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Re: [Astronomy_Online] NASA-Wallops Island Starts Commercial Cargo Space Launches w/Test

Dale Carey
 

I'm thinking around 2pm
 

Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 1:33 PM
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Re: [Astronomy_Online] NASA-Wallops Island Starts Commercial Cargo Space Launches w/Test

 

What time would you be leaving Dale?
Cheryl

-----Original Message-----
From: Dale <vbstargazer@...>
To: backbayastro <backbayastro@...>
Sent: Mon, Apr 15, 2013 11:18 pm
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Re: [Astronomy_Online] NASA-Wallops Island
Starts Commercial Cargo Space Launches w/Test

The next launch scheduled from Wallops is Orbital Sciences Antares
rocket. the launch is scheduled 5 p.m., April 17. The launch window is
5 - 8 p.m. and the backup launch days are April 18 - 21. Coverage
begins at 4 p.m. on NASA TV on launch day.
anyone want to go over and watch? split the tolls/gas? - I'll drive
Dale


From: George Reynolds
Sent: Monday, April 15, 2013 10:43 PM
To: Astronomy_Online@... ; Group VPAS ; group backbayastro
Subject: [backbayastro] Re: [Astronomy_Online] NASA-Wallops Island
Starts Commercial Cargo Space Launches w/Test

 

Watching for a Wallops island launch on Wednesday.  VPAS, can you give
us any details?

George

 

George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org

 

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From: Glenn A. Walsh <siderostat1991@...>
To: All_Astronomers_Are_Welcome@...;
amateurastronomyonline@...; Astronomy Online
<Astronomy_Online@...>;
Space-Exploration@...; SpaceADG@...;
triangle-space@...; wannabeastronomers@...
Cc: Glenn Walsh <siderostat1989@...>
Sent: Saturday, April 13, 2013 7:16 PM
Subject: [Astronomy_Online] NASA-Wallops Island Starts Commercial
Cargo Space Launches w/Test

 

NASA-Wallops Island Starts Commercial Cargo Space Launches w/Test

On Wednesday, Orbital Sciences Corp. plans to conduct the first test
launch of its Antares rocket under a NASA program in which private
companies deliver supplies to the International Space Station. If all
goes as planned, the unmanned rocket's practice payload will be
vaulted into orbit from Wallops Island before burning up in the
atmosphere on its return to Earth several months later.

The site is on the Virginia shore near Maryland and just south of
Chincoteague Island, which attracts thousands of tourists each summer
for an annual wild pony swim made famous by the 1947 novel "Misty of
Chincoteague."

http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/04/nasa-wallops-island-starts-commecial.html

gaw

Glenn A. Walsh, Project Director,
Friends of the Zeiss < http://friendsofthezeiss.org >
Electronic Mail - < siderostat1989@... >
SpaceWatchtower Blog: < http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/ >


Re: Change in the weather??

"Courtney <astrogirl12@...>
 


Re: Change in the weather??

preciousmyprecious
 

Is that the one for a real good price?
 
Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean

From: George 3
To: backbayastro@...
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 2:36 PM
Subject: [backbayastro] Change in the weather??

 
I hope I didn't let the cat . . . er, I mean CLOUDS out of the bag . . . I mean BOX! Today I took delivery of my latest telescope, my first Celestron scope. It is a Celestron XLT-150 Newtonian, a real neat little six-inch reflector.
I hope it didn't have too many clouds in the box. I don't want to ruin the weather for us all. ;-)

George




Change in the weather??

George Reynolds
 

I hope I didn't let the cat . . . er, I mean CLOUDS out of the bag . . . I mean BOX! Today I took delivery of my latest telescope, my first Celestron scope. It is a Celestron XLT-150 Newtonian, a real neat little six-inch reflector.
I hope it didn't have too many clouds in the box. I don't want to ruin the weather for us all. ;-)

George


Garden Stars this Friday, 19 April at 8pm

George Reynolds
 

Garden Stars is ON for Friday night.  Plan to come and help out.  Newbies, please come with or without a telescope, and see what we do!

