS Apps:
SkySafari, by Southern Stars http://www.southernstars.com/
, Planetarium software, sky charts and more
SatelliteSafari by
Southern Stars http://www.southernstars.com/, Satellites that humanity has launched into orbit around our home planet
Moon Globe
Mars Globe
Emerald Observatory
Exoplanet
APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day)
Sun n Moon

Android Apps:
SkySafari, by Southern Stars http://www.southernstars.com/,  Planetarium software, sky charts and more
SatelliteSafari by
Southern Stars http://www.southernstars.com/Satellites that humanity has launched into orbit around our home planet
Clear Sky Droid by Jeffery Blattman, the popular Clear Sky Clock, an astronomy/observing weather forcast
Astro Pannel (Astronomy) by Shibby Developments, an astronomy/observing weather forcast
S&T SkyWeek from Sky and Telescope magazine, naked eye or binocular highlights for the week
Lunar Phase by Andscaloid, information ont he phase of the moon, rise and set times and more
LunarMap HD by Omega Centauri Software, Moon maps
NOAA Weather App
Weather Channel App
Compass App (Compass Inc)
ISS Detector
Stargazing Log

PC Software
Cartes du Ciel - http://www.ap-i.net/skychart/start 
Planetarium software, sky charts and more
Stellarium - http://sourceforge.net/projects/stellarium/, Planetarium software, sky charts and more
gSkydigest -http://gskydigest.sourceforge.net/index.htmlEvents that may be observed by naked eye or using binoculars

June Meeting -
The program was postponed untill the August meeting.

May Meeting -
The program was "Saturn Lord of the Rings" from the Nextstar users group website.
April - The program was "The Russian Meteor" by Phil Hoyle.

March Meeting -
The program was "Ring World", NASA/JPL Saturn Cassini Update, Presented by John Waechter.

February Meeting -
"Observing Highlights for 2013" by Phil Hoyle. Phil Hoyle reviewed observing highlights for 2013 and Bill Castro gave out handouts for The Dark Times Calendars and information on new comets Panstars, Lemmon and Ison. The handouts PDF files are below.

January 2013 Meeting - The January meeting was canceled due to snow.

November 2012 Meeting Program -
  John Waechter gave a presentation on radio astronomy. 


October Meeting Program -
  "The Constellation Orion" presentation by the Ryku Astronomy Club, Okinawa, Japan, including added information and handouts of Orion star maps with objects to observe by Bill Castro.


September Meeting Program -
Laura Grimm was our special guest speaker at the
September 29th meeting. Laura is a science teacher at Dalton Intermediate School. Laura talked about her experiences at the Honeywell Space Academy for Educators in Huntsville, AL and the programs available at this facility including Aviation Challenge.


August
- "The Sun" from Night Sky Network tool kit, presented by Brian Gray

July Meeting-
NASA speaker David Ellis gave an excellent talk about he International Space Station in the Interpretive Building. Clouds keept us from stargazing after the talk. Below are some links provided by  David Ellis.

Biography for Dr. David L. Ellis (NASA) Senior Research Engineer

ISS Interactive Reference Guide - http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/ISSRG/

Reference Guide To The International Space Station - http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/508318main_ISS_ref_guide_nov2010.pdf

NASA International Space Station - http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html

June Meeting Program - John gave a program on "Astronomy Apps for Apple and Android". There was no observing due to clouds.

May Meeting Program -
Brian Gray gave a program on the history of The Transits of Venus, very interesting.  No observing due to clouds


April Program -
"Nebula" by John Waechter


March Program -
"Stargazing on Mars" by Ryukyu Astronomy Club, Japan and "What's Up in April" presented by Bill Castro.

February Program -
"2012 Astronomy Calendar & Events" by Phil Hoyle


January 2012 Program -
"The Privileged Planet" video from Phil Hoyle


November Meeting -
Brian Gray presented the new Night Sky Network tool kit “Are We Alone?”

October Meeting -
"Filters for Visual Observing" by Bill Castro.


September Meeting -
Instead of a regular business meeting we held "Stargazing 101" for the Wilderness Center membership and the public at large. This was a program based on the Club's manual "Telescope Observing, How to Buy and Use an Astronomical Telescope". Topics included binoculars, telescopes, accessories as well as how to use them and what to expect when using them. We started with a lecture in the planetarium followed by a planetarium show  of the night sky. Unfortunately the weather didn't allow us to observe after the show. The cos of the program was $10/TWC members and $15/nonmembers and included the Telescope Observing manual an 8.5 inch The Night Sky planisphere and a red LED key chain flashlight.


