President's Message

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  • 01 Jul 2014 1:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    For those of you who missed the last general meeting it was quite an evening.  Larry Martin, our newly appointed outreach chair, gave a delightful talk on navigating the skies via various types of maps.  He shared some great observing experiences with the group and also gave a few members an opportunity to take home a couple of his favorite sky map resources.  The business portion of the meeting was followed by an educational presentation on discovering exoplanets given by UT Austin post-doctoral astronomer Stefano Meschari.  Members and visitors got a primer in planetary discovery and the methods used to confirm size, orbits and so forth.  To experience some of Dr. Meschari’s work you can test your gravitational knowledge online by playing his popular game “Super Planet Crash”.  However, be forewarned, it is a highly addictive activity.

    Additionally spoken of during the last meeting was the up and coming transition away from the Yahoo Groups and towards the website’s Discussion Groups.  If you weren’t present and haven’t yet read the meeting minutes this might be a bit of a surprise to you.  However, as we put more focus and precedence into our website it is only logical that as many functions as possible be carried out there.  The Yahoo Groups have served a tremendous purpose and done us well for many years.  Sadly, in recent months the site has been prone to spammers and hackers and the attendance has been dwindling.  Rest assured that the Yahoo Groups themselves will not be going away.  All the messages and files will be saved as an archive but the functionality of posting via the sites will be cut off as of August 31.

    Over the next two months we will be making modifications and enhancements to the website’s discussion groups and readying them for the conversion to our main source for casual communication.  The discussion groups on the website will be divided my major subjects with subset topics underneath.  You have the option to go to the website to see if new comments have been made or you can subscribe to the topics.  Subscriptions are individualized and you only need to subscribe to the ones you have a genuine interest in.  The replies will thread and if you are subscribed to a topic or a discussion you will receive an email notification when someone has responded.  This will not replace announcements such as outreach events, meetings and so forth.  Anything that needs to be disseminated from the EC will continue to be conducted via email blasts.

    During this preparation process I’m open to any and all opinions, suggestions and questions you might have about this new communication forum.  Please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

    Thank you to those of you who took the time to come out last weekend and train with Terry Phillips on the new 25” scope.  It is a beauty and gearing to get worked out a lot.  You can see some of the pictures further down the spread.

    We’ve a lot coming up on the horizon, most of which you’ll read about in this issue.  First and foremost is next week’s meeting taking place on the St. Stephen’s campus.  The following month is our annual Austin Under the Stars Event on August 2.  We’ll be right back at St. Stephen’s on their lower soccer field.  Mark your calendars as this tends to be one of our largest star parties of the year.  Attendance is typically between 300-400 guests and from 40-50 scopes on the field.  If you would like to talk as part of the speaker series of the day please contact Larry Martin, Outreach Chair,

    Talking of speakers, I’m on the lookout for an individual who would like to present as part of an ongoing section at the monthly member meetings.  If you have a passion for Astronomy in the news and would like to contribute to the business portion of our gatherings please contact me directly.  Additionally, if you have an interesting hobby or take part in a job related to astronomy and/or science in general I’d like to hear from you about sharing with the group in future segments at the business meeting as well.

    Here is to dark and starry skies!

  • 01 Jun 2014 1:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I have the most amazing pleasure of getting to write to you this month from the famed Texas Star Party at the Historic Prude Ranch outside of Fort Davis.  This is my first time attending both the function and visiting this part of West Texas.  The presence here is amazing.  My observing/camping companion, fellow AAS member Brian Lippincott, and I arrived here after a whirlwind drive of rain and miles to = claim a spot on the Upper Field in close proximity to other AAS members; David Clune, Akarsh Simha, Bob Van Gulik, Mark Johnston and Terry Phillips.  Terry has brought with him the society's newly acquired 25" Dobsonian, formerly owned by the late Larry Forest.  It moves like butter and operates amazingly.  You are all going to love this scope once it takes up permanent residency at Eagle Eye Observatory.