We plan to set up telescopes in the World of Wonder (WOW) Garden for visitors to see the Moon and other celestial objects.

Garden Stars is a rain-or-shine event when we have it, so even if it's cloudy or rainy, we will have a presentation and a Q & A session, and maybe even a drawing for a door prize!  Norfolk Botanical Garden staff had heard that the weather-guessers were predicting a storm for Friday, and are prepared to postpone Garden Stars to Saturday, if necessary; however, I just checked The Weather Channel and now they are predicting "partly cloudy" for Friday and showers for Saturday.

Showers Saturday may put a damper on National Astronomy Day at the Virginia Beach Central Library, but . . . we astronomers NEVER take a weather forecast for fact!  So, even if they predict it, THAT DOESN'T MEAN IT'S GOING TO RAIN!

I hope to see many of you on Friday at Garden Stars and Saturday at the library.

George
 


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


Re: Today's APOD

Jason Tackett
 

Wow! This guy does some amazing work. Thanks for sharing.

Jason

--- In backbayastro@..., "Ted Forte" <tedforte511@...> wrote:

Don't miss today's APOD http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130416.html



Bernard Miller is a new internet acquaintance of mine that has recently
allowed me to use a number of his images in an astronomy presentation I did
for the local Kiwanis club out here.



Check out his other awesome images at http://www.azstarman.net/index.html



In particular take a look at his image of IC 2574. Bernard's note about it:




I posted an image of IC2574 a few days ago. I reprocessed that image to

enhance the IFN. You can see the result below. It is a little noisy,
but I was surprised at how much nebulosity there was. I prefer the
original image, but I thought this one was interesting.


http://www.azstarman.net/IC2574_IFN.htm



(IFN = Integrated Flux Nebula)


Re: [Astronomy_Online] NASA-Wallops Island Starts Commercial Cargo Space Launches w/Test

cme2scrap
 

What time would you be leaving Dale?
Cheryl

-----Original Message-----
From: Dale <vbstargazer@...>
To: backbayastro <backbayastro@...>
Sent: Mon, Apr 15, 2013 11:18 pm
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Re: [Astronomy_Online] NASA-Wallops Island
Starts Commercial Cargo Space Launches w/Test






The next launch scheduled from Wallops is Orbital Sciences Antares
rocket. the launch is scheduled 5 p.m., April 17. The launch window is
5 - 8 p.m. and the backup launch days are April 18 - 21. Coverage
begins at 4 p.m. on NASA TV on launch day.
anyone want to go over and watch? split the tolls/gas? - I'll drive
Dale





From: George Reynolds
Sent: Monday, April 15, 2013 10:43 PM
To: Astronomy_Online@... ; Group VPAS ; group backbayastro
Subject: [backbayastro] Re: [Astronomy_Online] NASA-Wallops Island
Starts Commercial Cargo Space Launches w/Test



 


Watching for a Wallops island launch on Wednesday.  VPAS, can you give
us any details?


George

 



George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 









------------------------------------------------------------
From: Glenn A. Walsh <siderostat1991@...>
To: All_Astronomers_Are_Welcome@...;
amateurastronomyonline@...; Astronomy Online
<Astronomy_Online@...>;
Space-Exploration@...; SpaceADG@...;
triangle-space@...; wannabeastronomers@...
Cc: Glenn Walsh <siderostat1989@...>
Sent: Saturday, April 13, 2013 7:16 PM
Subject: [Astronomy_Online] NASA-Wallops Island Starts Commercial
Cargo Space Launches w/Test





 

NASA-Wallops Island Starts Commercial Cargo Space Launches w/Test

On Wednesday, Orbital Sciences Corp. plans to conduct the first test
launch of its Antares rocket under a NASA program in which private
companies deliver supplies to the International Space Station. If all
goes as planned, the unmanned rocket's practice payload will be
vaulted into orbit from Wallops Island before burning up in the
atmosphere on its return to Earth several months later.