Reference links from the "Stargazing 101" program (close the new window to return)
August Meeting - With clear skies we skiped the business meeting to set up for observing!

July Meeting - The program was a dry run for "Stargazing 101" by Bill Castro. Refreshments were provided by Tammy Seikel.

June Meeting -
The program was "The Search for Exoplanets" by John Waechter.

May Meeting -
The program was a Group Open Discussion. The weather was cloudy and very pleasant. We sat out at the sundial and talked about many subjects. John asked for meeting night program ideas. The open discussion program worked well, we will do it again in the future.

March Meeting -
The March meeting program was "Planning an Observing Session, What's Up in April and  Leo Star Hop" by Bill Castro. The presentation and links mentioned are available at the clubs Yahoo! group's site under the files section, April 2011 program folder. Additional links members discussed are here (close the new window to return to this page):
February Meeting - The February meeting was canceled and The Wilderness Center was closed due to weather.

January 2011  Meeting
- "Space Rocks, Impacts from our Smallest Neighbors" by the Night Sky Network. Presented by Brian Gray.


November
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Night Sky Network's "Space Rocks" toolkit training video presented by Brian Gray..

October Meeting
- "The Orion Nebula and Nasa's Astronomical Search for Origins" by the Night Sky Network.
Presented by Brian Gray

September - Mike Unsold talked about the lastest edition of his software ImagesPlus . Thanks to Ken Craddock for providing refreshments.

August Meeting -  The program was "Show and Tell” by club members talking about their useful astro gear. Brian Gray talked about 3 books. The Herschel  400 Observing Guide, Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders and Pocket Sky Atlas. Brian also showed his home made observing chair. Bill Castro showed a Celestron SkyScout and Orion 100mm ED refractor. Phil Hoyle demonstrated a Cannon DSLR and its astro-imaging applications. John Knapp showed a curved spider vane secondary holder and the highlight of the night… an Ethos 13mm eyepiece.  Refreshments were provided by Pat and Dennis Young.

July Meeting -  Program by Brian Gray - Zooninverse:  http://www.zooniverse.org/home The Zooniverse is home to the internet's largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects.

June Meeting - The program was a video provided by Brian Gray titled, “Journey to the Stars".

May Meeting - Program by Bill Castro, “Object ID, How to Identify an Object’s Type and Class in the Eyepiece” Part 2, Open Clusters and Globular Clusters. Bill also provided Refreshments.

April Meeting - Program by Bill Castro, “Object ID, How to Identify an Object’s Type and Class in the Eyepiece” Part 1, Galaxies and Nebulae.

March Meeting -
Brian Gray showed videos from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific titled: "Sharing the Universe Videos: Tips for Stellar Presentations"
for the March program. These were some excellent tips on how to do public outreach. Follow the link to the videos. Here is an example from their web page (close the new window to return):

Many amateur astronomers love sharing the universe with the public. Whether you're just getting started or are an old pro, there are many ways to make your time with the public more enjoyable. We've addressed some common questions amateurs have about doing outreach. Do any of these sound familiar?

Then you are in the right place! Below you will find videos addressing each of these concerns. Accompanying each video are resources so you can practice new skills, find out more information, and gain new knowledge to take out the difficulties and keep in all the fun of doing outreach.

February  – The February meeting was canceled due to snow.

January  2010 – NASA Glenn Speaker,
David Ellis,  talked about Current and Future NASA Missions. Brian Gray and Ken Craddock provided refreshments. There was no business meeting.


November -
Program: "Eyes In The Sky” video provided by Brian Gray. Refreshment Break:  Gene Rickenbrode

October
- Mount Union College
, Bracy Hall Room L04, Refreshments Dennis and Pat Young. Map of Mount Union College

"Hybrid morphology radio sources" - Brendan Miller Radio galaxies and quasars can feature relativistic jets launched from near the central supermassive black hole that often extend to extra-galactic distances. Such jets may be broadly divided into two classes with differing radio structure, with weaker jets appearing as a fading plume while more powerful jets maintain collimation until terminating in an edge-brightened lobe. Less than 1% of radio sources show a hybrid morphology, with jets on opposite sides of the core displaying differing structure; the most natural explanation for such objects is that an unusual asymmetric dense medium acts to disrupt an intrinsically powerful jet. Brendan Miller will discuss recent deep observations of hybrid morphology radio sources conducted with the Chandra X-ray Observatory, which have provided important new insight into how both intrinsic and environmental properties influence jet propagation. 

