Hi Cloudy Nights Folks--
We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Antique Telescope Society will be Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20, in Cloudcroft, New Mexico, featuring a special tour in Sunspot, New Mexico, of the Richard B. Dunn Solar Telescope. The Dunn is among the most amazing telescopes of the 20th century.
The ATS Board Meeting will be at 1:00 PM at the historic Cloudcroft Lodge built in 1911. Hotel check-in at The Lodge will begin at 4:00 P.M. Additional housing will be available at local motels. The altitude of Cloudcroft is 8,700 feet, and the region has been well known for astronomical research since the establishment of the Sunspot Solar Observatory starting in 1947.
Saturday afternoon will feature tours of nearby observatories. Starting at 7:00 P.M., the ATS will hold its annual banquet in the Marcia Room of The Lodge in Cloudcroft. Our keynote speaker will be the Director of Sunspot Solar Observatory, Professor R. T. James McAteer of New Mexico State University. Professor McAteer will continue with us the following day when our program will include paper sessions at the Sunspot Astronomy and Visitors Center in Sunspot, New Mexico, as well as tours of the Dunn telescope and other historic facilities at the site. Sunspot is a 30-minute drive from The Lodge on New Mexico Scenic Byway 6563 at an altitude of 9,200 feet.
Optional tours, a tradition with ATS annual meetings, will be organized running on Monday, October 21, allowing participants to stay longer if desired, including the possibility of travelling to Magdalena, New Mexico, to join the Enchanted Skies Star Party starting on Tuesday, October 22, and running to Sunday, October 27. The Enchanted Skies event, now run by the Magdalena Astronomical Society in Cibola National Forest, features dark-sky observing, lectures, and tours of facilities including the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array telescope of National Radio Astronomical Observatory and the Magdalena Ridge Observatory of New Mexico Tech. Overnight observing will be offered at the Magdalena Ridge site at an altitude of 10,600 feet (3,230 meters).
Persons interested to contribute papers should contact John W. Briggs, below. Travel to the Cloudcroft area is typically via El Paso International Airport (ELP) in Texas, a 106-mile drive. Travel to Magdalena is typically via Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ). The drive between Cloudcroft and Magdalena is 172 miles, or about 3 hours, and Magdalena is 100 miles from the Albuquerque airport. Participants interested in all events can consider a one-way rental car starting in El Paso and an airline like Southwest, serving both airports. A small airport is in Alamogordo, New Mexico, and an air strip is in Magdalena at an altitude of 6,700 feet.
Additional information, and our formal registration packet, will be distributed later to ATS members and anyone expressing interest to join the event.
--John W. Briggs, President, and
-- Dr. Walter H. Breyer, Executive Secretary
Antique Telescope Society, Inc.