2016 Speakers!


Larry McHenry

Title: “The Ferret of Comets”

Larry McHenry has been active in amateur astronomy for over 30 years, and is member of the Kiski Astronomers, near Pittsburgh. His favorite astronomical activities include solar observing, video astronomy, drawing his impressions at the eyepiece and studying the mythology of the night sky. Larry has been a regular presenter at Cherry Springs. Learn more about his interests, including his video survey of the constellations, and his home observatory, online at his web portal: http://www.stellar-journeys.org

Jason Kendall (Featured Astronomy club talk)

Title: ”The AAA of NY: 90 years of Urban Stargazing and Public Outreach in New York City"

Jason Kendall has been a Board Member of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York since 2008. Jason also teaches Astronomy and Physics at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. He's directed the Public Stargazing events at four recent meetings of the American Astronomical Society. He has appeared on the Weather Channel, FOX, CBS, NBC and NPR talking about stargazing and current events in astronomy. He was a special guest on The Weather Channel's "Wake Up With Al" for 2014 and 2015, giving monthly live appearances on national cable TV.

Bob Naeye

Title: “Birth of a New Science: LIGO and the Discovery of Gravitational Waves”

In February 2016 a large team of scientists stunned the world by announcing the discovery of gravitational waves from merging black holes. These long-sought ripples in the fabric of space-time are predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity, but are extraordinarily difficult to detect. The discovery by LIGO was not only an astounding technological achievement, as it opens up a new window for studying the universe. If history is a guide to the future, expect revolutionary science in the years ahead.  Robert Naeye was editor in chief of Sky & Telescope from 2008 to 2014. He has authored two books, contributed to two others, and has won multiple awards for his contributions to science communication.  He grew up in Hershey, PA, and joined the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg in 1986.

Steve Conard

Title: “The LORRI Camera on New Horizons at Pluto”

Steve Conard is the Lead Engineer of the LORRI instrument on New Horizons. An optical systems engineer with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., Steve gave a talk at our 2010 CSSP, “Building the New Horizons LORRI Imager: a 20 cm Richey-Chretien for Pluto.” He promised to return this year with lots of results. His teenage interest in astronomy and telescope making led him to a career of building and testing optical hardware for a number of NASA missions. His interest in amateur astronomy was rekindled about 10 years ago after a 25-year break. Steve is past President of the APL Astronomy Club, a member of the Howard Astronomical League, the Westminster Astronomical Society and the International Occultation Timing Association.

Chip Harrison, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; Manager of Cherry Springs State Park

Title: “Report on Cherry Springs State Park and the CSSP Dark Sky Fund Activities.”

Chip Harrison is the manager of Cherry Springs State PARK. He will report on the latest developments and activities at Pennsylvania’s Dark Sky Astronomy Park. The park has been designated a Gold Level Dark Sky Part by the International Dark Sky Association. A report will also be made on the activities of  he Cherry Springs Dark Sky Fund, which supports activities and astronomy-related improvements at the Park which we enjoy.

Al Nagler, Tele Vue Optics

Title: “Choosing an eyepiece”

Al Nagler is the creator of the Nagler type eyepiece and many other optical devices.



Jim Davis

Title: "A virtual tour of the Geopark Ries"

Jim will be presenting a talk on the Nördlinger Ries impact crater in southern Germany, source of many tektites.

Roxanne Kamin,

Title: “Mt. Wilson, Five guys, the Hooker and Me”

Imagine viewing the night skies through the same telescope that Hubble and Einstein once did. From the Blue Snowball nebula to the four moons of a distant planet, join us as Roxanne shares observations and adventures as she and five other ASH members travel to the Mt Wilson and Mt Griffith observatories near Pasadena, CA. Learn how you can also schedule an observation night (or two!) on this historical scope.  As an avid amateur astronomer and fly fishermen, Roxanne Kamin has viewed the skies from both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Residing in Harrisburg, after work, she also coaches for the Special Olympics, volunteers at a local equine therapy stable and is a Board Member of the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg. She observes with binoculars and her 11” Celestron telescope.

Bob Young

Title: “A Light Pollution Workshop: Tell us what you’re doing”

Members of ASH have been measuring sky brightness since the 1980’s using home-built null photometers and more recently, a commercial Unihedron Sky Quality Meter. They have measured new proposed streetlights for the City of Harrisburg and made recommendations.  What else is going on that you know about?  What should we be doing to maintain our beautiful dark skies?  A past President of the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg and the Astronomical League, Bob Young is a long time variable star, lunar and Mars observer - when he isn’t annoyed and measuring light pollution.

Cloudy Night Talk

Do you have an astronomy story to tell?  Do you have an astronomy gadget to show?  An astronomy book you particularly like? Pictures you took the night before? If we have a cloudy night, we will have this scheduled session at the Pavilion.  Call this our Astronomy “Jam Session”.