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Talking about the AAVSO

The column "Talking about the AAVSO" in the AAVSO Newsletter has been discontinued in that publication as of the July 2017 issue. In its place, we invite members and observers to post to this forum thread about their upcoming and past talks, presentations, etc. about the AAVSO, variable stars, and other related astronomy outreach.

Below are some entries from the April 2017 AAVSO Newsletter that are upcoming, and some items that were submitted for the July issue. They are included here not only to spread the word but to serve as examples - although you don't have to follow this format in your post.

Thank you for the outreach you do to spread the word about the AAVSO and variable star observing!

Good Speaking,

Elizabeth Waagen, AAVSO Newsletter Editor

May 15, 2017 - Mark De Jong (DJX, Saskatoon, Sask, Canada) gave a presentation on "Variable Star Observing with a Small Telescope" at the RASC Saskatoon Centre meeting.

September 7, 2017Gary Poyner (PYG, Birmingham, England) will speak on “Historical Novae” to the Walsall Astronomical Society, West Midlands, England.

October 15, 2017Gary Poyner will speak on “The monster in the Crab - the story of OJ+287” to the Rugby Astronomical Society, Warwickshire, England.

December 14, 2017Gary Poyner will speak on “Legends in the sky” at the Canwell Womens Institute, Canwell, Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, England.

Dennis Conti (CDEC, Annapolis, MD), AAVSO Exoplanet Section Chair, gave two presentations at this year's Northeast Astroimaging Conference (NEAIC, April 6-7, 2017): "Fundamentals of Exoplanet Observing" and "Exoplanet Observing Using AstroImageJ."  At the Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF, April 8-9, 2017), which immediately followed NEAIC, Dennis also participated in the Pro/Am Collaboration Series where he gave two presentations on exoplanet observing and microlensing.

Dennis also  participated in meetings of the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) Science Team. These meetings are in preparation for the launch early next year of TESS, a follow-on to the Kepler space telescope (see the Exoplanet Observing Section Update in the July 2017 newsletter).

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SAS-AAVSO Presentation

June 16, 2017 - Dennis Conti, AAVSO Exoplanet Section Chair, gave the following presentation at the joint SAS-AAVSO Spring meeting in Ontario, CA: "Exoplanet Observing: From Art to Science." A copy of this and other presentations by Dennis can be found at

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