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Mel Bartels Dinner and Talk

Mr. Mel Bartels will be a guest mirror maker at Don Surles Mirror Making Workshop #17 (March 17th thru 19th, 2017) sponsored by the Delmarva Stargazers which will be held  at Redden State Forrest Lodge in Sussex County. Mel Bartels is a great contributor to the amateur telescope making community.

On March 15th from 7 to 9 PM the Delmarva Stargazers will be hosting Mr. Bartels at the Smyrna Presbyterian Church where he will speak about his Integrated Flux Nebula (IFN) discoveries and catalog.   At 7 PM we will have dinner available from Where Pigs Fly (pulled pork, pulled chicken, a vegetarian entrée, broccoli salad, potato salad, skillet baked beans, coleslaw and cookies or brownies for dessert).   After dinner Mr. Bartels will do his presentation on IFN.  The event will cost $15 for Stargazer members and $20 for non-members. If you just wanted to hear his presentation at 8 pm the cost will be $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Contact Lyle Jones ‘worm1647 AT comcast Dot net’ for a reservation for the event or for more information.   Reservations must be made by March 10Th!

Mr. Bartels has developed an open sourced telescope control system that became popular worldwide. He speaks at astronomical conferences; his telescope walkabouts are a popular highlight at the Oregon Star Party.  The International Astronomical Union named asteroid 17823 Bartels in recognition for his contributions to amateur astronomy.

He has developed an IFN catalog which presently has over 48 entries. IFN is defined in the Mandel-Wilson Catalog of Unexplored Nebulae as high galactic  latitude nebulae that are illuminated not by a single star (as most nebula in the plane of the Galaxy are) but by the energy from the integrated flux of all the stars in the Milky Way.  These nebula clouds, an important component of the Interstellar Medium, are composed of dust particles, hydrogen and carbon monoxide and other elements.  The dust is scattering blue light a broad red fluorescing spectrum of light known as the Extended Red Emission (ERE) that adds an additional broad-band emission to the red part of the spectrum.  Therefore, on color images there are both blue and red components creating beautiful and interesting images.


March 15
19:00 - 21:00
$5 - $20


First Presbyterian Church
118 W Commerce St.
Smyra, DE 19977-1119 United States


Delmarva Stargazers