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Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City

At the end of March a number of ASLI club members gathered at the Cradle of Aviation in Garden City, NY for a guided tour of the facility.  The guides covered everything from the beginning of flight in hot air balloons, through WWII aircraft, to Sputnik, the LEM and the moon landing.  And much of all this history took place on Long Island, of course.                                                     Photograph Copyright © 2011 Marty Stone

Some ASLI members setting up their telescopes on the observing field at The Stellafane Convention, a yearly gathering of amateur telescope makers in Springfield, Vermont. Photograph Copyright © 2010 Glenn Wester.

For one of our meetings in January 2012, we met at Spectrum Thin Films, an optical coating company owned by Tony Pirera, standing at left in this photograph.  He gave us all a tour of the plant, showing us all the coating machines and equipment used for applying high-tech optical coatings, and described the process as well.  He also fed us cookies and desserts and munchies!  Photograph Copyright © 2012 Ken Spencer.


The Transit of Venus, 2012

For the Transit of Venus on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 a group of ASLI members went to the beach in Asharoken to view the event.  It was overcast all over the Northeast, but some of us got to view the transit for brief periods.  As you can see from this photograph, the skies were not good.  Some members got to see the transit for perhaps five seconds!  Man oh man...

Cradle of Aviation Tour, 2016

Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City

On Saturday, April 30 a large group of ASLI members had a guided tour of the Cradle of Aviation Museum.   Our docent, and the exhibits covered everything from the beginning of flight in hot air balloons, through WWII aircraft, to Sputnik, the LEM and the moon landing.  And much of all this history took place on Long Island.                                                   Photograph Copyright © 2016 Ken Spencer