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Jon Wood was a member of the Charlie Elliott Chapter Astronomy Club for many years.  Jon had an easygoing, inviting manner and an unsurpassed knowledge of hands on astronomy and imaging.  Jon was always ready to share everything he had with anyone who was interested.   Jon embodied all that is good about sharing this great hobby with others and was a great inspiration to me and many others..  Jon Wood was a friend to all and is sorely missed. 
The Jon Wood  Award recognizes those that excel in the field of public astronomy outreach and/or display a keen potential in the sciences.
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Supporters of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project are extremely proud to

announce the winners of 2014’s
Jon Wood Outreach Awards! 
This award is given out as often as equipment and finances allow, generally at least 5 times per year, by CBSAP to assist and encourage solar astronomers around the world to begin or increase their solar astronomy outreach activities in their local communities. Please join me in congratulating these eager outreach providers and wishing

UMAIR ASIM in Pakistan


JAMES AND ANITA AMBRISTER   OXFORD, ALABAMA!

James and Anita are members of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project in Oxford, Alabama.  They are great folk and routinely spead the love of science and art to the young people in and around their lovely Southern town.  They have been awarded a Lunt LS152 White Light Setup with 2 inch Lunt Solar wedge along with a Celestron CGEM mount and ADM dual mounting plate so that they may increase the capacity of their events.  Please join me in congratulating James and Anita for a job well done and encouragement to keep going!

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KEVIN LeGORE - Focus Astronomy  LOS ANGELES, CA

Kevin is a member of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project from Los Angeles.   He is one of the hardest working people in Astronomy.   Kevin started his own high end astronomy outreach program called Focus in his early twenties.  He is well known throughout the industry as a rising star and I can tell you for sure that he has his head in the right place.  It is a privilege for the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project to be associated with such a fine young man and we are happy to donate a "gently used"

(Pre-Meade) Double Stacked Coronado 90mm scope w/BF30!!

complete Hydrogen Alpha telescope setup for Kevin to use to show the Sun to as many people as will look.  This prize is valued at....well heck! there are so few left on Earth that well just quote the original retail price of well over $10,000(US)...

 

Join me in congratulating Kevin LeGore on a well earned fantastic award from the gang here at CBSAP.!


 

LARRY METCALF  COLUMBIA, SC

Larry Metcalf is a member of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project from South Carolina, USA. He is already providing outreach and was recently awarded a Lunt LS50F External etalon for his LS60 scope and a Point Grey Research sponsored Scorpion camera.

Larry plans to add live viewing of the full disk on his 24 inch iMac to his outreach presentation!

Congratulations Larry "Crash" Metcalf!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOE SULLIVAN OCEANSIDE, CA

Joe Sullivan is a member of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project Outreach Club and is a regular at astronomy events in California.  Joe has been doing outreach and various tinkering projects for years now.  We are happy to award Joe, with the support of Point Grey Research and Dan Cook, a new, in the box, PGR Scorpion solar imaging camera and accessories valued at $1200 to assist his worthy science outreach!  Congratulations Joe Sullivan!  (on left)

 

DAVID STEVENS  MAPLE HEIGHTS, OH

David is a member of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project Outreach Club.  David has been doing outreach in his local community for years now.  We are happy award Joe, with the support of  Point Grey Research, a new, in the box, PGR Scorpion solar imaging camera and accessories valued at $1200 to assist his worthy science outreach!  David even came to Atlanta recently and did an outreach event with me!  Congratulations David Stevens!

MARIE LOTT ATLANTA, GA

Marie has long provided science outreach to local gfirl scouts and to the public at large in the Atlanta area.  Marie was also a personal friend of Jon Wood, as was I.  Marie was awarded an Imaging Source DMK51 camera and a Dell Inspiron Laptop to allow her to broadcast live solar at her outreach events.  She was also awarded 300 pairs of Charlie Bates Solar viewing glasses to give away to eager students at her outreach events!  Please join me in congratulating Marie Lott on her 2013 Jon Wood Award!

 

Tim Stephens Atlanta, GA

Tim was awarded a Lunt Solar Systems LS35 DLX scope and a Vixen/William Optics

grab and go mount for his outreach activities!   Congratulations Tim!

Mike Overacker

Mike already operates an astronomy outreach program using the AMOV (astronomy mobile outreach vehicle) in Roanoke, VA .  Mike was awarded an Imaging Source DMK41 firewire camera, a 17 inch iMac using ASTRO IIDC, a Dell 610 laptop and 400 pairs of CBSAP solar glasses!  Congratulations Mike!

