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Re: what do you think of side arm mounts?

jimcoble2000
 

Why I think ALL GUNS should have Celestron mounts on them! Why heck my dogs gunz have scopes, my goldfish don't get up in the mornin unless she is scopes in. It lets you see those UN BLACK HELICOPTERS a long ways off.

On Monday, April 14, 2014 2:40 AM, "mhiser@..." wrote:
 
just wondering as I see Celestron is taking pre-orders for a new unit with a 20lb, 9.25" scope hanging from it

http://www.celestron.com/browse-shop/astronomy/telescopes/nexstar-evolution-925

Michael Hiser



Image of globular cluster M3

Jason Tackett
 

Hi everyone,

Here is my latest image of the globular cluster M3 in Canes Venatici. It is a product of two separate nights of data acquisition; one night in Hampton and the other night at York River State Park with the VPAS gang. Four different exposure lengths are combined with the goal to provide detail in the cluster center while making fainter stars visible. Total integration time is 2.2 hours, mostly spent eating Oreos and drinking cocoa.


Jason


Re: BBAA West - Lunar Eclipse Forcast

Nick Anderson
 

The weather predictions are looking dismal for the Blacksburg area, but this eclipse is NOT going down without a fight!!!!! This is where patience and persistence should hopefully pay off: out of nearly 3 hours of continuous cloud monitoring in June 2012, I was able to catch a ~1 minute glimpse of the 2012 Transit of Venus when there was a small scattering of the heavy cloud cover. Yeah, that's all I saw, but at least I can say I did see the transit with my own eyes!!

I will travel within a 3 hour drive wherever the forecasts indicate the "grass is greener". In the event that the "grass is isotropic" nearby, then I'll be holding out from Blacksburg from 1:00 to 5:30 am. Over the course of 4.5 hours (with 78 minutes of totality), I'm confident I will catch some kind of gap (even if brief) of the eclipse while in progress.

One of my alternate destinations is 2 hours westward in McDowell County, WV (about an hour west of Bluefield, WV). Throughout the day on Monday, the cloud cover forecasts looked a smidgen more promising there compared to Blacksburg. My dad grew up in one of the county's mining communities where his dad was the mine's *superintendent* (my paternal grandparents actually went to the same high school as Homer Hickam's parents!), but the town's population is now quite desolate. I have an idea of a few places I might set up at, should I deem the drive worthwhile.

If nothing else, at least Mars has been incredible this past week: 6 decent observations in 6 nights! Yeah, I've got the Mars fever pretty bad... :-)


Clear skies and patient observing,

-Nick Anderson
Vice President
Astronomy Club of Virginia Tech


what do you think of side arm mounts?

Michael Hiser
 

just wondering as I see Celestron is taking pre-orders for a new unit with a 20lb, 9.25" scope hanging from it

http://www.celestron.com/browse-shop/astronomy/telescopes/nexstar-evolution-925

Michael Hiser


Re: BBAA West - Lunar Eclipse Forcast

Kent Blackwell
 

The weather is looking very iffy here. Wouldn't you know it; Thursday was great, as was Friday & Saturday. Sunday was even better and Monday is predicted to be 80+ degrees and sunny. Well, sunny most of the day. The rain isn't due here until mid-day Tuesday so perhaps we'll have a shot at the eclipse. Oddly, Tuesday and Wednesday morning are the only bad weather days predicted. All next week looks to be clear but cooler.

Regardless, I'll be up waiting for the clouds to part so I can get a peek of the eclipse, and hopefully a nice picture. If not, we'll all have to wait until next October.


Speaking of next October, this is odd. Last Fall ECSP we had a partial solar eclipse at the end of the party. Next October 2014 there will be another the first day of ECSP. What are the chances of that?


Kent Blackwell


Re: East Coast Star Party

Kent Blackwell
 

Probably so, keeping up the usual tradition! As always, I'll announce t-shirts well in advance.


Kent Blackwell


Re: BBAA West - Lunar Eclipse Forcast

Ted Forte
 

The latest forecast for SE Arizona looks promising for the eclipse.  Good luck to all. 

