December Meeting SST

Minas Astronomy Group –– December Meeting
Avonport, 475 Bluff Road
Saturday, November 8, 2 p.m.

NOTE !!, 2 p.m., not 7 p.m., an experiment suggested by a member of MAG so as to avoid driving in the dark, and a late night for those having a long drive.

Speaker: Prof. Telescope, aka Dave Chapman

Topic: How Does a Telescope Work?

Most of us understand that a telescope magnifies distant objects and “brings them closer,” but how this works sometimes seems like magic. Prof. Telescope will explain the workings of a telescope, starting from the basics, using intuitive concepts, with a minimum of math. He will also bring some everyday lenses for hands-on learning.

Prof. Telescope is Dave Chapman, a long-time RASC member (1983) who has observed the night sky with telescopes for nearly 6 decades. He left England as a boy in 1957, and lived in various places across Canada, settling in Dartmouth, NS. He studied physics at UBC (MSc, 1977), followed by 31 years of distinguished underwater acoustics research for the Navy. He received the RASC Simon Newcomb Award and the RASC Service Award, is Editor Emeritus of the RASC Observer’s Handbook, and is currently the Chair of the national RASC Observing Committee.

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