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Sweepstakes Items 
                                        • $500 Gift Certificate
                                        • TeleVue 85 telescope
                                        • SDAA Merchandise
                                        • $25 P.F. Chang's Gift Card
                                        • $15 Coldstone Gift Card
                                        • $50 Better Buzz Coffee Gift Card
                                        • $10 Regal Cinema Gift Card

Auction Items - Keep checking back, we hope to be adding more items soon

  • 12" Meade LX200 ACF 
  • 11" Celestron RASA
  • iOptron Mini-Tower II
  • Canon 5D - modified with filter removed
  • Robin Casady design 8” Losmandy D style saddle mounting holes for Astro-Physics and others

  • Losmandy Dup7 dovetail mounting plate in nearly new condition

  • William Optics Phoenix 80S spotting scope

  • Imaging Source DBK 21AU618.AS lunar and planetary camera

  • Adjustable heights observing chair

  • Kodak AERO-EKTAR f : 6.0 24 In 610mm 9x18 EM1061 Lens  

  • Trippensee Transparent Celestial Globe

  • Explore Scientific 127 mm 3 element air spaced APO refractor

Astro Images by our own Carl Weber are available in the SDAA Store - SDAA Store

2021 SDAA Banquet Speaker

We're honored to have Mr. Blaine Baggett as our guest speaker this year.  His topic will be "The Search for Life Elsewhere in the Solar System." 

Blaine Baggett is a JPL Fellow, now focused on creating documentaries about space exploration. In his previous role as JPL's Director of the Office of Communication and Education he is widely credited for leading a major transformation of JPL's communications activities, especially in the area of television and the worldwide web, resulting in numerous Webby Awards.

Before joining JPL, Baggett was vice president of program development, and scheduling for public television station KCET/Los Angeles. His productions have been recognized by virtually every major national and international awards competition, including local, national and international Emmys, two Peabodys, the DuPont Columbia Journalism Award, the New York International Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival, the Writer's Guild of America, the Director's Guild of America, and the Producer's Guild of America. He is also a published author, having co-written "The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century" and "Secret Intelligence."

NASA has also recognized his contributions with its Outstanding Leadership Medal and Distinguished Service Medal, the latter award being the space agency's highest honor bestowed on a civilian. Baggett was also one of NASA's finalists for the first journalist in space competition, a project that was suspended following the loss of the space shuttle Challenger.

In education, the U.S. Engineers Council awarded Baggett its Distinguished Achievement Award for his achievements in promoting science and engineering.

In 2017 Baggett was inducted into the International Academy of Astronautics, a worldwide body of experts devoted to expanding the frontiers of space.

Baggett graduated with academic honors from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. He then served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, West Africa. He began his career at Mississippi Educational Television and later served as Creative Director/Promotion and Advertising for PBS in Washington, D.C.

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