Ben lives in Castalian Springs, Tennessee and is a Computer Technician who graduated from Nashville State Technical Institute. After messing around with a dime-store telescope (Vivitar), his interest in Amateur Astronomy was rekindled. When tax day came around this year, he purchased a Celestron Nexstar 8se. He found C.A.S. on the internet, and attended a few of our parties. Now, he and several of his family members are active members. Ben says, "I have several favorite things to observe. During spring and
summer I preferred the Trifid, Swan Nebula, Mars and Saturn. Now
that we've made it almost all the way through Fall I have to say
that Jupiter, Pleiades, and the Great Nebula in Orion are my
favorites. Then there's the galaxies of which I don't have one
favorite... yet. I really enjoy hearing people get excited to see something through
a telescope for the first time. Which is one of the things that
really drew me into CAS. Now I like the challenge and the color
that Video astronomy provides and I bring that out to the Public
Star Parties. However even with the color there is something to be
said about look through an eyepiece."
He also has an Ioptron Smartstar-a R80 which he uses for wide field
images, as well as a Zhumell Z10.
Dr. Timothy Farris
Secretary of C.A.S.
Dr. Farris is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Mississippi with a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering. He received his PhD in Physics from Vanderbilt University, and he has been Professor of Physics at Volunteer State Community College since 2001. Tim has been associated with the Cumberland Astronomical Society for many years, serving as Educational Outreach director, Vice-President, and he currently serves as club secretary. He is a member of many professional organizations including The Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Most recently, he has published an article entitled "New Double Stars from Asteroidal Occultations." You can read this article here.
LLOYD WATKINS Lloyd has recently written an article for his AL outreach club. You can read this article here.
Jim Tomkins, Lloyd and Kathy Watkins at Tennessee Spring Star Party, April 2011.
Lloyd is a long-time member of the Cumberland
Astronomical Society, and has been instrumental in organizing many of
our public outreach events. He works closely with the Tennessee State
Parks system facilitating astronomical public outreach at Cumberland
State Park and Fall Creek Falls. Lloyd, along with fellow CAS members
Misty and Allen Ball, have made the "Astronomy in the Parks Society" one
of the most well-attended events at Fall Creek Falls during the summer
months. Lloyd finds much gratification and enjoyment in educating the
masses on the oftentimes misunderstood science of Astronomy. His lovely
wife - and our dear friend - Kathy Watkins accompanies Lloyd on many
of his outreach jaunts.
We have just been informed that Astro-guru Lloyd has purchased yet
another telescope, which he will use during the many astronomical events
"My most recent scope purchase is a Meade 8" SCT LS. I bought it to
use for outreach programs. This scope does it all. First of all It's
light and easy on the back. Captured click-in tripod bolts make this SCT
easy to set up. It performs a complete alignment, tells me when it's
ready to use, has a dead on go-to, describes and shows an image on the
monitor of the object in the eyepiece. It also has the coma free optics
with special coatings. I almost forgot, it has a minimum CCD camera."