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Re: Anyone planning on attending the Staunton River Star Party?

Jim Tallman
 

Maybe Michael.  I have to see what my work travel schedule has in store for me

 

Jim

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of mhiser@...
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:33 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: [backbayastro] Anyone planning on attending the Staunton River Star Party?

 

 

The wife and I are thinking of hauling our camper down and enjoying the weekend. 
The sponsoring club CHAOS is the group that got me interested in buying a telescope
Spring Staunton River Star Party

It's time for the Spring Staunton River Star Party. Come on out and relax under the stars with old and new friends. Folks from up and down the Easter seaboard will be there.

For more information go to:
www.stauntonriver-starparty.org

Dates: Thursday, 3/27/2014 - Sunday, 3/30/2014


Anyone planning on attending the Staunton River Star Party?

Michael Hiser
 

The wife and I are thinking of hauling our camper down and enjoying the weekend. 
The sponsoring club CHAOS is the group that got me interested in buying a telescope
Spring Staunton River Star Party

It's time for the Spring Staunton River Star Party. Come on out and relax under the stars with old and new friends. Folks from up and down the Easter seaboard will be there.

For more information go to:
www.stauntonriver-starparty.org
Dates: Thursday, 3/27/2014 - Sunday, 3/30/2014


Garden Stars, 3/7/2014, 7:00 pm

backbayastro@...
 

Reminder from:   backbayastro Yahoo Group
 
Title:   Garden Stars
 
Date:   Friday March 7, 2014
Time:   7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (GMT-05.00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Location:   Norfolk Botanical Gardens
Notes:   Event is dependent the number of people that sign up for the event with NBG and may be canceled due to a lack of signups

Rain-or-shine event at Norfolk Botanical Garden. Indoor presentation plus outdoor observing, weather permitting.
 
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Re: Orion

Jim Tallman
 

And yes I spotted the loop.  I had to down load it to see it better!  Great shot

 

Jim

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of kent@...
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 6:22 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: RE: [backbayastro] Orion

 

 

Jim, what is so much to like about the portable iOptron SkyTracker is the fact I carry it with me, along with my portable tripod (Linhof...25-lbs, portable?) and camera on nights planned for visual work. If  I see an image that looks pleasing it's a simple matter to position the camera to capture a dramatic composition. Yes, I still have to polar align but it is surely better than setting up a 200-lbs telescope/EQ mount.

 

I agree it's a shame all those "grainy" stars got in the way of the brighter Orion stars. Darn. Can you spot Bernard's Loop? Amazing to pick that up in a 91-second exposure. Digital beat film in almost every regard but I seem to recall photographing Bernard's Look with high speed Extachome slide film quite easily and the red color jumped out at you!

 

iOptron SkyTracker

Canon 20Da DSLR

Sigma 28-70 f/2.8 lens shot at 32mm f/3.5

91-sec. exposure

ISO 800

Kent Blackwell


Re: Orion

Jim Tallman
 

I know what you mean about portable.  I really like mine also.  I’ve had a chance to use it a few times now.  The polar alignment is pretty easy with the phone app. If you look in my photo folder on Yahoo, I have some 60sec shots of Orion and Pleiades.  Should have gone for 90 on Orion  

 

 

 

Jim

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of kent@...
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 6:22 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: RE: [backbayastro] Orion

 

 

Jim, what is so much to like about the portable iOptron SkyTracker is the fact I carry it with me, along with my portable tripod (Linhof...25-lbs, portable?) and camera on nights planned for visual work. If  I see an image that looks pleasing it's a simple matter to position the camera to capture a dramatic composition. Yes, I still have to polar align but it is surely better than setting up a 200-lbs telescope/EQ mount.

 

I agree it's a shame all those "grainy" stars got in the way of the brighter Orion stars. Darn. Can you spot Bernard's Loop? Amazing to pick that up in a 91-second exposure. Digital beat film in almost every regard but I seem to recall photographing Bernard's Look with high speed Extachome slide film quite easily and the red color jumped out at you!

