Mary Lou West, KC2NMC
Retired, Emerita, summer 2012

Department of Mathematical Sciences/ and Physics
College of Science and Mathematics , Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07043 (40.843 N, -74.201 E)

Public Telescope Nights will be 8-9 PM on clear Thursdays, from late January to May (exept for Spring Break) and September to December (except for Thanksgiving) in front of Richardson Hall on the MSU campus.

On August 27, 2013 I gave a talk on A Spectrum and what it can tell us to AAI in Cranford and to several other amateur clubs also.

At MSU we use our Meade 12 inch LX200 GPS telescope (photo by Mike Peters). We also use our older trusty Questar 7 (photo by Bob Dorner) and a variety of smaller scopes.

2009 was the International Year of Astronomy, celebrating the 400 years since Galileo looked at the sky through a telescope. (And it has changed everything!) One goal was to have 10 million children in the world look through a telescope that year. Amateur astronomy clubs such as NJAG geared up for lots of star parties. One of the 11 cornerstone projects is the Galileoscope. It is a small but high quality telescope kit which can used as an optics experiment also. Their website is You can read the June, 2008 paper "Progress on Creating the Galileoscope for the International Year of Astronomy 2009" by Pompea, Fienberg, Arion, Smith, and Isbell.

Public Telescope Nights are supported by the local astronomy club, the North Jersey Astronomical Group, and at . Other clubs I belong to include AAI in Cranford where I am chair of the research committee, and RAC in Suffern, NY where I chair the Pro/Am conference within NEAF every spring.

Demos for Dave's Dazzling Demos Feb 11, 2011 at Rutgers included two demos I did, the quality of an oscillator and a simple Faraday cage.

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Professional interests

Some of my favorite links

Sigma Xi egg drop in May, 1999 was fun!

Carolyn Shoemaker is a famous comet hunter. I'm flattered that some people think I look like her! (She is the one on the left in red, and I am wearing our purple NJAG shirt. Behind us is Gordon Bond of AAI.)

Here is a picture of my aunt Peg Gilbert, of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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