|Warren Keller, Master of Ceremonies and presenter|
Our "host" and Master of Ceremonies, Warren Keller did an admirable job in keeping us on schedule and on-subject. Of course, he is an expert in imaging as well and presented later in the program. On the first day they started something new. They had 10 "experts" in various applications, from planetary, lunar, solar and deep-sky observing, remote observing, collimation, guiding, Photoshop, and a few other topics. Over the course of the day, there were hour-long sessions of "comrades in arms" where a dozen or so gathered at the topic of our choice and talked shop about questions, applications and problems we have. This nearly "one-on-one" with the experts was very useful and will likely be repeated in future SWAPs.
|Chris with the evolution of his telescope images|
|Robert Reeves and one of his mosaics\|
|Ken Crawford at right|
|Adam Block gets a Warren Keller intro|
All those that stayed till the end of the program got a chance at door prizes ranging from software to webcam and autoguider cameras! We had a local winner in Michael Turner, who won a little trinket from Astro-Physics, and I knew another of the winners from Ohio, otherwise, my number was never in danger of being drawn, it seems. But there were some great vendors to speak to during the breaks, and the opportunity to see new equipment is just starting as the Expo starts tomorrow. With a slate of well-known speakers, hundreds of vendors and solar telescope displays, it is not to be missed! See you there this weekend!