 

iOptron SkyTracker

Canon 20Da DSLR

Sigma 28-70 f/2.8 lens shot at 32mm f/3.5

91-sec. exposure

ISO 800

Kent Blackwell


NY Times on Cosmos

Roy Diffrient
 

A Dennis Overbye, Space & Cosmos “Out There” newspaper review and opinion article on the new series –
 
 
Roy


Re: Orion

Kent Blackwell
 

Jim, what is so much to like about the portable iOptron SkyTracker is the fact I carry it with me, along with my portable tripod (Linhof...25-lbs, portable?) and camera on nights planned for visual work. If  I see an image that looks pleasing it's a simple matter to position the camera to capture a dramatic composition. Yes, I still have to polar align but it is surely better than setting up a 200-lbs telescope/EQ mount.


I agree it's a shame all those "grainy" stars got in the way of the brighter Orion stars. Darn. Can you spot Bernard's Loop? Amazing to pick that up in a 91-second exposure. Digital beat film in almost every regard but I seem to recall photographing Bernard's Look with high speed Extachome slide film quite easily and the red color jumped out at you!


iOptron SkyTracker

Canon 20Da DSLR

Sigma 28-70 f/2.8 lens shot at 32mm f/3.5

91-sec. exposure

ISO 800

Kent Blackwell


Re: Orion

Jim Tallman
 

Nice picture Kent but you can hardly see Orion in all that noise on the photo.

 

 

 

Actually.  Very nice photo Kent.  Those Skytrackers are the bomb.  So what lens and what ISO did you use?

 

 

 

Jim 

 

 

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of kent@...
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2014 11:20 AM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: [backbayastro] Orion

 

 

Back in late fall I saw a lovely view of Orion rising above the treetops and snapped a picture of it. A few nights ago I saw a similar view, this time as Orion was setting, leaving the sky for another season. I grabbed my camera and snapped a 91-second exposure. Take a look under "Photos".


Online Astrophotography Magazine

Paul
 

Some of my friends on the "dark side" might be interested. Also free, as far as I can tell. Check it out:


BBAA monthly meeting, 3/6/2014, 7:30 pm

backbayastro@...
 

Reminder from:   backbayastro Yahoo Group
 
Title:   BBAA monthly meeting
 
Date:   Thursday March 6, 2014
Time:   7:30 pm - 9:00 pm (GMT-05.00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Location:   TCC\, Virginia Beach Campus
Notes:   Meetings are usually held in Room JC13 of new science building. (See directions in Backbayastro Files section or monthly newsletter.)
 
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Re: [vpas] Re: York Rive Messier Cup Standings Saturday Night.

Jim Tallman
 

Hey don’t forget to log you outreach time

 

Jim

 

From: vpas@... [mailto:vpas@...] On Behalf Of Paul Tartabini
Sent: Sunday, March 02, 2014 9:40 PM
To: backbayastro@...; vpas@...
Subject: [vpas] Re: [backbayastro] York Rive Messier Cup Standings Saturday Night.

 

 

Bill, I ended up staying until 330am all by my lonesome and logged 60 Messiers altogether. I decided not to wait all night, so missed out on Sagittarius and made M4 (one of my favorites) my last object. I was also distracted by a number of side observing "projects" as well, thanks to Nick ;-)

 

Seeing as Tom couldn't be there last night and no one else really even tried, I'd be willing to declare last night an exhibition marathon and re-schedule the real marathon for next month, 3/29.  It would actually be closer to the optimal Messier Marathon date of 3/21. 

 

In any event, last night was one of the most enjoyable nights under the stars that I've had in a long time. Gorgeous night. Even got in an hour of outreach right in the middle. What a pleasure to do outreach in skies like that, everyone was blown away. Example: M37. The woman I showed was awed by it. I've tried that object in areas with more light pollution and got a ho hum. The guests could even see the little cluster off to the side of spectacular M35 (another of my favs).