 

Ted

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of jctallman@...
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 6:20 AM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: [backbayastro] BBAA West - Lunar Eclipse Forcast

 

 

 

Well, Just one state over from Ted hanging out with BBAA West in New Mexico and it looks like the weather will be good in Carlsbad, NM. On Monday/Tuesday so I guess I’ll have a chance to see the eclipse here.  Going to Roswell today with the wife and daughter and look got little green men.  Then Monday we head down to Carlsbad for the day.  Found a place well outside of Carlsbad to stay the night and I hope it is a dark site :).  Good thing we are headed south today as there is a good chance of getting snow tonight here in Clovis, NM.

 

 

 

 

Jim


BBAA West - Lunar Eclipse Forcast

Jim Tallman
 


Well, Just one state over from Ted hanging out with BBAA West in New Mexico and it looks like the weather will be good in Carlsbad, NM. On Monday/Tuesday so I guess I’ll have a chance to see the eclipse here.  Going to Roswell today with the wife and daughter and look got little green men.  Then Monday we head down to Carlsbad for the day.  Found a place well outside of Carlsbad to stay the night and I hope it is a dark site :).  Good thing we are headed south today as there is a good chance of getting snow tonight here in Clovis, NM.

 

 

 

 

Jim


Re: Mount Trashmore Star Party

Jim Tallman
 

I'm wasn't there george


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: George Reynolds
Date:04/12/2014 7:23 PM (GMT-07:00)
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Mount Trashmore Star Party

 

Is anyone going to log the Mount Trashmore Star Party in NSN?  I'd do it, but I wasn't even there.

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: BBAA <backbayastro@...>
Cc: Charles F. Dibbs <Charles.Dibbs@...>
Sent: Sunday, April 6, 2014 10:20 AM
Subject: [backbayastro] Mount Trashmore Star Party

 
We had record skies for the event, clouds didn’t even start showing up until right at tear down time.  I had a line at my scope to see Jupiter, Io, Calisto, Ganamyde and later on the RED SPOT, well actually a faded pinkish spot.  About 3/4 of the eyes were able to detect it with just a bit of direction, a majority of those that had difficulties found it when I suggested “averted vision” techniques and a handful who couldn’t resolve it at all.

I set up my Solarscope as did Dale and Leigh Anne, however the solar viewing was sporadic at best.  At about 6:30 I tore down the solar rig and put it away in the truck.  I spent the next hour or so showing a few folks here and there the Moon at about 50 power.  Then just as the sun went behind the trees, I started my hunt for Jupiter.  The iPad/iPhone apps made it look like Jupiter should be about 2 degrees away from the moon to the East of the Moon,  I spent at least a half hour scouring the sky and found nothing.  I then pointed the scope North and leveled it.  I then did a “fake” alignment,  where I placed it where I though Polaris would be, and then told it to trundle off and find Sirius.  Once over on that part of the sky I poked the controller that I was centered on Sirius and it told me I had a good alignment.  I slewed to the Moon and the moon was actually visible in the bottom of my finder scope.  After centering and synching on Luna I told it to head on over to Jupiter.  The scope moved what I thought would be way too far to the East, about 12-13 degrees.  I looked in the finder scope and BEHOLD at the bottom left edge was mighty Jupiter, I centered an synched on the gas giant and there was an older asian lady standing close, I put in my 9mm eyepiece and then told her she was in for a treat.  She tentatively climbed a step up on my step stool and I had to block the SUN from her left side with my hand.  She almost fell off of the step stool in surprise!  I immediately called out to Leigh Anne and boasted that I had Jupiter while the sun was still up.  That was it, the lines commenced.

Most everyone was respectful and inquisitive as well as truly amazed they were seeing the real thing and not a picture.  I only had one lady who informed me that my “picture" inside needed adjustment as it was not oriented the same as Dale’s scope.  When I showed her the mirror arrangement and explained why it was difference, it was like a light bulb came on and she realized we were showing her the REAL thing, OK actually about 45 light minutes old, then I had to explain a light minute.  Then she HAD to look again.

