Daily schedule summary is below. Additional details of events are on the event overview page and will be updated to match as well.

Updated: August 21, 2016 – Dates and times are subject to change. Schedule updates will be posted near the main program yurt.

AHSP 2016 @ Spruce Knob Mountain Center
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – Sep 6 @ 10:00 am
AHSP 2016 @ Spruce Knob Mountain Center | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Mark your calendars for middle of April registration! The event sold out the fastest ever 2015!
Lunch @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Sep 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Lunch for Attendees that paid for meals is set for Friday through Monday.  Here is the Food Menu for reference.
Swap Table @ Patio
Sep 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Swap Table @ Patio
Friday, 4:00-5:30 pm on the Yurt deck   Bring your astronomy, observing, or space-related items to sell. Bring your cash to get those items you need. Bring more cash for the items you want. Bring even more to get items you didn’t even know exist. All transactions will be simply private between buyers and sellers. Sellers should[...]
Dinner @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Sep 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Dinner @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Food Menu
Friday Night: "The Amateur Astronomer Looks at 60:  50 Years of Fads and Fancies of Amateur Telescopes" @ Main Yurt & Tent | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
The Amateur Astronomer Looks at 60:  50 Years of Fads and Fancies of Amateur Telescopes Summary Rod’s talk this year is a must not just for gear-heads, but for those interested in the history of amateur astronomy since the 1960s. In this presentation, Rod tells that story by looking at the changing landscape of the (commercial)[...]
Breakfast @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Sep 3 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Breakfast @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Breakfast for AHSP Attendees that have paid for meals.  Here is the Food Menu for checking what’s for breakfast!
Bird Watching @ Yurt Deck
Sep 3 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Bird Watching @ Yurt Deck | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Whether you are a seasoned birdwatcher or a casual observer you are sure to enjoy one of our two birdwatching sessions. Don’t miss this opportunity to see what West Virginia has to offer this time around. It will be later in the season and we expect cooler-climate populations to delight us with a visit. Birdwatching[...]
Canoeing @ Yurt Deck
Sep 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Canoeing @ Yurt Deck | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Saturday, at 9:00 am on the Yurt Deck Patio The Mountain Institute’s staff will lead three prime outdoors activities for the area: a canoeing trip, a Spruce Knob summit hike and caving, first one on Saturday and the other two on Sunday. All will gather and leave from the Deck at the Yurt.
Sep 3 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Saturday Morning: "Introduction to Astroimaging" @ Main Yurt | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Introduction to Astroimaging Summary This session is an introduction in to the exciting world of astro-imaging! Astro-imaging is a specialized type of digital photography for imaging astronomical objects and large areas of the night sky using an amateur telescope, mount and available cameras.  This session will primarily focus on astro-imaging for the beginner.  It will also[...]
Geology Hike @ Yurt Deck
Sep 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Geology Hike @ Yurt Deck | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
This event will either be Saturday or Sunday depending on the weather. This is a fascinating talk and hike for those interested in learning more about the geology of the Spruce Knob region. No prior knowledge of geology needed.
Sep 3 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
NRAO Tour @ NRAO | Arbovale | West Virginia | United States
This is a “behind-the-scenes” tour, so you’ll get to visit labs, engineering facilities, and the telescope control room – locations that are normally off-limits to the public! We’ll meet at 10:30 am on the main yurt deck to arrange carpools to NRAO. IMPORTANT NOTE: Cameras are welcome at NRAO, however their use is restricted. In order to[...]
Lunch @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Sep 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Lunch for Attendees that paid for meals is set for Friday through Monday.  Here is the Food Menu for reference.
Sep 3 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday Afternoon: "MESSENGER: the Mercury Adventure" @ Main Yurt | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
MESSENGER: the Mercury Adventure Summary On March 18, 2011, space exploration history was made when the MESSENGER spacecraft became the first probe from Earth to go into orbit around Mercury. Since that time, it has taken more than 270,000 images and made tens of millions of spectra observations. From all this more has been learned[...]