 

On Sun, Mar 2, 2014 at 7:56 PM, William McLean <preciousmyprecious@...> wrote:

 

Paul won the cup and a nice VPAS T shirt by logging 33 Messiers! Congratulations Paul! Rob found 20 or so and I found 11 with binoz. No one else mounted a serious challenge and Paul noted most humorously that he could have done 32 less. 

 

Daryl, Steve, Rob, Bob, Jason, Paul, John and yours truly had an absolute ball last night at York River. Bob brought terrific hot chocolate, Daryl brought fresh ground coffee and of course I brought cookies. Plenty to eat and drink. We even had some guests to share the skies with. 

 

We all signed "Thank you" cards for the rangers who let us use their beautiful park once a month and any time we ask.

 

Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean

 


Night Sky resource

BBAA President
 

All

  Attached you will find a excel workbook which has all of the resources available to us for download from the Night Sky Network (NSN).  Mind you that some of these resources have links that no longer work but much of the list has good info. Just click the links to get to the resource.

You must be a member of the Night Sky Network (BBAA members are already enrolled) to get to these resources as you must login to get them.  If you are a BBAA member and have forgotten your username and/or password, just click any of the links and you will get to a login page where you can request your username and password reset.

 

If you are not a member of the NSN you can join via a club near you if they are part of the NSN. You can also join the BBAA and you will be enrolled via our club.  http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/club-apply.cfm?Club_ID=1591&ApplicantType=Public

 

 

Event Logging

If you do anything out of a kit make sure you log what kit it came from in the event log (Top set of selection boxes) anything else gets a check mark in the “Other” box in the first group of selection boxes.  We get credit this way.

 

HOW TO:  http://www.astrosociety.org/samplers/TutorialMyVolHrs.mov

 

All tutorials: http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/download-view.cfm?Doc_ID=486

 

 

Each quarter they mail out a complete KIT if you have at least two events logged using their resources, so we should get our first one shortly, and I have no idea what it which one it will be.

 

Enjoy!

 

Jim

 

 


Orion

Kent Blackwell
 

Back in late fall I saw a lovely view of Orion rising above the treetops and snapped a picture of it. A few nights ago I saw a similar view, this time as Orion was setting, leaving the sky for another season. I grabbed my camera and snapped a 91-second exposure. Take a look under "Photos".


Re: Morning Patrol

Ted Forte
 

On the best of nights, it’s a religious experience.  But it’s starting to fade from memory – it’s been cloudy here for a week and a half and we’ve had two nights of rain!  Rain!  I’m thinking seriously of moving to Arizona. No, wait …

 

Ted

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of Charles JAGOW
Sent: Sunday, March 02, 2014 6:09 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Morning Patrol

 

 

Sounds like a night I had in Coinjock a few years ago. I was imaging M51 on my LXD mount and getting 3 minute exposures and thought I was doing good. I started a series of twenty images and went over to look at Kent's 25". It just so happens that he was on M51, I climbed up the ladder and, my Gawd, his visual looked better than my puny three minute exposures.

I can't imagine looking at it through Ted's big scope out in Arizona.

