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Decent movie. I love science.
 
 
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Re: Ted in S&T!

Kent Blackwell
 

I've been so busy preparing for ECSP I hadn't downloaded my July, 2014 electronic edition of S&T, but just did so. Thanks for the reminder.


Ted, once again that's a wonderful read. I doubt anyone has more AL award pins than you and Nick Anderson. When stuck in ball caps I doubt you'd see any fabric.


Kent Blackwell


Re: Ted in S&T!

Ted Forte
 

Thanks Paul!

 

Ted

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...]
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 7:00 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: [backbayastro] Ted in S&T!

 

 

Just started reading my e-edition of July's Sky & Telescope and was glad to see Ted had an article on AL clubs. Not only is it a great article, but you get a chance to see Ted's vast array of AL bling. Oh, and I don't want to give anything away, but let's just say our favorite Astronomy club even got a mention!

 

Great job, Ted! 


Re: Event request for Tuesday, 6/17 (or possibly Monday 6/16)

Nick Anderson
 

Tuesday (June 17) should be fine with me.

-Nick Anderson

President-elect
Astronomy Club of Virginia Tech


---In backbayastro@..., <president@...> wrote :

It is also two days before the 96x-fest and a Tuesday night.  I would say that maybe we pass on this one?

 

 

Jim

 

 

 

From: vp@... [mailto:vp@...]
Sent: Monday, May 26, 2014 7:06 PM
To: president@...; secretary@...; Taylor, Lawrence W. (LARC-E401); Benito Loyola; 'Charles Jagow'; 'treasurer@...'; 'vp@...'
Cc: backbayastro@...
Subject: Event request for Tuesday, 6/17 (or possibly Monday 6/16)

 

 We have a request for a Cub Scout event in Portsmouth on Tuesday, 6/17 (or possibly Monday 6/16), with an expected attendance of 200.  Before I approve this event, I wopuld like to know if we can have enough BBAA members there with telescopes to handle the crowd.  A minimum of five people with scopes, and as many as 8 or 10 would be helpful.  

 

Please let me know ASAP if you are available one of those dates, preferably 6/17.  

 

This event is one week after Boardwalk Astronomy #2, and two days before another event, so I need responses so I can let the requester and the Cub Scouts know if we can support their event (see https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/club/event-view.cfm?Event_ID=57449).

 

George

 


George Reynolds
 

BBAA Vice President
Outreach Coordinator


Re: Event request for Tuesday, 6/17 (or possibly Monday 6/16)

preciousmyprecious
 

pass
 
Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean


From: "'Jim Tallman, BBAA President' president@... [backbayastro]"
To: vp@...; secretary@...; "'Taylor, Lawrence W. (LARC-E401)'" ; 'Benito Loyola' ; 'Charles Jagow' ; treasurer@...
Cc: backbayastro@...
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:18 AM
Subject: [backbayastro] RE: Event request for Tuesday, 6/17 (or possibly Monday 6/16)

 
It is also two days before the 96x-fest and a Tuesday night.  I would say that maybe we pass on this one?
 
 
Jim
 
 
 
From: vp@... [mailto:vp@...]
Sent: Monday, May 26, 2014 7:06 PM
To: president@...; secretary@...; Taylor, Lawrence W. (LARC-E401); Benito Loyola; 'Charles Jagow'; 'treasurer@...'; 'vp@...'
Cc: backbayastro@...
Subject: Event request for Tuesday, 6/17 (or possibly Monday 6/16)
 
 We have a request for a Cub Scout event in Portsmouth on Tuesday, 6/17 (or possibly Monday 6/16), with an expected attendance of 200.  Before I approve this event, I wopuld like to know if we can have enough BBAA members there with telescopes to handle the crowd.  A minimum of five people with scopes, and as many as 8 or 10 would be helpful.  
 
Please let me know ASAP if you are available one of those dates, preferably 6/17.  
 
This event is one week after Boardwalk Astronomy #2, and two days before another event, so I need responses so I can let the requester and the Cub Scouts know if we can support their event (see https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/club/event-view.cfm?Event_ID=57449).
 
George
 

George Reynolds
 
BBAA Vice President
Outreach Coordinator



Ted in S&T!

Paul
 

Just started reading my e-edition of July's Sky & Telescope and was glad to see Ted had an article on AL clubs. Not only is it a great article, but you get a chance to see Ted's vast array of AL bling. Oh, and I don't want to give anything away, but let's just say our favorite Astronomy club even got a mention!

Great job, Ted! 


Re: Horizons at ECSP

Kent Blackwell
 

Right you are!


Re: Horizons at ECSP

RapidEye
 

You forgot to add that we can easily see Omega Saywhaaaaat from pretty much anywhere in the cedars on every cloudy night =-)
<RE>

PS - and I'm not going to say you can't go hungry at the ECSP, but you'll have to go out of your way to try!


