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Past Special Events

-NEW- The Wilderness Center's Moonlight Serenade - 2013

The Wilderness Center had their annual Moonlight Serenade on June 27th from 7 to 10 pm. The Astronomy Education Building was open for visitors. It rained for a good part of the event, but we managed to see Saturn at the end. A slide show of lunar images taken by club members was continuously playing in the planetarium. These images showcased  various craters and phases of the moon. Thanks to Brian Gray, Dwayne Miller, Kim Miller and Ron Wallick for volunteering.

The Wilderness Center's Moonlight Serenade - 2012

The Wilderness Center had their annual Moonlight Serenade on June 30th from 7 to 10 pm. The Astronomy Education Building was open for visitors.  We played hide and seek with clouds, Saturn and the Moon.  Many of the couples registered for the event walked through the observatory and planetarium. We had about 100 visitors. Club members were on hand to answer questions about the telescopes, the club and astronomy in general. A slide show of lunar images taken by club members was continuously playing in the planetarium. These images showcased  various craters and phases of the moon. Thanks to Bill Castro and Brian Gray for volunteering.

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June 5th 2012 Transit of Venus at the McKinley Monument,  William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, 5:30 pm - 10:00pm.  The clouds magically parted allowing us to view the transit. Thanks to Dave Richards and Jim Quinn from the Hoover Price Planetarium for hosting the event for the over 200 guests that showed up. Thanks to WCAC members for volunteering to help; Bill Castro with his 100 mm refractor, Baader white light filter, video camera and monitor, John Waechter with his Coronado H-alpha filtered scope, Ron Wallick with his11 inch SCT and Baader white light filter. Special thanks to The Canton Repository and their excellent article and photo gallery covering the event. (close the new window to return):

http://www.cantonrep.com/news/x655469179/Clouds-may-obscure-transit-of-Venus-in-Stark
http://www.cantonrep.com/photos/x655470050/Photo-Galley-Cantons-View-of-Venus-Transit-Across-Sun

Additional links for more info (close the new window to return):

http://www.cantonrep.com/stark/x1842808296/It-s-your-last-chance-to-see-Venus-pass-in-front-of-the-sun
http://www.transitofvenus.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transit_of_Venus


Pictures from The Wilderness Center's Moonlight Serenade - 2011


The Wilderness Center had their annual Moonlight Serenade on June 25th from 7 to 10 pm. The Astronomy Education Building was open for visitors.  We couldn't use the telescopes because of cloud cover. Many of the couples registered for the event walked through the observatory and planetarium. We had about 100 visitors. Club members were on hand to answer questions about the telescopes, the club and astronomy in general. A slide show of lunar images taken by club members was continuously playing in the planetarium while Ron Wallick showed his moon video in the observatory. These images and videos  showcased  various craters and phases of the moon. Thanks to Brian Gray and Ron Wallick for volunteering.

TWC Perseid Watch
was held on Friday, Aug. 13, at The Wilderness Center's Astronomy Education Building. The Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the most active meteor showers of the year, with an estimated predicted fall of 40-80 meteors an hour! We had about 50 guest showing up at about 9:30 pm. Several  brave ones that stayed until about 2:00 am were well rewarded. We watched meteors! The sky was clear, but with fog for the first couple of hours. It eventually cleared completely. John brought his telescope and showed folks the planets and some Messier objects. Joann had a few short videos abut meteors running in the Planetarium and did one quick showing of our meteorite collection. Thanks to Joann Ballbach, Brian Gray and John Waechter for helping.

TWC Summer Days Overnight for 5th-8th graders
- Lynda Price had about twenty adults and children at the Astronomy Education Building as part of TWC Summer Days Overnight for 5th - 8th graders.  They started the evening activity with a planetarium show. The weather was good enough to allow viewing of Venus, Mars, Saturn, M13, M82, etc.  Volunteers included Brian Gray, John Waechter and Ron Wallick.

The Wilderness Center's Moonlight Serenade - 2010

The Wilderness Center had their annual Moonlight Serenade on June 26th from 7 to 10 pm. The Astronomy Education Building was open for visitors. We couldn't use the telescopes because of cloud cover. Fortunately, the rain held off until after the event was over and we were able to enjoy the outdoor air with the observatory roof open. Many of the 85 couples registered for the event walked through the observatory and planetarium. Club members were on hand to answer questions about the telescopes, the club and astronomy in general. A slide show was continuously playing in the planetarium. It showcased pictures taken by club members of various craters and phases of the moon. Thanks to Bill Castro, Nancy Castro and Brian Gray for volunteering.
Snacks for the volunteers were provided by Nancy Castro.

Spaceday at TWC
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Brian Gray showing telecopes at Spaceday.A Walk on the Moon with Nancy and Gene watching.
WCAC members help with telescopes on display (left) and a walk on the Moon (right) at TWC Spaceday.

