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Peach State Star Gaze 2017

24th Anniversary

October 15th to October 22nd




Program and Speakers

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Imaging Symposium

Lloyd Smith
The Case for Remote Imaging

Lloyd Smith is an amateur astrophotographer from Roswell, GA. By day he’s a healthcare consultant for EY (Ernst & Young). By night he’s under the stars either live, or virtually. In 2015 Lloyd and business partner, Bruce Wright founded Deep Sky West Remote Observatory (www.deepskywest.com). DSW is a remote astrophotography observatory situated on Glorieta Mesa in Rowe, New Mexico. This high altitude site (elevation 7,400 feet) offers pristine dark skies, transparency, excellent seeing, and weather conditions coveted by all imagers.

Barry Fitzgerald
Sequence Generator Pro – Auto Focus
Take a look at the Auto Focus module in Sequence Generator Pro. Look at why “Step Size” is important and how to achieve sharp focus with your setup.

Intel Compute Stick CS125 – GO Wireless
How you can use the Compute Stick to run all of the things a laptop and or desktop would do. Mount it on your rig and wirelessly remote into it and control all of your connected equipment. This allows you to be able to run an imaging session “INDOORS” or in remote locations with NO wires between your laptop and your setup.

Barry Fitzgerald is a long time member of the Atlanta Astronomy Club. He is married 3 children and 3 grandchildren. His long career was in Telephony. 12 years Wireline Ma Bell, Switching Equipment Technician 22 years Wireless Bellsouth Mobility, Cingular, AT&T Network Service Center Retired last 12 years.

Peter Macumber
Roundtable Discussion of Aug 21st Eclipse

A collection of images provided by various members and attendees of the eclipse. An open discussion of your experience. Plans for 2024 ?




Dr. Erin Wells Bonning
Gravity Waves. Maybe this mysterious LIGO source that’s leaking everywhere will turn out to be something interesting!

Dr. Erin Wells Bonning joined the Emory University Department of
Physics in September 2013 as a Lecturer and Director of the Planetarium. She received her BA from St John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, 1997, and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, 2004. In her PhD work she studied numerical relativity, simulating the orbit and coalescence of binary black holes. Her current research encompasses many aspects of black hole astrophysics, with particular emphasis on multiwavelength observations of supermassive black holes in active galaxies.

Dr Richard Schmude

Richard W. Schmude, Jr. was born in Washington. He attended public schools near or in Washington DC, Los Angeles, California and Houston, Texas. After graduating from Klein High School in 1976, he attended North Harris County College and Texas A&M University. He received his Doctorate in Physical Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 1994. Since September 1994 he has been employed at Gordon State College as a professor of Chemistry. He is a member of the Kingston Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society - Kingston is also the city where his paternal grandmother graduated from High School. He is also a member of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers and the British Astronomical Society. Richard has focused much of his research on measuring the brightness of the planets in visible wavelengths. In 2014, he began carrying out J and H band (nearinfrared) brightness measurements of the brighter planets.

More to come!

We will update the information as soon as we have confirmations.

If it happens to be cloudy we will run movies in the Club House.


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