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Re: Fan Mountain

joseph_piotrowski <joepiotrowski@cox.net>
 

Ted,
Just read the info on the web site about fan mountain. Would like to
be included in the spring/summer outing if I'm not on call. I'm
willing to help out in any way I can but am severely limited by my
schedule.Sounds great.Maybe we can find a planet or two as a project.
Let me see..bbaaupiter?
Joe Piotrowski
--- In backbayastro@..., twforte@a... wrote:
Thank you Rick!

Consider yourself a member of the "Observatory Committee"!

Anybody else?

Ted

In a message dated 2/15/03 2:22:25 PM Eastern Standard Time,
2bookworms@c... writes:

<< What a great job on the Fan Mountain report, Ted! Great
pictures, too!
I would like to be involved in that project, if there's still
room.
In addition, I would love to go up there in the late spring or
early
summer.
Let me know if I can do some "foot work" for this, as my schedule
can
be fairly flexable.
>>


Re: Fan Mountain

matsnellings <newfie122@cox.net>
 

Ted
Iwould love to help. I work weekend nights so any help needed during
the week I would be glad to do.
Keep me posted.
Mat


Fan Mountain

Rick Bish <2bookworms@cox.net> <2bookworms@...>
 

What a great job on the Fan Mountain report, Ted! Great pictures, too!
I would like to be involved in that project, if there's still room.
In addition, I would love to go up there in the late spring or early
summer.
Let me know if I can do some "foot work" for this, as my schedule can
be fairly flexable.


Re: New / Used Scopes

H.L. Marks
 

Hi Kent:
 
Please keep me on your email list.  Thanks.
 
H.L.
 
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2003 2:28 PM
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Re: New / Used Scopes

Although the horizon is limited at Coinjock, NC I hope all can attend this
year's East Coast Star Party which I shall be hosting March 28 & 29. You can
use the time observing as many Messier objects as possible or just simply
enjoy observing. This is the 13th or 14th year I've hosted the party. The
skies in Coinjock aren't as dark as 14 years ago, but that seems to be the
sad story worldwide. I'll send out the information about the star party in a
few days. If you'd like to be on my email list please let me know.

Kent Blackwell
kent@...

----- Original Message -----
From: To:
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2003 10:03 AM
Subject: [backbayastro] Re: New / Used Scopes


> After years of not having the luxury of a computer, now I find
> it hard to turn mine off I must admit. However, Messier
> Marathon time is one occasion I make a big exception.
> The sense of accomplishment from finding all those objects
> (my personal record so far is 107) in one night is one
> that doesn't wear off quickly. And it won't be long before
> it's time to give it another shot! I guess the marathon is
> something some love to do and others rebel at the idea. I
> find it a great excuse to spend an exciting night out under
> the stars.
>
> Richard
>
>
> --- In backbayastro@..., "S. Kent Blackwell"
> wrote:
> > I agree with Lelane about finding objects by starhopping. In all my
> years of stargazing my true love has been the "thrill" of finding
> something on my own. It's a rewarding experience one cannot attain by
> simply dialing it in on a computer. Now, I'll admit some people simply
> don't have the time to devote to spending half the night looking for a
> handful of objects but I do suggest every once in a while turning off
> those computers and brushing up on starhopping. I did this a few
> nights ago and will say I had more fun stargazing that evening than
> I've had in a long time. So there!
>
>
>
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Re: Fan Mountain

twforte@...
 

Thank you Rick!

Consider yourself a member of the "Observatory Committee"!

Anybody else?

Ted

In a message dated 2/15/03 2:22:25 PM Eastern Standard Time,
2bookworms@... writes:

<< What a great job on the Fan Mountain report, Ted! Great pictures, too!
I would like to be involved in that project, if there's still room.
In addition, I would love to go up there in the late spring or early
summer.
Let me know if I can do some "foot work" for this, as my schedule can
be fairly flexable.
>>


Re: Congratulations George Reynolds!

twforte@...
 

