Category Archives: June 2012

From the Director

Ludovico D’Angelo, Director Thank you for your support throughout the AAAP season this year. At our last meeting, you voted on the new Board of Directors for the coming season starting in September. I hope to have at least one … Continue reading

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From the Program Chair

Ken Levy, Program Chair Many thanks to Mario Livio for a great lecture on the latest scientific achievements of the Hubble Space Telescope to close the season. It’s been a great experience serving as Program Chair. Great thanks to Ludy … Continue reading

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From the Outreach Chair

David Letcher, Outreach Chair Scout troop 556 will be camping overnight at the Washington-Crossing State Park on Saturday, June 9th. Volunteers Jeff Bernardis and Ira Polans will lead sky viewing at the observatory. One or two additional volunteers to help … Continue reading

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May 8, 2012 AAAP Meeting Minutes

by Michael Wright, Secretary Director Ludy D’Angelo called the meeting to order. Ludy introduced Renee Hlozek, a post-doc in Princeton’s Astrophysics Department, who invited the club to join the Department’s Transit of Venus program on June 5. They plan to … Continue reading

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Treasurer’s Report

Michael Mitrano, Treasurer With one recent renewal, our member count now stands at 92. It is AAAP policy that new memberships received in June – the last month of our fiscal year – are applied toward membership for the upcoming … Continue reading

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Venus and the Sun

Bob Vanderbei took pictures of the Sun and Venus on the same day (May 19, just two weeks before the transit) using the same equipment (Canon DSLR on 3.5″ Questar) and combined them into this montage in which Venus is … Continue reading

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Geometrical Optics and the Hastings-Byrne Refractor: Part III

by John Church In the March and April issues I reviewed the relatively simple equations that allow a lens designer to specify the total curvatures of both elements of a two-element (crown and flint) achromatic refractor objective, and how our … Continue reading

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