The Art of Visual Observing and Preserving your Observations
by Stephen Jones
Abstract – One of the most frequently cited reasons many newcomers to astronomy give for wanting to get into astrophotography rather than visual observing is because they want to be able to show others what they looked at. What many folks don't realize is that visual observations can be easily preserved as well, even without much artistic skill, with the right logging techniques. Additionally, careful observation with the intent of making a good log can also improve your observational skills itself. Stephen will discuss the fundamentals of making a good visual observation, and how to make a good record of your observations
Our Speaker – Stephen Jones is HAS Vice President
When Stephen was six years old, his dad Stan Jones, gave him 60mm Tasco refractor and started trying to teach him to use it. Having limited success, Stan looked for help and found HAS. Stan’s efforts lead him to take up astronomy himself and acquire 10” Meade SCT. Stan was a regular out at the HAS Dark Site with Stephen enthusiastically along for the ride.
Later in life, Stephen rekindled his interest in astronomy, and with a 6 inch dob from the HAS loaner program, then later a 10 inch dob and a 16 inch dob rebuilt using the mirrors from his dad’s scope, he completed the requirements for the Master Observer award.
Stephen has also served three years as Field Trip and Observing chair of HAS, and conducts Novice Labs at the Dark Site, where he teaches the night sky and the basics of using a telescope to those new to astronomy
Since we're still practicing safe social distancing, we will bring our September Speaker to you virtually through the Zoom online meeting platform! You must register for this presentation in order to attend. You may do so by using the link below:
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We'll have the online chat feature available to us during the talk, and once the presentation is over, we can open up the audio lines for more questions. I'm excited that this we're able to get together in this fashion, and I hope you can join us then. We hope to see you online with us on Friday evening November 5th!
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