The Eagle Valley Astronomical Society will gather Thursday evening, October 18, starting at 7:30 PM at the Walking Mountains Science Center near the base of Buck Creek Road in Avon. Our speaker will be John Briggs, a regular presenter at Eagle Valley Astronomical Society.
Last month John travelled to Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona, to perform a historical reenactment of the first photographic observation of solar granulation. The project was in collaboration with veteran solar astronomer Dr. Jack Harvey of National Solar Observatory. John and Jack used electronic “still” photography, traditional film photography, and modern video imaging to record the fine, granular-appearing surface of the Sun.
At our meeting, John will explain and demonstrate how easy it is to make celestial movie clips with video cameras that cost only $100 or less. This can be done with almost any telescope and is a wonderful project for youngsters. Common webcams, for example, can be modified to image the Moon and planets with a small telescope, and the results are surprisingly impressive. John will also report on his adventure making video recordings at Kitt Peak and will show results including the Sun, Moon, and double stars.
FREE Event. All ages are welcome, no reservations necessary.