C.V.A.S.
North Woods Star Fest 2008
August 1st-3rd, 2008

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Images shot on Aug 1st-3rd, 2008.
Shot with a Nikon D40


More pics at:
Friday, Friday pt 2
Saturday, Saturday pt 2,Saturday Pt 3,
Sunday pt 1
Time Lapse Movies
Telescope Borg 101ED pics

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Friday August 1st, 2008

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SCHEDULE OF EVENETS


Friday, August 1st

5 pm -- Registration 

5:30pm -- Brats and Hot Dogs in front of the observatory
               
Cost not included in the registration fee!

 -  8:00 PM     Featured Speaker

"Going Ballistic: Making Impact Craters in the Laboratory."
 Dr. Jennifer L.B. Anderson

Dr Anderson received her PhD in Geological Sciences (2004) at Brown University  where she studied impact crater formation with Dr. Peter Schultz.  She is an experimental impact cratering scientist who uses the Vertical Gun Range  laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center to make and study impact craters in the lab.
She also received her Master's Degree from Brown University (2001) and holds Bachelor's  Degrees from the University of Minnesota in Geophysics, Astrophysics, and Physics (1998).  She is originally from eastern Wisconsin and has been an amateur astronomer since  the age of five.

Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Geoscience at  Winona State University in southeastern Minnesota where she teachers astronomy,

planetary geology, geophysics, historical geology, Time in Motion (a dance and science class),  and WSU's Investigative Science sequence of science content courses for elementary education majors.  
She also maintains and operates the WSU Observatory on campus. 

9 pm -- Observing Session 

Midnight -- Snack 
 
 


Saturday, August 2nd

10 am to 12  -- Brunch, Registration 

1 pm -- Paper Sessions 
                Northwoods Star Party Talks              

                Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA) talks

                Details available at registration

4 pm -- Swap Fest in the observatory

5:30 pm --Dinner 

6:30 pm  - Door Prizes - Dining Hall - Must be present to win

7:30 pm  - Group Photo in front of the observatory

-  8:00 PM       Featured Speaker 

"The Designing and Operation of Space Vehicles"   or
"Some Spacecraft I have known"
Jim Elbert


Jim Elbert will present a special lecture on the design, launch and operation of the space vehicles that he has helped to engineer.  Jim will also include some  historical information about the space industry and his career. He will speak  from years of experience as only an insider can do. Jim was involved with:   TDRSS (the Tracking & Data Relay Satellite System), the deep space probes (Pioneer 10 & 11), the MILSTAR satellite, and finally the TRW contribution to the  Apollo Program (and how they got back safely  after the disaster on Apollo 13).

Jim's first encounter with these subjects was during summer employment at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama in 1958. He was was privileged to work a summer there in  the Missile Engineering Section and see first hand what was being done. This encounter  with 'space things' then continued on after joining TRW Space Technology Laboratories in 1965.
 
He will then discuss the history of The Ramo-Wooldridge Corporation (later to become TRW) and its advisory capacity to the U.S. government on the ICBM and Space Programs.  Also included will be vehicle launches from Cape Canaveral,  the basic principles of  Inertial Navigation, the different kinds of Orbits that are used for various kinds of  satellites and space probes, different classes of spacecraft design configurations. 
Then there will be a brief discussion of spacecraft 'attitude control systems'  and how they work. This is a singularly important subject especially for  objects where 'precision pointing' is required. 



9:30 pm -- Observing Session 

Midnight -- Snack 
 
 


Sunday, August  3rd

8 am -- Breakfast 

Noon -- Checkout 
 

Paper Session
An informal paper session is planned for Saturday afternoon. If you have something to share: slides, a video tape, a unique telescope, or anything else that people might enjoy, we encourage you to sign up. 
 

Registration
The registration fee is $50 per person until July 10th (postmark date) . It is $60 after that. The fee includes registration, meals and snacks, lodging or camping fees, and speakers' fees.  

The fee does NOT include Friday night brats and hot dogs.

If you plan to bring a camper, park in the field adjacent to the observatory. There are a few electrical outlets available outside the observatory for your use. WE NEED TO KNOW IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO BRING AN RV SINCE WE HAVE LIMITED SPACE FOR THEM !!

Please let us know if you have any other special needs before Starfest and we'll do our best to accommodate  them. For hotel/motel information for the area call the Eau Claire Visitors Bureau at (715)-831-2345. 

For more information, contact Hobbs Observatory at (715)-877-2787  

Please let us know in advance if you are coming to help us with meal planning. 



More pics at:
Friday, Friday pt 2
Saturday, Saturday pt 2,Saturday Pt 3,
Sunday pt 1
Time Lapse Movies
Telescope Borg 101ED pics


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