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 11, 2019 – Dates and times are subject to change. Schedule updates will be posted near the main program yurt.

6:30 pm
 Conference Line: 1-605-472-5579 Code: 861503
Conference Call
Aug 30 @ 10:00 am – Sep 3 @ 10:00 am
10:00 am
Looking forward to another great AHSP! 
Spruce Knob Mountain Center
Aug 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
12:00 pm
Lunch for Attendees that paid for meals is set for Friday through Monday.  Here is the Food Menu for reference.
Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Aug 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
4:00 pm
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[...]
Yurt Deck
Aug 30 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
5:30 pm
Dinner for the attendee that paid for food as part of their registrations.  Here is the Food Menu for seeing what is being prepared for each meal.
Kitchen Yurt and Patio
6:30 pm
Richard Wright  / Software Bisque  6:30 p.m. — Embedded imaging: The future of astrophotography Brief Summary: The world of Astrophotography is being invaded by “The Internet of Things”. Small, but powerfully flexible computers such as the Raspberry Pi are making inroads in education, industrial automation, and embedded device control in dozens of industries, and even[...]
Main Yurt & Tent
Aug 30 @ 8:15 pm – 9:00 pm
8:15 pm
Informal Visual Observing Evenings, Friday through Sunday. Meet on the Yellow Observing Field (look for the red marker light). This will be available every night at dusk to chat with beginners on a variety of observing topics. This informal get-together could cover anything from how to locate and recognize deep sky objects, types of objects to[...]
Yellow Observing Field
Aug 31 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
8:00 am
Breakfast for AHSP Attendees that have paid for meals.  Here is the Food Menu for checking what’s for breakfast!
Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Aug 31 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
9:00 am
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[...]
Yurt Deck
Aug 31 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
9:00 am
Saturday, at 9:00 am on the Yurt Deck Patio The SKMC’s staff will lead a canoe trip on Spruce Knob Lake. Canoes and safety gear will be provided. Gather and depart from the Yurt deck at 9:00 am on Saturday.
Yurt Deck
9:30 am
Matt Campana / NOVAC 9:30 a.m. — Automating astrophotography with single board computers
Main Yurt & Tent
Aug 31 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
10:30 am
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 Green Bank Observatory (GBO). IMPORTANT NOTE: Cameras are welcome at GBO, however their use is restricted.[...]
Greenbank Observatory
Aug 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
12:00 pm
Lunch for Attendees that paid for meals is set for Friday through Monday.  Here is the Food Menu for reference.
Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Aug 31 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1:00 pm
Hike to the Beaver Dam Saturday at 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Spruce Knob Mountain Center Staff The SKMC’s staff will lead a hike to the beaver ponds and provide a beaver ecology investigation and an introduction to water quality monitoring. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes, and layered clothing that can be removed as you get hot.[...]
Yurt Deck
1:30 pm
1:30 p.m. — Bino observing challenge by Dan Ward
Main Yurt
Aug 31 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3:00 pm
Back Ridge Observatory Open House Saturday & Sunday, 3:00 pm at  the observatory, or meet 2:45 pm on the deck. Host is Joe Morris Joe will open the observatory he has made available for SKMC’s use, on the ridge northwest of the observing fields.
TMI Observatory
3:00 pm
 3:00 p.m. — Ed Takken Small telescope object-finding skills for beginners
Main Yurt & Tent
3:00 pm
Shared Solar Observing Saturday & Sunday, 3:00-4:30 pm on the Yurt deck. Bring your solar telescope or filtered astronomical telescope to the deck to share views of the Sun.   Hands-on Introduction to Celestial Navigation   Saturday & Sunday, 3:00-4:30 pm on the Yurt deck. Alan Goldberg Learn the basics of celestial navigation using the[...]
Yurt Deck
Aug 31 @ 4:30 pm – Sep 1 @ 9:00 am
4:30 pm
Hands-on Radio Astronomy NOVAC has arranged for access to GBO’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[...]
Green Bank Observatory
Aug 31 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
5:30 pm
Dinner for the attendee that paid for food as part of their registrations.  Here is the Food Menu for seeing what is being prepared for each meal.
Kitchen Yurt and Patio
6:30 pm
6:30 p.m. — Carruthers’ Moon Camera: the first observatory on another celestial body by Dr. David DeVorkin  
Main Yurt & Tent
Aug 31 @ 8:15 pm – 9:00 pm
8:15 pm
Informal Visual Observing Evenings, Friday through Sunday. Meet on the Yellow Observing Field (look for the red marker light). This will be available every night at dusk to chat with beginners on a variety of observing topics. This informal get-together could cover anything from how to locate and recognize deep sky objects, types of objects to[...]
