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FEBRUARY 26, 2016 - General Membership Meeting at 8:00 PM
at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Civic Center
  725 Portage Lakes Dr
Akron, OH  44319

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Please note that we ALWAYS encourage the public to attend ANY of our events, including meetings.
Come and enjoy the lecture and talk to us about astronomy!

8:00 PM - Call to order and introduction of tonight's program:



Phil Creed


Ocularology - Historical and Modern Eyepiece Designs

Click the small thumbnails for larger images.

  "The eyepiece is half the telescope, so use a good one". Those are the words of eyepiece designer extraordinaire Al Nagler, and the eyepiece choices available to today's amateur astronomer are bewildering compared to just a few generations ago. "Ocularology" will cover the basics of eyepiece design, what to look for when selecting an eyepiece, and the progression of eyepiece designs from the beginning of the telescope all the way through modern times. Supplemental handouts detailing popular eyepiece lines will be distributed after the presentation to help in one's next - or first - eyepiece selection.

Phil, with his eye to the eyepiece of
a specially filtered solar telescope


About our speaker:

Phil Creed is a lifelong amateur astronomer from Stark County, and a 1997 graduate of The University of Akron. He has observed over fifty comets but his main level of expertise is in visual deep-sky observing, particularly in remote locations further south in Ohio and West Virginia. Phil has had articles on sky transparency and weather's effect on astronomy published in "Sky & Telescope" magazine.

Phil with a very seldom seen serious look. Usually he's wearing a smile ear to ear.


A small sample of the vast array of currently available eyepieces for amateur astronomy!

Special note:

  Bring your favorite eyepiece and/or odd eyepiece to the meeting for our Show 'n Tell portion of the presentation followed by a Swap 'n Shop event. This is going to be lots of fun, so bring items to sell or cash to buy or both!
"Eyepiece Information Handout" Phil provided us at the meeting:
    Click here for Microsoft WORD document

Click here for same, but in an Adobe PDF file
9:00 PM - Brief coffee-break / discussion time
9:15 PM - Business meeting to be called to order and will include the following:
  ●  Treasurer's Report
  ●  Observatory Director's Report
  ●  Calls for observations
  ●  New Business


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