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AAAA Attends MSRAL Convention

MSRAL 2002
June 7 - 9, 2002

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The Christian Association of Stellar Explorers (CASE) hosted the 52nd Annual Convention of the Mid-States Region of the Astronomical League, June 7, 8 and 9, 2002, on the campus of John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

This year's theme was "It's All About the Photons!" A fine turnout of more than 60 amateur astronomers from the Mid-States Region of the Astronomical League attended.

The convention officially began on Saturday morning with the annual meeting of the Mid-States Region of the Astronomical League. AL Executive Secretary Jackie Beucher from Kansas City gave a quick overview of the Astronomical League and the benefits it offers to clubs and their individual members.

During the rest of the day, there were numerous papers presented on such topics as Attracting Youth to Astronomy by Beth Longnecker and a special presentation by the International Dark-Sky Association. Other presentation included Public Education and Your Club by David Cater, NEO's and Other Space Rocks by Gary Hug, Design and Construction of an Equatorial Telescope Mount by Paul Spanski, and Confessions of a Binocular Fanatic by Ed Jones.

Attendees had fun at the BBQ Dinner which was held on Friday evening at the newly built Heavenview Observatory, run by the CASE astronomy club. This observatory is located only 5 miles from the convention site, on the property of New Life Ranch in Eastern Oklahoma. In addition to the good food, fun and fellowship, there was plenty of time for observing at the observatory and it's dark site. Since this year's convention coincided with the new moon, many people brought their own scopes!

There were plenty of door prizes supplied by astronomical vendors from local region. AAAA even donated some door prizes, including copies of the Astronomer’s Journal, which it has just reissued.

During the banquet on Saturday evening, June 8th, many awards and door prizes were presented. Patrick Carr, convention chairman, was designated the MSRAL Astronomer of the Year for his work not only with MSRAL but for his enthusiasm working with CASE and their new observatory, as well as the programs he runs for both the general public and students at JBU.

The banquet speaker was Dr. Paul Benoit of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Center for Space and Planetary Sciences. He presented a talk entitled "Hera and Andromeda: New Insights into the Evolution and Formation of the Solar System." Dr. Benoit is a professor in the Cosmochemistry Group at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He works on a variety of problems in space and planetary science, including the design of instruments for optical dating to be placed on spacecraft and on NASA’s Hera mission to take samples from three near-Earth asteroids.

Convention accommodations were provided in the new student dorm at John Brown University. They were very nice and inexpensive.

Convention Photos by AAAA President Ed Flaspoehler

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Friday Night  Bar-B-Que at HeavenView Observatory

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HeavenView Observatory

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Signs Everywhere!

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On the Observing Field

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CASE President Patrick Carr Shows off Telescope

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The CASE 16-Inch Refractor

Cathy Machin and Jackie Beucher enjoy Bar-b-que. John Hand strolls by as Rex eats in background

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St. Louis AS Members Jim Small and John Beaury Join Marion Bachtell

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"Sittin' Around 
the Ol' Campfire"

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"A Whole Lot of 
Visitin' Goin' On"

Saturday Convention Activities

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Convention Site: 
Pat and William Walker 
Student Center
John Brown Univ.

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Inside the Student Center: 
Bob Haler of Lymax 
Talks to Ed Jones from Springfield, MO

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George Allen, Bob Allen, and Gil Machin

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Rex's Astro Stuff

Marion Bachtell Strikes a Pose

Astronomical League Sales
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Paul Spanski Describes 
His New Telescope Mount
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Gary Hug 
Discusses NEO
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AL Executive Secretary Jackie Beucher Promotes League

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Proposed MSRAL Logo

Saturday Night Awards Banquet

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Dignitaries at Banquet: Jackie Beucher, Gary Pittman, David Cater and Patrick Carr
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AL Exec Sec Jackie Beucher Presents MSRAL Amateur of the Year Award to Patrick Carr
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Banquet Speaker: 
Dr. Paul Benoit, 
University of Arkansas
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MSRAL Chairman Patrick Carr 
Addresses Banquet
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ASKC Member Nancy Walker wins AAAA Door Prize: The Astronomer's Journal
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Clive Cadle Presents 
Special Award
 to James Roe
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Visiting in the Lounge
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ASKC's Jackie Beucher and Elliot Neel from Fayettville, AR
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Linda Pittman and 
Beryl Cadle
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Carroll Iorg, Bob Allen, Marilyn Hand and John Hand
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John Hand, Patrick Carr, David Cater and Bob Allen
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Marilyn Hand  from Tulsa
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Cathy Machin and Betty Iorg enjoy Clive Cadle's Alaska Photos
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A Room in the New Dorm
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Nice Bathroom

Views of the School and Around Town

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Welcome to 
John Brown University
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Chapel in 
the Nearby Cemetery 
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A Local Residence
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The Crown Hotel, 
Downtown Siloam Springs
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A Bridge over 
Untroubled Waters
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Siloam Springs

Mid States Region of the Astronomical League (MSRAL):

2001-2002 Officers

Chairman: Patrick C. Carr
Vice Chairman: David A. Cater
Convention Registrar: Michael Peterson

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