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Michael Maurer-Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole Astronomy Club  

20 inch iMac/Point Grey research Flea 640x480 Imager
Powerbook G4/Point Grey Research Chameleon 1280x960m Imager
600 CBSAP Solar Viewing Glasses

Rob Black-North Queensland Astronomy
CBSAP rep         Home Hill, Australia

20 inch iMac/Point Grey Research Scorpion 1600x1200 Imager
2000 CBSAP Solar Viewing Glasses

 

Colin Borrott-Maloney
Queensland, Australia

Dell 610 Laptop/Opticstar PL131M Imager
100 CBSAP Solar Viewing Glasses


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2012 Jon Wood Awards


STEPHEN BENTON
OF EL CENTRO, CA
IS THE WINNER OF THE 5TH 2012 JON WOOD AWARD!!

Steve has been awarded a Dell 610 Laptop and an Imaging Source DMK41 solar imaging camera AND a personal 3 hour imaging course from Stephen Ramsden, Director of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project!! -a package valued at $2500!!  Steve already performs outreach and imaging in his hometown and it is the hope of the CBSAP that this equipment will help him along on his way to more solar related endeavors.  Congratulations Steve!




SCOTT GAUER
OF DANVILLE,PA
IS THE WINNER OF THE 4TH 2012 JON WOOD AWARD!!

Scott has been awarded a Dell 610 Laptop, a 15 inch Dell external monitor and an Imaging Source DMK41 solar imaging camera-a package valued at $1500!!  Scott already performs outreach and imaging in his hometown and it is the hope of the CBSAP that this equipment will help him along on his way to more solar related endeavors.  Congratulations Scott!



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DR. RICHARD SCHMUDE
and
CAMRYN SMITH
WIN THE THIRD 2012 JON WOOD AWARD!
Dr. Schmude won a Celestron CPC 9.25 GPS guided complete scope outfit.
Camryn won an 8 inch Dobsonian Newt and a complete outreach toolkit from the NASA Night Sky Network!
Congratulations Camryn and Richard!!


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Andrew Smith accepted the award for his daughter Camryn!

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CHENNAI ASTRONOMERS /DHINAKAR RAJARAM WINS FIRST
2012 JON WOOD AWARD!!

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Dhinakar and his colleagues in Southern India have dedicated their free time to educating students in and around Chennai on Solar Astronomy.  We at the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project wish to congratulate them on their work and have awarded them a Coronado PST, A Lunt LS35, An 80mm refractor, a Baader Solar Wedge and various accessories to make their outreach efforts the best in India!  Join me in giving them a big thanks for their efforts!
 

2011'S 2ND JON WOOD AWARD ANNOUNCED

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Scott Wimpie receives 2011's second Jon Wood Award

When Scott Wimpie pulled up in his big ‘ole plumbers truck the other day while I was out solar observing I was ready for another yokel with the same old questions “You aint suppos’d to look at the Sun er’ ya’?”

Well Scott quickly surprised me with his vast knowledge of telescopes and his ability to recount facts about space that would have impressed any amateur astronomer.  Seems that Scott has a knack for this stuff.   We spoke for a while about galaxies and planets and all kind of cool nerdy stuff. Scott then told me how he has been trying to save up for a telescope and asked me what he should get.   

 

I happened to have an extra scope laying around that I had been thinking about donating as this year’s 2nd Jon Wood award and I knew right away that this was an excellent opportunity to spread the love and passion for astronomy that we all share. 

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Join me in congratulating Scott Wimpie of Monroe, GA on his selection as 2011’s 2nd Jon Wood award recipient.  Scott received a fully complete Celestron 9.25 inch CPC telescope with GPS guidance.  The scope is equipped with ADM mini rails on top and bottom, a Willliam Optics 2 inch focuser, several eyepieces, a 25 foot power cable, full aperture mylar film solar filter and a Orion Glass type II full aperture filter.

Scott intends to share the scope with his daughter Lexi and his friends “P” and “Gumbi” as they explore the universe together.  Scott will share the love of astronomy with his community in the spirit of Jon Wood when he gets the scope figured out and he will also be the newest member of the Atlanta Astronomy Club.

If you are interested in helping me share the hobby far and wide with the Jon Wood award please visit my web site www.charliebates.org and contribute your tax deductible support for the program.




Kevin LeGore receives 2011's first Jon Wood Award


Kevin LeGore of Tucson, AZ was awarded an Imaging Source DMK41 camera for his budding solar astronomy outreach work in the Tucson area and accross the country.  We expect big things from Kevin in the coming years and it is the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project's distinct privilege to help him along just a little with this fine imaging camera.  Good work and congratulations Kevin!


2010 first quarterly Jon Wood Outreach Awards announced
The Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project is proud to announce that the first annual Jon Wood Outreach Awards have been given to Theo Ramakers of Social Circle, Georgia and Scott Curry of Alpharetta, GA.
Theo was awarded a Coronado Calcium K PST and an Imaging Source DMK31 camera to expand his efforts in astro-imaging and public outreach.  Scott was awarded a Meade LXD75 mount and a 6 inch Meade Refractor for his web assistance and tireless outreach help.  Hopefully he will use this equipment to explore and share his love of the night sky.

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CONGRATULATIONS THEO RAMAKERS!!



CONGRATULATIONS SCOTT CURRY!!