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Club Officers
John Bishop President - John Bishop

John got interested in astronomy when he bought a condo several years ago that came with a telescope. He likes unusual telescope designs and observes with an off-axis Newtonian from DGM Optics. John is a former NHAS vice-president and board member.


Mathew Marulla Vice President - 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 RhythmOne. 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.


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
Pete Smith Chairman - 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 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.


Joel Harris Junior Director - 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.

 

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


Scott McCartney Educational Outreach - Scott McCartney

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.


Curtiss Rude Membership - Curtiss Rude

Curt has been a member of NHAS since 2012. A former engineering manager at IBM, then a high school chemistry and physics teacher, he took up astronomy as a new hobby upon his retirement. He has enjoyed participating in club activities such as the public skywatches, sidewalk astronomy in Portsmouth, the New England Fall Astronomy Festival, and the Library Telescope Program. He is fortunate his wife has let him buy three telescopes so far, which together take up more than their fair share their Concord apartment.


Larry Lopez Observatory Manager - Larry Lopez


Paul Winalski Public Observing - 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.

Gardner Gerry Public Observing - Gardner Gerry

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


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 RhythmOne. 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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