September -
Program: What Really Happend to Galeleo" by John Weiss. Refreshments were provided by Ron Wallick.

August -
Program: "Big Bend II" by Phil Hoyle. Refreshments were provided by Bill Castro.

July -Program: "The Universe in 3D" by Brian Gray

June -
The program for the June meeting was by Phil Creed titled "Weather or Not". It was about weather and its impact on observational astronomy. Refreshments were provided by Gene Rickenbrode.
May - We had 3 short programs by Brian Gray. "2012 Myths", NSN/IYA2009 slideshow "Shoulders of Giants" and a NASA video "Huygens Landing with Bells and Whistles". Refreshments were provided by the Youngs.

April - The Wilderness Center will have a guest speaker on the same night as our April meeting.  Dr George Collins, Emeritus Professor, Ohio State University will speak on, "The Science of Climate Change".

March meeting
- John showed the Ringworld II video    

February
- John Waechter gave the presentation "International Year of Astronomy, 2009".  Brian Gray brought refreshments.

November - Bill Castro showed the Video "The Life and Death of a Star" (Astronomy magazine) and Brian Gray showed “What is a Planet" (Night Sky Network) to the 15 in attendance.Bill Castro brought refreshments.

October - The October meeting was canceled.

September Meeting - The September meeting was held in the Planetarium. Ken Schneller gave a talk on "The Early Universe". There was lots of interactive discussion from the 13 in attendance. The Young’s provided refreshments.

August Meeting - John Waechter gave his presentation on "Bad Astronomy" with some common misconceptions and misunderstandings of the subject. John also brought refreshments. Well done John!

July Meeting - We had Phil Creed  host "Astronomy Bowl" that he used at the Hidden Hollow Star Party for our July program. Team Cool trounced Team Comet in our first bowl ever. Thanks to Rick and Norma Breehl for bringing refreshments.

June Meeting - John Waechter did the program on the new NSN toolkit, SUPERNOVA!!  That toolkit is now in the AEB with the others for anyone to use. Thanks to Rick and Norma Breehl for bringing refreshments.

May Meeting - Mike Rossetti gave a great presentation about his year in China. He traveled throughout the country and visited several ancient observatories that sounded particularly fascinating.  A very interesting program.

April Meeting - Thanks to Phil Creed for his program on "Challenging Objects for Small Telescopes". Thanks to the Youngs for providing refreshments.

March Meeting - "Basics of Astrophotography."  by Phil Hoyle.

February Meeting - The program was member show & tell.  There was one participant.  John Waechter brought his new, recently acquired, mount to show. It was a short program. Thanks to Gene Rickenbrode for bringing refreshments

January Meeting - Thanks to Bill Castro for presenting the AAVSO program "Introduction to visual & CCD Observing of Variable Stars". Thanks to Bill Castro for providing refreshments. The links below are to more information on variable stars.

November Meeting - Thanks to John Waechter for recording "Seeing in the Dark, PBS, Timothy Ferris" that was shown at the meeting. An excellent video on amateur astronomy. Thanks to Brian Gray for providing refreshments, October Meeting - Fifteen members visited the Mount Union campus to hear Dr. Steve Cederbloom give a talk about variable stars in globular clusters.  Many thanks to Dr. Cederbloom for his time and effort.

September Meeting - Dave Gill showed the video "Cosmic Collisions" and Bill Castro gave a short talk on the Very Large Array. www. http://www.vla.nrao.edu/ Thanks to Dave and Robin Gill for providing refreshments.

August Meeting - Ken Schneller gave a talk on observing Mars with lots of tips and suggestions on how to get the most out of the upcoming opposition. Check out Ken's file folder on the Club's Yahoo Group for additional information. Thanks to Nancy Castro for providing the homemade cheesecake and thanks to Bill for bringing them!

July Meeting - Club members gave short programs on books and other astronomy related topics. Thanks to all who participated and thanks to Rick and Norma Breehl for providing refreshments.

