Amateur Astronomy Under The Big Sky
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  • Gallatin Valley Forum to feature Dr. Joe Shaw

    Club member and Montana State University professor, Dr. Joe Shaw, will present at the next Gallatin Valley Forum. Shaw’s presentation will discuss Preserving the Big Sky at Night and Montana Optical Technology. Within his presentation, Dr. Shaw will cover how he develops optical sensors and uses them to explore the natural Earth’s environment. This program will take place on Wednesday, April 29, 7pm at the Bozeman Public Library, and is free and open to the public.

    For more information, please call Paula Beswick at 582-2426.

  • Exit Gallery exhibition (April 20th – May 1st)

    SMAS member and MSU undergraduate, Ryan Hannahoe, will be having his astronomical work featured in a solo art exhibit appearing in Montana State University’s  Exit Gallery. This exhibition will occur from April 20th through May 1st, and the hours of operation for the gallery are Monday through Friday from 9 to 5PM.

    On April 22nd a catered artist reception will be held in room 212 of the Student Union Building from 5 to 7PM. Come out to support Ryan and his work!

  • Astronomical Imaging; The Point When Art Breaks Through Science

    The night-time sky has captured the hearts and imaginations of individuals since the beginning of mankind. Join Ryan Hannahoe as he discusses the art of basic digital astronomical photography. Within his lecture, Ryan will share some of his many works, along with processing an image ‘on-the-fly’ for the audience to see how processing techniques can be applied.

    Ryan Hannahoe is the Director of Client Support Services with the Fair Dinkum Skies Observatory and is a student at Montana State University.

    Date: Friday, April 24.
    Time: 7:30 PM.
    Place: Museum of the Rockies in the Hager Auditorium.

    For more information regarding the lecture go to The Museum Of The Rockies web site.

    The above photograph was taken by Ryan Hannahoe remotely over the Internet with a telescope located in Western, Australia at the Fair Dinkum Skies Observatory. The Eta Carinae Nebula resides in the southern constellation of Carina and is roughly 6,500 light-years away from Earth. The total exposure time for this photograph adds up to over 40 hours worth of data. Come see Ryan and more of his work at his talk in the winter lecture series.