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FRIDAY, October 20

8:00 a.m. - Vendors registration is open.

10:00 a.m. - Guest registration opens. Extra door prize tickets available at this time.

10:30 a.m. - SkyView and Mohican Lodge open.

6:00 p.m. - Astrophotography Workshop in SkyView Lodge - Contest

Rick Schrantz - Rick Schrantz is president of the Bluegrass Amateur Astronomy Club in Lexington, KY. He has been astro-imaging for 20 years, and is now an avid imager of h-alpha objects and also likes planetary imaging using a webcam.

About his program:

This year Rick's presentation will be on lunar and planetary imaging with a webcam. Prize for this year's contest will be a custom lithograph!

7:00 p.m. - Solar Filter Worskhop

Held in Mohican Lodge and presented by Barb Hubal. Get your own custom "make and take" solar filter for your scope! Supplies limited...

9:00 p.m. - Registration closes. Door prize ticket sales close. Lights out... Observing Time!

9:30 p.m. - 31" Observatory Scope open for viewing.

SATURDAY, October 21

8:00 a.m. - Registration opens. Extra door prize tickets available.

8:30 a.m. - Lodges open.

10:00 a.m. - "Safe Solar Viewing" program begins in SkyView Lodge - Solar Filter Workshop

Barb Hubal - Solar observing - whether a transit, eclipse or just looking for sunspots can be entertaing and awe-inspiring, but do it safely!  Our eyes have no pain receptors, so damage to them can occur easily - and painlessly.  A number of things have been used as "filters" over the years, from black-and-white film, to floppy disks, to poptart wrappers; not all are safe.  Transmittance data -in visible, UV and Infared wavelengthsf - has been collected or a number of these "filter materials" as well as for several newer commercially-sold materials.  This presentation will show the data and the results - which are safe filters. While you're there, take advantage of our "make and take" solar filters! We have enough supplies to create 100 filters for a 6" scope, so be sure to attend!

11:00 a.m. - Radio JOVE presentation in SkyView Lodge.

Jason Shinn - Jason Shinn has been an amateur astronomer for more than 19 years. An active member of the Astronomy Club of Akron, he has recently joined the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA) and is an active participant in the NASA Radio Jove Project. He frequently informs other radio astronomers when activity is going on, and provides accurate data and information. The RadioJove listening project is fascinating, and Jason plans on bringing a dipole antenna to set up during his visit so we may monitor the solar continuum and map the radio frequency of the Milky Way. If you've ever dreamed of being able to "beat" cloudy skies, then you'll find this brand of astronomy particularly interesting. Jason will also be providing us with a wonderful program, as well as audio and visual files of Jupiter emissions. Now that's something we can "listen" too!

12:00 p.m. - Guest Speaker, Terry Mann at Skyview Lodge.

Terry Mann - Terry Mann is President of the Astronomical League, an organization with approximately 20,000 amateur astronomers. She served as Secretary for the Astronomical League from 1998 to 2001. In 2004 Terry received the R.G. Wright Award. The G. R. (Bob) Wright League Service Award recognizes people who have performed above and beyond the call of duty. Currently she is working on a continuing effort to develop outreach programs for the League and she is assisting with the 2005 AstroExpo, the Astronomical League's national convention. In December of 2001 she was selected as a JPL Solar System Ambassador and will continue as an Ambassador in 2005.

Terry has served as President and Vice-President of the Miami Valley Astronomical Society and chaired that organization's astronomy convention for two years. She served as an advisor to their junior division and received the club's highest award, the Kepler Award. Terry also received an Award from the Ohio House of Representatives for her dedicated research and study of the Solar System. She has written articles for the Astronomical League's newsletter, the REFLECTOR, local newspapers, and her astrophotography has appeared in local art galleries, newspapers, and TV newscasts. Terry has served as a summer volunteer at the University of Denver's Mount Evans Observatory in Colorado.

As much as she enjoys observing, she has always devoted a large amount of her free time to education and public outreach. She also a frequent guest speaker and has lectured about astronomy at high schools, astronomy clubs and civic groups as well as science centers, State and National Parks. She maintains a backyard observatory that houses a 14-inch telescope and brings classrooms to the observatory to let the students see the universe. Her interest in astronomy has taken her to many places including Australia, Tahiti, Baja, Aruba, Egypt, Alaska and Bolivia. In September of 2003 Terry was elected to Board of Directors at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Terry was also interviewed for the Book "Women of Space: Cool Careers on the Final Frontier" By Laura S. Woodmansee. Terry's bio and one of her pictures was used for the book.

Her memberships include the American Astronomical Society, Astronomical League, and Astronomical Society of the Pacific and the International Dark Sky Association. 2004 Sally Ride Science Fair. 2004 Interviewed by David Levy for his radio show at Astrocon 2004 Volunteer United Way 2004 Edge Learning Institute 12:30 p.m. - Lunch break and catch up time.

1:00 p.m. - Extra door prize ticket sales ends. Weekend registration ends.

1:00 p.m. - Speaker Jay Reynolds at Skyview Lodge

Jay Reynolds - Jay Reynolds is currently the Director of the Schuele Planetarium at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center in Bay Village. Is a member of the NASA Glenn Research Speakers Bureau and serves NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a "Solar System Ambassador".

Also the Director of Project Comet Watch, in collaboration with Cleveland State University & Lakeland Community College (where he teaches) to participate in University of Maryland's STSP, which is part of a group of ground based observers to support Deep Impact Mission to Tempel 1.