    The day time temperatures are warm, the sun beats down, the wind whips equipment around and the stars (almost every night) are luminous and plentiful.  Here on the upper field we are among what is affectionately referred to as the "Valley of the Dobs".  Scope sizes range from a small homemade 6” up to the 32” Grand Poobah.  On each field (upper, middle and lower) we find a mixture of visual observers and imagers.  The overall organization of this event is exemplary.  No one is wanting for space and power is plentiful.  While we lack a cellular connection the wi-fi is strong and one only need go into town or a few miles up the road to make a call.  Such circumstances make it challenging for me to connect with my boys back in Austin.  However, it was nice not to feel constantly attached to my phone.

    During the day we visit with fellow astronomers, attend TSP sponsored talks, take in the local scene (particularly the Fort Davis Drug Store and their soda fountain), and hop on the motorcycle to visit nearby towns or just laze around in camp.  There is a lot to be said for bringing along a pop up tent and a hammock.  It has provided us a shady spot for respite and a good way to indicate to friends where you are and how you can be found.  I think we are the only camp with a hammock, though I imagine there might be more next year.  At night things people get down to business and while there is time to visit with individuals and check out each others set ups there is some serious observing taking place.  Personally, I’m trying to finish up my Astronomical League Messier List.  I’m far from complete but I’ve certainly put a dent in it with these fantastic skies.

    Another large draw to attending TSP was the opportunity to tour the McDonald Observatory.  A couple of trips have been made up to the mountain to view the sites on our own.  However, nothing could have prepared me for the joy in taking the special TSP arranged outing.  As part of a small group, we had the opportunity to see the 82” Struve Reflector, the 9.2m Hobby-Eberly up close and personal along with the highlight of the trip (at least for me and a few others) getting to drive the 107” Harlan Smith.

    Along with all these wonderful experiences there is one element that has had the biggest impact on me.  I’m out here with 500+ astronomy enthusiasts.  How many times can you say you’ve had the opportunity to hang out with a large group of individuals that all share an interest of yours?   The people out here at TSP are here because astronomy is an important facet of their lives.  They are here for upwards of an entire week because they, like me, want an opportunity to get closer to the universe.  That makes me feel downright giddy.

    We are a part of AAS because we share a common thread, an interest in that infinite void bigger and more mysterious than ourselves.  We are members because we want to surround ourselves with others who feel as excited as we do when looking up at the night sky.  There are some of you that have been attending TSP and events like it for many years and there are some of you that may have never been to anything more than our public parties at Eagle Eye Observatory.  The important part is you are getting out, observing the universe and doing something that resonates within your core.  I implore you to continue this fantastic habit.  I encourage you to keep feeding your outrageous curiosity.  And if possible, I hope you all get an opportunity like I did to attend something as remarkable and memorable as the Texas Star Party.

    Here is to dark and starry skies!

  • 01 May 2014 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    These have been an exciting past few months for the society and the scientific community in general. Having recently joined the 21st century, by acquiring a tablet, I find myself better keeping abreast on astronomical happenings. Several members have turned me on to various applications, including Exoplanet, and I find myself constantly checking these resources for updates. The recent discoveries with regards to planetary searches is exciting, especially as we inch closer and closer to determining the atmospheric composition of Earth-size bodies in the habitable zone.

    Our current telescopes at the Eagle Eye Observatory are not capable of seeing these miracles in the distance. However, our latest acquisition of a 25” Dobsonian owned by the late Larry Forrest will still manage to turn heads. Voted in during the April general assembly meeting, our new scope will take up residency during the next few months at Canyon of the Eagles. Along with the new family member, stay tuned for updates to the observatory as we clean house and introduce new enhancements.

    The skies on Lake Buchanan haven’t been the most agreeable for public star parties since the middle of last year, though we did see a break in tradition for a few hours last month at the public event. With a turnout of about 50 people, the clouds parted for roughly 2 hours, allowing content visitors to see the splendors of the night sky. The weather was also in similar agreement for Friday night of the CTSP event. Sadly Saturday night saw more carousing and less observing. Attendance at our two day members only event was still high and the BBQ delicious.

    In the coming weeks, we’ve many more opportunities for outreach and a very special May meeting on the horizon. As most of you know, we lose our home this month due to UT Austin finals. In lieu of our typical retreat to Wild Basin or St. Stephen’s, we will set up camp at Pedernales Falls. I hope you can join us for an evening of meeting, TSP talks, observing and a tour of the park’s “Star Theater”. Bring your scope, binoculars and a picnic dinner. Entrance fee to the park will be waived for AAS members.

