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#1 GeneT


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Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:33 PM

Give this a read. There are plans for serious astronomy near Las Vegas.


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Posted 14 November 2012 - 04:19 PM

That's a great idea, that sounds like an excellent opportunity for some great outreach in the Nevada area. Not to mention some awesome telescopes being built in the future.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:43 PM

Interesting that the donor of the 14-inch scope to the Las Vegas Astronomical society for the project is apparently an emergency physician from North Carolina, who has his practice in the Piedmont/foothills area of that state. Not at all that I'm saying he should have donated it to someone local here instead, but I'm curious what his connection is to have chosen the Las Vegas area, since most people from the east who travel to Vegas do so with the neon and artificial casino/resort aspects in mind, not the natural celestial and terrestrial aspects of that location. Query how the key contacts came about that led to the donation.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:52 PM

donor was among the nationwide (world wide?) participants in the "Observer's Challenge" at


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Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:06 AM

The North Carolina doctor that donated the scope to the Las Vegas Astronomical Society has given astronomy equipment donations to universities, amateur groups, and others. He’s been doing this for over twenty years.

LVAS member at large, Roger Ivester, from Boiling Springs, North Carolina, my co-founder of the Observers Challenge, was called by Dr. Hermann one Saturday afternoon. Dr. Hermann was interested in the donation of a fabulous 14-inch RC telescope along with an ASA mount with harmonic drive to a worthy group.

Things couldn’t work out for two groups in the local area, so Roger suggested that Dr. Hermann consider going to the LVAS. Roger has family living in Las Vegas and since he's a member of our club, he thought we might be a good fit. A couple of months later, Dr. Hermann showed interest in donating the scope to the LVAS. The officers of the LVAS worked up a tentative plan and made a proposal to Dr. Hermann. He liked their proposal and put things in motion. In collaboration with the Boy Scouts, the scope is now destined for Mount Potosi, a remote area in relative close proximity to Las Vegas.

As the article explains, this is a great opportunity for outreach for not only the Boy Scouts, but the local schools and for our club.

If not for my buddy and co-founder in the Observer’s Challenge, Roger Ivester, I don’t think this ever would have happened.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:22 AM

As the article explains, this is a great opportunity for outreach for not only the Boy Scouts, but the local schools and for our club.

It most certainly is - good luck with the project!

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:34 PM

Chris - you might be surprised at the number of calls I receive regarding observing in the Las Vegas Area. I'm the Vice President of the LVAS in charge of Outreach. I must receive 20 to 30 calls a year from folks that are planning visits to Las Vegas and want to do some observing while here. Normally, they join one of our activities when they coincide with their visits. I also have a side business, called Desert Stargazing that provides opportunities for larger visiting groups to view the Wonders of the Night Sky in the Desert.

We have members and contributing friends from around the world that participate in our Observing Challenge. And, as mentioned by our AL Coordinator, our member in North Carolina suggested that Dr. Hermann consider us for his donation. He had already given several scopes to clubs and colleges in his area. We consider ourselves most fortunate to have received this generous donation. It is our hope to have a functioning remote/robotic observatory ready for operation by the Summer of 2013. We would like the inaugural events to initially be associated with the BSA Summer Camp at Camp Kimball on Mount Potosi, since they were so generous in providing a site for our domes and 8 observing pads for portable scopes. It was a win-win situation for all of us. There is much excitement here as a long-time dream of the LVAS is about to come to fruition. We'll try to keep you posted on our progress.

Thanks for sharing our excitement.

Rob Lambert
Vice President - Outreach
Las Vegas Astronomical Society

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