The Western Amateur Astronomers has awarded the G Bruce Blair Award for 2013 to Albert J. Highe, Ph.D.
The prestigious G. Bruce Blair Medal is awarded annually by WAA to an individual who has made truly outstanding contributions to amateur astronomy.
Albert Highe is an active observer and telescope designer, active
with TAC (The Astronomy Connection), participating in outreach, a regular
attendee at Calstar
and other Northern California star parties. Albert, a professional design engineer recently authored "Engineering, Design and Construction of Portable Newtonian Telescopes,"
an engineering viewpoint of amateur telescope making and materials science.
The award will be presented Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday May
25 th during the 2013
Riverside Telescope Makers Conference-Astronomy Expo. at Big Bear, California.
Our congratulations to Albert Highe
WAA sadly announces the loss of Sir Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore on Dec. 6, 2012
Sir Patrick was a world renowned amateur astronomer, he became known
as a specialist in Moon observations and created the Caldwell catalogue.
Best known for the BBC television series "The Sky at Night" which has become the worlds longest running series with the same original presenter.
In 1976, then Mr., Patrick Moore was awarded the G. Bruce Blair Medal by WAA.
During his lifetime, he also, attained prominent status in the field of astronomy as a writer, researcher and radio commentator.
WAA sadly announces the loss of John R. Sanford in Dec. 2011
John Sanford was a longtime Orange County Astronomers member, past
recipient of the G. Bruce Blair Award and past President of WAA.
John was also the editor of many of the WAA Convention Proceedings and also did editing for other organizations including OCA and RTMC.
Retiring, in the early 2000s, he relocated to Springville, CA (near Porterville), with several other So. Cal. amateurs in search of darker skies.
He graciously opened his Starhome Observatory to the WAA Board and Representatives for our winter meetings many times between 2002-11.
CLEAR SKIES JOHN !!
September 22-23, 2012
Pasadena Convention Center
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6 WAA organizations were represented at the table at various times during the 2012 event.
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