The site is on the Virginia shore near Maryland and just south of
Chincoteague Island, which attracts thousands of tourists each summer
for an annual wild pony swim made famous by the 1947 novel "Misty of
Chincoteague."

http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/04/nasa-wallops-island-starts-commecial.html

gaw

Glenn A. Walsh, Project Director,
Friends of the Zeiss < http://friendsofthezeiss.org >
Electronic Mail - < siderostat1989@... >
SpaceWatchtower Blog: < http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/ >


Today's APOD

Ted Forte
 

Don’t miss today’s APOD http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130416.html

 

Bernard Miller is a new internet acquaintance of mine that has recently allowed me to use a number of his images in an astronomy presentation I did for the local Kiwanis club out here. 

 

Check out his other awesome images at http://www.azstarman.net/index.html

 

In particular take a look at his image of IC 2574.  Bernard’s note about it: 

 

I posted an image of IC2574 a few days ago. I reprocessed that image to

>enhance the IFN. You can see the result below. It is a little noisy,

>but I was surprised at how much nebulosity there was. I prefer the

>original image, but I thought this one was interesting.

 

http://www.azstarman.net/IC2574_IFN.htm

 

(IFN = Integrated Flux Nebula)


Re: Solar Filter Workshop

UsnRet2001 <jctallman@...>
 

These photos reminded me what Chuck said to me at the end the day " It is amazing we all came out of it with all of our digits intact" :P

JT

--- In backbayastro@..., "redbaronaplane" <ehmke1@...> wrote:

I thought you guys might get a chuckle out of the picture I'm furnishing, I will post it under Claremont Va in the picture files.

I have a lot more photos that I will put in that folder, in time..My connection here is lousy since we live in a town so small it has a three digit zip code.


Solar Filter Workshop

Roy Ehmke
 

I thought you guys might get a chuckle out of the picture I'm furnishing, I will post it under Claremont Va in the picture files.

I have a lot more photos that I will put in that folder, in time..My connection here is lousy since we live in a town so small it has a three digit zip code.


Re: Successful solar filter workshop

charles jagow
 

Thanks a lot Bill, --- I mean Bob, yeah Bob HAHAHAHA!

I had a blast working with everyone and hopefully everyone will have left with good memories, as I did from the first one 9 years ago at Dale's house. Let's not make it a decade before the next workshop.

v/r
C5

--- In backbayastro@..., "bob414" <bob414@...> wrote:

It truly was a great workshop. A fantastic way to share expertise to see
some of my astrobuddies in the daylight. I do not know how I can thank Jim
and Chuck enough for pulling it all together.



A special thanks to Jim for opening his house, surprising everybody with a
great cookout, sharing his expertise, tools, and hospitality. Jim and Chuck
did a fantastic job in locating all the components necessary to assemble
solar filters for the menagerie of scopes that club members owned. And what
a great group of people that assembled. We all pitched in, helped when we
could, and most of all demonstrated what we could accomplish with a little
previous organization.



All I can say is "Back Bay Astronomers rock!"



Bob B.



From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On
Behalf Of Paul Tartabini
Sent: Monday, April 15, 2013 9:03 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Successful solar filter workshop





What a fantastic class this was!!



Many thanks to Jim and Chuck Jagow for leading the way by figuring out what
materials we needed, buying them, showing us what to do and fixing mistakes
along the way. All we had to do was show up with our scope, everything else
was there waiting for us. What a great opportunity for club members,
especially newer ones like myself. For the low, low price of $19 we all have
now doubled our potential astronomy time with daytime viewing of our nearest
star.



Plus it was a heck of a lot of fun. We all had a great time talking
astronomy, checking out gear and helping each other out along the way. As a
bonus, Mr. Alcor, Bill Mclean, stopped by, and yes, he had cookies.



I had to leave for awhile to see my daughter swim. No problem as Courtney
was so kind to fill me in on what I missed when I got back and even helped
make up the lost time by helping me do some cutting and pasting. Thanks
also to Bob for lots of miscellaneous help & advice as well.