In a message dated 2/15/03 5:54:17 AM Eastern Standard Time,
robschonk@... writes:

<< Does this mean that we have to address him as "Your Excelency"?
>>

Nope. "Mister Ambassador" or "hey George" ... he will respond to either.

Ted


Re: Congratulations George Reynolds!

Robert Schonk
 

Does this mean that we have to address him as "Your Excelency"?



From: twforte@...
Reply-To: backbayastro@...
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: [backbayastro] Congratulations George Reynolds!
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 17:21:11 EST

Congratulations are in order for George Reynolds who has once again been
selected as a NASA Solar System Ambassador. We have known for several weeks
now that George was selected to continue in this role again this year, but
now the press release on the SSA program is out. You can read about the NASA
Solar System Ambassador program and today's news release at<A
HREF="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov"> JPL Nasa</A>

And don't forget to visit George's website <A
HREF="http://www.geocities.com/pathfinder027/spacex.html">George Reynolds SSA
</A>

Way to go George! BBAA is proud to have you!

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Congratulations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

matsnellings <newfie122@cox.net>
 

Congratulations, Keep it up :)


Re: Congratulations George Reynolds!

Woody, Denice K <denice.k.woody@...>
 

Can't think of a better person for the position!

Denice

D

-----Original Message-----
From: twforte@... [mailto:twforte@...]
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2003 5:21 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: [backbayastro] Congratulations George Reynolds!


Congratulations are in order for George Reynolds who has once again been
selected as a NASA Solar System Ambassador. We have known for several weeks

now that George was selected to continue in this role again this year, but
now the press release on the SSA program is out. You can read about the
NASA
Solar System Ambassador program and today's news release at<A
HREF="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov"> JPL Nasa</A>

And don't forget to visit George's website <A
HREF="http://www.geocities.com/pathfinder027/spacex.html">George Reynolds
SSA
</A>

Way to go George! BBAA is proud to have you!

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Re: Congratulations George Reynolds!

Dale Carey <stargaz@...>
 

HEAR, HEAR
Dale

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2003 5:21 PM
Subject: [backbayastro] Congratulations George Reynolds!

Congratulations are in order for George Reynolds who has once again been
selected as a NASA Solar System Ambassador.  We have known for several weeks
now that George was selected to continue in this role again this year, but
now the press release on the SSA program is out.  You can read about the NASA
Solar System Ambassador program and today's news release atHREF="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov"> JPL Nasa</A>

And don't forget to visit George's website HREF="
http://www.geocities.com/pathfinder027/spacex.html">George Reynolds SSA


Way to go George! BBAA is proud to have you!

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Re: New / Used Scopes

Kent Blackwell
 

Done.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Woody, Denice K" <denice.k.woody@...>
To: <backbayastro@...>
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2003 2:30 PM
Subject: RE: [backbayastro] Re: New / Used Scopes


Please put me on the list...I've already asked for the afternoon off that
Friday.....

Denice




-----Original Message-----
From: S. Kent Blackwell [mailto:kent@...]
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2003 2:29 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Re: New / Used Scopes


Although the horizon is limited at Coinjock, NC I hope all can attend this
year's East Coast Star Party which I shall be hosting March 28 & 29. You
can
use the time observing as many Messier objects as possible or just simply
enjoy observing. This is the 13th or 14th year I've hosted the party. The
skies in Coinjock aren't as dark as 14 years ago, but that seems to be the
sad story worldwide. I'll send out the information about the star party in
a
few days. If you'd like to be on my email list please let me know.

Kent Blackwell
kent@...

----- Original Message -----
From: <dickson@...>
To: <backbayastro@...>
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2003 10:03 AM
Subject: [backbayastro] Re: New / Used Scopes


After years of not having the luxury of a computer, now I find
it hard to turn mine off I must admit. However, Messier
Marathon time is one occasion I make a big exception.
The sense of accomplishment from finding all those objects
(my personal record so far is 107) in one night is one
that doesn't wear off quickly. And it won't be long before
it's time to give it another shot! I guess the marathon is
something some love to do and others rebel at the idea. I
find it a great excuse to spend an exciting night out under
the stars.