The Wilderness Center had Space Day on Sunday  March 14 from 1-3 p.m
. It was co-sponsored by the Southeast Science Club and the Wilderness Center Astronomy Club.  Activities for students of all ages included taking a trip through the solar system and stopping at each planet, the Moon, and the Sun for a simple experiment that emphasizes a concept about it. They could:

Watch planetarium shows of the night sky (John gave 2 shows about Exploring Mars).
Play with a solar powered toy
Create craters of Mercury
Use “radar” to discover the surface of Venus
Enjoy the special attributes of Earth
Take a walk in the Moon's gravity
Erupt a Martian volcano
See the swirling storms of Jupiter
Shoot a “spaceship” through the rings of Saturn
Explore the strange Uranus
Walk in the light on Neptune
View a replica of Galileo’s telescope on display

WCAC Volunteers included Joan Ballbach, Bill Castro, Nancy Castro, Brian Gray, Gene Rickenbrode and John Waechter. Lunch was provided to the volunteers!!!


On January 30, 2010 we hosted The Wilderness Center's Geocache Club, in the Observatory.The event was very well attended, there were over 100 participants in the observatory and out on the trails looking for treasure.  Ron Wallick & Fred Grosseset up their own telescopes out on the sundial plaza, Gene Rickenbrode, Brian Gray & John Waechter operated the scopes inside the observatory.  It cleared out nicely and got very COLD!!  We managed to have some good views of Mars, the Orion Nebula M42, open cluster M41, the Andromeda Galaxy M31, open cluster M35, The Pleiades M45, and the Moon. 

The Tuscarawas Philharmonic performed Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” at Tuscora Park on Sunday, September 6th. At least 100 people came down to where the telescopes were. Jupiter played hide and seek with the clouds, but everyone seemed to have a good time. Thanks to  Brian Gray,  and  John  Waechter for  helping out with their telescopes,  Thanks to Tammy Seikel  and her husband for helping with crowd control.

At The Wilderness Center's Moonlight Serenade, (June 2009) John Waechter and Brian Gray assisted the forty or so couples who viewed Saturn through the Resetar and Guist telescopes in the closing hour of the event. In the planetarium we were displaying images of the Moon taken by club members while a selection of 365 Days of Astronomy podcasts was playing.

Space Day.  Two hundred children and adults visited the Wilderness Center for Space Day on March 22, 2009.  Students from the Southeast Science Club assisted the guests in exploring the planets and the Sun.  John Waechter presented three planetarium shows during the afternoon.  Ron Wallick and Brian Gray demonstrated the different types of telescopes with real scopes and the Night Sky Network's new "Glass and Mirrors" Toolkit, and John Weiss and Gene Rickenbrode helped children experience low gravity with the Moon Walk.  Thanks to Joann Ballbach for organizing the event.

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The Wilderness Center's Summer Days outreach was held in the Astronomy Education Building after the July 11th club meeting. We had 50 guests who saw planetariun shows and the night sky. Volunteers included Norma Breehl, Rick Breehl, Bill Castro, Phil Creed, Phil Hoyle, Gene Rickenbrode, Ken Schneller, Ron Wallick, John Waechter and Richard Wells.

June 14, 2008 was the evening for The Wilderness Center's Romantic Moonlight Serenade. Joann Ballbach, Brian Gray and John Waechter entertained 100 visitors with views of the Moon and Saturn. The evening started with partly cloudy skies but it cleared as Earth's shadow embraced all who attended. The slide show of lunar photographs was projected on the planetarium dome while the video tape of deep sky objects was playing on the monitor in the observatory.

Family Astronomy: Aurigid Meteor Watch Sat., Sept. 1, 8:30 p.m. (2007)
The Aurigid Meteor Shower was a nice evening to pull up a blanket, lawn chair and be with friends and family. Although the peak was later in the night, the 30 or so in attendance  did see a stray or two every now and then. Thanks to Joann for bringing refreshments and all those who volunteered in the observatory, parking lot and on the sundial.

Family Astronomy: Perseid Meteor Watch Sat., Aug. 11, 9:30 p.m. (2007)
The Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the most active meteor showers of the year, with an estimated predicted fall of 40-80 meteors an hour! Unlike last year, the Moon didn't  interfere with viewing. We started at dark, but the viewing was best after midnight. About 40 people brought a comfortable lawn chair and/or blankets for the evening chill. Thanks to Joann for bringing refreshments and all those who volunteered in the observatory, parking lot and on the sundial.

Romantic Moonlight Serenade - (6/18/07) The AEB was open again for the 5th anual event.  The clouds parted and over 250 guests saw the moon, Venus, Saturn and Jupiter through the clubs telescopes. Thanks to Brian Gray, John Waechter, Bill and Nancy Castro for helping in the observatory.