June Meeting - Friday June 8th. The program topic was: Favorite Off-ramps on the Information Superhighway. Club members shared favorite astronomy-related spots with the rest of the club via internet connected PC in the meeting room. Sites included technical/reference sites, social sites, NASA sites, a blog and podcast sites. Thanks to Dave Gill for gethering and presenting the information. Thanks to Bill Castro for providing refreshments. The link below is to the sites listed at the meeting. Use your browser's back button to return to this page.

  • Favorite Off-ramps on the Information Superhighway
  • May Meeting - John Weiss gave a program on Double Stars. Thanks to Gene Rickenbrode for providing refreshments.

    Field Trip - The April meeting was canceled. Sixteen club members and family attended the YSU planetarium show on April 21.  The presenter gave a nice show and summarized the history of the planetarium.  Afterwards, the club was treated to a demonstration of the Chronos projector and other related equipment.

    March Meeting - The March meeting program was by Dave Gill, " The Art and Science of Saturn". It had  NASA Cassini-Huygens Saturn mission updates from JPL Solar System Ambassadors group and presented by Dave Gill. Thanks to Jeff Brest and Ken Craddock for providing refreshments.

    February meeting - We had 2 short programs. The first was "The Night Sky Observers Guide" by Phil Hoyle, Phil reviewed how to use these manuals that we have in the observatory. the second program was "Messier Marathon" by John Waechter. John discussed some history of the marathon as well as how to do it. Thanks to Rick and Norma Breehl for providing refreshments.

    January 07 meeting - Thanks to Dave Gill for presenting his program on Comet McNaught. The skies were clear again. With the moon just past 1st quarter it was a night to observe clusters. Nebula and galaxies were ok if they were not interfered by moon glow. Both Saturn and the Moon  were bubbling due to the unsteady atmosphere. Daves' links to McNight are below: November 06 meeting - Thanks to Brian Gray for presenting the Night Sky training material for the new tool kit titled "Shadows and Silhouettes". Thanks to Rick and Norma Breehl for providing refreshments. If you weren't there you should have been. The skies were clear so we had an informal 10 minute business meeting and then spent the rest of the night in the observatory. Good observing was had by all. Remember Public Viewing Night is Friday December 1st.

    October 06 meeting at Mount Union College, "Magellanic Clouds" by Dr. Peter Lucke.
    As is our annual custom, for our October 27 meeting, the WCAC will visit Mount Union
    College in Alliance. Our host will be Dr. Peter Lucke, Professor of Physics and Astronomy.
    Peter will talk to us about the Magellanic Clouds - the nearby irregular companion galaxies to the
    Milky Way. Dr. Lucke worked with Dr. Paul Hodge on cataloging stellar associations in the
    Large Magellanic Cloud, so he is very familiar with these southern hemisphere neighbors. The
    meeting will start at 7:30 PM in the lower level lecture hall in Bracy Hall. Mount Union is located near the intersection of US 62 and OH 183. The attached map shows parking, which is readily available adjacent to the Mount Union Theater and on the east side of Union Ave.

    September 06 meeting - The program was "Deep Impact Probe" by Matt Hawrysko. Thanks to Bill Castro for providing refreshments.

    August 06meeting - The program was "Air Pollution, Light Pollution and Observing" by Phil Creed. Thanks to Brian Gray for providing refreshments.

    July 06 Meeting - The program was "Some Lunar Observing Topics" by Ken Schneller.

    June 06 Meeting - The program was "How To Make An Observing List" Coordinated by Dave Gill and given by various members was a great sucess. Thanks to Fred Grosse, John Waechter, Bill Castro, Phil Hoyle, Dave Gill, Ken Schneller and others for contributing. Thanks to Fred Grosse for providing refreshments.

    May 06 Meeting - Program: Extinction of Experience, or How to Create a Conservationist, by Gordon Maupin, Executive Director, The Wilderness Center. Naturalists such as Robert Michael Pyle have written about the current young generation’s lack of experience with nature and the consequences of that deficit. Watching videos and reading books about nature are not the same. It takes direct, frequent contacts with nature to create a nature lover. Parents no longer tell their children to “go out and play, and don’t come home until dark!” The result is fewer children feeling an attachment for nature and therefore will not become environmentalists. Gordon Maupin discussed this phenomenon and what TWC is doing to combat it. Thanks to Rick and Norma Breehl for providing refreshments.