And don't let me forget to thank Jim for being such a great host. We had
food, drinks, tools, power, supplies, you name it. In fact, between Jim,
Chuck and Bob B. we had every tool you can imagine.



Thanks again, guys!





On Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 5:56 PM, UsnRet2001 <jctallman@...> wrote:



All,
We had a very successful solar filter workshop this last Saturday. We got
started around 10AM or so and finished up around 3or4. Everyone looked like
they had fun and I'm sure they learned a few tips to use next time they need
to make a filter. Attendees were Courtney, Chuck, Roy E. Paul Tartabini
(Paul 1), Paul Shank (Paul 2), Mike Galvas, Dino and Mary, Bob B., with Bill
Mclean (Bill 1) and Bill Holmes (Bill 2) helping out a bit. All in all it
was a fun day and I look forward to the next workshop what ever that may be.
I loaded some photos and I know others took a bunch so load them up.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/backbayastro/photos/album/278652227/pic/list

Jim


Re: Successful solar filter workshop

Jim Tallman <jctallman@...>
 

It was great fun Bob.

 

 

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of bob414
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:33 AM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: RE: [backbayastro] Successful solar filter workshop

 

 

It truly was a great workshop. A fantastic way to share expertise to see some of my astrobuddies in the daylight.  I do not know how I can thank Jim and Chuck enough for pulling it all together.

 

A special thanks to Jim for opening his house, surprising everybody with a great cookout, sharing his expertise, tools, and hospitality. Jim and Chuck did a fantastic job in locating all the components necessary to assemble solar filters for the menagerie of scopes that club members owned. And what a great group of people that assembled. We all pitched in, helped when we could, and most of all demonstrated what we could accomplish with a little previous organization.

 

All I can say is "Back Bay Astronomers rock!"

 

Bob B.

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of Paul Tartabini
Sent: Monday, April 15, 2013 9:03 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Successful solar filter workshop

 

 

What a fantastic class this was!!

 

Many thanks to Jim and Chuck Jagow for leading the way by figuring out what materials we needed, buying them, showing us what to do and fixing mistakes along the way. All we had to do was show up with our scope, everything else was there waiting for us. What a great opportunity for club members, especially newer ones like myself. For the low, low price of $19 we all have now doubled our potential astronomy time with daytime viewing of our nearest star.

 

Plus it was a heck of a lot of fun.  We all had a great time talking astronomy, checking out gear and helping each other out along the way. As a bonus, Mr. Alcor, Bill Mclean, stopped by, and yes, he had cookies.

 

I had to leave for awhile to see my daughter swim. No problem as Courtney was so kind to fill me in on what I missed when I got back and even helped make up the lost time by helping me do some cutting and pasting.  Thanks also to Bob for lots of miscellaneous help & advice as well.

 

And don't let me forget to thank Jim for being such a great host. We had food, drinks, tools, power, supplies, you name it. In fact, between Jim, Chuck and Bob B. we had every tool you can imagine.  

 

Thanks again, guys! 

 

 

On Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 5:56 PM, UsnRet2001 <jctallman@...> wrote:

 

All,
We had a very successful solar filter workshop this last Saturday. We got started around 10AM or so and finished up around 3or4. Everyone looked like they had fun and I'm sure they learned a few tips to use next time they need to make a filter. Attendees were Courtney, Chuck, Roy E. Paul Tartabini (Paul 1), Paul Shank (Paul 2), Mike Galvas, Dino and Mary, Bob B., with Bill Mclean (Bill 1) and Bill Holmes (Bill 2) helping out a bit. All in all it was a fun day and I look forward to the next workshop what ever that may be. I loaded some photos and I know others took a bunch so load them up.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/backbayastro/photos/album/278652227/pic/list

Jim

 


