BoBfest - The Regional Gathering of Amateur Astronomers

BoBfest 2020 Dates To Be Determined
West Wing of Catawba Science Center,
Hickory, North Carolina
See You Next Year at BoBfest 2020

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BoBfest Schedule


Friday Evening

     7:00 - 10:00 pm - Observing at Lucile Miller Observatory in Maiden (Regularly Schedule FREE Public Observing)

Saturday - Visit our Exhibits Page for More Activities!

     All Day - Main Event Room - Refreshments

     8:30am - 4:00pm Lobby - Door Prize Ticket Sales

     8:30am - 3:45pm Lobby - BoBfest Registration

     8:30am - 4:00pm Room 5 - Swap Tables

     8:30am - 4:00pm Room 6 - Vendors Open - BoBfest Marketplace

     9:30am - Main Event Room - Welcome and Club Announcements

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

     9:45am - 3:45pm Room 1 - Family Science Events - Catawba Science Center Staff and Volunteers

     10:00am - 4:00pm Catawba Science Center - Aquarium, Planetarium, Science Hall, Exhibits

     10:30am - Main Event Room - Club Announcements / Break

     10:30am - Millholland Planetarium - Special BoBfest Show - Live Star Talk - CSC Staff

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

     11:30am - Millholland Planetarium - Special BoBfest Show - Live Star Talk - CSC Staff

     11:30am - Various Locations - Lunch, Visit Vendors, Marketplace, CSC, Solar Observing

     12:45pm - Main Event Room - Club Announcements & Orientation to Afternoon Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

     1:30pm - Millholland Planetarium - Special BoBfest Show - Legends of the Night Sky, Orion, and Winter Stargazing - CSC Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     3:30pm - Millholland Planetarium - Special BoBfest Show - Ice Worlds and Winter Stargazing - CSC Staff

     4:00pm - Main Event Room - Awards, Announcements, Door Prize Drawings

     4:30pm - Main Event Room - Closing Remarks - BoB Eskridge

     7:00pm - 10:00pm Lucile Miller Observatory, Maiden - FREE Observing for Everyone!