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Presentations, Table Top Forums, and Speakers


Saturday Morning Keynote Presentations


9:45am - Main Event Room
Astrophotography, Megamosaic of the Orion Region
Presented by Matt Harbison





10:45am - Main Event Room
The 72 Inch Leviathan of Parsonstown Telescope
Presented by Gayle Riggsbee

The Leviathan of Parsonstown William Parsons aka Lord Rosse was a wealthy and titled Englishman who was landlord of 130 persons. He represented central Ireland in the House of Lords and lived in Birr Castle in Parsonstown, Ireland. He was an avid amateur astronomer witha very bad case of aperture fever, having built telescopes of 15, 24, and 36 inches. He was in command of scores of local Irish artisans and with them it was possible to produce the worlds largest Telescope just so he could view the Faint fuzzeys cataloged by Messier and the Herschels. Question of the day was, are these fuzzeys just unresolved star clusters or something new but not understood. A very large reflecting telescope might answer that question.
Gayle Riggsbee is a native of Charlotte and a retired machine design engineer. He has been an avid amateur astronomer since joining the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club in 1960. He has served as both President and Vice President of the Charlotte club and for many years was the clubs observatory director and telescope maker. Gayle founded the Southern star Astronomical Convention, the popular annual astronomy lecture weekend at Wildacres Retreat in the North Carolina Mountains. He enjoys lecturing on the history of astronomy and has built telescopes ranging up to 24 inches in diameter. His telescopes have won national awards, including first place at Stellafane. The Charlotte club has honored Gayle with a lifetime membership and their club observatory is named after him.


Saturday Afternoon Table Top Talk Forums


1:00pm - Millholland Planetarium
Beginner - Introduction to Star Charts and Binoculars
Presented by Joe Heafner

This is the class for everyone who wants to learn how to navigate the night sky. Simple star charts will be discussed as will the many wonders of the sky visible with binoculars.
Joe Heafner is past president and long time member of CVAC. He is a professor of physics and astronomy at Catawba Valley Community College and has authored several textbooks.


1:00pm - Room 4
Astronomy for Everyone: How to Start a Successful Public Astronomy Program
Presented by Nora Coffey

Are you interested in getting a public astronomy program going but you just dont know where to start? Whether your goal is to plan a one-time big event or a regularly occurring series of programs, this workshop will give you the information you need to get you well on your way. Nora Coffey, Park Superintendent over Lake James State Park, has been hosting public astronomy programs at the state park for over 10 years and consistently draws a crowd every month. She will share her success stories as well as the many lessons she learned along the way. A few topics that will be covered include: marketing your event, equipment, parking, program flow, inclement weather and more.



1:00pm - Room 5
General - Meteorite Identification and Classification
Presented by Anthony Love





1:00pm - Room 6
Advanced - Microcomputer Astrophotography
Presented by Alan Mason





1:00pm - Room 8
Beginner - A Brief Tour of the Universe
Presented by Corrie Ann Delgado





2:00pm - Millholland Planetarium
Beginner - Introduction to Star Charts and Binoculars
Presented by Joe Heafner

This is the class for everyone who wants to learn how to navigate the night sky. Simple star charts will be discussed as will the many wonders of the sky visible with binoculars.
Joe Heafner is past president and long time member of CVAC. He is a professor of physics and astronomy at Catawba Valley Community College and has authored several textbooks.


2:00pm - Room 4
The Choate 3000 (or 4000) Observing List
Presented by Sam Choate

Astronomers have long had access to numerous detailed star charts. Sam has taken several thousand easy to find and not so easy to locate objects and updated their exact position and other changes in appearance.
Sam Choate is past president and long time member of CVAC with an intense interest in astrophotography starting with film and now into the digital age


2:00pm - Room 5
Meteorite Identification and Classification Continued
Presented by Anthony Love





2:00pm - Room 6
Advanced - Microcomputer Astrophotography
Presented by Alan Mason





2:00pm - Room 8
Beginner - A Brief Tour of the Universe
Presented by Corrie Ann Delgado





3:00pm - Room 4
The Choate 3000 Observing List, Part 2
Presented by Sam Choate

Astronomers have long had access to numerous detailed star charts. Sam has taken several thousand easy to find and not so easy to locate objects and updated their exact position and other changes in appearance.
Sam Choate is past president and long time member of CVAC with an intense interest in astrophotography starting with film and now into the digital age


3:00pm - Room 5
Beginner - The NASA Night Sky Network Kits
Presented by Stormy Borman

NASA Nigh Sky Network Program Kits are available at no charge to astronomy clubs and other organizations to promote astronomy outreach and education. There are about 2 dozen kits and they provide a variety of astronomy topics from solar eclipses to black holes.
Stormy Borman is a longtime member of CVAC and is an active observer and program presenter.


3:00pm - Room 6
Lunar Astrophotography
Presented by Barre Spencer





3:00pm - Room 8
How to Shoot Solar and Lunar ISS Transits
Presented by John ONeal