    Lastly I want to give a big shout out to our Executive Committee members, particularly those who will be leaving us at the end of the month. Ron Carman has been a committed Vice President for the past two years and departs the EC having provided us with a dazzling array of guest speakers at our monthly meetings. Terry Phillips will take over this position starting in June. Darin Koch, our Equipment Chair has done an amazing job at both maintenance and management of the Eagle Eye Observatory, including, but not limited to, upgrades on the cable and pulley roof system and the acquisition of EEO’s flat-screen monitor. James Hall, the newly appointed chair has some big shoes to fill. Joyce Lynch, esteemed AAS member and most recent Outreach Chair, is retiring from the Executive Committee after many years of service in several positions including that of President. Larry Martin will step into Joyce’s position and take on one of the most important roles within the society. Jim Linn steps down from the Member Services Chair and in his place we welcome back former Vice President Tim Brown. Darron Spohn, having recently rejoined the AAS ranks after time away, will take over as Communications Chair while Jim Spigelmire fills one of the three new Member At Large spots along with Alan Carruth and David Mathias.

    We’ve got a great new team beginning next month, many outreach opportunities in the coming weeks, astronomical breakthroughs occurring left and right and many exciting observatory developments on the horizon. Now is a great time to be a member of the Austin Astronomical Society, and I’m delighted you are here with me.

    Here is to dark and starry skies!

  • 01 Apr 2014 12:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Spring has finally sprung here in Central Texas, so sayeth the swaths of blue bonnets and the eighty degree temperatures this last weekend.  Sadly we are still thwarted by clouds on our public star party nights.  However, we astronomers are a tenacious and persistent group and we refuse to let a little weather keep us down.  The reports from this last Saturday’s public star party and Messier Marathon were packed fields, both upper and lower, before twilight set in.  I’ve high hopes for a continued turn out of this magnitude going into April and May.

    With the change of the seasons comes a change in the society.  April means elections and we had many changes within the infrastructure of the executive committee (EC).  Please refer to the website to see the ballot for this month’s nominated individuals for election.  Outside of membership on AAS committees and volunteering for outreach events; holding a seat on the EC is a fantastic means to getting to know the inner workings of the society and a way to make a difference in how business is conducted.  The ballot has been cast but write-in nominees can still be submitted as can nominations at the April 11 meeting during voting time.  If you have questions about the process or any of the positions please contact our nomination committee composed of Erika Rix, David Ault and Tara Heine.

    We had some phenomenal meeting workshops within the Practical Astronomy (PA) series these past few months and some remarkable guest presenters.  In addition to the elections at this month’s meeting
    will be a PA presentation on Astrophotography.  Our post business meeting talk will be on Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe, given by UT Astronomy Department’s Jeff Silverman.  With all these activities you certainly won’t want to miss out.

    If you haven’t already marked your calendar for this month’s CTSP Members Only Weekend now’s your chance.  Join your fellow AAS cohorts on the field for a two night star gazing adventure.  The weekend kicks off Friday, April 25 with a potluck dinner out at the Eagle Eye Observatory followed by a star party. Saturday day is a mix of activities ranging from a collimation workshop to observatory operator training followed by a BBQ dinner and more night time observing?  Stay tuned to the website and email for more information from your Members Services team.

    Excitement and activities abound in the coming weeks and I hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities the Austin Astronomical Society has to offer.

    Here is to dark and starry skies!

  • 01 Mar 2014 12:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wow!  What an auction we've had going the past two weeks.  While I expected certain items to go like hot cakes I wasn't anticipating this level of bidding and certainly not the last minute clamber as closing time approached.  We managed to auction away all but two items and we appear to have raised over $3200 for the society's future endeavors.  Congratulations to all the high bidders and for those of you who lost out on that special item you were hoping for, perhaps you'll get a chance again.  I certainly see another auction like this in the future and welcome any feedback you may have on how this first one went for you.

    There are so many things I can count on in this society, more than just the outreach, though public education is exceptionally important.  This auction and our astro-classifieds is one such large component as I'm a huge advocate for sustainability.  In a society with members from expert to amateur there is always the need for acquiring new, and new-to-you, equipment and resources.  Every one of the auction items were used and donated for someone else to benefit from opposed to winding up in landfill somewhere in East Austin.

