Apollo Rendezvous 2012

The Miami Valley Astronomical Society would like to thank our attendees and vendors for another wonderful Apollo Rendezvous.
Please support our kind vendors who attended and/or donated door prizes. Thank you!

Orion Telescopes and Binocularshttp://www.telescope.com/
JMI Telescopeshttp://www.jimsmobile.com
Software Bisquehttp://www.bisque.com
Royal Astronomical Society of Canadahttp://www.rasc.ca
Bob’s Knobshttp://www.bobsknobs.com/
Sky publishinghttp://www.skyandtelescope.com
International Dark Sky Associationhttp://www.darksky.org/
Galactic Imageshttp://www.galacticimages.com
Burgess Opticalhttp://www.burgessoptical.com
Mars Societyhttp://www.chapters.marssociety.org/usa/oh
Mitterling Meteoriteshttp://www.mitterling.com/
Richland Astronomical Societyhttp://www.wro.org
Warren Kellerhttp://www.IP4AP.com

Friday Night Raffle & Door Prize Winners

Raffle PrizeDonated ByWinner
Framed photo of GalaxiesGalactic ImagesLou Freese
Door Prize
$50 Gift CertificateJMIDan Morris
5 x 7 Photo of VenusGalactic ImagesLeonard Howie
Comet Hunters Asteroid SeekersOrion TelescopesJerry Stenton
Coffee MugInternational Dark SkyJim Ventling
Pocket Sky AtlasSky PublishingJohn Meece
Milky Way PosterInternational Dark SkyRobert Crews
Explorer Galaxy CD Orion TelescopesChris Clifford
5 x 7 Photo of VenusGalactic ImagesPaul Daughtrey
Pass to Hidden HollowRichland AstronomicalBob Stenton
Gift CertificateBob's KnobsErik Sondergelt
Wall ArtMVASDerek Moore

Saturday Raffle & Door Prize Winners

Raffle PrizeDonated ByWinner
Orion Auto Guider Scope & CameraMVASTom Allen
25 x 100 Astro BinocularsOberwerksRon Wellman
M51 16 x 20 Framed PhotoGalactic ImagesDick Swan
Rosette Nebula 16 x 20 Framed PhotoGalactic ImagesDick Swan
Door Prize
Video Capture DeviceOrion TelescopesJohn d'Entremont
Wall ArtMVASDan Lemaster
Milky Way PosterInternational Dark Sky Doug Cook
Red HeadlightBurgess OpticalJohn Laugle
Skyline Deluxe Green LaserOrion TelescopesGeorge Wyncott
Meteorite Mitterling MeteorsBob Stenton
5 x 7 photo of VenusGalactic ImagesPat Sisson
RedBeam SP Red FlashlightOrion TelescopesLori Cutright
Soup to Nuts DVSWarren KellerBob Simpson
Moon GlobeMVASTom Allen
SkyAtlas 2000.0Sky PublishingDonna Reynolds
The Eta Carinae NebulaGalactic ImagesRick Weiss
The Case for MarsMars SocietyKeith Reynolds
Turn Left at OrionMVASGreg Scoumis
Coffee MugInternational Dark SkyDave Orth
Starshoot USB EyepieceOrion TelescopesMary Howie
Astro GogglesOrion TelescopesDick Swan
Comet Hunters Asteroid SeekersOrion TelescopesDerek Chiang
The Case for MarsMars SocietyDick Pierce
CalendarRASCBob Petti
Binocular HarnessOrion TelescopesBill Schultz
Erecting Diagonal Burgess OpticalJulie Fisher
Laser PointerBurgess OpticalJohn Meece
12.5 eye pieceBurgess OpticalKarin Harle
MeteoriteMitterling MeteoritesJohn Chumack
Explorer Galaxy CDOrion TelescopesJerry Stenton
The Case for MarsMars SocietyLinda Weiss
Iron Meteorites collectionMitterling MeteoritesTom Jonard
Moon MapOrion TelescopesJerry Majers
Laser PointerBurgess OpticalSue Rismiller
Telescope & Toe SaverOrion TelescopesJoe Tarkany
12.5 Eye PieceBurgess OpticalMark Stabler
1 ct PallardotMitterling MeteorsJoe Dekold
Backyard Astronomers GuideMVASAlex Allen
$99.00 Gift CertificateSoftware BisqueShelly Sisson
Pass to Hidden HollowRichland Astronomical Woody Markland
$50.00 Gift CertificateJMIStephen Solch
$25.00 Gift Certificate Scope CityWarren KellerBob Connell
Discover the StarsOrion TelescopesDan Morris
5 x 7 Photo of VenusGalactic ImagesJohn Pratte
Orion Lens Pen ToolOrion TelescopesRobert Crews
Orion Star Target PlanisphereOrion TelescopesPat Johnson
Pocket Sky AtlasSky PublishingLeonard Howie
MeteoriteMitterling MeteoritesStewart Hawkins
Observers HandbookRASCCindy Sisson
Red headlightBurgess OpticalSteve Rismiller
Bino CaseBurgess OpticalCharles Shirk
Lights Out Observing CanopyOrion TelescopesEd Novak

The Miami Valley Astronomical Society


The 42nd Annual Apollo Rendezvous


John Bryan Observatory

Tonight @ JBO, Tomorrow at the Boonshoft!

