By Larry Kane, Assistant Director
Following up on a suggestion from Director Rex Parker, a group of members met at the observatory on Wednesday, September 17 to discuss the possibility of adding video viewing. Several configurations of video equipment and compatible telescopes were discussed, all with the objective of being able to provide the best viewing experience to the visitors of our observatory. The discussion, which is still ongoing, covered questions of available video hardware now on the market, hardware compatibility with our telescopes, new telescopes that might meet our needs, and the placement of a monitor within the observatory that would allow the public to participate in the viewing.
The discussion is continuing, and will be on the agenda of the next AAAP Board meeting on October 7 at 7:30 in Peyton Hall. It was agreed that the ultimate goal will be to make any video system that is purchased and installed, a part of a long range program designed to ensure that our club is vibrant and growing. Input is welcome from any interested AAAP member. If you are interested in being a part of the development of this project, please come to the next Board meeting in on Oct. 7 at 7:30 pm in Room 140 of Peyton Hall. The project will also be discussed at the next AAAP meeting on Tuesday, October 14 also. Whether or not you can make either of these meetings, feel free to send your ideas to me.