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June 2nd, 2017 at 8:00 pm CST

in the Science Auditorium of Assisi Hall on the campus of

Christian Brothers University

The Memphis Astronomical Society presents

Navigators of the night: Skillful Observing from the Suburbs

by Brian Hancock

Just as some athletes train at high altitudes in order to increase performance, becoming a better observer in light polluted skies can help amateur astronomers fully utilize valuable time at a dark site. But what makes a “good” observer? To answer that question, this presentation will look to some of the great ones, like Stephen O’Meara, who sketched spokes in Saturn’s B ring before they were even imaged by Voyager 1, and Mel Bartels, who relates in his recent Sky and Telescope article Herschel’s Ghosts his observations of Integrated Flux Nebulae. And while we may not have the visual acuity of O’Meara or access to the dark skies and relatively exotic equipment used by Bartels, the implementation of just a few of their observing habits will, at the end of the day, make for a greater night..

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Backyard Astrophotography

by Freddy Diaz

In the same topic of backyard astronomy Freddy will evaluate and open the discussion about the different techniques and procedures for obtaining astronomical images from your backyard, from cell phones to DSRL and CCD/CMOS cameras, including a quick review of different aspects of image processing using a variety of tools. Finally a review of the literature available so anyone can understand the bits and bolts of backyard astrophotography.



About the M.A.S.

The Memphis Astronomical Society is a non-profit, public service organization promoting interest and education in astronomy and related sciences. Founded in 1953

The Memphis Astronomical Society, or M.A.S., is a public service organization which promotes understanding of the science of astronomy through free public lectures and demonstrations. Members are seldom professional astronomers. We work in many different occupations, some in the sciences, but most in other fields. We are amateurs in the basic sense of the word: we study astronomy because we love it. We seek to learn more about it through reading, conversation with other astronomers, professional as well as amateur, and especially through direct observation of celestial objects.


Contact us:
Phone Numbers and email
Ric Honey, President (901) 828-3112 ric@memphisastro.org
Jeremy Veldman, VP Programs

(662) 418--7511

jeremy@memphisturnkey.com
Mark Matthews, VP Observing (901) 755-5564 mmatthews@bec-memphis.com
Sarita Joshi, Treasurer (901) 752-5761 sarita.joshi@memphisastro.org

Bill Busler

(901) 382-2246 bill.busler@memphisastro.org

Memphis Astronomical Society

P.O. Box 871

Cordova, TN 38088-0871


 

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