Presentations


Escape From Plato's Cave - The Milky Way and the Galactic Coordinate System.
This is a PDF version of a Keynote presentation given to the Austin Astronomical Society on November 11, 2005. The talk dealt with understanding the three dimensional nature of the Milky Way and where the objects we observe reside within it. "Escaping from Plato's Cave" refers to breaking out of our two dimensional habit of perceiving the night sky.
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Binocular/Novice Observing List - DSTS 2006
Binocular/Novice Observing Map - DSTS 2006
This observing list and finder map was compiled for the 2006 Deep South Texas Stargaze held near Freer, TX. The list highlights 15 objects in the winter skies that are particularly good for binoculars.


Small Scope Observing List - DSTS 2006
Small Scope Observing Notes - DSTS 2006
This observing list and finder map was compiled for the 2006 Deep South Texas Stargaze held near Freer, TX. The list highlights 27 objects in the winter skies that look particularly good in small telescopes.

The Meaning of LIfe - ESP 2007
This is the observing list for the 2007 Eldorado Star Party. It presents objects in different stages of their life cycle and talks about their astrophysics.

Milk Way RIsing - The Galactic Structures that House Our Favorite Summer Celestial Objects
This presentation discusses some of the galactic structure in our Milky Way and has a tour of popular summer objects and where they lie in the Galaxy. Presented at the 2010 Rocky Mountain Star Stare.