Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society

MSRAL 2015 Regional Astronomical League Conference

We are excited about the program we have lined up for the Mid-State’s 2015 Regional Conference to be held at the University of Arkansas’ Little Rock Campus, May 29th – 31st.

The conference will begin Friday evening with the traditional CAAS Pisces fry. On Saturday a mix of knowledgeable an inspiring professional and amateur astronomers will present on a broad range of topics, from astrobiology to cataclysmic variables; from tips on organizing and recording your visual observing program at the scope using tablet applications, to tracking asteroids or doing photometry for science; from how to establish a robotic observatory, to a presentation on visual variable star observing, the future of astronomy clubs, and more, all along with a banquet key note on the frontiers of professional/amateur collaboration by Ron Dilulio.

Sunday morning will resume with a compact series on the frontiers of outreach: programs for the blind and disabled, conducting effective star parties in urban settings, launching a Library telescope lending program and planning for the 2017 eclipse.

This will be followed by three parallel workshops: Imaging, CCD Photometry, and a unique club leadership forum aimed at helping club leaders share ideas and problems with the goal of inspiring and empowering club leaders and would be leaders to make our clubs more vital and interesting. Check the website for more and the latest on our program and speakers.

The Arkansas Travelers are in town playing Corpus Christi each day with Sunday’s game in the afternoon following the conference. Also of interest to spouses or attendees, the Clinton Presidential Library is an engaging attraction. These and other local attractions will be added to the venue page of the website soon.

Also see the website for on campus dorms, and off campus hotel accommodations. Contact us through the website if you have any questions or observations. Thanks, and hope to see you in May.

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