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Sewanee Field Trip 2012

The November BAS meeting has traditionally been a field trip to the lab of Dr. Doug Durig at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.  Dr. Durig's research is primarily in detection of near-earth objects (NEOs) and asteroids.  His lab in in the Cordell-Lorenz Observatory on the U. of S. campus, which is home to an Alvin Clark & Sons 6-inch refracting telescope which dates from 1886.

Dr Durig and CameraDr. Durig presented various videos demonstrating several photographic techniques. He is particularly keen on some new tracking mounts - the "Cube" series from iOptron. Dr. Durig also announced that his lab will be expanding its research activities to include photometric surveys for exoplanets utilizing techniques developed for his NEO research.

We then visited Dr. Durig's lab in the Cordell-Lorenz Observatory. Dr. During showed us various new camera configurations and examples of the iOptron tracking mounts. We then went outside to do some observing. The evening was extremely pleasant - not too cold and no wind with perfectly clear, moonless skies. The Milky Way was plainly visible, with Jupiter well above the horizon. Dr. Durig had their newish (donated) Questar telescope on Jupiter, and a 12-inch DOB on M31.

Clark Refractor 640

Dr. Durig and his students then opened the dome of the Clark 6-inch refractor. Everybody had an opportunity to view Jupiter through this instrument, and it was absolutely breathtaking.  A very interesting and delightful experience!

Attendees:

Members

Richard Clements (President)
Ralph McConnell (Vice President)
Bill Seymour (Secretary)
Gary Caldwell
Chuck Wilson
Kevin Kienholz
Grant Summerlin
John Anderson

Visitors

Heather Clements
Stephen Clements
Julie Livingood
Kathy McConnell
Mr. & Mrs. Anderson (John's parents){jcomments on}

Julie at Clark

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