Club Star Party - Held on the night of March 10th at Mohican State Park. A great time was had by all. Check out these images taken that night by Mike Unsold on his web site:
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http://www.mlunsold.com/examples/Temp/HorseHead.html - Stack of 30 x 120" exposures at ISO 800, Canon 20Da, Tak ED-180 on G11 unguided, IP acquired and processed.
http://www.mlunsold.com/examples/Temp/M101Wide.html - Here is a wide field view of M101 from Mohican Saturday night. Several other galaxies are visible. NGC 5422 top left, NGC 5473 left center, NGC 5485 lower left, NGC 5474 lower right and others that are not on my charts?? Image Detail: 39 x 150" at ISO 800, Canon 20Da, Tak ED-180 on G11 unguided, IP acquired and processed.

http://www.mlunsold.com/ - Mike's web page and ImagesPlus info.

Perseid Meteor Watch - Perseid meteor watch was held on Friday, August 11, 2006. We had over 50 guests and observed from The Wilderness Center's parking lot and observatory. Thanks to Joann Ballbach for coordinating and to Rick and Norma Breehl, Bill Castro, Brian Gray, Fred Grosse, Denny Hann, Gene Rickenbrode, Dave Ross, Ken Schneller, Barb Vaughn, John Waechter and John Weiss for helping.

2005 TWC Family Day - Pictures of The Wilderness Center's Family Day on August 13, 2005

Romantic Moonlight Serenade - (6/18/05) The evening was a big success. The clouds parted and we observed the moon and Jupiter through the clubs telescopes. The new Stellacam EX integrating video camera and TV monitor (donated by Lockheed Martin – MS2 in Akron) was used to display the moon and point out lunar details to over 250 guests. Thanks to Brian Gray, Gene Rickenbrode, Barb Vaughn, Bill and Nancy Castro for helping in the observatory. See TWC web page or more details of other TWC events that evening.
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Images from TWC's "Romantic Moonlight Serenade". Top - Brian and Gene check focus on the monitor. Bottom Left - Brian explains lunar features, Right - Gordon checks it out.

From 2004 TWC members meeting.
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Gene Rickenbrode, John Waechter and Dave Ross with their Distinguished Service Awards.

TWC Awards - One of the highest honors that The Wilderness Center gives to members and volunteers is its annual Distinguished Service Awards presented at the 2004 annual meeting of the members.

Mars Watch pics - (use your browsers back button to return.) Pictures from the Mars watch at The Wilderness Center Astronomy Club's Public Viewing nights on August 1st, September 5th and October 3rd.
Mars by Fred Grosse and Bill Castro.Tom Gardner pic of a TV screen image of Mars.
Left-Fred Grosse and Bill Castro video image of Mars. Right-Tom Gardner digital camera pic of the TV screen image image on left. More Mars pics at WCAC Mars Photo Gallery

TWC Open House - Pictures available. TWC open house was on May 4, 2003 at The Wilderness Center. We had fair weather for solar observing, sundial talks and a solar system walk. The white light filters were in operation in the observatory's Keller and Resetar scopes. John's 4 inch Takahashi refractor was fitted with the Coronado Hydrogen Alpha filter. For those who didn't want to venture out into the sun, a live video feed of the sun was on display in the planetarium and video tape of previous sunspots and partial eclipse were continuously running. Planetarium shows were at 1:30 and 3 pm.

WCAC 20th birthday party - January 31, 2002 at The Wilderness Center.

Darrell Romick: Genuine Space Pioneer - Article in the Canton Repository,
Friday, November 8, 2002 By DENISE SAUTTERS Repository Living section writer.

Gene, click to enlarge, close new windo to returnTWC Special Achievement Award - Presented to Gene Rickenbrode
 

Dick, click to enlarge, close new windo to returnWCAC Special Achievement Award - Presented to Dick Emmons

Saturn Science and Technology Workshop - Reference material and links for the workshops.

WCAC Presentation - The club's presentation to The Wilderness Center's Board.

TWC Family Day - Pictures of the WCAC display. A HUGE success!! It was Saturday June 29, 2002. We had good weather for solar observing and sundial talks. The Hydrogen alpha filter and white light filter were in operation in the observatory. For those who didn't want to venture out into the sun, a live video feed of the sun was on display in the planetarium and video tape of previous sunspots and partial eclipse were continuously running.  Dave Gill did an extra planetarium show by popular demand. Shows were at 1, 2 and 3 pm.

TWC Grand Opening - Pictures from the WCAC display at the TWC Grand Opening on April 22, 2001.  We had the Keller 3 inch guide scope fitted with a Baader white light solar filter and a 4 inch Takahashi refractor fitted with the Coronado Hydrogen Alpha filter. Great sun spot detail and a solar prominence were video taped at the event. Mike Rossetti gave two well received planetarium shows. (This link might take a while to load. Lots of pics.)

5391 Emmons index - Notes, observations, images, plots and articles of  "Dick's Pet Rock".

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Last updated July 10, 2012 by Bill Castro