What We Do
Not open to the general public, but if you want to be an invited guest please contact us.
If you are having the meal, choices are Turkey with all the fixings or Veggie Lasagna. Paul Walker will send out RSVP’s in April. The meal is $25 at the door, no charge if not eating.
There will be a silent auction to raise money for the club. If you have items to donate to the cause, let us know ahead of time.
Elections this year are for President, Vice President and the 4 Board Members at Large. Any full member interested in any of these positions please contact any of the board members listed at the end of the newsletter.
Location: St. Johns Club, 9 Central Ave. South Burlington (take Lakeside Ave from Pine St.)
Social Hour 6-7. Dinner 7-8. Door prizes, awards, annual business meeting 8-9.
Free and Open to the Public
The beginning of the “Big Eyes in the Sky” for George Ellery Hale and me
By Cale Shipman
The 40 inch refractor is the largest and last Alvan Clark telescope ever build. It is housed in an observatory that can only be described as a national treasure. Located near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and currently under threat of destruction.
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Refiguring the Patterson 14.5” Mirror
By Robert Horton
In this mini-talk we will explore the techniques that were used to refigure a medium sized Newtonian telescope mirror using both traditional Foucault testing as well as the latest advances in amateur interferometric analysis. First, we will walk through the various means by which we can measure the mirror to compare it to the desired shape and then we will see how to utilize that information to drive the refiguring steps needed to bring the mirror to that goal.
Example instruments of both a Foucault tester and a Bath interferometer will be shown and the process through which their measurements are made will be demonstrated and the pros and cons of each method will be explained. In the end, the precise shape of the mirror will be known and the expected performance can be simulated. Hopefully, when the mirror is installed at the HOS (aka GMO) sometime this spring, the actual performance will match these simulations.