This was the first time I have been able to show at an outreach event the GRS of Jupiter.   My line at the scope made it almost halfway up Mount Trashmore at times.  At 11:00 PM I still had a few people left in line.  By 11:05 I was tearing down and a fellow approached me with the dreaded “Someone bought/named a Star for me, can you show it to me?” question.  My initial feeling was, OH My Gracious not this, my back hurts, my feet were screaming.  However he laid out his package of info on the table and we started looking.  It showed where the star supposedly was, and its characteristics.  It just happened to be a magnitude 15.something magnitude star.  I told him my limiting magnitude factor with the 14” scope was 15.4 under GOOD conditions.  So I explained it would be nearly impossible to find IT definitively.  But we looked at Where the star was supposed to be in his papers and one of the sheets indicated its position in URSA MAJOR, I immediately figured out how to tell him approximately where the star would be.  Using my laser pointer I showed him the “Big Dipper”, I showed him how to find Polaris by following an imaginary line from Merak to Dubhe  and continue on to Polaris.  Once he had that down, I did the same thing on the other side of the dipper’s cup using Phecda (had to look that one up) and Megrez but only follow the imaginary line down to the next most bright star which should be UMaX and then continue about a quarter of a little finger nail held at arm’s length and his star would be in that general area.  He was very, very happy and appreciated that we were able to get close to his star.  He wanted to buy my laser pointer on the spot so he could go home and show his family what we had just done.  I gave him our business card and invited him to SkyWatch, I also gave him the web site where I acquired my bright laser pointer.  And with that I finished packing up and left the park about 11:20.  

Anne Marie came buy a bit before I was finished packing up and said one of the folks clicking the people count had come up with 2500+, however I believe she said she clicked about 1200 or 1300 coming down the pathway, she would not have counted folks who were already in the park or came over the hill (not mountain as it does not have a timberline, you can’t have a mountain without a timberline).

I would have guessed about 1400 folks came to view.  We had one individual, Chris Weller, join the BBAA.

Pretty much a very, very successful event, many, many thanks to Chuck Dibbs and Anne Marie with the City of Virginia Beach!



Re: Mount Trashmore Star Party

George Reynolds
 

Is anyone going to log the Mount Trashmore Star Party in NSN?  I'd do it, but I wasn't even there.

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: BBAA
Cc: Charles F. Dibbs
Sent: Sunday, April 6, 2014 10:20 AM
Subject: [backbayastro] Mount Trashmore Star Party

 
We had record skies for the event, clouds didn’t even start showing up until right at tear down time.  I had a line at my scope to see Jupiter, Io, Calisto, Ganamyde and later on the RED SPOT, well actually a faded pinkish spot.  About 3/4 of the eyes were able to detect it with just a bit of direction, a majority of those that had difficulties found it when I suggested “averted vision” techniques and a handful who couldn’t resolve it at all.

I set up my Solarscope as did Dale and Leigh Anne, however the solar viewing was sporadic at best.  At about 6:30 I tore down the solar rig and put it away in the truck.  I spent the next hour or so showing a few folks here and there the Moon at about 50 power.  Then just as the sun went behind the trees, I started my hunt for Jupiter.  The iPad/iPhone apps made it look like Jupiter should be about 2 degrees away from the moon to the East of the Moon,  I spent at least a half hour scouring the sky and found nothing.  I then pointed the scope North and leveled it.  I then did a “fake” alignment,  where I placed it where I though Polaris would be, and then told it to trundle off and find Sirius.  Once over on that part of the sky I poked the controller that I was centered on Sirius and it told me I had a good alignment.  I slewed to the Moon and the moon was actually visible in the bottom of my finder scope.  After centering and synching on Luna I told it to head on over to Jupiter.  The scope moved what I thought would be way too far to the East, about 12-13 degrees.  I looked in the finder scope and BEHOLD at the bottom left edge was mighty Jupiter, I centered an synched on the gas giant and there was an older asian lady standing close, I put in my 9mm eyepiece and then told her she was in for a treat.  She tentatively climbed a step up on my step stool and I had to block the SUN from her left side with my hand.  She almost fell off of the step stool in surprise!  I immediately called out to Leigh Anne and boasted that I had Jupiter while the sun was still up.  That was it, the lines commenced.