Solar Observing - Sextant Presentation and Celestial Navigation @ Yurt Deck | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Solar viewing with participants’ white light and spectral line telescopes, weather permitting. Introduction to celestial navigation and hands-on with a mariner’s sextant, on the main Yurt deck by Alan Goldberg
TMI Observatory Tour @ TMI Observatory
Sep 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
TMI Observatory Tour @ TMI Observatory | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Meet on the Yurt Deck at 2:45 pm or up at the observatory at 3:00 pm. Dr. Joe Morris is your host at the Back Ridge Observatory which he provided for use by TMI.
Sep 3 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Saturday Afternoon: "Amateur Astronomy Online" @ Main Yurt | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Amateur Astronomy Online Summary Tom will discuss and demo several websites available to amateur astronomers interested in the growing capabilities of ‘online observing’. This area of interest has come so far in the past ten years due to commitments by NASA and the academic community to make professional astronomy available to the public. In an[...]
Sep 3 @ 4:30 pm – Sep 4 @ 9:00 am
NRAO Observing @ NRAO | Arbovale | West Virginia | United States
Hands-on Radio Astronomy NOVAC has arranged for access to NRAO’s 40-foot educational dish. Participants will leave for Green Bank either with the tour earlier in the day or later in the afternoon. Observations begin in the late evening and continue as long as you’re willing to stay awake. Overnight accommodations are provided in dorm-style facilities[...]
Dinner @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Sep 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Dinner @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Food Menu
Saturday Night: "Birth of a New Science: LIGO and the Discovery of Gravitational Waves" @ Main Yurt and Tent | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Birth of a New Science: LIGO and the Discovery of Gravitational Waves Summary 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[...]
Breakfast @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Sep 4 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Breakfast @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Breakfast for AHSP Attendees that have paid for meals.  Here is the Food Menu for checking what’s for breakfast!
Cass Mountain Railroad @ Cass State Park
Sep 4 @ 8:15 am – 2:00 pm
Cass Mountain Railroad @ Cass State Park
Whitaker Station Run Train departs at 11; meet on outdoor deck at 8:15 am (early cars) to 9:15 am (latest) for carpools. Based on members’ suggestions and and a previous successful outings, we have added a shortened field trip to the Cass Scenic Railroad as a daylight activity on Sunday.  AHSP has reserved group tickets for the 2 hour trip up Bald[...]
Bird Watching @ Yurt Deck
Sep 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Bird Watching @ Yurt Deck | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Whether you are a seasoned birdwatcher or a casual observer you are sure to enjoy one of our two birdwatching sessions. Don’t miss this opportunity to see what West Virginia has to offer this time around. It will be later in the season and we expect cooler-climate populations to delight us with a visit. Birdwatching[...]
Summit Hike @ Yurt Deck
Sep 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Summit Hike @ Yurt Deck | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Sunday, 9:00 am on the Yurt Deck
Motivating amateur astronomy through the Astronomical League Summary Join me (Skip Bird) as we explore the universe of exploring. OUR MISSION: “To Promote the Science of Astronomy!  Our basic goal is to encourage an interest in astronomy (and especially amateur astronomy) throughout America.” Learn the In’s, the Outs, and the Really you can see that, about observing. Learn how to[...]
Lunch @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Sep 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Lunch for Attendees that paid for meals is set for Friday through Monday.  Here is the Food Menu for reference.
Caving @ Yurt Deck
Sep 4 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Caving @ Yurt Deck | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Caving … is back! The Mountain Institute’s staff will lead a trip to a local Shenandoah cave. After many years of caves being closed for fear of spreading White Nose Syndrome in bats, it has been determined that caving is not a contributing factor. Prepare to get muddy!
Sunday Afternoon: "Phun with Physics (Translation- Really Weird Science)" @ Tent | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Phun with Physics (Translation- Really Weird Science) — [a kids program] Summary Thought you knew everything? Your right you do. Now come and find out ways to use and abuse that info. Join us for really strange examples of Physics gone wrong. We’ll shrink wrap a couple of volunteers just before we mummify them. Find out[...]