Lights

Dale Carey
 

I just got a reality check ( I need these every once in a while ) - I was doing some lunar observing with my bino's, set on 75X.
Had my chair adjusted to the right height and the 45* bino's made the show perfect. Made my notes and just couldn't take eyes
off the terminator line. Mountains were showing just the tops, shadows across craters, and a Sat. fly thru the FOV. I watched
and followed it as it set behind the trees. I was feeling great, flipped the bino's around and looked at Saturn for about 15 min's.
Don't you like the way the rings are tilted now? What a night, moved over to M10 and M12, two clusters at 6.4 mags, easy, Wait
a minute, I know I'm in the right spot, where are they? Try again, wait, I see something, I think. Oh, I forgot I live in the middle of VB.
!@#$%^&*, please someone buy my house so I can move to Courtland.
Dale 


Re: Successful solar filter workshop

George Reynolds
 

Quite a variety of telescopes in the back yard!  All shapes and sizes (and colors).

Good job, guys and gals!

George
 

George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


From: UsnRet2001
To: backbayastro@...
Sent: Monday, April 15, 2013 5:56 PM
Subject: [backbayastro] Successful solar filter workshop

 
All,
We had a very successful solar filter workshop this last Saturday. We got started around 10AM or so and finished up around 3or4. Everyone looked like they had fun and I'm sure they learned a few tips to use next time they need to make a filter. Attendees were Courtney, Chuck, Roy E. Paul Tartabini (Paul 1), Paul Shank (Paul 2), Mike Galvas, Dino and Mary, Bob B., with Bill Mclean (Bill 1) and Bill Holmes (Bill 2) helping out a bit. All in all it was a fun day and I look forward to the next workshop what ever that may be. I loaded some photos and I know others took a bunch so load them up.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/backbayastro/photos/album/278652227/pic/list

Jim




Re: Successful solar filter workshop

bob414
 

It truly was a great workshop. A fantastic way to share expertise to see some of my astrobuddies in the daylight.  I do not know how I can thank Jim and Chuck enough for pulling it all together.

 

A special thanks to Jim for opening his house, surprising everybody with a great cookout, sharing his expertise, tools, and hospitality. Jim and Chuck did a fantastic job in locating all the components necessary to assemble solar filters for the menagerie of scopes that club members owned. And what a great group of people that assembled. We all pitched in, helped when we could, and most of all demonstrated what we could accomplish with a little previous organization.

 

All I can say is "Back Bay Astronomers rock!"

 

Bob B.

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of Paul Tartabini
Sent: Monday, April 15, 2013 9:03 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Successful solar filter workshop

 

 

What a fantastic class this was!!

 

Many thanks to Jim and Chuck Jagow for leading the way by figuring out what materials we needed, buying them, showing us what to do and fixing mistakes along the way. All we had to do was show up with our scope, everything else was there waiting for us. What a great opportunity for club members, especially newer ones like myself. For the low, low price of $19 we all have now doubled our potential astronomy time with daytime viewing of our nearest star.

 

Plus it was a heck of a lot of fun.  We all had a great time talking astronomy, checking out gear and helping each other out along the way. As a bonus, Mr. Alcor, Bill Mclean, stopped by, and yes, he had cookies.

 

I had to leave for awhile to see my daughter swim. No problem as Courtney was so kind to fill me in on what I missed when I got back and even helped make up the lost time by helping me do some cutting and pasting.  Thanks also to Bob for lots of miscellaneous help & advice as well.

 

And don't let me forget to thank Jim for being such a great host. We had food, drinks, tools, power, supplies, you name it. In fact, between Jim, Chuck and Bob B. we had every tool you can imagine.  

 

Thanks again, guys! 