    April 06 Meeting - The program: "Deep Impact Probe" by Matt Hawrysko was canceled due to nice weather and having our meeting in the Astronomy Education Building. We had refreshments and observed under clear skies. Observing highlights included Comet SW3-B and C, Saturn, Jupiter and all the other usual suspects of the night sky. Thanks to Matt Hawrysko for providing refreshments and agreeing to postpone his program to a later date.

    March 06 Meeting - The March meeting program was "Goldilocks and the 3 Planets"  by Dave Gill. Thanks to Robin and Dave Gill for providing refreshments.

    February 06 Meeting - The February meeting program was :Telescopes: Eyes on the Universe", presented by John Waechter, with material from the Night Sky Network. John reviewed the activities and a power point presentation that discussed how telescopes have helped us understand the universe.  There are many activities suitable for classroom and public viewing night demonstrations. See John Waechter, Bill Castro or Brian Gray if you would like to borrow some for your group. We will be using the power point presentation in the planetarium shows. Thanks to Jeff Brest and Ken Craddock for providing refreshments.

    January 06 Meeting - We had 4 short programs for this evening. Thanks to Carl and Jordan Fritter for providing refreshements. The programs were:

    November 05 Meeting- We had 2 short programs for the evening. Gordons program will be rescheduled for early  2006. Thanks to Brian Gray for providing refreshmements. The two programs were: October 05 Meeting - 7:30pm @ Mount Union College, Bracy Hall, Lower Level, The program was "Globular Star Clusters" by Dr. Steve Cederbloom. He again did a talk that folks of all levels could walk away from with new knowledge.  And special thanks to Kristen Thomas, one of the Physics majors at MUC and a couple others who opened up the observatory for observing afterward. Thanks again to Roy Preece for providing refreshments. September 05 Meeting - NASA Glenn Speaker - Thanks to Scott Benson who give us a talk about Saturn and the Cassini mission. The date is Friday, September 30th at 7:30pm. Afterward we went to the observatory where the new video transmiter/receiver was used to display a live feed from the Resetar telescope to the planetarium PC projector. See pics below.
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    Clockwise from upper left: M15, M31/M32, M57 close and M57 with group.

    August 05 Meeting - Thanks to Ken Schneller for his program on Observing Mars. Thanks to Phil Hubek for providing refreshments.

    July 05 Meeting - Thanks to Dave Gill  for his program on How To Build A Solar System..  Thanks to Bill Castro for providing refreshments.

    June 05 Meeting - Thanks to Dave Ross for his program on Deep Impact.  Thanks to Barb Vaughn for providing refreshments.

    May 05 Meeting - Thanks to Mike Rosetti for his program titled "The Life, Discoveries and Catalogue of Charles Messier. Bill Castro and John Waechter presented the training video and materials for the Night Sky Network Our Galaxy Our Universe tool kit. Thanks to Fred Jarka for providing refreshments.

    April 05 Meeting - The April meeting was held in the planetarium The program was titled "There is Big Bend and There's Everywhere Else" by Phil and Phill. They shared their Texas star watch vacation pictures and stories of extremely dark skies. Thanks to Dave and Robin Gill for providing refreshments.

    March 05 Meeting - Thanks to Gene Rickenbrode for providing the video about the early Dutch mechanical planetarium. Thanks to Ken Craddock and Jeff Brest for providing refreshments.

    February 05 meeting - Thanks to Dave Gill for the program "Planetary Nebula". Thanks to Gene Rickenbrode for providing refreshments.

    January  05 meeting - Thanks to John Waechter who gave a talk about  "The Night Sky Network" and introduced this new program to the club. More information can be found at:

    click here to go to the Night Sky Network page.

    Information and material is provided and sponsored by NASA-JPL and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

    November 04 meeting - Thanks to Dave Ross who gave a talk titled "Meteor Dating". Thanks to Rick and Norma Breehl for providing refreshments.

    October 04 meeting - Thanks to Dr. Peter Lucke, of Mount Union College, who gave a talk titled "It's About Time". Thanks to Roy Preece for providing refreshments.

