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Presentations, Table Top Forums, and Speakers


Saturday Morning Keynote Presentations


9:45am - Main Event Room
A Fresh Perspective On Outreach
Presented by Corrie Ann Dellgado

Public outreach is an important part of amateur astronomy and astronomy organizations. Corrie will bring us some interesting insights on what is trending in public outreach
Corrie Ann Delgado is a lover of life, earth and the universe. As a Master Gardener and amateur Astronomer, she is no stranger to outreach. She has been observing the night skies seriously for about 15 years and has a great passion for sharing her love of the sky.


10:45am - Main Event Room
Apollo Science 50 Years Later: Planetary science guided by observations from the Apollo missions
Presented by Anthony Love

Once space rocks arrive on Earth, we want to know what they are made of. Mr. Love will discuss the different types of meteorites and their unique properties.
Anthony Love is the Laboratories Manager of the Appalachian State University Department of Geology. He provides invaluable technical help to faculty and students, provides public school lectures and laboratory instruction. He is an ardent rock climber and works closely with a number of local climbing groups. His scientific passion involves classifying meteorites, and his work with different types


Saturday Afternoon Table Top Talk Forums


1:00pm - Room 2
Beginner - Beginning Astronomy
Presented by Stormy Borman

This is the class for you if you know nothing about stargazing or are just getting started. Topics covered include finding your way around the sky, using simple star charts, and observing with your eyes, binoculars and finally telescopes.
Stormy Borman is a member of The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club and volunteers many hours as a speaker and telescope guide at the Lucile Miller Observatory.


1:00pm - Room 3
Advanced-Developing the Choate 2000 Observing List
Presented by Sam Choate

We are all familiar with the Messier and NGC catalogs of celestial objects. Sam is working on documenting a large collection of objects visible in a 10 inch telescope.
Sam Choate is a member of the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club and a past president. He made numerous photos of celestial objects the hard way - manual guiding and film.


1:00pm - Room 4
Advanced-Observing and Photographing Comets
Presented by Ronnie Sherrill

Comets are elusive creatures. It takes some skill and practice to locate and see any comet. Photographing a comet takes some more skills. Ronnie will show you the ins and outs of this worthwhile activity
Ronnie Sherrill is a member of the Piedmont Amateur Astronomers and he lives in Iredell County


1:00pm - Room 7
General - A Tour Of The Universe
Presented by Corrie Ann Delgado

What do we see when we look at the sky? Corrie covers general navigation, solar system and planets, then deep space double stars, globular clusters. She touches on stellar evolution, galaxies and their movements and distances, and black holes. There are hands on with meteorites too. Its a good program for non-observers, kids, and people getting started in understanding astronomy.



1:00pm - Room 8
General - Sketching at the Eyepiece
Presented by Chris Waldrup

Long before photography, astronomers had to draw sketches of their observations at the eyepiece. This is a time honored skill that is still widely practiced today. Learn how to record your observations with only pencil and paper.
Chris is from Tennessee and is a member of the Von Braun Astronomical Society and the Barnard Astronomical Society


2:00pm - Room 2
Beginner-Using Almanacs for Astronomy
Presented by Joe Heafner

The farmers almanacs contain some useful astronomical information once you get past the snake oil ads. You can get just about all the Sun and Moon information that the average person needs. Other astronomical almanacs will be covered also
Joe Heafner is a member and past president of The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club and currently teaches physics and astronomy at Catawba Valley Community College. He has authored several textbooks. His teaching approach is to look at astronomy as a tool to understand scientific reasoning.


2:00pm - Room 3
Advanced - Why Dwarf Planets?
Presented by Robert Jones

So what is a dwarf planet and why that they declare Pluto to be one? Robert addresses the reasons and logic(?) for demoting Pluto and the many discoveries of other dwarf planets
Robert Jones taught biology and physics at East Carolina and UNC Charlotte. He is a member of CVAC and the Charlotte Astronomy Club. Robert is an accomplished observer and has some of the best puns in astronomy!


2:00pm - Room 4
Advanced-Observing and Photographing Comets
Presented by Ronnie Sherrill

Comets are elusive creatures. It takes some skill and practice to locate and see any comet. Photographing a comet takes some more skills. Ronnie will show you the ins and outs of this worthwhile activity
Ronnie Sherrill is a member of the Piedmont Amateur Astronomers and he lives in Iredell County


2:00pm - Room 7
General-Determining Sample Meteorite Composition
Presented by Anthony Love

Here is your chance to get some hands on experience with meteorites! You will learn to determine if you have a meteorite or a meteor-wrong!
Anthony Love is the Laboratories Manager of the Appalachian State University Department of Geology. He provides invaluable technical help to faculty and students, provides public school lectures and laboratory instruction. He is an ardent rock climber and works closely with a number of local climbing groups. His scientific passion involves classifying meteorites, and his work with different types


2:00pm - Room 8
Beginner - Smartphone Astrophotography
Presented by John ONeal

Everyone with a smartphone has the capability of taking some very good quality astrophotos. John will discuss how to couple your phone to any telescope and basic image processing.



3:00pm - Room 2
Beginner-Using Almanacs for Astronomy
Presented by Joe Heafner

The farmers almanacs contain some useful astronomical information once you get past the snake oil ads. You can get just about all the Sun and Moon information that the average person needs. Other astronomical almanacs will be covered also.
Joe Heafner is a member and past president of The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club and currently teaches physics and astronomy at Catawba Valley Community College. He has authored several textbooks. His teaching approach is to look at astronomy as a tool to understand scientific reasoning.


3:00pm - Room 3
Advanced-Astronomy Outreach Without Telescopes - The NASA Night Sky Network Kits
Presented by Jeff Whisenant

The NASA Night Sky Network offers a wide variety of excellent program kits and resources for member clubs. Presentation kits contain materials and handouts for several programs, most of which are hands on activities. The programs are aimed at the general public of all ages.
Jeff Whisenant is the Treasurer and Communications Director for The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club


3:00pm - Room 4
TENTATIVE - Advanced - Remote Astro-Imaging and 3D Printed Gear
Presented by Alan Mason

3-D printers are all over the place now and the cost of making things is coming down. Alan demonstrates some useful 3-D printed astronomy accessories and demonstrates his astrophoto setup with small computers and networks
Alan Mason is a newer member of CVAC and spends a lot of time imaging the sky with the latest gear. He also designs and makes 3D printed objects and accessories for astronomy.


3:00pm - Room 7
General-Determining Sample Meteorite Composition
Presented by Anthony Love

Here is your chance to get some hands on experience with meteorites! You will learn to determine if you have a meteorite or a meteor-wrong!
Anthony Love is the Laboratories Manager of the Appalachian State University Department of Geology. He provides invaluable technical help to faculty and students, provides public school lectures and laboratory instruction. He is an ardent rock climber and works closely with a number of local climbing groups. His scientific passion involves classifying meteorites, and his work with different types


3:00pm - Room 8
Beginner - Smartphone Astrophotography
Presented by John ONeal

Everyone with a smartphone has the capability of taking some very good quality astrophotos. John will discuss how to couple your phone to any telescope and basic image processing.