 

 

On Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 5:56 PM, UsnRet2001 <jctallman@...> wrote:

 

All,
We had a very successful solar filter workshop this last Saturday. We got started around 10AM or so and finished up around 3or4. Everyone looked like they had fun and I'm sure they learned a few tips to use next time they need to make a filter. Attendees were Courtney, Chuck, Roy E. Paul Tartabini (Paul 1), Paul Shank (Paul 2), Mike Galvas, Dino and Mary, Bob B., with Bill Mclean (Bill 1) and Bill Holmes (Bill 2) helping out a bit. All in all it was a fun day and I look forward to the next workshop what ever that may be. I loaded some photos and I know others took a bunch so load them up.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/backbayastro/photos/album/278652227/pic/list

Jim

 


Re: [Astronomy_Online] NASA-Wallops Island Starts Commercial Cargo Space Launches w/Test

Dale Carey
 

The next launch scheduled from Wallops is Orbital Sciences Antares rocket. the launch is scheduled 5 p.m., April 17. The launch window is 5 - 8 p.m. and the backup launch days are April 18 - 21. Coverage begins at 4 p.m. on NASA TV on launch day.
anyone want to go over and watch? split the tolls/gas? - I'll drive
Dale

Sent: Monday, April 15, 2013 10:43 PM
Subject: [backbayastro] Re: [Astronomy_Online] NASA-Wallops Island Starts Commercial Cargo Space Launches w/Test

 

Watching for a Wallops island launch on Wednesday.  VPAS, can you give us any details?

George
 

George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


From: Glenn A. Walsh <siderostat1991@...>
To: All_Astronomers_Are_Welcome@...; amateurastronomyonline@...; Astronomy Online <Astronomy_Online@...>; Space-Exploration@...; SpaceADG@...; triangle-space@...; wannabeastronomers@...
Cc: Glenn Walsh
Sent: Saturday, April 13, 2013 7:16 PM
Subject: [Astronomy_Online] NASA-Wallops Island Starts Commercial Cargo Space Launches w/Test

 
NASA-Wallops Island Starts Commercial Cargo Space Launches w/Test

On Wednesday, Orbital Sciences Corp. plans to conduct the first test launch of its Antares rocket under a NASA program in which private companies deliver supplies to the International Space Station. If all goes as planned, the unmanned rocket's practice payload will be vaulted into orbit from Wallops Island before burning up in the atmosphere on its return to Earth several months later.

The site is on the Virginia shore near Maryland and just south of Chincoteague Island, which attracts thousands of tourists each summer for an annual wild pony swim made famous by the 1947 novel "Misty of Chincoteague."

http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/04/nasa-wallops-island-starts-commecial.html

gaw

Glenn A. Walsh, Project Director,
Friends of the Zeiss < http://friendsofthezeiss.org >
Electronic Mail - < siderostat1989@... >
SpaceWatchtower Blog: < http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/ >



Re: [Astronomy_Online] NASA-Wallops Island Starts Commercial Cargo Space Launches w/Test

George Reynolds
 

Watching for a Wallops island launch on Wednesday.  VPAS, can you give us any details?

George
 

George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


From: Glenn A. Walsh
To: All_Astronomers_Are_Welcome@...; amateurastronomyonline@...; Astronomy Online ; Space-Exploration@...; SpaceADG@...; triangle-space@...; wannabeastronomers@...
Cc: Glenn Walsh
Sent: Saturday, April 13, 2013 7:16 PM
Subject: [Astronomy_Online] NASA-Wallops Island Starts Commercial Cargo Space Launches w/Test

 
NASA-Wallops Island Starts Commercial Cargo Space Launches w/Test

On Wednesday, Orbital Sciences Corp. plans to conduct the first test launch of its Antares rocket under a NASA program in which private companies deliver supplies to the International Space Station. If all goes as planned, the unmanned rocket's practice payload will be vaulted into orbit from Wallops Island before burning up in the atmosphere on its return to Earth several months later.

The site is on the Virginia shore near Maryland and just south of Chincoteague Island, which attracts thousands of tourists each summer for an annual wild pony swim made famous by the 1947 novel "Misty of Chincoteague."

http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/04/nasa-wallops-island-starts-commecial.html

gaw

Glenn A. Walsh, Project Director,
Friends of the Zeiss < http://friendsofthezeiss.org >
Electronic Mail - < siderostat1989@... >
SpaceWatchtower Blog: < http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/ >



Re: The Spaghetti Nebula - Tuckahoe Stargaze

Roy Diffrient
 

Thanks, George – It was a fun time, and that’s what it’s all about.
 
