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NC Astronomers Meets
At the Madelyn Helling Library
Community Room
980 Helling Way
Nevada City, CA 95959

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  Sept 7th
  1st Wednesday
  7pm - 9pm

Space Art,
The Artist's View of the Cosmos
by Robin Hart

Space Art? or ?Astronomical Art?, is the genre of modern artistic expression emerging from knowledge and ideas associated with outer space, both as a source of inspiration and as a means for visualizing the cosmos, and promoting space travel.

This talk gives a brief discussion of the historical depictions of the cosmos and the founding fathers of modern space art in the space age. 18 artists from the International Association of Astronomical Artists are featured along with the three dominant genres of space art.

Oct 5th 1st Wednesday  7pm - 9pm  To be announced
  Nov 2nd
  1st Wednesday
  7pm - 9pm

Making a World Class Refractor
by Vic Maris
Founder of Stellarvue, maker of world class refractors

Vic found his interest in astronomy in the mid-1960s, reading Golden Book of Astronomy and using a 60 mm refractor given to him by his father. It was a typical entry level scope with a wobbly base and less-than stellar optics. So at the age of 14 he polished his first 6 inch mirror, followed in a couple years by a 5 inch, f/15 refractor.

A career with the California State Park system intervened, including as Supervising Ranger at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Vic's passion for astronomy continued with park events, public outreach and teaching. While Chief Ranger for Sonoma County State Parks he assisted local astronomy clubs so they could build and operate the Robert Fergusson Observatory at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.

In 1997 Vic "retired" by founding Stellarvue in his garage - now a highly regarded maker of refracting telescopes in their facility in Auburn. The goal of Stellarvue has been to make quality telescopes that are so easy to use that they virtually disappear between the eye and the sky. His love for introducing people to the wonders of the natural world and the universe continues through Stellarvue's astronomy outings, educational programs, and the annual Dark Sky Star Party at Likely, California, which always includes nature walks, with occasional spottings of Bigfoot.

Vic will talk about what it takes to make a world class refractor, from the perspective of a professional telescope maker who started making his personal scopes like many of us.

Dec 7th 1st Wednesday  7pm - 9pm  To be announced

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