    Thanks to activities such as this one and the funds obtained we can continue to better the society and support new projects.  On the near horizon are such plans to reignite the acquisition of merchandise, upgrade some of the features of the observatory along with general repair and maintenance and resurrect the scholarship program.

    We've had many new members with young astronomers join recently and it is time to get back to being a society with a strong junior membership presence.  As some of you may have read in the news as of late, there is a country wide lack of knowledge with regards to basic science. Last month the National Science Foundation reported that only 25% of Americans know that the Earth revolves around the Sun.  Mind you at our functions and star parties the percentage is considerably higher.  However this speaks to why societies like ours are so important and why education of our youth members and the public is paramount.         

    Our humble organization is not going to solve the world's scientific quandaries or educate every American but we do a strong part here in our Central Texas metropolis.  Playing such a role first and foremost starting with ourselves.  Knowledge and know how must be strong at the member level before we can go out into the world and teach what we know.  I implore each and every one of you to keep being the amazing astronomers that you all are.  Grow and develop personally in this field of science.  Be curious and inquisitive.  Bring to the Executive Committee your ideas and suggestions on how to better AAS.  Continue to be a integral part of this remarkable astronomical society and let's see just how great we can all be and how much good we can do.

    Here's to dark and starry skies!

  • 01 Feb 2014 12:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations all on surviving Snowmageddon and the Icepocalypse.

    January didn't exactly deliver the, if you will pardon the pun, stellar public star party night we were all hoping for after so many months of poor weather. However, what did occur was some top rate education on the cosmos and great public outreach. Jim, Joyce & David Lynch, Jim Sheets, James Hall and I were in attendance and despite the overcast sky we managed to keep about thirty or so visitors entertained and enthralled.

    Over the past five months, since our last successful clear night public party at COE, a core group of outreach volunteers have endeavored to design an inclement weather alternative to flat out cancelling an event. Utilizing our fairly new flat panel television we can now conduct outreach events at the Eagle Eye Observatory via computer or tablet sharing with visitors anything from astronomical apps to YouTube videos on black holes. Guests can become familiar with telescope functions, optics and
    mechanics while other individuals can see a high definition animation of what the sky looks like overhead beyond the clouds. In the coming months we will be adding to the features available in the observatory and as always welcome any suggestions or requests.

    Despite the extraordinarily cold weather we've had an active outreach month with events at COE, Gullett and Clayton elementary schools. If those events are any indication of what kind of year is ahead then I think it is important to put the call out now. If you are interested in participating as a volunteer at future outreach events please contact our outreach chair, Joyce Lynch; There are few roles in AAS as rewarding as volunteering at a public star party or outreach event. Opportunities abound all over the Austin Metropolitan area requiring various different types of assistance from providing scopes and binoculars for the public to look through to general interaction and welcome table coverage. An added benefit is that you are never doing it alone so while you are educating the public you are also getting to know your fellow members and maybe learning something new.

    As some of you may have heard and/or read, we are coming up on the time to appoint a nominating committee for the May Executive Committee elections. The team is formed early in the year and tasked with finding members who are interested in running for positions on the EC. The group is composed of three individual who do not have an interest in being on the EC themselves. You need not be a long time member to be on the nominating committee or the EC. I myself started as Secretary after only six months as a member. Additionally, the nominating team is usually composed of members with varied experiences and length of membership, so don't let being a new member dissuade you. Please contact me if you are interested in being a part of the committee, nomination or executive; or 512.663.2249.

    Here’s to dark and starry skies!

  • 01 Jan 2014 2:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Austin Astronomical Society has seen a very successful 2013 with regards to outreach, new members, quality speakers and presentations. I feel honored and privileged to be part of such an amazing organization surrounded by such remarkable individuals.

    Several of our members received accolades and certificates for their observing efforts. Meeting attendees were treated to an array of educational and inspirational talks by both members and non-
    members alike. We have seen the Practical Astronomy sessions flourish and I cannot wait to see what is in store in the coming year. We will kick off January and February with two member presentations; Brian Lippincott will speak on homemade Dobsonian mounts followed by Lauren Gonzalez talking on Astronomical League awards. The calendars for the Eagle Eye Observatory are set and posted and we hope to see a lot of you out at COE with your scopes on public nights.