On Mon, May 26, 2014 at 11:06 PM, kent@... [backbayastro] <backbayastro@...> wrote:
 

In the main observing area about 25°of the horizon is obscured. I kind of like that though because it hides distant light domes. But if you desire more southern horizon you can try imagers row, as some call it. I will post a notice in the campground store for campers not to ride their golf carts at night through our area but occasionally it might occur. Politely ask then to turn off bright lights. It's their campground so lets be respectful. Newcomers will have a good time at ECSP. Those whom have been before will attest to that. For many seasoned star party goers it it was their first indoctrination to star parties. Others are certainly bigger but most aren't as fun. Favorable weather or not I shall try to make certain we all have a good time just being together. Thank you, Kent Blackwell



ECSP Update

Kent Blackwell
 

Listed below is the latest update. I have lots of good door prizes to give away after Saturday's cookout. One door prize ticket is given with each registration and extra tickets are $1 each. You must be a registered to participate in the door prize drawing. Grand prize is a Explore Scientific 20mm, 100-degree eyepiece.


Please excuse if Yahoo Groups jumbles this update listing. If you can't read it email me offline at Kent at Exis.Net


2014 EAST COAST STAR PARTY-MAY 29, 30, 31

(The Star Party Ends Sunday morning June 1)

 

Star Party Registration  – One time fee of $20/per person

Pay Kent at the star party registration desk in the observing area

 

Camping Rates:

Pay camping fees at the campground store

Primitive Camping (includes tents and trailers NOT requiring Electric, Water or Sewage)

$20/night, per campsite

 

R/V Units with Electric& Water but no Sewage

$30/night, per campsite

 

R/V Units requiring Electric, Water & Sewage

$40/night, per campsite

Hampton Lodge Camping Resort – Coinjock, NC (252-453-2732)

Portable restrooms conveniently located near observing area

Showers and country store located on the campground site

You may camp near your telescope

No power is available in the observing field

 

NOTE: THE SKY IS 6TH- MAGNITUDE BUT CEDAR TREES OBSTRUCT THE HORIZON

OBSERVING AREA IS 100' TO THE LEFT AFTER CAMPGROUND ENTRANCE GATE

JUST FOLLOW THE “TELESCOPES” SIGNS

 

PLEASE OBEY CAMPGROUND 10 MPH SPEED LIMIT AT ALL TIMES!


AGENDA

THURSDAY MAY 10:

REGISTRATION: BEGINS AT 2:00 PM & CONTINUES ALL WEEKEND

Coffee & snacks served all night

 

FRIDAY

RELAX ALL DAY & OBSERVE ALL NIGHT

Coffee & snacks served all night

Hors d’oeurves party at 3:00 pm

 

Dining options: Coinjock Marina (5 miles)

Winks of Currituck (5 miles)

Currituck BBQ in Coinjock (10 miles)

Hardee’s, McDonalds, Subway and other fast food in Grandy, NC (16 miles)

 

SATURDAY:

OPTIONAL: BRUNCH AT MEL’S DINER AT 9:30 AM

 

5:30 PM COOKOUT AT OBSERVING SITE

KENT WILL SUPPLY HAMBURGERS, HOT DOGS, AND SOFT DRINKS - BRING A DISH IF YOU WOULD LIKE

 

6:30 PM DOOR PRIZE DRAWINGS

 

DOOR PRIZES (ADULTS)

10x50 Wide-angle binocular

Astronomy Hacks, book

Backyard Guide to the Night Sky, book

Comet Sweeper, book

Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders, book

Green laser pointer

Last Launch, book

Observatory bank, handcrafted pottery by Robert Hitt

Orion 76mm Dobsonian FirstScope

Orion Astro Goggles

Orion Deep Map 600 chart

Orion Eyepatch

Orion Lights Out Observing Canopy

Orion planisphere

Orion rubber eyeguard (2)

Orion Video Capture

Red screen for laptop

Self-powered red beam flashlight

SkyTools 3 computer mapping program

Explore Scientific 20mm, 100-degree eyepiece

 

DOOR PRIZES (KIDS)

Plenty of door prizes so that all kids under 12 years old will win a prize

Kent Blackwell



Re: Event request for Tuesday, 6/17 (or possibly Monday 6/16)

BBAA President
 

It is also two days before the 96x-fest and a Tuesday night.  I would say that maybe we pass on this one?

 

 

Jim

 

 

 

From: vp@... [mailto:vp@...]
Sent: Monday, May 26, 2014 7:06 PM
To: president@...; secretary@...; Taylor, Lawrence W. (LARC-E401); Benito Loyola; 'Charles Jagow'; 'treasurer@...'; 'vp@...'
Cc: backbayastro@...
Subject: Event request for Tuesday, 6/17 (or possibly Monday 6/16)

 

 We have a request for a Cub Scout event in Portsmouth on Tuesday, 6/17 (or possibly Monday 6/16), with an expected attendance of 200.  Before I approve this event, I wopuld like to know if we can have enough BBAA members there with telescopes to handle the crowd.  A minimum of five people with scopes, and as many as 8 or 10 would be helpful.  

 

Please let me know ASAP if you are available one of those dates, preferably 6/17.  

