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Journey Into Totality

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 8:00 PM
Phillips Auditorium
60 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA  
Monthly Meeting
Registration is not Required
Those of you who attended the April, 2017, ATMoB meeting will recall speaker Kevin Collins’ recounting of his project to upgrade a Coulter Odyssey 13.1-inch scope. At our February meeting, Kevin returns to take us on his "Journey Into Totality" to see the Great American Eclipse of 2017. Kevin and his eclipse chasing partner Sean started planning their epic road trip 2 years ago and ultimately traveled 2500 miles through 12 states chasing clear skies often changing their direction from hour to hour. You'll see and hear about happenings on the road, stops along the way, how nail-biting decisions were made, and a recount of this amateur astronomer's heartfelt emotions as he experienced totality for the first time.

Kevin is a software developer for ATC Associates in Agawam, MA, the Assistant Winemaker for Mineral Hills Winery in Florence, MA, President of the Pioneer Valley Winemakers Society, and former President of the Amherst Area Amateur Astronomers Association. He is also a member of the Arunah Hill Natural Science Center and the Springfield STARS Club. Besides his astronomical interests which include telescope making and deep sky and visible light solar observing with family and friends, Kevin is an avid cyclist, hiker, photographer, and amateur winemaker. He lives with his partner in Northampton, MA.

Please join us for a pre-meeting dinner discussion at House of Chang, 282 Concord Ave, Cambridge, MA at 6:00pm before the meeting.