April 5, 2011 Meeting
Due to a meeting room scheduling conflict, the meeting will be on the first Tuesday rather than the first Monday
Bartlesville Public Library Meeting Room
6:45 p.m. Setup and casual conversation
Speaker - Daryl Doughty
Today's digital SLR cameras are ideally suited for photography by the astronomy enthusiast. They have sensitive chips with high pixel count and small pixel size that makes them useful for both deep sky photography or lunar, solar, and planetary photography. Daryl's talk will demonstrate the basic characteristics and procedures that will help get the most out of your camera and photography. He will also describe some of the free software available that will allow you to capture pictures and process them to obtain the best results and presentation.
Carl Sagan’s Cosmos Series on the Web
For those of you over 50 or so, you may remember the Carl Sagan 13 part series of astronomy programs called “Cosmos”. At the time of production, its special effects won awards for their innovative techniques. Some of the ideas he presented such as Black Holes, Worm Holes, Solar Sails have been the topics of both science fiction and science fact. Even controversial political hot topics such as global warming and nuclear winter were first presented in the series. Like me, you may not agree with Sagan on all his ideas, some have proven scientifically credible while others were more his philosophical musings on the origins of things. A whole generation of youth and young adults may have begun their interest in astronomy watching this series. So if you can get past the 80’s attire and Sagan’s odd narrative style and accent you might enjoy a trip down memory lane.
You’ll find the whole series online for FREE. Well, almost free, you do have to watch a few introductory commercials and an odd dialogue about the evils of the Cold War. You can slide the viewing cursor forward and skip some of the promo parts. And you don’t have to download the video viewing software promoted by some of the ads.
Find all 13 episodes of Cosmos at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081846/episodes
by John Land Astronomy Club of Tulsa
April 4, Monday. Bartlesville Public Library Meeting Room (tentative)
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