MAS General Meeting
Nov. 5th, 2009

November 5th, 2009 - 7:00 pm
Speaker: Russ Durkee
Topic: 'Hunting Binary Asteroids'
The subject will cover how Russ utilizes off-the-shelf imaging gear to identify binary asteroids from his backyard observatory, 'The Shed of Science'. The talk will cover equiment, basic photometry techniques, and touch on the topic of observatory automation. Russ will also have information about how backyard astronomers can contribute to a variety of astronomy projects.

The November meeting is also the close of candidate nominations for Board member elections. Elections for Vice President, Treasurer and Board Member at Large will be held during the December meeting.

Meeting Location: Fairview Community Center

Images shot on Thursday Nov. 5th, 2009.
Shot with a Nikon D40

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MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Nov. 2009 MAS Meeting
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Fairview Community Center
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Russ Durkee sets up AV
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'Hunting Binary Asteroids' title slide
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MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
MAS Member badges
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MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Better Know a Constellation - Taurus with Bill Arden @ Nov. MAS Meeting
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Bill Arden @ MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Bill Arden
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Lauren Video tapes @ MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Bill Arden
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Russ Durkee
Hunting Binary Asteroids
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Russ Durkee
Hunting Binary Asteroids'
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Russ Durkee
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Russ Durkee points out Shed of Science as seen from ISS
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Fairview Community Center
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Russ Durkee speaks @ MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Russ Durkee
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Russ Durkee
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Russ Durkee points out parts of the SoS
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Russ Durkee points out brightening and dimming of asteroid NEO 2001 FE90
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Russ Durkee with light curve
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Russ Durkee with asteroid model
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Russ Durkee with asteroid model
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Russ Durkee with asteroid model
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Russ Durkee with asteroid model
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Russ Durkee
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Russ Durkee
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Russ Durkee with asteroid models
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Russ Durkee with asteroid models
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Russ Durkee with light curves
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Russ Durkee points out YORP effect
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Russ Durkee with asteroid models
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Russ Durkee
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More info web sites
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Further Reading handout
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MAS Election Chair Steve
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
MAS Election Chair Steve
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
MAS Election Chair Steve
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Board Member @ Large Candidate Dave Faulkner
MAS Nov. 2009 Meeting
Treas candidate Bob
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VP Candidate Merle
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Merele
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Fairview Community Center


To View Bill Arden's Taurus Power Point presentation :
MAS-Taurus.ppt 4.6 Meg powerpoint file

Russ Durkee's talk is embargoed pending review per his request.
Hopefully a redacted version will be available soon.

Get a free Powerpoint 2007 viewer program from Microsoft here. 25.8 meg file


Previous MAS Meetings :
Jan 2007 : Local Group of Galaxies
Feb 2007 : Amateur Astronomy Research
Mar 2007 : Canceled due to Snow Storm
Apr 2007 : Catastrphic Novas
May 2007 : UFOs Physical Trace Research
Jun 2007 : Infrared Observations with the Spitzer Space Telescope
Jul 2007 : Catastrophic Variables & M1
Aug 2007 : Student Astronomy Experiments
Sep 2007 : Asteroids
Oct 2007 : The 280 Mpc Void in Eridanus -- Contemplating the Void
Nov 2007 : Observing the 'Ain't No' objects
Dec 2007 : Tour of National Maritime Museum / Royal Greenwich Observatory

Jan 2008 : Visual Variable Star Observing Is Fun
Feb 2008 : Exploring the Moon and Mars in Utah?
Mar 2008 : Ongoing Monitoring of Classical Novae and U of MN Outreach program Universe in the Park
Apr 2008 : Viewing and Imaging in the SW USA
May 2008 : The Local Group of Galaxies: A Voyage Within Our Nearest Universe
June 2008 : Demonstrating mirror testing techniques
July 2008 : Onan Tour
August 2008 : committee and observing site reports, "Contemporary Lab Experiences in Astronomy, an Overview of Available Software part 2" and a general discussion of MAS plans and goals.
Sept 2008 :General discussion of MAS plans and goals
Oct 2008 :First Look at Stardust's Comet Cargo
Nov 2008 :The Vatican and Astronomy (video presentation)
Dec 2008 :Numerical Simulations of AGN Jets

Jan 2009 :Astro League Observing Programs & Obsevation Planning and Processing
Feb 2009 :MAS Budget Approval
March 2009 :Dr. Kris Davidson - Eta Carinae
April 2009 : Gravitational Wave Search: LIGO : U of MN Assistant Professor: Vuk Mandic
May 2009 : Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe : Alex Filippenko
June 2009:
July 2009:
Aug 2009 : Adventures with a 6 ft Mirror Blank: Bill Volna
Sept 2009 : China's Solar Eclipse of 2009: Mike Kauper & Bill Glass
Oct 2009 : Space Weather & Plasma Physics:Professor Mark J. Engebretson


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