    In recent years we’ve seen our fair share of heat and drought in the region. This has made for dry viewing conditions. However, it has been nice to see some rain back in 2013 even though it has meant sacrificing the last few months of public star parties. Let us hope a healthy balance of precipitation and good viewing nights can be met, and soon.

    We’ve witnessed some astronomical phenomenon in the past year, developed as a membership and introduced hundreds of people to the marvels of the night sky. Some heavenly displays were not as awesome as anticipated. However, in the grand scheme of things I think we are fortunate enough to live in a time where we not only get to witness these wonders but we know why, scientifically, they exist and how to better predict the nature of future spectacles.

    Pan-STARRS was dimmer than anticipated but still viewable by naked eye. ISON didn’t survive the sun but it taught us much about our star’s magnetosphere and comet trajectory. Meteor showers weren’t as prolific but it made the meteors that were seen all the more special. The annular solar eclipse missed the mark on being visible in Central Texas. However, next year will yield two visible total lunar eclipses and one partial solar.

    In 2013, research in the scientific and astronomical communities exploded with everything from increased discoveries of exo-planets to continued data collection by the Curiosity Mars rover to the discovery of the Higgs boson out of the LHC and the possible detection of dark matter. The Antares Rocket launched while NASA successfully printed and tested the first 3D rocket injector. Astronomers discovered the densest known galaxy supporting over 10,000 stars clustered across four light years,
    India launched their first Mars probe and China put a rover on the moon.

    We’ve had a great year and I expect no less of the next twelve months. As always you can reach me via email or phone if you have any questions at or by 512.663.2249.

    Happy New Year! May 2014 grant us clear, transparent, cloudless nights filled with dark and starry skies!


  • 01 Dec 2013 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As we pass the Thanksgiving Holiday and near towards the end of the year there is so much to be grateful for.  In 2013 we saw 165 new members join the Austin Astronomical Society family.  We also brought thirty different events to the public in and around the Austin Metro area.  Over 200 people attended our Austin Under the Stars function in July and we have seen attendance numbers at the General Meetings increase with each month.

    Our monthly meetings have featured some phenomenal presenters from society favorites Don Olson and Russell Doescher to AAS member and published author David Henderson and UT Students of AAS member Phil Schmidt presenting the engineering behind their custom crafted observing chair.

    The content of the Practical Astronomy sessions, hosted by our Member Services Committee, has been rich and insightful.  Jim Spigelmire and Mike Krzywonski taught you about the fundamentals of telescopes.  Lauren Gonzalez educated the group on how to be a better observer and tools for completing your AL lists.  Kim VanCamp from the Williamson County Society presented a brilliant education on Herschel and we closed out the year welcoming back long time member Darron Spohn as he helped us learn our way about the night sky.

    We saw many of our members achieving accolades throughout 2013 including; Alan Carruth – Messier Binocular, John Huntsberger – Messier, Mark Johnson – Carbon Star and Erika Rix – Mable Sterns Editor Award.  These are fantastic achievements and I foresee many more in the coming year.

    The past few months have seen activity within the Texas IDA increasing, with much thanks to member and departing coordinator and AAS liaison Steve Bosbach.  His contributions to defending our night sky are commendable and praiseworthy.  Our loaner scope program continues to thrive and is a great way for members, new and old, to ease into astronomical observing.  The star parties at the dam are also back in force and I see them flourishing in 2014.

    AAS continues to grow and thrive and there is so much on the horizon.  We hope to see requests increase so we can begin the production of merchandise.  In the New Year we will strive to bring you the Solar Scope Loaner Program for those of you interested in utilizing the society’s newly acquired Coronado Solar Scope.  Additionally, agreement negotiations are underway with COE and LCRA to bring you more benefits of membership and increased opportunities out at the Eagle Eye Observatory.

    Now is a great time to be a member and get involved in all that AAS to offer.  Stay tuned here on the Sidereal Times, on the AAS website and at upcoming meetings to learn more.   As always you can reach me via email or phone if you have any questions at or by 512.663.2249.