June 8 and June 9, 2012

Apollo Rendezvous is one of the noted annual gatherings of amateur astronomers in the United States. Each year, amateur astronomers join with friends and colleagues from around the world at the birthplace of aviation, Dayton, Ohio.

This years Apollo Rendezvous will be held at two locations, with Friday night being held at our dark sky location, John Bryan State Park Observatory in Yellow Springs, OH. That evening will consist of workshops, swap meet, tours of our facilities, showing of club scopes, door prizes , cook out and ending with an evening of star gazing.

Saturday's event will be held at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, with presentations on Astrophotography by Warren A. Keller, vendors, planetarium shows, door prizes, raffle, and ending the evening again at our dark sky site, John Bryan State Park Observatory with a BBQ and an evening of star gazing.

Go to the Schedule of Events for all the details.

As always we will have vendors on site to help with your astronomy needs.

Swap Meet
We will once again have an area set up on Friday night at John Bryan State Park Observatory, for our Swap Meet. Have any items your not using? Bring them to the swap meet to sell. Please mark the registration if you plan to participate.

Food and Drink
A box lunch will be available for purchase in advance. Please see the Box Lunch Order Form for choices.

Door Prizes
Apollo Rendezvous wouldn't be without our door prizes. Many vendors have supplied us with great astronomical items to be given away. Door prizes will be drawn throughout the day on Saturday, so be sure to listen for your name!

Once again we have great raffle prizes. Watch the website for a list of raffle items.

Stargaze and BBQ
As with past Apollo Rendezvous we will hold a star gaze and BBQ on Saturday night for all who attend Apollo Rendezvous. The BBQ is held at our dark sky site, John Bryan Observatory inside John Bryan State Park. Bring your scope or check out the views from the many club scopes on display--weather permitting of course. See the BBQ Flyer for more details.

Saturday's Presentations

Warren Keller, a leading author on astrophotography is presenting:

  • "Imaging Hardware Choices"
  • "Software Choices for Acquisition and Preprocessing"
  • "Postprocessing"
Speaker: Warren Keller

A child of the 60's--Star Trek, Lost in Space, 2001: a Space Odyssey, Apollo launches at dawn--like his heros, Warren boldly went where no man had gone before. As a boy, he was gifted with Fred Hoyle's Astronomy. On the cover was the glossiest, color photo of M27- the Dumbbell Nebula in the blackest, velvet sky. He knew from that moment he would someday photograph the heavens’ wonders.

Beginning with 35mm film in 1998, Warren switched to digital 'CCD' cameras in 2003. Artistic by nature, it's less about Cosmology and more about the thrill of the hunt for the myriad of beautiful shapes and colors throughout the universe.

Warren has the ability to reduce the difficult concepts of Astro-Imaging to the essentials and effectively teach it to others. His Astrophoto tutorial business IP4AP was named a SKY & Telescope Magazine "Hot Product" in 2007, and he has given thousands of clients the world over, a 'quick start' to taking their own great photos. It is his desire to convince new imagers that they can accomplish anything they want in amateur Astrophotography, while emphasizing the importance of artfulness in a largely left-brained hobby.

Warren is proud to have been published as a photographer and author in: SKY & Telescope, Astronomy, AstroPhoto Insight, Amateur Astronomy, and Nightscape magazines, and many places on the World Wide Web, most prestigiously- NASA's APOD and Universe Today. His work can be viewed at www.BillionsandBillions.com. Three prints were chosen for 2012's prestigious Starstruck astrophoto exhibit at Maine's Bates College. His prints are offered exclusively by Exposures International gallery of Sedona, Arizona. He is currently writing a book for Springer Press, and preparing a new tutorial series. He was Atik Camera's US representative in 2009-2010 and is a consultant to MSB-Astroart, and Celestron where he co-designed AstroFX software.

Warren has presented at the Advanced, the North East, and the Midwest Astro-Imaging Conferences, the Black Forest, Texas, Okie-Tex, Winter, and Hidden Hollow Star Parties, and to groups as varied as Boy and Girl Scouts, Chambers of Commerce, Rotaries, and camera clubs.

Apollo Rendezvous Bonus!

Two of Warren's excellent DVD products, Photoshop Foundations Superdisk and Soup to Nuts 2.5 hours of MaxIm DL/Astroart DVDs are available at a discount for pre-orders or attendees of Apollo Rendezvous.

Photoshop Foundations, featuring Basics, Intermediate 1 & 2 as well as the MSB Astroart bonus normally retails for $99.95 but for AR is only $75. In the new series, Soup2Nuts Part 1 & 2, Warren walks you through changes to Photoshop, MaxIm DL & Astroart with object specific and advanced processing. Retail is $49.95 but AR discount for pre-orders and attendees is only $39.95.

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
2600 DeWeese Pkwy.
Dayton, OH 45405
John Bryan State Park
3790 State Route 370
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

For Information on Apollo Rendezvous contact Linda Weiss at ar@mvas.org