We are thrilled to annouce that Citizen Sky has a new permanent home at the AAVSO! Citizen Sky will be the hub of bright variable star activities at the AAVSO. Currently these activites include binocular observing and DSLR observing but we have ideas for even more programs/projects. Continue Reading
The 101st Annual Meeting of the AAVSO was held last weekend in metro-Boston. Despite Sandy's best efforts, we only lost a handful of attendees to storm-related travel woes.
The 2012 Spring Meeting of the AAVSO was held last week in Big Bear, California. This was my first time in Big Bear and I was very impressed by the quality of the talks at this joint meeting with The Society for Astronomical Sciences (SAS)! I was thrilled to make so many new acquaintances - both AAVSO and SAS members. In addition to the contributed talks AAVSO Council member, John Martin gave a workshop on spectroscopy and the AAVSO's Assistant Director, Aaron Price presented a workshop on VPHOT. Continue Reading
The purpose of the staff blog is to give AAVSO participants a window into the everyday workings of the staff. In the past I have regarded meeting planning as something that the general AAVSO population would not find very interesting, but today it occured to me that a look inside the process might not be as boring as it first sounds! Continue Reading
At the very end of July I had the pleasure of being a guest speaker at the 2011 Table Mountain Star Party.
Yesterday was the day of an AAVSO Mailing. First, let me explain, the AAVSO does not use a big warehouse-type mailing service when we have a meeting notice or holiday card to mail out - we do it "old school," around the conference table, by hand. Continue Reading
The AAVSO 99th Fall Meeting is well underway at the Hilton hotel in Woburn, MA! We have had lots of great presentations so far including a workshop by Sara Beck, invited talks by Doug Welch and Tim Slater and many interesting contributed talks. A special award was presented to retiring SID section leader, Michael Hill honoring his 10 years of service in this role. We also had chance to enjoy the recent rennovations at AAVSO HQ last night as we hosted a dinner in the conference room at Headquarters. We are looking forward to the banquet this evening Continue Reading
I've been putting my negotiation skills to good use the last few weeks to secure a meeting space for the October 2010 Annual Meeting. We will be holding the meeting October 28-30 at the Hilton in Woburn, MA. I am quite happy with this location - there are lots of restaurants & transportation options and we've gotten very good guest room rates. We'd like to hold the 2011 AAVSO Centennial Celebration in the same space, so we're planning to take them for a "test drive" in 2010. (There are LOTS of really cool plans in the works for the 2011 anniversary meeting - it's going to be a very special event.)
I hope many of you will be able to join us for both of these meetings!!