Yellow Observing Field
Sep 1 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
8:00 am
Breakfast for AHSP Attendees that have paid for meals.  Here is the Food Menu for checking what’s for breakfast!
Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Sep 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
9:00 am
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[...]
Yurt Deck
Sep 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
9:00 am
Summit Hike Spruce Knob Mountain Center Staff The SKMC’s staff will lead a hike to the observation tower at Spruce Knob summit. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes, and layered clothing that can be removed as you get hot. Depart from the Yurt deck at 9:00 on Sunday  
Yurt Deck
9:30 am
Arlen Raasch / NOVAC 9:30 a.m. — Newtonian telescope alignment  
Main Yurt & Tent
Sep 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
12:00 pm
Lunch for Attendees that paid for meals is set for Friday through Monday.  Here is the Food Menu for reference.
Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Sep 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1:00 pm
Caving  Sunday at 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Spruce Knob Mountain Center Staff The SKMC’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 human cave visits are not a contributing factor. SKMC staff will lead[...]
Yurt Deck
1:30 pm
Darrin Todd / NOVAC  1:30 p.m. — Weather for astronomy
Main Yurt & Tent
Sep 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3:00 pm
Back Ridge Observatory Open House Saturday & Sunday, 3:00 pm at  the observatory, or meet 2:45 pm on the deck. Host is Joe Morris Joe will open the observatory he has made available for SKMC’s use, on the ridge northwest of the observing fields.
TMI Observatory
3:00 pm
Shared Solar Observing Saturday & Sunday, 3:00-4:30 pm on the Yurt deck. Bring your solar telescope or filtered astronomical telescope to the deck to share views of the Sun.   Hands-on Introduction to Celestial Navigation   Saturday & Sunday, 3:00-4:30 pm on the Yurt deck. Alan Goldberg Learn the basics of celestial navigation using the[...]
Yurt Deck
3:00 pm
3:00 p.m. — Transit of Mercury 2019 by Skip Bird
Main Yurt & Tent
Sep 1 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
4:30 pm
AHSP Raffle AHSP will be having its raffle again this year. There will be one grand prize item provided by NOVAC; attendees cannot purchase additonal tickets for this item. Attendees will receive several regular raffle tickets with registration, and can buy more. Regular raffle prizes are provided by sponsors and by NOVAC. Extra tickets will[...]
Yurt Deck
Sep 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
5:30 pm
Dinner for the attendee that paid for food as part of their registrations.  Here is the Food Menu for seeing what is being prepared for each meal.
Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Sep 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
6:30 pm
6:30 p.m. — Small bodies by Carey Lisse  
Main Yurt & Tent
Sep 1 @ 8:15 pm – 9:00 pm
8:15 pm
Informal Visual Observing Evenings, Friday through Sunday. Meet on the Yellow Observing Field (look for the red marker light). This will be available every night at dusk to chat with beginners on a variety of observing topics. This informal get-together could cover anything from how to locate and recognize deep sky objects, types of objects to[...]
Yellow Observing Field
Sep 2 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
8:00 am
Breakfast for AHSP Attendees that have paid for meals.  Here is the Food Menu for checking what’s for breakfast!
Kitchen Yurt and Patio
9:30 am
Alan Goldberg / NOVAC 9:30 a.m. — Cosmic zoo: the objects you can see at AHSP  
Main Yurt & Tent
Sep 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
12:00 pm
Lunch for Attendees that paid for meals is set for Friday through Monday.  Here is the Food Menu for reference.
Kitchen Yurt and Patio
1:00 pm
Skip Bird / Westminster 1:00 p.m. — Phun with Physics TOO — a program for kids Summary Have you recovered from last years Phun? Has your Shrink Wrapped body finally returned to its original shape? Are people running away from you because you still have the wrapping of a mummy hanging off you? Want to[...]
Tent
Sep 2 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
1:30 pm
1:30 p.m. — Comet image processing by Bob Traube
Main Yurt & Tent
3:00 pm
3:00 p.m. — Narrow band imaging by John Kroon / NOVAC
Main Yurt & Tent
Sep 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
5:30 pm
Dinner for the attendee that paid for food as part of their registrations.  Here is the Food Menu for seeing what is being prepared for each meal.
Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Sep 3 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
8:00 am
Breakfast for AHSP Attendees that have paid for meals.  Here is the Food Menu for checking what’s for breakfast!
Kitchen Yurt and Patio