Mr. Reynolds is a frequent guest and news commentator on regional television and radio programming, helping audiences to have a better understanding and excitment about "What's news in space!"

2:00 p.m. - Guest Speaker, Brent Archinal at SkyView Lodge.

Brent Archinal - Brent Archinal is a native Ohioan, an active amateur astronomer, and a long time member of the Richland Astronomical Society. While attending Ohio State during the latter 1970's and early '80's, his interest in observational and amateur astronomy grew. During this same period he also became quite active in various astronomy clubs. He has served at various times in several official capacities, including as President, of the OSU Astronomy Club and the Columbus Astronomical Society, and he is currently a member of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club, and the Coconino Astronomical Society.

He has long advocated that visual observers "push the envelope" of what is thought possible. After becoming one of the first to publicize the "Messier Marathon" during the early 1980's, in 2001 at the All Arizona Messier Marathon he become the first person to observe all 110 Messier objects in a single night using binoculars. He made the first documented (and second known) naked eye observation of M 81 in 1995, the farthest object visible to the unaided human eye. In 1987, along with Bob Bunge, and using the 31-inch Rupp reflector, he made the first known visual telescopic observation of a gravitational lens, the double quasar in Ursa Major.

He has also long been interested and involved in the proper identification of deep sky objects, particularly star clusters. An outgrowth of this work was the publication of the Webb Society Monograph No. 1, "The Non-existent Star Clusters of the RNGC" in 1993, and with co-author Steven Hynes, publication by Willmann-Bell, Inc., of the book "Star Clusters" in 2003. In recognition of this research, in 2000 the International Astronomical Union named the asteroid no. 11941 "Archinal".

Professionally, Brent received his PhD from the Ohio State Department of Geodetic Science and Surveying in 1987. For 13 years he was employed as an Astronomer at the U. S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D. C. His work there centered on performing research into methods for more accurately determining the Earth's orientation and improving the coordinate systems of the Earth and sky. Since 2000 Brent has been working as a Geodesist with the Astrogeology Team of the U. S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, AZ. His research centers on generally improving the coordinate systems for the other bodies of the solar system so that they can be accurately mapped. He has already revised the coordinate systems for Io and Mars and worked on high resolution mapping of the Mars Exploration Rover landing and other sites on Mars. He is currently completing work on a new coordinate system for the Moon, and the first global model of the Moon's topography. He is Vice-Chair of the IAU/IAG Working Group on Cartographic Coordinates, a Mars Exploration Rover Athena Science Team Collaborator, and a member of the Huygens DISR Science Team.

3:00 p.m. - Guest Speaker, Tom Whiting at SkyView Lodge.

Tom Whiting - USAF Retired...KC-135 pilot, and President of the ECMOG in Erie, Pennysylvania, Tom is well-known by those of us who attend star parties as the "Man With the 32" Scope". His enthusiasm is infectuous and his skill at starhopping is incomparable. Join Tom in Sky View Lodge as he tells us how he does it!

4:00 p.m. - Guest Speaker - Rick Schrantz - Astrophotography Workshop

If you missed your chance to hear Rick on Friday, now's the time to get in on how to image both lunar and planetary subjects using a webcam!

5:00 p.m. - Door Prize Drawing... Good Luck!

5:30 p.m. - Break Time

7:00 p.m. - Mohican Lodge area open for videos - "Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy".

9:00 p.m - Lights out! Observing Time...

9:30 p.m. - 31" Obervatory scope open for viewing.

SUNDAY, October 2

11:00 a.m. - SkyView and Mohican Lodge community areas closes.

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Hidden Hollow concludes.

RAIN? - Not at Hidden Hollow! But just in case the weather does turn bad both lodges, clubhouse and community areas will be open. Bring cards and games, enjoy videos in several places, or just hang out and talk with your fellow amateurs. There's plenty of shelter handy and no one will be bored!

Hope to see you all there!


All camping, vendor sites, electricity, bunks and observing spaces are on a first come basis.

Be respectful of your neighbors.

Trash bags will be provided in your registration packets. Please use them. There will also be many trashcans located over the Hidden Hollow area. Please double check your site when you leave!

No green lasers. Sorry!

If you should arrive with a pet, you will be responsible for its waste disposal. Keep them close! The woods are a mighty big place...

There are restrooms in the SkyView Lodge as well as restrooms around the observing and camping areas (Women to the east - Men to the west). There is also a restroom located beside the Clubhouse. Please keep them as clean as possible for all our guests health and safety.

Smokers are welcome, but not inside Sky View or the dome. Please be respectful and dispose of your butts accordingly.

Grills and camp cooking equipment are also welcome, but please mind your fire. We like our woods!

Red flashlights only after observing begins.

Anyone wishing to leave after observing begins, please park along the driveway heading down the hill. We realize that some lights are automatic and by doing so, your headlights will not disturb others.

Children are very welcome! Just remind them to be respectful of others equipment.

Please mind your equipment. While we have never had a problem with theft, we cannot be held responsible.

Please drive slowly. There are permanent residences on the hill. Be respectful.

Should an emergency arise, please alert ANY club member immediately! Cell phones are available.


Our Thanks...

Please give a big round of thanks to our prize contributors by patronizing their products!

Oberwerks Binoculars -

Big Bang Astronomy Shop -

Radio JOVE -

Smart Astronomy -

Oceanside Photo and Telescope -


We would also like to thanks the following folks for contributing doorprizes: Barb and Ken Hubal, Brent Archinal, Tammy Plotner and the Richland Astronomical Society