Past Meeting Program Subjects
The Williamson County Astronomy Club offers meeting programs covering subjects of interest to both armchair astronomers and observers alike. Listed here is a sampling of our past meeting programs.
January 1, 2015
The club will NOT meet in January due to the New Years Day holiday. Meetings will resume in February 2015.
February 5, 2015
"A 12.5" Telescope Project" - Scott Carson, Club Member
Club member Scott Carson will show and describe the design and construction of his 12.5" split-ring telescope. Scott spent several months doing the detailed design of the scope and then several more in the construction. He will show the stunning result during his presentation.
March 5, 2015
"A Multi-Spectral Light Box For Imaging" - John Upton, Club Member
Club Member John Upton will describe the development of a light box for calibrating flat field images used in astrophotography. The project was prompted by the requirements placed on flat field devices used for imaging through Johnson or Sloan science filters.
April 2, 2015
"Show and Tell"
Multiple members will give short talks about their choice of topic. They may show and discuss smaller new projects they have worked on, new equipment, new books, or observing session results in the form of field reports or astro-photography they have done.
May 7, 2015
"Nebulae" Jim Reimund, Club Member
Club member Jim Reimund will discuss the varied types of nebulae commonly observed in the sky. An overview of the characteristics of these gaseous objects will be presented.
June 4, 2015
"Six Nights on Kitt Peak, A Pro-Am Adventure" Dr. Edward Wiley, University of Kansas
Follow Dr. Wiley University of Kansas) and friends as they try to figure out a system to image double stars with the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope while their other friends have fun with the KPNO 2.1m Telescope actually imaging double stars. And, what use are double stars anyhow?
July 2, 2015
"Favorite Internet Tools & Sites" Club Members
Members will show and review their favorite Internet based tools and Websites of use in amateur astronomy. Each member will give a brief review of the tool or site.
August 6, 2015
"Space Mission Updates" Bruce Campney, Pete Wehner
Pete Wehner of ACC will present an update of the Messenger mission to Mercury. Mission history, objectives and results to date will be reviewed.
Club President, Bruce Campney will then present an update on the New Horizons mission to Pluto. Late breaking results from the flyby will be detailed as well as a review of mission history.
September 3, 2015
"Reverberation Mapping Of An AGN" Dr. Mark Bottorff, Southwestern University
Dr. Bottorff will discuss the methodology behind recent research in which he participated. The 18 month study compared the structure of the dusty torus surrounding the black hole inside NGC6814 to current theoretical simulation models of the acretion process.
October 1, 2015
"Deep Sky Objects in Depth" David Ault, Jim Reimund, Mark Zell
Club members Mark Zell, Jim Reimund, and David Ault will each give a short presentation covering a deep sky object they find especially interesting. They will present images, descriptions, fun facts, and hard scientific research results concerning their chosen object.
November 5, 2015
"Eldorado Star Party Attendee Reports" Multiple Club Members
Multiple club members will give presentations on their experiences at the Eldorado Star Party for 2015. Some members attend to enjoy relaxed observing under very dark skies while others devote themselves to multi-night marathon imaging sessions.
December 3, 2015
"Raspberry Pi & Astronomy"
Club members Stephen Hill and Bruce Campney will describe several astronomy related projects they have built using the Raspberry Pi single board computer system. The Raspberry Pi is well suited for astronomy due to its low cost, small size, low power requirements, and significant computing power.