Apollo Rendezvous 2017

Apollo Rendezvous 2017

The Miami Valley Astronomical Society


The 47th Annual Apollo Rendezvous

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Saturday, June 10, 2017 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
John Bryan State Park Observatory
6:30 PM to Midnight
for dinner & star gazing
You must register for and attend the daytime session to attend the evening session.
Early registration by May 19th:
Individual $35.00 | Family $50.00
You can register at the door the day of the event:
Individual $40.00 | Family $55.00

Apollo Rendezvous is one of the noted annual gatherings of amateur astronomers in the Midwest. Each year, amateur astronomers join with friends and colleagues from around the world at the birthplace of aviation, Dayton, Ohio.

Saturday kicks off at 9:00 AM, at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, with presentations scheduled throughout the day. The day continues with vendors, planetarium shows, door prizes and raffles. Weather permitting, the evening will wind down with a BBQ and star-gazing at John Bryan State Park Observatory.

This year's vendors, committed to fill your astronomy needs.

Food and Drink
A box lunch will be available for purchase in advance. Please see the Box Lunch Order Form for choices.

Door/Raffle Prizes
Apollo Rendezvous once again offers great door/raffle prizes. Many vendors have supplied us with great astronomical items to be given away. You must be present to win. Donations from:

Stargaze and BBQ
Apollo Rendezvous concludes with a star gaze and BBQ on Saturday night for all who attend the daytime session. Both activities are held at our dark sky site, John Bryan Observatory, inside John Bryan State Park. Bring your scope or check out the views from the many club scopes on display--weather permitting of course.

Camping at John Bryan Observatory
There will be NO camping at John Bryan Observatory on Friday night. If you wish to camp, you may do so at the park's campground located on the right as you enter the park. Check with the Park Office upon arrival. Reservations can be made online here.

Saturday Gallery

"Astroimaging Display"
Presenters: TBA

Have you taken some out of this world photos that you’d like to share? Bring them to Apollo Rendezvous . Whether you’re a beginner or more advanced, all photos are welcome. There will be no judging, just enjoying beautiful photos.
Feel free to bring your images in any format, print or digital. You may also bring as many as you like, but note display space is limited so please sign up on your registration form if you intend to show your work.
Please be sure to include your name, club affiliation, image description, and what equipment you used with our photo.
We look forward to seeing what you’ve done. For more information contact Linda at .

Saturday Presentation

"Robots in Space - The Exploration of Our Solar System"

"Recent Adventures with Hubble Space Telescope"
Speaker: G. Fritz Benedict

G. Fritz Benedict received a Ph. D. in 1972 from Northwestern University. He went to the University of Texas at Austin in 1972, a temporary job he has to this day. His present position is Senior Research Scientist with McDonald Observatory.
In 1977 he became a member of the Hubble Space Telescope Astrometry Science Team. His project responsibilities included designing a Guide Star Selection System for the HST, used as the basis for the system now in use at the Space Telescope Science Institute. After HST launch in 1990, his astrometric scientific interests have centered on sub-millisecond of arc precision parallaxes (precise distances to stars) and the astrometric characterization of low mass companions to stars (exoplanet masses).
G. Fritz Benedict’s skills in space astrometry led to participation in more than twenty-five Guest Observer projects with Hubble Space Telescope over the last 25 years, most as Principal Investigator.
Since 2010 he has served the American Astronomical Society as Secretary, a job that is far less boring and more interesting than it sounds.
His few interests outside astronomy include sailing a Catalina 22 on Lake Travis, reading, walking with my ridiculously small dog, and shirking home maintenance.

Saturday Presentation

"23 Years of Amateur Astronomy"
Speaker: Charlie Warren

Charlie Warren is the managing editor of Amateur Astronomy Magazine. Charlie was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up in Miami, Florida. He is an active amateur who enjoys visual astronomy with a variety of instruments. He is an avid astrophotographer who has imaged more than 500 deep sky objects, representing over three thousand hours of imaging time. Charlie's interest in astronomy began at the age of 10. While cruising in the Bahamas and Virgin islands with his family, his father taught him celestial navigation with the use of a sextant, charts and ship's chronometer. Later while studying at Colgate University he had opportunity to observe through the nearby Cornell University observatory telescope and tag along and interview an astronomer working on refining "redshift" for galaxies in our local group.
A decade later, he invested in his first "real" telescope; a 10" Newtonian on an equatorial mount. His interest ignited to "obsession" following his first star party at a truly remote dark sky site (Texas Star Party). Entry into astronomical imaging only ignited this further in 1999. Shortly after moving back to the Orlando Florida area in 2003, he began frequenting the Chiefland Astronomy Village every new moon weekend. There he befriended resident Tom Clark, the editor and founder of Amateur Astronomy Magazine. Charlie began writing articles for the publication and in the summer of 2007 purchased the magazine when Tom Clark retired. Amateur Astronomy Magazine just published its 94th quarterly issue, which is Charlie's 40th issue as editor.

Saturday Presentation

"Clear Skies – Forecasting the Final Frontier"
Speaker: Tara Hastings

Tara Hastings grew up outside of Chicago in Whiting, Indiana. She fell in love with science, especially space, at an early age. During middle school she started watching television weather and from there decided she wanted to be a broadcast meteorologist. Tara graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor's degree in meteorology. She's lived in Ohio for 8 years with 6 of those years here in the Dayton area.

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