v/r
Chuck Jagow
NCRR #1495 & Newsletter Editor
VP Back Bay Amateur Astronomers
Rott'n Paws Observatory
N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Paul Tartabini [mailto:paultar@...]
>Sent: Sunday, March 2, 2014 04:26 PM
>To: backbayastro@...
>Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Morning Patrol
>
>Jim, oh yeah, the binoviewer M42 was incredible! One you got your eyes
>positioned right, it was truly 3D. For some reason, M43 really seemed to be
>coming out at me, just like a 3D movie. The whole experience reminded me of
>looking at one of those 3D images they used to
>put in the paper, the ones that take a minute for your eye/brain to
>"capture" the image.
>
>The spiral arms of M51 in the 30" looked like the cover of Burnham's. M82
>with the supernova was truly breathtaking. Dare I say jawdropping (little
>Orion Catalog lingo thrown in for Bill).
>
>There were so many good views last night, it made up for the abundance of
>clouds we've had in recent days. And telescopes were not required. For
>example, one memorable naked eye sight that one of the guys was nice enough
>to call my attention to was the reflection of starlight on the water as
>Vega rose over the York River early Sunday morning. Oh so pretty...
>
>
>
>
>On Sun, Mar 2, 2014 at 6:11 AM, Jim Tallman wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> This morning's carbon star hunt was pretty good with me picking up 4 more
>> carbons in Cygnus. All were very nice. Glad everyone is getting some sky
>> time in!
>>
>>
>>
>> Paul, wow binos on an 18"! that must have been really cool to see. I'll
>> have to try that on my 14
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Jim
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...]
>> *On Behalf Of *Paul Tartabini
>> *Sent:* Sunday, March 02, 2014 4:54 AM
>> *To:* backbayastro@...
>> *Subject:* Re: [backbayastro] Morning Patrol
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Just got home from YRSP, what a great night. Seeing was so so, but
>> transparency was great! Viewed lots of objects, got to see m42 thru an 18"
>> with binoviewers and spiral arms of M51 in a 30"! Even managed to glimpse
>> Nick's Caldwell galaxy in my scope (huge and faint). A great time -- thanks
>> everyone!
>>
>> On Sunday, March 2, 2014, Jim Tallman wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> It is 3:45AM in @ the Ocean View Sky Shed (see clear sky), not a cloud in
>> the sky but skies are like Chuck stated, Mushy. Not really too good but Ok
>> for Carbon Star work, and at this point in the year I'll take what I can
>> get. AT LEAST THE MOON IS NOT UP :)
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Jim
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...>> *On Behalf Of *Charles Jagow
>> *Sent:* Sunday, March 02, 2014 4:02 AM
>> *To:* BBAA
>> *Subject:* [backbayastro] Morning Patrol
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Skies are HORRIBLE at 2:30 AM in @ Rott'nPaws.
>>
>>
>>
>> Trying to image M5 inside Rott'n Paws, Not promising.
>>
>>
>>
>> Saturn looks mushy as hell in the LX200GPS 10" in the driveway.
>>
>>
>>
>> Time to cut my losses and get a couple of hours of sleep.
>>
>>
>>
>> v/r
>>
>> Chuck Jagow
>>
>> *Treasurer Back Bay Amateur Astronomers *
>>
>> *Rott'n Paws Observatory*
>>
>> * N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512 *
>>
>> *Norfolk County Rifle Range #1495
>> *
>>
>> * NCRR Newsletter Editor *
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>


Re: York Rive Messier Cup Standings Saturday Night.

Nick Anderson
 

Bravo Paul! You show those GO-TO users who's boss! :-)

-Nick Anderson


Re: York Rive Messier Cup Standings Saturday Night.

Paul
 

Bill, I ended up staying until 330am all by my lonesome and logged 60 Messiers altogether. I decided not to wait all night, so missed out on Sagittarius and made M4 (one of my favorites) my last object. I was also distracted by a number of side observing "projects" as well, thanks to Nick ;-)

Seeing as Tom couldn't be there last night and no one else really even tried, I'd be willing to declare last night an exhibition marathon and re-schedule the real marathon for next month, 3/29.  It would actually be closer to the optimal Messier Marathon date of 3/21. 

In any event, last night was one of the most enjoyable nights under the stars that I've had in a long time. Gorgeous night. Even got in an hour of outreach right in the middle. What a pleasure to do outreach in skies like that, everyone was blown away. Example: M37. The woman I showed was awed by it. I've tried that object in areas with more light pollution and got a ho hum. The guests could even see the little cluster off to the side of spectacular M35 (another of my favs).


On Sun, Mar 2, 2014 at 7:56 PM, William McLean <preciousmyprecious@...> wrote:
 

Paul won the cup and a nice VPAS T shirt by logging 33 Messiers! Congratulations Paul! Rob found 20 or so and I found 11 with binoz. No one else mounted a serious challenge and Paul noted most humorously that he could have done 32 less. 

