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Club Officers
Ted Blank President - Ted Blank

Ted Blank has been an NHAS member since 2007 and a member of the Educational Outreach Committee since its inception. He enjoys bringing his telescope to public outreach events and is currently the organizer for the monthly Portsmouth Sidewalk Astronomy event. He enjoys visual observing with a variety of equipment but the scope he uses most is a William Optics Zenithstar II ED 80mm refractor on an iOptron MiniTower mount. He is active in the International Occultation Timing Association and is also a NASA Solar System Ambassador and is available to give talks to community groups by contacting him through their web site. When not enjoying Astronomy, Ted works as a Software Performance Engineer for Oracle Corporation.


Tom Cocchiaro Vice President - Tom Cocchiaro

Tom has been an NHAS member since 2006 and has been involved in a wide range of club committees and activities from the Education Outreach Committee and Library Telescope Program to public observing, sidewalk astronomy and coordinating major-event participation like Market Square Day and First Night in Portsmouth, N.H. As co-founder of the New England Fall Astronomy Festival he continues to wear many hats including sponsorship solicitation, coordinating guest speakers, and event promotion. Early in his membership, Tom also secured a $5,000 grant for NHAS from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation that made it possible for the club to purchase the new laptops, video projectors and screens used in public outreach presentations. When not involved in NHAS activities, he manages parking operations for the City of Portsmouth and serves as one of only three NASA Solar Systems Ambassadors in the state. One of the astronomy equipment addicted, he has way too much astronomy 'stuff' to list in this limited space.


Paul Winalski Secretary - Paul Winalski

Paul has been an NHAS member since 2004. An avid amateur astronomer as a teenager, he actively resumed the hobby in 2003. His main astronomical interests are public observing, deep-sky objects, and carbon stars. Paul's current telescopes are a 14" TScope reflector, 85mm TeleVue refractor, and a Coronado PST H-alpha scope. When not observing, Paul is a software engineer with Intel Corporation.


David "Rags" Gilmore Treasurer - David "Rags" Gilmore

Rags has been a NHAS member since the Spring of 2007. While he always enjoyed looking up at the stars, especially when the Milky Way was visible, he didn't actually get a telescope & become an astronomer until moving to a place with dark skies right in the front yard. After researching the "right" way to start astronomy, Rags found NHAS, went to some sky watches, and wound up buying an 80's vintage Orange Tube C8 on a CG5 with a clock drive. Since then he's gathered three more telescopes, is caretaker for the club's Coulter 10", and often takes multiple 'scopes out to observe. While Vice President he took great joy in showing people the heavens, but as Treasurer Rags seems to have less time for that pleasure. For the day job Rags is a systems integrator and overall code slinger whose other hobbies include motorcycling and embedded hardware design.

 

Board of Directors
Ken Charles Chairman - Ken Charles

Ken has been an NHAS member since the spring of 2007. He got completely hooked after attending his first meeting and later that night getting a chance to see Saturn for the first time through another member's 17.5" telescope. He is currently in his first year on the Board of Directors after serving four years as club treasurer. Ken is strictly a visual observer at this time, using Soulshine, his Celestron CPC1100 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope as much as the weather and time permits. Ken's favorite objects in the sky are globular clusters and the planets, and he is currently working on qualifying for the Astronomical League's Globular Cluster Certificate by observing and recording data on more than 50 globular clusters. When not looking at the Universe, Ken is Senior Controller for a construction, condo development and hotel management company.


Pete Smith Director - Pete Smith

Pete has been a NHAS member since 2011. A latecomer to astronomy, he went to the New England Fall Astronomy Festival at UNH and it convinced him to buy an Orion XT8i Dobsonian reflector and join up with NHAS. Pete enjoys visual observing and attending an occasional skywatch. He became interested in the Library Telescope Program. in March of 2012 when attending a "Mod Party" where NHAS members modify the Orion Starblast scopes to LTP standards. When not scouring the skies for nebulae and galaxies, he enjoys scuba diving, hiking, camping and listening to the blues.


Steve Rand Junior Director - Steve Rand

Steve has been an active NHAS member since 2011. His serious astronomy education began as an undergraduate lecturer at the Museum of Science's Charles Hayden Planetarium. After teaching Observational Astronomy at Northeastern University for three quarters, he moved to New Hampshire and taught Earth Science in Merrimack for thirty-seven years, retiring in 2011. Steve's favorite NHAS activity is Public Observing. He is active in the Educational Outreach Committee and the Library Telescope Program. He currently observes with an Orion XT10i and an Orion XX14g.

 

Committee Chairs
Herb Bubert Astrophotography - Herb Bubert

Herb has been a member of NHAS for fifteen years, ten of which he has spent imaging the night sky with various telescopes and cameras. One of his pet projects is imaging Saturn through one complete orbit of the Sun. He hopes to complete this project sometime in 2033. When he's not doing visual observing or Astrophotography, Herb works as a Property Manager on Newbury Street in Boston.