Most everyone was respectful and inquisitive as well as truly amazed they were seeing the real thing and not a picture.  I only had one lady who informed me that my “picture" inside needed adjustment as it was not oriented the same as Dale’s scope.  When I showed her the mirror arrangement and explained why it was difference, it was like a light bulb came on and she realized we were showing her the REAL thing, OK actually about 45 light minutes old, then I had to explain a light minute.  Then she HAD to look again.

This was the first time I have been able to show at an outreach event the GRS of Jupiter.   My line at the scope made it almost halfway up Mount Trashmore at times.  At 11:00 PM I still had a few people left in line.  By 11:05 I was tearing down and a fellow approached me with the dreaded “Someone bought/named a Star for me, can you show it to me?” question.  My initial feeling was, OH My Gracious not this, my back hurts, my feet were screaming.  However he laid out his package of info on the table and we started looking.  It showed where the star supposedly was, and its characteristics.  It just happened to be a magnitude 15.something magnitude star.  I told him my limiting magnitude factor with the 14” scope was 15.4 under GOOD conditions.  So I explained it would be nearly impossible to find IT definitively.  But we looked at Where the star was supposed to be in his papers and one of the sheets indicated its position in URSA MAJOR, I immediately figured out how to tell him approximately where the star would be.  Using my laser pointer I showed him the “Big Dipper”, I showed him how to find Polaris by following an imaginary line from Merak to Dubhe  and continue on to Polaris.  Once he had that down, I did the same thing on the other side of the dipper’s cup using Phecda (had to look that one up) and Megrez but only follow the imaginary line down to the next most bright star which should be UMaX and then continue about a quarter of a little finger nail held at arm’s length and his star would be in that general area.  He was very, very happy and appreciated that we were able to get close to his star.  He wanted to buy my laser pointer on the spot so he could go home and show his family what we had just done.  I gave him our business card and invited him to SkyWatch, I also gave him the web site where I acquired my bright laser pointer.  And with that I finished packing up and left the park about 11:20.  

Anne Marie came buy a bit before I was finished packing up and said one of the folks clicking the people count had come up with 2500+, however I believe she said she clicked about 1200 or 1300 coming down the pathway, she would not have counted folks who were already in the park or came over the hill (not mountain as it does not have a timberline, you can’t have a mountain without a timberline).

I would have guessed about 1400 folks came to view.  We had one individual, Chris Weller, join the BBAA.

Pretty much a very, very successful event, many, many thanks to Chuck Dibbs and Anne Marie with the City of Virginia Beach!



Re: Chesapeake Planetarium show tonight

Nick Anderson
 

The way things are looking, I'm thinking of putting together a last minute drive to West Virginia and look for a gap in the clouds throughout the night. I'll go wherever (within a 3 hr radius) I think I'll catch the biggest break. A 20 minute drive would've saved the 2012 Transit of Venus for me, but I didn't have access to a car then.

-Nick Anderson
Vice President
Astronomy Club of Virginia Tech


Re: East Coast Star Party

Nick Anderson
 

I have in my notes from April 2012 that 5.0 magnitude 16 Virginis served as a useful base point. From there all you'd have to do is starhop to the ESE and eventually match up the starfield to identify 3C 273, likely taking up the power a bit (I observed it at 96x). One of Steven O'Meara's books (either "Secret Deep" or "Hidden Treasures") features the quasar; those charts were extremely helpful to me back then.

-Nick Anderson


Re: East Coast Star Party

VegaGaze
 

Unfortunately, we probably won't be there Thursday night due to Jason's work schedule.  I am all for trying to find 3C273!!  Although I must admit, I'm not sure I'm experienced enough to identify which star once I get in the right area. ha!  But I do love a challenge, so I'll give it a go!  
What will probably happen is: 
1.I'll pore over star maps
2. aim the telescope
3. fumble around until I don't know where I am in the sky anymore
4. repeat steps 1 - 3  about 100 times, before I either find it by some great luck, or get frustrated and ask for help.  


