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Mid-States Region of the Astronomical League
MSRAL Convention

June 18-19, 2004
Southwest Missouri State University,
Springfield, MO


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MSRAL 2004

The Springfield Astronomical Society hosted  the 2004 MSRAL Convention at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. The convention was sponsored in part by The SMSU Department of Physics and Astronomy , and was held on Friday and Saturday, 18-19 June 2004. SMSU professor Bill Burling is the MSRAL Chair for 2004 and as part of his duties, he coordinated this year's convention.

Approximately 70 people attended MSRAL 2004. The MSRAL 2005 Convention is scheduled to be held in conjunction with ALCON 2005, the Astronomical League Convention, in Kansas City.

We congratulate Bill Burling, Dale Flippo, and the entire staff of MSRAL 2004 for a job well done!

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Robert H. Plaster Student Union Building, SMSU Campus, Springfield, MO

Plaster Student Union

The SMSU Bear

MSRAL Registration

Friday Night Picnic

MSRAL Saturday Business Meeting and Guest Speakers

Dale Flippo, Gary Pittmann, and Bill Burling

James Roe: Building a Public Observatory in St. Charles County

Richard Hammar: Astro-Imaging with a Canon 10D

Kevin Evans: 38th Parallel Meteor Impacts

Jackie Beucher: Viewing the Venus Transit from Egypt

Ed Jones: AL Master Observing Program

George Wolfe: Observatories of the World

Jackie and Jody

Jackie, Kathy, and Carroll Iorg


Marion Bachtel: AL Sales

Rex's Astro Stuff

Banquet Speaker Charles Armstrong: NASA'S Vision of Space Exploration

John Land, Charles Armstrong, George Wolf, and Kevin Evans

University Plaza Hotel

Keynote speakers:

Other Speakers

  • William Burling: "Royal Observatory, Greenwich, UK"
  • Richard Hammar: "Astro-Imaging with a Canon 10D Digital Camera"
  • Jaclie Beucher: Viewing the Transit of  Venus from Luxor, Egypt
  • Ed Jones: Al Observing Programs and the Master Observer Award
  • George Wolf: "Observatories of the World"
  • James Roe: "Efforts to Establish a Public Observatory in St. Charles, County, Missouri"

MSRAL Officers

  • Regional Chair for 2005: Carroll Iorg, Kansas CIty
  • Vice Regional Chair: Al Dorn, Omaha
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Gary Pittman, Kansas CIty
  • Regional Representative: Patrick Carr, Silom Springs, ARK


  • ASP Educator of the Year Award to John Land of the Astronomy Club of Tulsa
  • MSRAL Amateur of the Year Award to Walt Robinsin, ASKC

Astro-imaging contest, with numerous categories. Bring those images in any and all formats!

New events this year

  • Astro-art contest. Bring your drawings and paintings!
  • Thursday night deep-sky observing and contest!
  • Friday night urban observing and contest!
  • Twilight talks: 5-15 minute talks on useful tips and topics; please sign up to present!


  • Friday night: “All American Picnic” (burgers, brats, veggie burgers, and side dishes. $8.50).
    ON SMSU campus; observing and contest to follow.
  • Saturday Lunch:“Fiesta Salad” lunch
    (greens topped with strips of beef and chicken, cheese, veggies, other goodies, $8);
  • Saturday Dinner: "The Grand Buffet” banquet (multiple entrees, side dishes desserts, etc., $15.50)
    Vegetarian options available for both meals on Saturday.

T-shirts ($15; advance purchase, please)

Registration Fees
Convention fee: $25; $15 for children and students; $30 at the door

If you need more information or have specific questions about MSRAL 2004,
email Bill Burling at burling.w@worldnet.att.net or give him a call at 417-882-5997


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