Richard


--- In backbayastro@..., "S. Kent Blackwell" <kent@e...>
wrote:
I agree with Lelane about finding objects by starhopping. In all my
years of stargazing my true love has been the "thrill" of finding
something on my own. It's a rewarding experience one cannot attain by
simply dialing it in on a computer. Now, I'll admit some people simply
don't have the time to devote to spending half the night looking for a
handful of objects but I do suggest every once in a while turning off
those computers and brushing up on starhopping. I did this a few
nights ago and will say I had more fun stargazing that evening than
I've had in a long time. So there!



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Re: Acclimated too much to the cold?

Kent Blackwell
 

I actually observed when I got home. I rolled the 25" out of the trailer. I
never once looked at the moon or planets but did observe a few planetaries
and double stars. The seeing had improved since earlier that evening. Don't
let the moon discourage you; there are still some good objects to view.

Kent

----- Original Message -----
From: <twforte@...>
To: <backbayastro@...>
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2003 1:19 PM
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Acclimated too much to the cold?


It was a beautiful night last night wasn't it? I'm afraid my observing
was limited to the hour or so after the show at the Chesapeake Planetarium.

As most of you know, Kent Blackwell sets up the planetarium's 14-Inch
Celestron telescope after the public shows every clear Thursday. I joined
him, and the crowd, for views of Saturn, Jupiter, M42 and the Moon last
night. Seeing was pretty poor but it was a marvelous evening for stargazing
all the same!

Ted


In a message dated 2/14/2003 12:11:42 PM Eastern Standard Time,
"astrowoody2002 <denice.k.woody@...>"
<denice.k.woody@...> writes:

Interesting experience a little while ago which tells me it's been
too cold for too long!

Stepped outside to run an errand and the temperature felt very
pleasant and conducive to working in the yard -- but when I checked
Accuweather the temperature given was 46 degrees.

Hope someone had a chance to enjoy the view last night. As for
myself, once I finished working at 5 AM, it was a little too late for
me.


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Re: New / Used Scopes

Woody, Denice K <denice.k.woody@...>
 

Please put me on the list...I've already asked for the afternoon off that
Friday.....

Denice

-----Original Message-----
From: S. Kent Blackwell [mailto:kent@...]
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2003 2:29 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Re: New / Used Scopes


Although the horizon is limited at Coinjock, NC I hope all can attend this
year's East Coast Star Party which I shall be hosting March 28 & 29. You can
use the time observing as many Messier objects as possible or just simply
enjoy observing. This is the 13th or 14th year I've hosted the party. The
skies in Coinjock aren't as dark as 14 years ago, but that seems to be the
sad story worldwide. I'll send out the information about the star party in a
few days. If you'd like to be on my email list please let me know.

Kent Blackwell
kent@...

----- Original Message -----
From: <dickson@...>
To: <backbayastro@...>
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2003 10:03 AM
Subject: [backbayastro] Re: New / Used Scopes


After years of not having the luxury of a computer, now I find
it hard to turn mine off I must admit. However, Messier
Marathon time is one occasion I make a big exception.
The sense of accomplishment from finding all those objects
(my personal record so far is 107) in one night is one
that doesn't wear off quickly. And it won't be long before
it's time to give it another shot! I guess the marathon is
something some love to do and others rebel at the idea. I
find it a great excuse to spend an exciting night out under
the stars.

Richard


--- In backbayastro@..., "S. Kent Blackwell" <kent@e...>
wrote:
I agree with Lelane about finding objects by starhopping. In all my
years of stargazing my true love has been the "thrill" of finding
something on my own. It's a rewarding experience one cannot attain by
simply dialing it in on a computer. Now, I'll admit some people simply
don't have the time to devote to spending half the night looking for a
handful of objects but I do suggest every once in a while turning off
those computers and brushing up on starhopping. I did this a few
nights ago and will say I had more fun stargazing that evening than
I've had in a long time. So there!