Re: Seeing Thursday night

Nick Anderson
 

Sounds like you had a good night! Regarding Mars, Mare Acidalium in the northern hemisphere is getting better placed each evening for us here in North America. Finally some of the more prominent albedo features are emerging!

Anyone else catch the Mars fever this week?

-Nick Anderson
Vice President
Astronomy Club of Virginia Tech


Re: East Coast Star Party

jimcoble2000
 

yup. The Thursdays are really nice as there are fewer folks so it feel like old home week. I love relaxing during the days so this is sort of a Bi annual vacation. How do you like the 12.5 inch so far? WE can really give it a work out down there. 3C273 will fall to us on a good night. Just the right time of year to do this. 

On Saturday, April 12, 2014 12:40 PM, bob414 wrote:
 
Any t-shirts this time?
 
Bob
 
From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of kent@...
Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 11:46 AM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: [backbayastro] Re: East Coast Star Party
 
 
That is correct. I will send our more information next week. If you are not on my ECSP mailing list send me an email.
kent at Exis.net



Re: East Coast Star Party

bob414
 

Any t-shirts this time?

 

Bob

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of kent@...
Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 11:46 AM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: [backbayastro] Re: East Coast Star Party

 

 

That is correct. I will send our more information next week. If you are not on my ECSP mailing list send me an email.

kent at Exis.net


Re: East Coast Star Party

Kent Blackwell
 

That is correct. I will send our more information next week. If you are not on my ECSP mailing list send me an email.

kent at Exis.net


Re: East Coast Star Party

Jim Tallman
 

Yep


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: lalagoe@...
Date:04/12/2014 10:05 AM (GMT-06:00)
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: [backbayastro] Re: East Coast Star Party

 

The dates for the Star Party are listed as Thursday through Saturday.  I assume we stay overnight Saturday as well and pack up to go home on Sunday, right?  



Re: East Coast Star Party

VegaGaze
 

The dates for the Star Party are listed as Thursday through Saturday.  I assume we stay overnight Saturday as well and pack up to go home on Sunday, right?  


Re: Chesapeake Planetarium show tonight

preciousmyprecious
 

It's going to clear up any minute.
 
Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean


From: George Reynolds
To: "backbayastro@..."
Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:13 AM
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Re: Chesapeake Planetarium show tonight

 
I'll believe when I see it.  I'm keeping my options open.

Amateur astronomers are the most optimistic people in the world, always hoping for and expecting dark, clear skies.

George
 

George Reynolds

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


 


From: Charles Jagow
To: BBAA
Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 7:48 AM
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Re: Chesapeake Planetarium show tonight

 
WEATHER LOOKS ROUGH FOR Monday/TUESDAYFOR LOOKING AT THE LUNAR ECLIPSE.

From: Charles Jagow <chuck@...>
Reply-To: BBAA <backbayastro@...>
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 3:38 PM
To: BBAA <backbayastro@...>
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Re: Chesapeake Planetarium show tonight

 
I am Thinking of a CORNLAND excursion.

I need to double check with the city P/R guy that They are still OK with my Special Use permit.

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: Leigh Anne Lagoe [mailto:lalagoe@...]
>Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 02:29 PM
>To: backbayastro@...
>Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Re: Chesapeake Planetarium show tonight
>
>Very true, Nick!  I was just thinking about the 2017 eclipse earlier today and I'm already checking out potential areas to go check it out.  I was originally thinking South Carolina, but perhaps Kentucky is a better option?  I smell a BBAA field trip!!  ;)
http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2017Aug21Tgoogle.html
>On Thursday, April 10, 2014 2:14 PM, "nranderson.deepskyobserver@..." <nranderson.deepskyobserver@...> wrote:
>

>True...but I go out whenever I can, and I've been anticipating this eclipse specifically ever since I got my scope. At least there's another 5 days for them to continue the weather guesses. Better this one get clouded out than on August 21, 2017 though... ;-)
>
>-Nick Anderson
>





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