Bay Area resident and world-famous author of Coming
of Age in the
Milky Way, The
in the Dark is to deliver the
former newspaper reporter and
editor of Rolling Stone magazine,
Ferris is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York
Review of Books. His periodical contributions include over
200 published articles, essays, and book reviews.
produced the Voyager phonograph
record, an artifact of human
civilization containing music, sounds of Earth and encoded photographs
launched aboard the Voyager interstellar spacecraft, and was among the
journalists selected as candidates to fly aboard the Space Shuttle in
“the best popular
science writer in the English
language” by The Christian Science Monitor and “the
best science writer of his generation” by The Washington
Post, Ferris has received the American Institute of Physics prize and a
Guggenheim Fellowship. His works have been nominated for the
National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His latest work,
was ranked by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten
best books published in 2002.
astronomical illustrator, will present her talk
“Putting a Face on Distant Worlds”. About 150
been discovered outside our solar system. They are too far away to be
seen directly. Even when technology improves so that we can photograph
these worlds, the images will be just a few pixels across. Lynette
paints the portraits of
these distant places. With scientific facts in one hand and an
artist’s tools in the other, she is able to show these
planets in detail, giving us realistic pictures of how they might
appear if we could travel there in person and see them close up.
has created many renderings
of both confirmed and possible
worlds, often consulting with the discoverers for input on what they
might look like. Her art has been widely published, including
documentaries on CNN and PBS, and in the publications Astronomy, Sky
& Telescope, Time, Newsweek, Eos (Belgium), Science et Vie
(France), bild der wissenschaft (Germany), and Focus (Spain). She has
also exhibited her original artwork at locations including the American
Museum of Natural History, Lick Observatory, NASA Ames Research Center,
the Smithsonian, Space Center Houston, and Stanford University.
is an example of a recently discovered transiting planet HD149026b that
was featured in a
Telescope article written by SFAA member and S & T editor
For the past two decades, Steve has been involved with a group of
amateur and professional astronomers (The NGC/IC Project at
http://www.ngcic.com/) whose goal is to re-examine the 100 to 200-year
old source material used by J.J. Dreyer to compile the NGC and IC.
staggering 15 to 20 percent of all NGC entries have known or potential
identification problems — poor positions, misidentifications,
entries, incorrect classifications, and confusion with single or
multiple stars. Their catalogue sleuthing has resulted in recovering
literally hundreds of mistaken identities, lost objects, and other
mysteries that have created a maze of confusion in today’s
astronomical databases and amateur software.
this talk Steve will
discuss some examples of his catalogue sleuthing (and background on the
early visual astronomers) as well as the current status of his
is a local
San Francisco Bay Area astro-imager who has concentrated on
techniques for taking astronomical images using narrowband filters.
as a technology development
director for an innovative Silicon
Valley intellectual property company,
spends his time off taking
images from his suburban east-bay backyard.
he is imaging at Fremont Peak
designing and building equipment including large aperture cassegrain
has many of his images and photos of various design projects. Richard
bought his first telescope from Scope
November of 2000 and has been very active since that fateful day when
Richard first met Sam.
that time his images have been
in several books, magazines and NASA APOD
Marni Berendsen has been a member of MDAS
since 1991. She is the
Education Project Coordinator at the Astronomical Society of the
Pacific developing outreach
materials and programs for amateur astronomers.
Marni completed her Masters
Astronomy program at Western Sydney University.
a child, Marnie has been
interested in astronomy from the time when her mother first showed her
the star maps
she made as a Girl Scout from the 20's.
has designed and
conducted many hands-on
workshops for MDAS members as well as student groups
emphasizing the thrill
Marnie will engage us by passing on that energy of the Night
Network a new ASP
specifically designed for amateur
Schalck is a North Bay
optician, co-founder of the AANC,
winner of the 1983 AANC
Outstanding Amateur Astronomer.
has loved astronomy and
telescopes since childhood.
New York City, Bob took a
telescope making class at the Hayden Planetarium .
worked at some of the major optical companies and
was part of a team who made the optics
most of the spacecraft that
traveled to the planets; recently the Saturn Mission's Cassini
16 years he worked for Humphrey Instruments, designing and building
equipment to measure and photograph the human
eye. While doing research designing and building prototypes,
directly with Dr. Luis Alvares, a Nobel Prize winner.
designed and built a spherical
optical telescope and published the
enjoy astronomy by teaching telescope making and donates
the Conference, Bob will host
a workshop on caring for telescope
John Dillon is Curator of Natural Science at the Randall Museum and President of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers.
He is also a Lecturer in the History and Philosophy of Science at the
University of California Extension and the California Academy of
Sciences. While preparing an exhibit of antique microscopes, John
became intrigued by the development of the very first microscopes and
soon ran smack into the name of Galileo! It turns out that any attempt
to trace the history of the first microscope becomes the search for the
first telescope - and that in turn leads to some intriguing, but little
known, insights into the emergence of modern science. His talk is
entitled The “First” Telescope.
in the 60's after
reading the Golden Book of Astronomy. Unfortunately he was
discouraged with the 60mm scope
his Dad gave him, and it sat in a
closet. After his
interest in astronomy was renewed by a neighbor, he
challenged himself to "build a better telescope".
astronomy and making telescopes, Vic feels he's paying back
encouraged him in the process.
Vic is owner
and founder of StellarVue
As a naturalist and former State Park Ranger, Vic has helped
California wide resolve State park land use issues.
Vic may appear sometime on Saturday personified as a living history of Galileo.
Chad Moore is an amatuer astronomer and scientist for the Nation Park Service stationed at Bryce Canoyn, Utah. He works with pars around the nation to protect, share, and restore their dark night skies, we so love. His team has dieveloped a method for capturing high resolution photometric brightness standards fo the celestial hemesphere.
Thes inventories of light pollution provide a tragically graphic representation fo what has been lost in our night sky.
This work has been highlighted in
articles in the NY Times, LA Times, NPR, and features in PVS Nova and
National Geographis Magzine.
Chad discussed current developments in astronomy and stargazing at
parks, hight exciting partership opportunieies between ath NPS and the
astronomy community, and showcased some of the light pollution data
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