Daryl, Steve, Rob, Bob, Jason, Paul, John and yours truly had an absolute ball last night at York River. Bob brought terrific hot chocolate, Daryl brought fresh ground coffee and of course I brought cookies. Plenty to eat and drink. We even had some guests to share the skies with. 

We all signed "Thank you" cards for the rangers who let us use their beautiful park once a month and any time we ask.
 
Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean



Re: Morning Patrol

Paul
 

Not sure how I forgot to mention the most stunning object thru the 30" last night -- Thor's Helmet. Words can't do it justice. Breathtaking!  


On Sun, Mar 2, 2014 at 8:08 PM, Charles JAGOW <chuck@...> wrote:
 

Sounds like a night I had in Coinjock a few years ago. I was imaging M51 on my LXD mount and getting 3 minute exposures and thought I was doing good. I started a series of twenty images and went over to look at Kent's 25". It just so happens that he was on M51, I climbed up the ladder and, my Gawd, his visual looked better than my puny three minute exposures.

I can't imagine looking at it through Ted's big scope out in Arizona.

v/r
Chuck Jagow
NCRR #1495 & Newsletter Editor
VP Back Bay Amateur Astronomers


Rott'n Paws Observatory
N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Paul Tartabini [mailto:paultar@...]
>Sent: Sunday, March 2, 2014 04:26 PM
>To: backbayastro@...
>Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Morning Patrol
>
>Jim, oh yeah, the binoviewer M42 was incredible! One you got your eyes
>positioned right, it was truly 3D. For some reason, M43 really seemed to be
>coming out at me, just like a 3D movie. The whole experience reminded me of
>looking at one of those 3D images <https://www.magiceye.com/> they used to

>put in the paper, the ones that take a minute for your eye/brain to
>"capture" the image.
>
>The spiral arms of M51 in the 30" looked like the cover of Burnham's. M82
>with the supernova was truly breathtaking. Dare I say jawdropping (little
>Orion Catalog lingo thrown in for Bill).
>
>There were so many good views last night, it made up for the abundance of
>clouds we've had in recent days. And telescopes were not required. For
>example, one memorable naked eye sight that one of the guys was nice enough
>to call my attention to was the reflection of starlight on the water as
>Vega rose over the York River early Sunday morning. Oh so pretty...
>
>
>
>
>On Sun, Mar 2, 2014 at 6:11 AM, Jim Tallman <jctallman@...> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> This morning's carbon star hunt was pretty good with me picking up 4 more
>> carbons in Cygnus. All were very nice. Glad everyone is getting some sky
>> time in!
>>
>>
>>
>> Paul, wow binos on an 18"! that must have been really cool to see. I'll
>> have to try that on my 14
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Jim
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...]
>> *On Behalf Of *Paul Tartabini
>> *Sent:* Sunday, March 02, 2014 4:54 AM
>> *To:* backbayastro@...
>> *Subject:* Re: [backbayastro] Morning Patrol

>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Just got home from YRSP, what a great night. Seeing was so so, but
>> transparency was great! Viewed lots of objects, got to see m42 thru an 18"
>> with binoviewers and spiral arms of M51 in a 30"! Even managed to glimpse
>> Nick's Caldwell galaxy in my scope (huge and faint). A great time -- thanks
>> everyone!
>>
>> On Sunday, March 2, 2014, Jim Tallman <jctallman@...> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> It is 3:45AM in @ the Ocean View Sky Shed (see clear sky), not a cloud in
>> the sky but skies are like Chuck stated, Mushy. Not really too good but Ok
>> for Carbon Star work, and at this point in the year I'll take what I can
>> get. AT LEAST THE MOON IS NOT UP :)
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Jim
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...<backbayastro@...>]
>> *On Behalf Of *Charles Jagow
>> *Sent:* Sunday, March 02, 2014 4:02 AM
>> *To:* BBAA
>> *Subject:* [backbayastro] Morning Patrol

