The 2016 Mediaglobe User Group meeting (MUG) will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Montgomery, Alabama from 10 a.m. Monday, May 30th to 12 p.m. Tuesday, May 31st as a pre-conference for the joint 2016 SEPA/WAC conference. Room Blocks will be released at the beginning of May, and you’ll simply use the SEPA code. MUG attendees have SEPA room blocks from Sunday May 29th 2016 through June 4th 2016.
2016 MUG meeting topic will be “Encoding Content for Best Playback on Mediaglobe Systems” presented by Adam Hendershot. A workshop on creating a live/macro show on the “2017 Great American Solar Eclipse” will be included, hosted by Adam Hendershot and Phil Groce.
There is no registration cost for attending MUG members who bring a macro of their Solar Eclipse show, regardless of running time.
The best elements of the collected macro shows will be used to create a single Solar Eclipse show which everyone will receive a copy of at the meeting’s end.
Lunch on Monday May 30th and Tuesday May 31st will be sponsored at a nearby restaurant by Magna-Tech Electronic (MTE) and Konica Minolta Planetarium.
Tuesday’s meeting will be in MTE’s 20’ portable dome, which will be set-up in the hotel’s lobby.
Many of us are still licking our wounds after Comet ISON. It is with some hesitation that we tell you about Comet Catalina. This comet will be visible in the Northern hemisphere as a pre-dawn object in late November and should get brighter and easier to find through the month of December. It is expected to be naked eye (between 4.5 and 6 magnitude) at dark sky sites, but will be a tough object to see from most suburbs and cities. Never-the-less, it is one comet where we can guarantee that inexperienced observers can see it with a pair of binoculars.
Through a pair of 7 x 50 or 7 x 35 binoculars it is easily seen on December 31st through January 2nd. If you can teach your audiences how to find the star Arcturus, you can teach them to find the comet, since it passes very near the star on the above dates. Please see attached illustration. All planetarians know how to use the Big Dipper’s handle to arc over to Arcturus, so this is a chance to show your audiences a comet. All they need is a pair of binoculars. Even more interesting is that the path of the comet during the first two weeks of January follows the arc.
The secret to success here is to set your audience’s expectations correctly. All they may see is a little smudge-ball next to Arcturus, but that for many this will be their very first comet. To load C/2013 US10 – Comet Catalina, simply use the “add object” function and enter the data supplied in the attached comet data screen. Most of you should know how to change the comet parameters to adjust the comet’s visibility in your Mediaglobe skies.
A block of rooms at Hilton Garden Inn near Russell C. Davis Planetarium has been secured for meeting attendees. We have also created a map of other hotels nearby. The map is just a resource tool, we do not have room blocks at those hotels.
Regular price is: $95 per night, if the delegate has a government issued ID they will receive a discount, price per night is: $83 (have to show the ID at check in)
The 2015 Mediaglobe User Group meeting will be August 1-2, 2015 at Russell C. Davis Planetarium in Jackson, Mississipi. This year’s host and coordinator is Tereza Nevosadova. Registration and schedule will be published in the weeks to come.
Magna-Tech Electronic Company (MTE) and Konica Minolta Planetarium Co. (KMP) proudly announce the Mediaglobe Users Group Meeting (MUG) October 24-27. MUGschedule
MUG will join GRAM (Georgia Regional Astronomical Meeting) on October 24th and 25th and continue on October 26th and 27th. This will be a “traveling” conference featuring three planetarium resources in the Atlanta area. It will start at the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, GA (40′ dome), move on to the engineering and test dome facility at MTE in Atlanta (20′ dome) and end at the Museum of Arts & Sciences Museum in Macon (44′ dome).
This year, one of the MUG highlights will be a day-long workshop at MTE-Atlanta on using World-Wide Telescope (WWT) as a production tool for planetariums. Read the rest of this entry →