Thanks to all involved for making Apollo Rendezvous 2016 a great success!

Apollo Rendezvous 2016

The Miami Valley Astronomical Society


The 46th Annual Apollo Rendezvous

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Saturday, June 11, 2016 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
John Bryan State Park Observatory
6:30 PM to Midnight
for dinner & star gazing
You must register for and attend the daytime session to attend the evening session.
Early registration and lunch orders have ended.
You can register at the door on Saturday.
Individual $40.00 | Family $55.00

Photos by Adrian DeNardo

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

Saturday kicks off at 9:00 AM, at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, with presentations scheduled throughout the day. 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--weather permitting of course.

This year's vendors, committed to fill your astronomy needs.

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

Door/Raffle Prizes
Apollo Rendezvous once again offers cool door/raffle prizes. Many vendors have supplied us with great astronomical items to be given away. You must be present to win. We'd like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their support, with donations for our door/raffle prizes.

Stargaze and BBQ
Apollo Rendezvous is capped off by a star gaze and BBQ on Saturday night for all who attend. Both activities are 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.

Camping at John Bryan Observatory
There will be NO camping at John Bryan Observatory on Friday night. If you wish to camp, you may do so at the park's campground located on the right as you enter the park. Check with the Park Office upon arrival. Reservations can be made online here.

Saturday Presentation

"Sky & Telescope: Senior Editor"
Speaker: Kelly Beatty

Kelly Beatty, an S&T Senior Editor, writes many of the feature articles and news items found in Sky & Telescope and on this website. He joined the staff of Sky Publishing in 1974 and served as the editor of Night Sky, our magazine for beginning stargazers, in 2004-07.
Specializing in planetary science and space exploration, Kelly conceived and edited The New Solar System, considered a standard reference among planetary scientists. He also taught astronomy for six years at the Dexter Southfield School in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Kelly has been honored twice by the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society. In 2005 he received the Harold Masursky Award for meritorious service, and in 2009 he was honored with the inaugural Jonathan Eberhart Journalism Award. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Astronomical League Award (in 2006) for his contributions to the science of astronomy and the American Geophysical Union's Cowen Award for Sustained Achievement in Science Journalism (2009).
You'll occasionally hear his interviews and guest commentaries on The Weather Channel and National Public Radio, and his work has appeared in numerous other magazines, newspapers, and encyclopedias. In fact, Kelly enjoys speaking to audiences of all ages and interest levels about his passion for astronomy. He observes when he can through one of his eight telescopes, and he is active nationally in the fight against light pollution.
Kelly hails from Madera, California. He holds a Bachelors degree in geology from the California Institute of Technology and a Master's degree in science journalism from Boston University. During the 1980s he was among the first Western journalists to gain firsthand access to the Soviet space program. Asteroid 2925 Beatty was named on the occasion of his marriage in 1983, and in 1986 he was chosen one of the 100 semifinalists for NASA's Journalist in Space program.

Saturday Presentation

"Exploring Exoplanets: The Future of Finding Other Worlds"
Speaker: Davin Flateau

"The future is bright for discovering and characterizing planets outside of our solar system. We will learn about exciting upcoming planet-hunting spacecraft, ground telescopes, and the latest techniques that will open the doors to new solar systems like never before."
Davin Flateau is an astronomer and astronomy educator whose research focuses on weather and storms on brown dwarf sub-stellar objects, as well as exoplanet characterization. As a planetarium director and educator, he has given thousands of astronomy talks and has written and produced many astronomical films for domed theaters across the county. He currently is an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Cincinnati, and holds an MS in Planetary Sciences from the University of Arizona and a BS in Astrophysics from the University of Cincinnati. Davin resides in Yellow Springs.

Saturday Presentation

"Sketching Lunar Features"
Speaker: John Jardine Goss, Astronomical League President

"Join us in this fun, hands-on workshop showing how to draw lunar features using the take away method. Sketching allows you to see more and become a better observer. After all, a crater is more than just a bowl shaped depression! You will quickly learn that you don't have to be an artist to draw interesting lunar features such as craters and mountains."
Sixteen years ago John Goss first became involved in the Astronomical League when he heard then League Vice President Bob Gent give a presentation about how the League serves amateur astronomy. Mr. Gent concluded by asking for volunteers to help the League help amateur astronomy. John quickly found himself elected as secretary to the Mid-East Region of the Astronomical League. Since that pivotal day in October 2000, he either has served or is currently serving the League in many capacities: MERAL Chair, Reflector Advertising Representative, Reflector Editor, Dark Sky Advocate Program Administrator, Astronomical League Secretary, Astronomical League Vice President, and now Astronomical League President.
Mr. Goss and his wife, Genevieve, live in Fincastle, VA and are members of the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society and the International Dark-Sky Association. He teaches "Stargazing for the Curious Skywatcher" through Dabney Lancaster Community College, and writes a monthly astronomy column for the Roanoke Times.

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