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Re: New / Used Scopes

Kent Blackwell
 

Although the horizon is limited at Coinjock, NC I hope all can attend this
year's East Coast Star Party which I shall be hosting March 28 & 29. You can
use the time observing as many Messier objects as possible or just simply
enjoy observing. This is the 13th or 14th year I've hosted the party. The
skies in Coinjock aren't as dark as 14 years ago, but that seems to be the
sad story worldwide. I'll send out the information about the star party in a
few days. If you'd like to be on my email list please let me know.

Kent Blackwell
kent@...

----- Original Message -----
From: <dickson@...>
To: <backbayastro@...>
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2003 10:03 AM
Subject: [backbayastro] Re: New / Used Scopes


After years of not having the luxury of a computer, now I find
it hard to turn mine off I must admit. However, Messier
Marathon time is one occasion I make a big exception.
The sense of accomplishment from finding all those objects
(my personal record so far is 107) in one night is one
that doesn't wear off quickly. And it won't be long before
it's time to give it another shot! I guess the marathon is
something some love to do and others rebel at the idea. I
find it a great excuse to spend an exciting night out under
the stars.

Richard


--- In backbayastro@..., "S. Kent Blackwell" <kent@e...>
wrote:
I agree with Lelane about finding objects by starhopping. In all my
years of stargazing my true love has been the "thrill" of finding
something on my own. It's a rewarding experience one cannot attain by
simply dialing it in on a computer. Now, I'll admit some people simply
don't have the time to devote to spending half the night looking for a
handful of objects but I do suggest every once in a while turning off
those computers and brushing up on starhopping. I did this a few
nights ago and will say I had more fun stargazing that evening than
I've had in a long time. So there!



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Re: New / Used Scopes

Robert Schonk
 

I'll render an opinion too (I have plenty of them to spare....)

Star hopping is a lot of fun, and a skill that everyone should develop. I've got a LX-90, but one of the first things I did was to start working on my Messier Certificate from the Astronomical League, which doesn't allow the use of goto's for that award. I really learned the sky and the art of observing by chasing faint fuzzies through the guide scope. I just received my copy of "Deep-Sky Companions: The Caldwell Objects" by Stephen O'Meara yesterday, so I'm about to jump into the Caldwell Award, which also prohibits goto's.

All that being said, the goto scopes have several advantages.

First, you'll see a lot more objects in a given amount of time. As my observing time is limited, this is a real advantage. You can always turn off the goto if you want to starhop.

Second, starhopping is dificult under urban skies because of light pollution. You can always see your guide stars to align, and then use the computer to find faint objects that would be extremely difficult to starhop to because of the bright skies.

Third, it is great for star parties, because you can zip back and forth between object quickly to show visitors a variety of objects without saying "Uh, I know it's around here somewhere...."

As they say, "you pays your money and you makes your choice".

If money is an issue, you'll get a lot more scope for the money with a dob.

I guess a final reason is that I'm a self-admitted geek and I like playing with all the buttons, interfacing the scope with my computer, etc.

I'm sure I'll get a big dob some day, but in a sense, I'm still doing my apprenticeship. If I got a big dob now, I'm sure I wouldn't appreciate it as much as I would if I spent a few more years with 8".

Rob





From: twforte@...
Reply-To: backbayastro@...
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] New / Used Scopes
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 11:59:00 -0500

I agree too ... just to throw my two cents in.

I get a great deal of satisfaction in starhopping. After all, I'm out there to enjoy learning the sky. But I have to say that computer aided observing has its place. For me that place is low in the sky where star hopping can be painful or in those Aquarius-like constellations that offer so few signpost stars that it just isn't any fun.

Now as to the Messier marathon: "real" observers not only turn off their computers they leave their charts (and lists) at home too! How many can you get purely from memory? Hmmmm?