Larry Lopez Amateur Telescope Making - Larry Lopez

Larry has never completed grinding a mirror. He has managed to chip his own blank and chip a pitch lap made by John Dobson. He organized a group of mirror grinders in his barn one year and two out of the entire group managed to make mirrors, which Larry considers a complete success. You can rely on him to find the resources for any ATM endeavor and if you have a problem telescope he is all ears.


Rich Schueller (co-chair) Educational Outreach - Rich Schueller (co-chair)

Rich has been a member of NHAS since 2006 and the EOC co-chair since it was started in 2008. He is a dedicated astrophotographer and spends his nights searching for the perfect image. Unfortunately Rich lives in New England and at times resorts to putting an eyepiece in the telescope. When not imaging, Rich enjoys music playing guitar and piano, general photography, hiking, skiing, biking and was at one time an avid rock climber. When not pursuing his hobbies, Rich supports his astrophotography addiction working as a Physicist at a Massachusetts X-ray equipment manufacturer, where he has the distinction of being the last member of the Solar Physics Division.

Scott McCartney (co-chair) Educational Outreach - Scott McCartney (co-chair)

Scott has been a member of NHAS since 2008 and the EOC co-chair since 2012. He has been an amateur astronomer since receiving his first telescope on his 11th birthday. Scott enjoys studying the historical aspects of astronomy, and he has a goal of building his own observatory one day. Scott's day job is working in the IT Department for the United States Bankruptcy Court.


Pete Smith Library Telescope Program - Pete Smith

Pete has been a NHAS member since 2011. A latecomer to astronomy, he went to the New England Fall Astronomy Festival at UNH and it convinced him to buy an Orion XT8i Dobsonian reflector and join up with NHAS. Pete enjoys visual observing and attending an occasional skywatch. He became interested in the Library Telescope Program. in March of 2012 when attending a "Mod Party" where NHAS members modify the Orion Starblast scopes to LTP standards. When not scouring the skies for nebulae and galaxies, he enjoys scuba diving, hiking, camping and listening to the blues.


Rich DeMidio Membership - Rich DeMidio

Rich has been an NHAS member since 2000 and served two terms as secretary and three terms as president. He has also been very active in public observing and focuses primarily on visual Astronomy with his Obsession 18-inch Dobsonian Reflector. Rich takes a lot of pride in old school observing utilizing maps and memorizing the sky. When not observing, he enjoys photography, wildlife, and fishing. When not involved in a hobby, Rich works for IBM as a Senior Managing Consultant.


Larry Lopez Observatory Manager - Larry Lopez

Larry has been an NHAS member since at least 1995 and was instrumental in the construction of both the club observatory and warming hut. In total, he has built four different observatories over the years. As caretaker of YFOS, he relies on people suggesting things to him so that he can subsequently volunteer them for maintaining the site.


Paul Winalski (co-chair) Public Observing - Paul Winalski (co-chair)

Paul has been an NHAS member since 2004. An avid amateur astronomer as a teenager, he actively resumed the hobby in 2003. His main astronomical interests are public observing, deep-sky objects, and carbon stars. Paul's current telescopes are a 14" TScope reflector, 85mm TeleVue refractor, and a Coronado PST H-alpha scope. When not observing, Paul is a software engineer with Intel Corporation.

Gardner Gerry (co-chair) Public Observing - Gardner Gerry (co-chair)

Gardner has been an NHAS member since 2003 and Public Observing Co-Chair beginning in 2010. He has also served two terms as club president and has served on the NHAS Board of Directors. He is active with the Educational Outreach Committee and the Public Observing program and received the NHAS Public Observing Recognition Award for 2003. When not involved with NHAS activities and astrophotography pursuits he is a Camera Service Technician with Axsys Technologies/General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in Nashua, NH.


Joel Harris Stellafane Coordinator - Joel Harris

Joel is a founding member of NHAS, telescope maker, former president (three times), former board member, former secretary, hybrid car nut, machinist, trumpeter, space and classical music lover, and Yogi.


Larry Lopez Mailing List Manager - Larry Lopez

Larry created the first formal NHAS email list in 1995 when he realized that the mailed notices of NHAS meetings were arriving in his mailbox one day after the meeting. It has been running more or less smoothly ever since.


Mathew Marulla Webmaster - Mathew Marulla

Matt has been an NHAS member since 2004 and served two terms as club president. He is the former Chief Technology Officer and current Technical Advisor at the SLOOH online observatory and makes a living as the Principal Systems Engineer at BurstMedia. When the New Hampshire weather permits, he images the skies with a Vixen VC200L Cassegrain and William Optics 80mm APO refractor, both on an AstroPhysics 900GTO mount.

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