    September 04 Meeting - Thanks to Mike Unsold who gave a talk and demonstration titled "Digital Image Processing with ImagesPlus". Thanks to Fred Grosse for providing refreshments. More information about ImagesPlus can be found at:

    http://www.mlunsold.com/ - ImagesPlus Version 2.00
    August 04 Meeting - The meeting was about Meteorites by Joann Ballbach and Dave Ross. It was great to see Joann again. Thanks to John Waechter for providing refreshments at the last minute. Here is the link to the Solar System Simulator Studio that was used in the program.
    http://www.sssim.com/en/product/studio/download.html - Solar System Simulator
    July 04 Meeting - The meeting was held in the Astronomy Education Building. The program was "Show and Tell" followed by a swap meet. The show & tell portion consisted of Dave Gill, Norm Lowe and John Waechter. Thanks to Barb Vaughn who brought great snacks.

    June 04 Meeting - The program was "Astro-photography Techniques". Thanks to Bill Castro, Dave Gill, John Waechter, Phil Hoyle and Paul Piotrowski for bringing in equipment to see how this is done. Thanks to Brian Gray for providing refreshments.

    Dr. H. John Wood Spoke at TWC on Wednesday, May 5 - 2004
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    We had an opportunity to host a special event at TWC with Dr. H. John Wood, a NASA engineer.  Since 1990 Dr. Wood has been the lead optical engineer on the Hubble Space Telescope project at NASA Goddard.

    Dr. Wood  was visiting northeast Ohio to participate in Space Day events at The National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron. We learned that Dr. Wood, who is also an astronomer, was free on Wednesday evening, so we took the opportunity to invite him to visit the astronomy facility at The Wilderness Center.  He showed a few recent slides on Mars updates, his main talk was titled "Accelerating Universe". Afterwards the skies were somewhat clear for planetary observing.

  • Hubble Space Telescope and the Accelerating Universe - Abstract for the lecture. (Use your browser back button to return)
  • Brief Biography - for Dr. Wood. (Use your browser back button to return)
  • May 04 Meeting - The program was "Venus Transit" by Robin Gill. Thanks to Gene Rickenbrode for providing refreshments.

    April 04 Meeting - The April meeting featured "Satellites of the Solar System" by Br. Albert Heinrich. It was an excellent talk about the over 100 satellites of the different planets. Thanks to Rick and Norma Breehl for providing refreshments.

    March 04 Meeting - The March meeting featured "Phil and Phil's Excellent Adventure" by Phil Hoyle and Phil Creed. It was an excellent talk and presentation about their observing trip out to Arizona. Thanks to Jim Quinn for providing refreshments.

    February 04 Meeting - The February meeting featured Jim Quinn's program: Cosmic Kodak Moments - Mars in 3D. Thanks to Robin & Dave Gill for providing refreshments. Here is some more info from Jim:

    For those of you who didn’t get enough of the 3D photography seen at the club meeting Feb. 27, here’s how to get more.

    The personal website of Japanese astrophotographers Akira Inaka features dozens of his unique 3D images.   Don’t worry if you don’t have any 3D glasses.   His work is also displayed in side-by-side images you can view just by crossing your eyes slightly. <http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~aq6a-ink/indexusa.htm>

    The collection of 3D photos taken by the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity continues to grow at the special site maintained by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  There’s a huge amount of information available on this site, including lots of cool animation and the complete collection of every raw image by both rovers. <http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/3d/>

    Finally, you can find something a little different at the European Space Agency’s site for Mars Express.   We didn’t talk about this spacecraft at the meeting, but it is equipped with a unique camera that can produce spectacular high resolution images 3D images of Mars, including the photo below.   Check out the animation; it’s like flying low over the Martian landscape. <http://www.esrin.esa.it/SPECIALS/Mars_Express/>

    January 04 Meeting - The January meeting featured Ken Schneller speaking on "Seeing, Resolution and Observing Tips". Remember, when we get that high pressure system in from over Lake Erie don't be afraid to use higher power than conventional wisdom would indicate. Or as Phil Creed sez "smoke's if you got them!" Thanks to Carl Fritter for providing refreshments.

    November 03 Meeting - (click on image to enlarge it, close new window to return.)
    Mars image by Tom Dobbins.Saturn image by Tom Dobbins
    The November meeting featured Guest Speaker Tom Dobbins (Contributing Editor for Sky and Telescope Magazine). He gave an excellent talk about "Adventures in Webcamming". The above two images are examples of his work with a ToUcam, C14 and Registax. The instruction sheets that Tom used during his talk are linked below. Thanks again Tom. Thanks also to John Waechter and Bill Castro for providing refreshments.

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