by John Miller, Secretary
The June meeting convened at 7:30 PM via Zoom and Yahoo (online). There were initially about 49 Zoom attendees.
● Rex Parker introduced the evening’s topics and included a video of a model rocket launch (several members recalled launches when they were younger), a review of Zoom meetings versus live gatherings at Peyton Hall if the building reopens (live gatherings edged out). Also reviewed briefly – the current night sky.
● Victor Davis introduced the evening’s guest speaker: Anna T.P. Schauer – a NASA Hubble Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. Her presentation was titled: “First Star Formation and the Lunar Ultimately Large Telescope.” It was very well received.
● The upcoming June 10th partial solar eclipse (as viewed from NJ/PA) was discussed. Long-time member Ron Mittelstaedt put up a conglomerate of views from the May 10, 1994 partial solar eclipse he took in NY State. Some present members discussed a field location for the forthcoming event.
● Rex mentioned a new remote imaging group using a PlaneWave 24” in the Hurtado Valley, Chile.
● The Washington Crossing Observatory repair status was reviewed. AAAP Treasurer Michael Mitrano continues communications with State Park officials in an effort to re-secure permits.
● Observatory Co-Chair David Skitt reviewed keyholder preparations. A discussion ensued reviewing where the optimum EAA (Electronically-Assisted Astronomy) screen placement would be on the outside of the observatory building. There was some concern voiced regarding the interference of field visual observing, astrophotography and public naked-eye observing caused by the bright light of the optical screens.
● A lengthy discussion regarding the Space X StarLink satellite programs was shared. The topic concentrated on the detrimental effects on both the amateur and professional astronomy environment.
● The meeting adjourned at 10:30 P.M.