>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Skies are HORRIBLE at 2:30 AM in @ Rott'nPaws.
>>
>>
>>
>> Trying to image M5 inside Rott'n Paws, Not promising.
>>
>>
>>
>> Saturn looks mushy as hell in the LX200GPS 10" in the driveway.
>>
>>
>>
>> Time to cut my losses and get a couple of hours of sleep.
>>
>>
>>
>> v/r
>>
>> Chuck Jagow
>>
>> *Treasurer Back Bay Amateur Astronomers <http://www.backbayastro.org/>*
>>
>> *Rott'n Paws Observatory* <http://www.jagowds.com/_jap/jap.htm>
>>
>> * N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512 <http://www.jagowds.com/_jap/jap.htm>*
>>
>> *Norfolk County Rifle Range <http://www.ncrr.net/>#1495
>> <http://www.ncrr.net/>*
>>
>> * NCRR <http://www.ncrr.net/> Newsletter Editor <http://www.ncrr.net/>*
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>



Re: Morning Patrol

charles jagow
 

Sounds like a night I had in Coinjock a few years ago. I was imaging M51 on my LXD mount and getting 3 minute exposures and thought I was doing good. I started a series of twenty images and went over to look at Kent's 25". It just so happens that he was on M51, I climbed up the ladder and, my Gawd, his visual looked better than my puny three minute exposures.

I can't imagine looking at it through Ted's big scope out in Arizona.

v/r
Chuck Jagow
NCRR #1495 & Newsletter Editor
VP Back Bay Amateur Astronomers
Rott'n Paws Observatory
N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Tartabini [mailto:paultar@...]
Sent: Sunday, March 2, 2014 04:26 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Morning Patrol

Jim, oh yeah, the binoviewer M42 was incredible! One you got your eyes
positioned right, it was truly 3D. For some reason, M43 really seemed to be
coming out at me, just like a 3D movie. The whole experience reminded me of
looking at one of those 3D images <https://www.magiceye.com/> they used to
put in the paper, the ones that take a minute for your eye/brain to
"capture" the image.

The spiral arms of M51 in the 30" looked like the cover of Burnham's. M82
with the supernova was truly breathtaking. Dare I say jawdropping (little
Orion Catalog lingo thrown in for Bill).

There were so many good views last night, it made up for the abundance of
clouds we've had in recent days. And telescopes were not required. For
example, one memorable naked eye sight that one of the guys was nice enough
to call my attention to was the reflection of starlight on the water as
Vega rose over the York River early Sunday morning. Oh so pretty...




On Sun, Mar 2, 2014 at 6:11 AM, Jim Tallman <jctallman@...> wrote:



This morning's carbon star hunt was pretty good with me picking up 4 more
carbons in Cygnus. All were very nice. Glad everyone is getting some sky
time in!



Paul, wow binos on an 18"! that must have been really cool to see. I'll
have to try that on my 14





Jim





*From:* backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...]
*On Behalf Of *Paul Tartabini
*Sent:* Sunday, March 02, 2014 4:54 AM
*To:* backbayastro@...
*Subject:* Re: [backbayastro] Morning Patrol





Just got home from YRSP, what a great night. Seeing was so so, but
transparency was great! Viewed lots of objects, got to see m42 thru an 18"
with binoviewers and spiral arms of M51 in a 30"! Even managed to glimpse
Nick's Caldwell galaxy in my scope (huge and faint). A great time -- thanks
everyone!

On Sunday, March 2, 2014, Jim Tallman <jctallman@...> wrote:



It is 3:45AM in @ the Ocean View Sky Shed (see clear sky), not a cloud in
the sky but skies are like Chuck stated, Mushy. Not really too good but Ok
for Carbon Star work, and at this point in the year I'll take what I can
get. AT LEAST THE MOON IS NOT UP :)





Jim



*From:* backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...<backbayastro@...>]
*On Behalf Of *Charles Jagow
*Sent:* Sunday, March 02, 2014 4:02 AM
*To:* BBAA
*Subject:* [backbayastro] Morning Patrol





Skies are HORRIBLE at 2:30 AM in @ Rott'nPaws.



