LVAAS - THE LEHIGH VALLEY AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: Promoting, Facilitating and Teaching Astronomy Since 1957

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Tuesday, April 24 2018 @ 08:28 PM EDT


May General Meeting: Sunday, May 6, 7 p.m. at South Mountain

"Building the New Horizons LORRI Imager:
A 20 cm Ritchey-Chretien For Pluto"

Steve Conrad

Ever wonder how instruments used on spacecraft are built?
Steve Conrad, lead engineer for the New Horizons LORRI (LOng Range Reconnaissance Imager) instrument, will make a presentation on how LORRI was fabricated and tested.
He will also discuss New Horizons' upcoming encounter with Kuiper Belt Object 2014MU69, and show LORRI images collected during the flyby of Pluto-Charon in 2015 and Jupiter in 2007. 


Steve Conrad is an optical systems engineer for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.
He has developed hardware for space missions for over 35 years.
His enjoyment for telescope making as a teenager led him to a career in optics.
He remains an amateur astronomer, concentrating on asteroid occultation timing.


—    LVAAS    —

THE LEHIGH VALLEY AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY -- 620B East Rock Road -- Allentown, PA 18103 -- 610-797-3476 --


Founded in 1957, the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society (LVAAS) is one of the oldest continuously-operating amateur astronomy organizations in the U.S. The mission of LVAAS is to promote the study of Astronomy and to maintain a meeting space, observatories, and a planetarium.

LVAAS operates two astronomy sites: The South Mountain site in Salisbury Township is the headquarters of the Society. It has a planetarium with a Spitz A3P projector, a 21 foot dome, meeting space, the Red Shift store, library, workshop space, and three observatories. The Pulpit Rock site near Hamburg is LVAAS's members-only dark sky site. At 1600 feet above sea level, the site features five observatories and a pad for member's scopes.

Members who receive training on the scopes may obtain keys to the observatories. LVAAS also maintains a rental "fleet" of telescopes that members may rent at low cost. Members also receive access to The Observer, our online newsletter, as well as reduced subscription prices to Sky and Telescope and Astronomy Magazine. If you want to learn more about astronomy and LVAAS, please join us at our next public star party.


South Mountain Clear Sky Chart  image

Pulpit Rock Clear Sky Chart         image

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