FAAC 2017 Conference and Swap Meet

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The 2017 Annual Ford Amateur Astronomy Club Conference and Swap Meet will be held on Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at Eastern Michigan University, 3rd Floor, Strong Hall, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

There are talks and presentations for all knowledge levels. General Talks for for beginners and the general public. Technical talks are for the more seasoned astronomers or those wanting to learn beyond the basics.

We also have Planetarium shows for those interested in learning about our night sky, Tours of the EMU Observatory guided by EMU students and also the Swap Meet where you can buy and sell used and well cared for astronomy equipment.

General Astronomy talks

  • 9am: Why Messier? – Gordon Hansen, FAAC
  • 10:30 am: Binoculars – Ken Anderson, FAAC
  • Noon: Meteroites – Mark Jeffery, OAS
  • 1:30 pm: Colonizing Mars-Dale Partin & David Bailey

Technical Talks

  • 9am: DSLR to Cooled – Clay Kessler, TSS
  • 10:30am: Solar Eclipse Software – Tim Campbell, FAAC
  • Noon: Photometry – Jeff Thrush, TSS
  • 1:30 pm: PoleMaster – Jim Frisbie, FAAC

Planetarium Shows
10:00am & 1:00pm Tom Kaster – $5 Donation to EMU
Observatory Tours
EMU Students

Swap Meet
All Day…Earn Cash by Selling Those Items Sitting Around Collecting Dust!
Telescopes, Eyepieces, Cameras, Binoculars, Mounts, Software, Books, and Accessories, etc.
Participating Vendors
Telescope Support Systems, Wood Wonders, Sirius Astro Products, LX-200 Electronics Exchange

Admission: $5.00 (children 15 and younger – Free / must be accompanied by an adult)
Sales Table: $15 in advance, or $20 at the door as available, (one admission ticket included).
Advanced Table Registration ends Mar 1, 2017
Doors Open: 8:00am for setup.  Early Birds will be treated to Free Coffee & Donuts.

Noon: Pizza and Pop available


Make Checks Payable: to FAAC for advance table registration.
Send payment to: Ford Amateur Astronomy Club, P.O. Box 7527, Dearborn, MI 48121-7527
Location: Eastern Michigan University, 3rd Floor Strong Hall, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

For More         Contact Jim via email: w8tu@comcast.net or call (734) 751-6280 or               Information:    Frank Ancona via email: FrankAncona34@yahoo.com or call (248) 345-0176

Here is a map of the location and parking.

SwapMeet Map

Presentations from the Conference and Swap Meet now available for download below

Technical Presentations

Solar Eclipse Photography & Software
Solar Eclipse Photography & Software
48.7 MiB
Binoculars & Binoviewers
Binoculars & Binoviewers
74.4 KiB
2.1 MiB

Non Technical Presentations

Colonizing Mars  Rev C
Colonizing Mars Rev C
6.9 MiB
State Wide Astronomy Night Friday April 7th 7PM - 11PM at Henry Ford College, Dearborn. Members requested to bring telescopes for rooftop observing.
Club Meeting times 7PM 4TH Thursday each month