Trying to image M5 inside Rott'n Paws, Not promising.



Saturn looks mushy as hell in the LX200GPS 10" in the driveway.



Time to cut my losses and get a couple of hours of sleep.



v/r

Chuck Jagow

*Treasurer Back Bay Amateur Astronomers <http://www.backbayastro.org/>*

*Rott'n Paws Observatory* <http://www.jagowds.com/_jap/jap.htm>

* N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512 <http://www.jagowds.com/_jap/jap.htm>*

*Norfolk County Rifle Range <http://www.ncrr.net/>#1495
<http://www.ncrr.net/>*

* NCRR <http://www.ncrr.net/> Newsletter Editor <http://www.ncrr.net/>*





York Rive Messier Cup Standings Saturday Night.

preciousmyprecious
 

Paul won the cup and a nice VPAS T shirt by logging 33 Messiers! Congratulations Paul! Rob found 20 or so and I found 11 with binoz. No one else mounted a serious challenge and Paul noted most humorously that he could have done 32 less. 

Daryl, Steve, Rob, Bob, Jason, Paul, John and yours truly had an absolute ball last night at York River. Bob brought terrific hot chocolate, Daryl brought fresh ground coffee and of course I brought cookies. Plenty to eat and drink. We even had some guests to share the skies with. 

We all signed "Thank you" cards for the rangers who let us use their beautiful park once a month and any time we ask.
 
Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean


Re: Morning Patrol

Paul
 

Jim, oh yeah, the binoviewer M42 was incredible! One you got your eyes positioned right, it was truly 3D. For some reason, M43 really seemed to be coming out at me, just like a 3D movie. The whole experience reminded me of looking at one of those 3D images they used to put in the paper, the ones that take a minute for your eye/brain to "capture" the image.

The spiral arms of M51 in the 30" looked like the cover of Burnham's.  M82 with the supernova was truly breathtaking.  Dare I say jawdropping (little Orion Catalog lingo thrown in for Bill).

There were so many good views last night, it made up for the abundance of clouds we've had in recent days. And telescopes were not required. For example, one memorable naked eye sight that one of the guys was nice enough to call my attention to was the reflection of starlight on the water as Vega rose over the York River early Sunday morning. Oh so pretty...




On Sun, Mar 2, 2014 at 6:11 AM, Jim Tallman <jctallman@...> wrote:
 

This morning’s carbon star hunt was pretty good with me picking up 4 more carbons in Cygnus.  All were very nice.  Glad everyone is getting some sky time in! 

 

Paul, wow binos on an 18”! that must have been really cool to see.  I’ll have to try that on my 14

 

 

Jim

 

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of Paul Tartabini
Sent: Sunday, March 02, 2014 4:54 AM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Morning Patrol

 

 

Just got home from YRSP, what a great night. Seeing was so so, but transparency was great! Viewed lots of objects, got to see m42 thru an 18" with binoviewers and spiral arms of M51 in a 30"! Even managed to glimpse Nick's Caldwell galaxy in my scope (huge and faint). A great time -- thanks everyone! 

On Sunday, March 2, 2014, Jim Tallman <jctallman@...> wrote:

 

It is 3:45AM in @ the Ocean View Sky Shed (see clear sky), not a cloud in the sky but skies are like Chuck stated, Mushy. Not really too good but Ok for Carbon Star work, and at this point in the year I’ll take what I can get.  AT LEAST THE MOON IS NOT UP :)

 

 

Jim

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of Charles Jagow
Sent: Sunday, March 02, 2014 4:02 AM
To: BBAA
Subject: [backbayastro] Morning Patrol

 

 

Skies are HORRIBLE at 2:30 AM in @ Rott’nPaws.

 

Trying to image M5 inside Rott’n Paws, Not promising.

 

Saturn looks mushy as hell in the LX200GPS 10” in the driveway.

 

Time to cut my losses and get a couple of hours of sleep.


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