Roy
 
 
Sent: Monday, April 15, 2013 9:24 PM
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] The Spaghetti Nebula - Tuckahoe Stargaze
 


Great observing report, Roy. 

George
 

George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


From: Roy Diffrient
To: backbayastro@...
Cc: Kent Blackwell ; moodya@...; hotmid6@...
Sent: Sunday, April 14, 2013 10:46 PM
Subject: [backbayastro] The Spaghetti Nebula - Tuckahoe Stargaze
 
 
After two stormy nights, featuring about 2” of rain, we were ready for clear skies at the Delmarva Stargazer’s Stargaze Star Party at Tuckahoe State Park in Maryland this weekend.  And we got it.  We had a beautiful clear day and evening on Saturday, April 13.  Amazingly, the night proved to be dry – I never turned on my dew heaters!  That’s rare for Tuckahoe, which sometimes has dew as heavy as rain, and standard procedure is to turn the heat on full burn very early.  And at midnight the SQM was showing about 21.0 – Not quite as dark skies as Coinjock, but not bad!  Combine that with cool, not cold, temps with little wind, decent seeing and transparency, and we had a beautiful night going.
 
At the top of my search objects list was Sh 2-240, also known as Simeis 147 and the Spaghetti Nebula.  This object is a very large (3 degrees) supernova remnant composed of wispy strands of star-stuff in the constellations Taurus and Auriga, just a few degrees from the Crab Nebula, M1.  And who knows how bright those wisps are going to be?  Early in the evening, with the crescent moon and Jupiter in the west, I didn’t think I had any chance at a Sharpless object – They are usually extremely faint and difficult to detect.  One good point: with a three-degree wide object, not much searching is required to find the field.
 
Despite the moon, I started without a filter at 114X (21 mm Ethos and Paracorr).  I suspected some nebulosity, but nothing was really apparent.  A UHC filter blocked the moonlight somewhat which made the nebula’s edges detectable, and this was confirmed by my intrepid observing companions at Tuckahoe, Kent Blackwell, Ray Moody and C. J. Wood.  I tried lower and higher powers, but I think the best view was with the OIII filter and the 21 mm.  With the OIII, the edges of the nebula wisps showed visible contrast against the black sky background.  Only a small part of the nebula was visible in any one view of course, but I was also surprised that I could detect several of the nebulous strands around this large object, not just one brightest part.  Given good conditions, smaller apertures should certainly be useful on this one.  Here’s more on Sh 2-240:
 
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap050324.html
 
http://www.emilivanov.com/CCD%20Images/Simeis147_SHO.htm
 
Our campsite at the Tuckahoe Equestrian Center had nice, low horizons to the south and west, so the setting crescent moon turned orange and was quite beautiful.
 
Roy Diffrient



Re: HEY!

George Reynolds
 

Chuck,

What do you mean by a "list"?

George
 

George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


From: Charles Jagow
To: backbayastro@...
Sent: Monday, April 15, 2013 5:27 AM
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] HEY!

 
George,

 I received the one about the date and replied to the group.

And Roger on the second one. Now.  If you have electronic materials, I can print some out for you. Just send them to me or tell me where they are.

I do notice that when I receive "group" emails from you, I receive them more than once some times as many as three, are you using some kind of list or something similar?  If so, I may be on it multiple times or the list is corrupt.


From: George Reynolds <pathfinder027@...>
Reply-To: <backbayastro@...>
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013 11:03 PM
To: "backbayastro@..." <backbayastro@...>, Charles Jagow <chuck@...>
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] HEY!

 
Here are my two replies.  I sent them to chuck@....  I don"t know why you didn't get them.  I am sending this reply to BOTH the group and to you.


