Al Nagler to Speak in Central Park this Saturn-Day!

Tele Vue Founder and CEO Al Nagler will be the lead-off speaker, Saturday evening, at this year’s Autumn Starfest in Central Park, New York. This free, annual event, hosted by the Amateur Astronomers Association (AAA) of New York, will feature speakers (with a 133” diagonal screen for people in the field), telescope viewing courtesy of the AAA members, free raffles, and gift bags for the first 250 entrants. Views through the telescopes will include “Jupiter, dwarf planet Ceres, Saturn, asteroid Vesta, Mars, and nearly Full Moon. Beyond the solar system, bright globular clusters, open clusters, and multiple stars can be observed”.

Featured guest speaker will be Dr. Franck Marchis, Senior Planetary Astronomer and chair of the exoplanet group at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute.

Al’s talk will cover how a “kid from the Bronx” became an amateur astronomer, built a telescope, and landed a job working on the lunar lander simulator for the Apollo moon landing! That experience led to the development of the ground-breaking 82° Nagler eyepiece and the founding of Tele Vue Optics Inc. Al will also be raffling off a 13mm Nagler Type-6 to one lucky winner.

Starfest was first held in 1995 and has morphed into a twice-annual event, with gatherings in the spring and autumn. So, if you are in the city on Saturday, September 22, drop by Autumn Starfest 2018 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm) at Central Park, Sheep Meadow (enter at W67st and Central Park West). Al will be giving his talk promptly at 7:15 pm — so don’t be late!
 
Al Nagler with Jon from Tele Vue at Starfest 2015. Image by David Eicher.
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