Public Free Events
The San Francisco Amateur Astronomers along with the San Francisco
Sidewalk Astronomers is hosting the anniversary
of John Dobson's 90th birthday celebration and AANC Conference at the
Volunteer & be a real Sidewalk Astronomer
SFAA members and John's former students are requested
to attend and/or volunteer.
Sign up for this historic event by
emailing Stacy Jo McDermott at: aanc2005volunteers
at hotmail.com In the body of the email please leave Stacy Jo your
and preference of morning or afternoon shift and which activity you'd
like to help out with. Here are the
events planned that you can help out with. We're expecting larger
than normal public participation, so your help is crutial to a sucessful
Meet RTMC Award winners
Award winning telescopes will be on display from this and previous years
Riverside Telescope Makers Conference
including the girls
of Troop 83 of Santa Rosa.
Valley of the Dobs
If you took John's telescope making class and
you still have your scope kicking around...bring it! We'll have the
"Valley of the Dobs" for a great photo opportunity. Re-connect
with your fellow classmates pushing glass.
an article that David Perlman, Science Editor of the Chron wrote some
five years ago about John.
too can take turns grinding a mirror under John's tutelage and signing
the optical tube assembly of our 8 inch telescope.
The OTA (Sonotube optical tube assembly), grit for grinding and
polishing, mirror and tool will be donated by the Telescope Makers
Workshop at Chabot.
The telescope, once completed will be shipped, thanks to Scope City to
the Huachuca Astronomy
Club in Arizona to be used as
a loaner telescope in their outreach program with the local military
John Dobson's Birthday Celebration at noon
Cake will be provided by King Sams, courtesy of the Sidewalk
Astronomers. (Her son
Bill may have been the first to build his own telescope in their
kitchen, under John's instruction.)
Other presentation suprises await you as well...
Take part in this historic record which after the conference, will soon
be available online
Grind a Mirror
John Dobson says, "The mirror must be accurate to within one-thousandth
the thickness of Saran Wrap." Just how do you make a mirror this
accurate? Test your skills. We'd like everyone to spend a
few moments grinding the mirror and signing the optical tube.
This will be a true tribute to the one who started it all, John Dobson.
Make planets, telescopes, sundials and more
The Randall Museum staff, with volunteer assistance, will help
youngsters make their own Saturn, working refractor telescopes,solar
timepiece or artwork.
Take a good look at our very own star. The San Francisco
Astronomers will have powerful, safe solar telescopes providing
of the Sun.
Once it gets dark, join us for a star party. View the heavens through
telescopes provided by the San Francisco Amateur
San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers and other AANC Club member
telescopes. We'll have good views of
Venus, Jupiter, The Milky Way, Neptune, plus M 13 the
star cluster, M 57 the Ring Nebula, and M31 the Andromeda Galaxy for
you to enjoy.
T-Shirts and Pins
There will be a few of these very cool keepsake accessories for
purchase at the
conference. Get them quick before their gone!
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