Ted




In a message dated 2/14/2003 9:32:56 AM Eastern Standard Time, "S. Kent Blackwell" <kent@...> writes:

I agree with Lelane about finding objects by starhopping. In all my years
of stargazing my true love has been the "thrill" of finding something on my own. It's a rewarding experience one cannot attain by simply dialing it in on a computer. Now, I'll admit some people simply don't have the time to devote to spending half the night looking for a handful of objects but I do suggest every once in a while turning off those computers and brushing up on starhopping. I did this a few nights ago and will say I had more fun stargazing that evening than I've had in a long time. So there!

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Re: Acclimated too much to the cold?

twforte@...
 

It was a beautiful night last night wasn't it? I'm afraid my observing was limited to the hour or so after the show at the Chesapeake Planetarium.

As most of you know, Kent Blackwell sets up the planetarium's 14-Inch Celestron telescope after the public shows every clear Thursday. I joined him, and the crowd, for views of Saturn, Jupiter, M42 and the Moon last night. Seeing was pretty poor but it was a marvelous evening for stargazing all the same!

Ted

In a message dated 2/14/2003 12:11:42 PM Eastern Standard Time, "astrowoody2002 <denice.k.woody@...>" <denice.k.woody@...> writes:

Interesting experience a little while ago which tells me it's been
too cold for too long!

Stepped outside to run an errand and the temperature felt very
pleasant and conducive to working in the yard -- but when I checked
Accuweather the temperature given was 46 degrees.

Hope someone had a chance to enjoy the view last night. �As for
myself, once I finished working at 5 AM, it was a little too late for
me.


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Congratulations George Reynolds!

twforte@...
 

Congratulations are in order for George Reynolds who has once again been
selected as a NASA Solar System Ambassador. We have known for several weeks
now that George was selected to continue in this role again this year, but
now the press release on the SSA program is out. You can read about the NASA
Solar System Ambassador program and today's news release at<A
HREF="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov"> JPL Nasa</A>

And don't forget to visit George's website <A
HREF="http://www.geocities.com/pathfinder027/spacex.html">George Reynolds SSA
</A>

Way to go George! BBAA is proud to have you!


Re: More stuff for sale.

Robert Schonk
 

I don't see any problem with it. It's a public service for our members where we can offer equipment to others in the area. I wouldn't want to see dealers from California posting, though....

Rob






From: twforte@...
Reply-To: backbayastro@...
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] More stuff for sale.
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 12:07:08 -0500

In a message dated 2/14/2003 9:54:06 AM Eastern Standard Time, "rdickson23692 <dickson@...>" <dickson@...> writes:

Sorry if posting stuff for sale is off topic, or maybe it's not, I'm
not sure.
I'll defer to Rob if he has a different opinion but I think posting stuff for sale is "right on the nose" one of the valuable uses of this list. As long as it is astronomy related stuff, I don't see a problem with it!

Ted Forte
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Acclimated too much to the cold?

astrowoody2002 <denice.k.woody@icn.siemens.com> <denice.k.woody@...>
 

Interesting experience a little while ago which tells me it's been
too cold for too long!

Stepped outside to run an errand and the temperature felt very
pleasant and conducive to working in the yard -- but when I checked
Accuweather the temperature given was 46 degrees.

Hope someone had a chance to enjoy the view last night. As for
myself, once I finished working at 5 AM, it was a little too late for
me.


Re: More stuff for sale.

twforte@...
 

In a message dated 2/14/2003 9:54:06 AM Eastern Standard Time, "rdickson23692 <dickson@...>" <dickson@...> writes:

Sorry if posting stuff for sale is off topic, or maybe it's not, I'm
not sure.
I'll defer to Rob if he has a different opinion but I think posting stuff for sale is "right on the nose" one of the valuable uses of this list. As long as it is astronomy related stuff, I don't see a problem with it!

Ted Forte
Your alternate moderator

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