    Here’s to dark and starry skies!  Hope to see you all at the holiday party!


  • 01 Nov 2013 2:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you are anything like me then you are grateful for the rain we have received in the past few months but on the flip side, aching to get your eye on a scope.  Sadly inclement weather has caused the cancellation of the past two public star parties.  However, November is chock full of events and as we enter the month of “Falling Back”, due to daylight savings time, and cooler weather one might hope clearer nights are on the horizon.

    Please pay special attention to some of our upcoming events.  We’ve been working with the Texas Stars for the past six months on a collaborative event coming up on November 9.  The hockey games draw a lot of fans and that is a grand opportunity to present Astronomy to the public.

    November and into December will also present chances to see Comet ISON as it nears the Sun for a pass Thanksgiving day.  Flanking that date are two public star parties, one November 23 and the other December 7.  It is safe to assume that these will be attended in great number due to this cosmic event.

    Speaking of December, keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming Evite in your email box to the AAS’s holiday party scheduled for December 13 at Wild Basin Nature Preserve.  This is a delightful evening of good company, delicious food and rousing music.  Mark your calendars now and plan to attend.

    In recent months you’ve heard me at meetings and via email talking about AAS branded merchandise.  As was reported at the last assembly, we do not yet have enough forms to necessitate a full order of shirts, hats and the like.  This does not mean we will not be placing the order, it just means that we will not be doing so in the time frame initially set.  Please continue to provide me, either electronically or physically, your merchandise forms and when we reach a full order we will move forward.

    There is so much going on within the society and a great deal on the horizon for the next few months and in the coming New Year.  If you’ve still not renewed your membership I encourage you to do so as we will begin removing non-members from our system.  If you know someone who might want to become a new member, it is never too late to join.  Membership within AAS is what you make of it and there is so much to do.  Don’t ever hesitate to ask questions of your executive committee and speak up at the monthly meetings, they are put on to support you, the membership.  And if you’ve ever been curious about how business is conducted outside of the general assembly gatherings; don’t forget that the executive committee meetings are also open to members.

    Feel free to contact me about the location of our EC meetings, merchandise or any other questions you might have at or via cell at 512.663.2249.

    Here’s to dark and starry skies!

  • 01 Oct 2013 2:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In my downtime, when not at AAS events and meetings, I spend my time taking part in various non-astronomy based hobbies.  It was during such an activity that I happened to sit down next to fellow member.  We were both attending a Community Garden Leadership Training in North Austin.  This class was held for individuals interested in learning how to develop and maintain a community garden.  My comrade was there with an interest in starting one up with his church.  I was there because I’m on the leadership committee for the North Austin YMCA community garden. This encounter got me thinking about our society members and how little I, and probably most of the rest of you, know about those you observe with or find yourself seated next to during meetings.  Those of you who attend the monthly GA meetings eventually make it around to Double Dave’s afterwards know what I’m speaking of as it is there that a multitude of topics are touched on, not just astronomical in nature.

    Some of you, old and new members alike, have already forged bonds with your fellow astronomers and get together outside of AAS functions.  I have had the pleasure of getting to know a fair number of you all and have delighted in our encounters beyond the AAS realm.  I look forward to becoming acquainted with more of you.  It is my hope that in the future we will be able to introduce more casual get togethers in addition to our meetings and outreach functions.

    I’ve said time and time again, this is your society.  With that in mind, what do you want to see?  Would you like more casual events such as meeting up for coffee or a monthly brunch? Do you want to see an AAS happy hour or more organized activities based on common interests?  We’ve expanded things a bit by introducing a show and tell element to the monthly meetings (looking for volunteers to speak to such at the October GA gathering).  However, I think there is more and I’m open to feedback and suggestions.

    Don’t worry I’m not envisioning an Austin Astronomical Society vs. Hill Country Astronomers softball game. Or maybe I am…

    What I am saying is that we are more than just the star crazed observers you see on the fields or on the UT campus.  Our membership is overflowing with talent and interest and skill unidentified and it is my hope to learn, over time, what other subjects you are all passionate about.  And perhaps I’ll have the pleasure of meeting up with some of you unexpectedly in and around the Austin area.

    Here’s to dark and starry skies!


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