Alan will talk about the men, Worcester Warner and Ambrose Swasey, their training and the early history of their company. He will show some of their astronomy related works, then get into the history of the telescope he's presently restoring. Alan will also explain their revolutionary design of the controls for the equatorial mount. Alan's talk will include pictures of the restoration in various stages of progress, and finally the design of a new lens and cell for the telescope.
Alan Sliski has been interested in mechanics and electronics from a young age. He built his first tube amplifier in 6th grade. Astronomy has always been a passion as well, traveling to Prince Edward Island in 1972 and Kenya in 1973 to photograph solar eclipses. Alan received a BS in Physics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1978. He has 28 patents issued, and for the last 20 years has designed medical equipment for treating cancer with radiation. More recently, he has been getting more involved with astronomy at home, with 2 sons interested in astronomy. He has a reasonable collection of modern telescopes from 80mm to a C14. He is also a member of the Antique Telescope Society and also hosts informal meetings of local antique telescope collectors. He has several classic telescopes, in whole or in parts. The most recent project involves the restoration of a 9.5 inch Warner and Swasey mount built in 1916. He maintains a complete machine shop and lab at his home for projects such as this.
Gerry Dyck, Skyscraper member and AAVSO observer since 1978, will present a summary of the contribution which our Namesake Frank E. Seagrave made to the AAVSO International Database. His talk will also mention the variable star observations of Skyscrapers founder, Prof. Charles Smiley.