AWB founder Mike Simmons will join a distinguished panel of speakers in Los Angeles tomorrow (Saturday, March 8) to talk about the legacy of John Dobson, who is best known for the popularization of the Dobsonian telescope for amateur astronomers. Below is the media release with full details.

WHAT: John L. Dobson (September 14, 1915-January 15, 2014) was world-famous forhis passion for sharing the universe, and his novel and accessible designs fortelescopes. In 1967, he founded the San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers, anorganization dedicated to building and bringing telescopes to people whereverthey congregate. Today, the “Dobsonian,” or “Dob,” is familiar to both backyardand commercial telescope builders. It is distinguished by its huge light-gathering ability as well as its low cost and simple, but sturdy, design. 

Griffith Observatory Curator Dr. Laura Danly will host a panel discussion on the life and influence of John Dobson. The presentation will be followed by Q&A from the audience and a chance for people to share their own memories and perspectives on the influence John Dobson had on public astronomy. Appropriately, the session will take place during the Observatory’s Public Star Party for March (2:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.) Both activities are free.

WHO: Dr. Laura Danly, moderator
Anthony Cook, Griffith Observatory’s Astronomical Observer
Mike Simmons, Founder and President of Astronomers Without Borders
Katy Haugland, Sidewalk Astronomers and close associate of John Dobson

WHERE: Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA, 90027

WHEN: Saturday, March 8, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

RSVP: This event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served and parking is limited. The presentation will also be webcast on the Griffith Observatory Channel at

CONTACT: SWPR Group (818) 760-7131
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