Sent Monday, 4/8:

Chuck,

You didn't mention the DATE of the Cub Scout event at NWRP, but according to what I wrote in my calendar the night of the meeting, it is Saturday, 27 April.  What time do we need to be there?  

I have done the Cub Scout Astronomy Belt Loop many times, and i have a set of handouts I reproduce and give to the leaders for their Scouts.  We cover all the requirements for the Belt Loop award, and give them something to finish and take home. 

George

Sent Thursday, 4/11:

Yes, I can do the presentation at the campground.  I will have to reproduce the handouts for the Cub Scout Astronomy Belt Loop.  Do we know approximately how many Cubs there will be?

George
 

George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


From: Charles Jagow <chuck@...>
To: backbayastro@...
Sent: Saturday, April 13, 2013 6:25 PM
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] HEY!

 

From: George Reynolds <pathfinder027@...>
Reply-To: <backbayastro@...>
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013 9:12 AM
To: "backbayastro@..." <backbayastro@...>
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] HEY!

 
Chuck,

I have replied TWICE to your emails.  Did you not get my replies?

George
 

George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


From: Charles Jagow <chuck@...>
To: backbayastro@...
Sent: Saturday, April 13, 2013 6:23 AM
Subject: [backbayastro] HEY!

 
George Reynolds!

Have you received any of my last several emails concerning the scout event at nwrp on 4/27?







Re: The Spaghetti Nebula - Tuckahoe Stargaze

George Reynolds
 

Great observing report, Roy.  

George
 

George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


From: Roy Diffrient
To: backbayastro@...
Cc: Kent Blackwell ; moodya@...; hotmid6@...
Sent: Sunday, April 14, 2013 10:46 PM
Subject: [backbayastro] The Spaghetti Nebula - Tuckahoe Stargaze

 
After two stormy nights, featuring about 2” of rain, we were ready for clear skies at the Delmarva Stargazer’s Stargaze Star Party at Tuckahoe State Park in Maryland this weekend.  And we got it.  We had a beautiful clear day and evening on Saturday, April 13.  Amazingly, the night proved to be dry – I never turned on my dew heaters!  That’s rare for Tuckahoe, which sometimes has dew as heavy as rain, and standard procedure is to turn the heat on full burn very early.  And at midnight the SQM was showing about 21.0 – Not quite as dark skies as Coinjock, but not bad!  Combine that with cool, not cold, temps with little wind, decent seeing and transparency, and we had a beautiful night going.
 
At the top of my search objects list was Sh 2-240, also known as Simeis 147 and the Spaghetti Nebula.  This object is a very large (3 degrees) supernova remnant composed of wispy strands of star-stuff in the constellations Taurus and Auriga, just a few degrees from the Crab Nebula, M1.  And who knows how bright those wisps are going to be?  Early in the evening, with the crescent moon and Jupiter in the west, I didn’t think I had any chance at a Sharpless object – They are usually extremely faint and difficult to detect.  One good point: with a three-degree wide object, not much searching is required to find the field.
 
Despite the moon, I started without a filter at 114X (21 mm Ethos and Paracorr).  I suspected some nebulosity, but nothing was really apparent.  A UHC filter blocked the moonlight somewhat which made the nebula’s edges detectable, and this was confirmed by my intrepid observing companions at Tuckahoe, Kent Blackwell, Ray Moody and C. J. Wood.  I tried lower and higher powers, but I think the best view was with the OIII filter and the 21 mm.  With the OIII, the edges of the nebula wisps showed visible contrast against the black sky background.  Only a small part of the nebula was visible in any one view of course, but I was also surprised that I could detect several of the nebulous strands around this large object, not just one brightest part.  Given good conditions, smaller apertures should certainly be useful on this one.  Here’s more on Sh 2-240:
 
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap050324.html
 
http://www.emilivanov.com/CCD%20Images/Simeis147_SHO.htm
 
Our campsite at the Tuckahoe Equestrian Center had nice, low horizons to the south and west, so the setting crescent moon turned orange and was quite beautiful.
 
Roy Diffrient


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