Sunday Afternoon: "Sputnik Planum: A Geologically Active Impact Basin on Pluto" @ Main Yurt | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Sputnik Planum: A Geologically Active Impact Basin on Pluto Summary Dr. Geller will give an overview of the New Horizons mission to Pluto. After providing the audience with the history of the New Horizons mission, Dr. Geller will discuss the latest findings about Pluto including the layering on Pluto’s surface; the cold and hazy atmosphere; and,[...]
Solar Observing - Sextant Presentation and Celestial Navigation @ Yurt Deck | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Solar viewing with participants’ white light and spectral line telescopes, weather permitting. Introduction to celestial navigation and hands-on with a mariner’s sextant, on the main Yurt deck by Alan Goldberg
TMI Observatory Tour @ TMI Observatory
Sep 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
TMI Observatory Tour @ TMI Observatory | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Meet on the Yurt Deck at 2:45 pm or up at the observatory at 3:00 pm. Dr. Joe Morris is your host at the Back Ridge Observatory which he provided for use by TMI.
Sep 4 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Door Prize Raffle @ Yurt Deck | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
AHSP Raffle AHSP is having its amazing raffle this year. There will be at least one special item, limited to one entry per AHSP registrant. Attendees will receive several regular raffle tickets with registration, and can buy more. Extra tickets will be given to children who are attending, and which can be used to enter for[...]
Dinner @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Sep 4 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Dinner @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Food Menu
Sep 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunday Night: "Backyard Cosmology" @ Main Yurt | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Backyard Cosmology Summary In less than a hundred years, we’ve learned an astonishing number of things about the universe– that it contains some 100 billion trillion stars, that we live in one galaxy that’s just one of a hundred billion other galaxies, that the universe is expanding, and that it had a beginning some 13.8 billion[...]
Breakfast @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Sep 5 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Breakfast @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Breakfast for AHSP Attendees that have paid for meals.  Here is the Food Menu for checking what’s for breakfast!
Monday Morning: "Adventures and Misadventures in Telescope Making" @ Main Yurt | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Adventures and Misadventures in Telescope Making Summary Sometimes ATM projects (Amateur Telescope Making) go just as planned, or even better than you expected. Other times? One encounters abject, humiliating failure. What lessons (or laughs) can we take from such failures and successes? Biography Guy is a retired mathematics teacher with over 30 years of classroom[...]
Lunch @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Sep 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Lunch for Attendees that paid for meals is set for Friday through Monday.  Here is the Food Menu for reference.
Monday Afternoon: "Amateur Participation in Meteor Science" @ Main Yurt | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Amateur Participation in Meteor Science Summary Amateurs have been making significant contributions to the world of professional meteor astronomy through the collection and analysis of visual and video observations. The first part of the talk will focus on an introduction to meteors, their phenomenology, characteristics, and observing opportunities. The second part will focus on low cost[...]
Monday Afternoon: "Checking in with Jupiter: The NASA Juno Mission" @ Main Yurt | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Checking in with Jupiter: The NASA Juno Mission Summary What do we know about Jupiter right now? What might the Juno mission add to that knowledge? Take a tour of the planet, the spacecraft, and the brand-new data to get the most current understanding of our solar system’s largest gas giant. Learn ways to keep[...]
Dinner @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Sep 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Dinner @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Food Menu
Monday Night: "Russell Porter: Art & Design of the Hale 200″" @ Main Yurt | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Russell Porter: Art & Design of the Hale 200″ Summary In addition to being one of the founders of Stellafane and amateur telescope making in America, Russell Porter contributed to much of the design work leading to the 200″ Hale telescope. A chance notice of  his  ghost view drawing for the mirror floatation mount structure started[...]
Breakfast @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Sep 6 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Breakfast @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Breakfast for AHSP Attendees that have paid for meals.  Here is the Food Menu for checking what’s for breakfast!