 

This event is one week after Boardwalk Astronomy #2, and two days before another event, so I need responses so I can let the requester and the Cub Scouts know if we can support their event (see https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/club/event-view.cfm?Event_ID=57449).

 

George

 


George Reynolds
 

BBAA Vice President
Outreach Coordinator


Re: Event request for Tuesday, 6/17 (or possibly Monday 6/16)

VegaGaze
 

I'm not so sure I'd be able to do this one either.  Just too many nights in one month ditching my family - with boardwalk astro, 96Xfest, final PTA board meeting of the year, and Skywatch... I should probably say no to this one.
-Leigh Anne


On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 7:22 AM, "Charles Jagow chuck@... [backbayastro]" wrote:


 
George, 

According to the times on the NSN, count me out as I can’t leave work before 5:30 PM and the traffic from Dam Neck to Portsmouth at that time, you would probably be done by the time I even arrived.

From: "Jim Tallman, BBAA President" <President@...>
Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 9:18 AM
To: George Reynolds <vp@...>, "secretary@..." <secretary@...>, "'Taylor, Lawrence W. (LARC-E401)'" <lawrence.w.taylor@...>, 'Benito Loyola' <Ben@...>, Charles Jagow <chuck@...>, Charles Jagow <treasurer@...>
Cc: BBAA <backbayastro@...>
Subject: RE: Event request for Tuesday, 6/17 (or possibly Monday 6/16)

It is also two days before the 96x-fest and a Tuesday night.  I would say that maybe we pass on this one?
 
 
Jim
 
 
 
From: vp@... [mailto:vp@...]
Sent: Monday, May 26, 2014 7:06 PM
To: president@...; secretary@...; Taylor, Lawrence W. (LARC-E401); Benito Loyola; 'Charles Jagow'; 'treasurer@...'; 'vp@...'
Cc: backbayastro@...
Subject: Event request for Tuesday, 6/17 (or possibly Monday 6/16)
 
 We have a request for a Cub Scout event in Portsmouth on Tuesday, 6/17 (or possibly Monday 6/16), with an expected attendance of 200.  Before I approve this event, I wopuld like to know if we can have enough BBAA members there with telescopes to handle the crowd.  A minimum of five people with scopes, and as many as 8 or 10 would be helpful.  
 
Please let me know ASAP if you are available one of those dates, preferably 6/17.  
 
This event is one week after Boardwalk Astronomy #2, and two days before another event, so I need responses so I can let the requester and the Cub Scouts know if we can support their event (see https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/club/event-view.cfm?Event_ID=57449).
 
George
 

George Reynolds
 
BBAA Vice President
Outreach Coordinator



New Event at ODU's Pretlow Planetarium

saturn639@...
 

Saw this and thought I'd pass it on to the group.

- Michael Moore


Old Dominion University’s Pretlow Planetarium is proud to bring you a new summer series. This summer we will be starting a new series on May 28th and running until August 13th. Every Wednesday night during the summer we will have a live presentation at the planetarium starting at 8:30 pm. Immediately afterwards, at 9:00 pm, we will be observing the stars and planets talked about during the show using several of ODU’s telescopes. If the weather is cloudy or rainy we will have to cancel the observing session, but the planetarium shows will happen at 8:30 either way.

All shows are free, open to the public, and families are always welcome. You do not need tickets or to make any reservations. The doors to the planetarium will open at approximately 8:15. For more information about the shows, our location, parking, or special event rentals please visit Pretlow Planetarium.



Re: Horizons at ECSP

Jason Tackett
 

Thank you for the information, Kent and Bob. Sounds like a great time! I'll give imagers row a shot for those southern skies the first night. See you there.

Best,
Jason


Re: Event request for Tuesday, 6/17 (or possibly Monday 6/16)

charles jagow
 

George, 

According to the times on the NSN, count me out as I can’t leave work before 5:30 PM and the traffic from Dam Neck to Portsmouth at that time, you would probably be done by the time I even arrived.

From: "Jim Tallman, BBAA President" <President@...>
Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 9:18 AM
To: George Reynolds <vp@...>, "secretary@..." <secretary@...>, "'Taylor, Lawrence W. (LARC-E401)'" <lawrence.w.taylor@...>, 'Benito Loyola' <Ben@...>, Charles Jagow <chuck@...>, Charles Jagow <treasurer@...>
Cc: BBAA <backbayastro@...>
Subject: RE: Event request for Tuesday, 6/17 (or possibly Monday 6/16)

It is also two days before the 96x-fest and a Tuesday night.  I would say that maybe we pass on this one?

 

 

Jim

 

 

 

From: vp@... [mailto:vp@...]
Sent: Monday, May 26, 2014 7:06 PM
To: president@...; secretary@...; Taylor, Lawrence W. (LARC-E401); Benito Loyola; 'Charles Jagow'; 'treasurer@...'; 'vp@...'
Cc: backbayastro@...
Subject: Event request for Tuesday, 6/17 (or possibly Monday 6/16)

 

 We have a request for a Cub Scout event in Portsmouth on Tuesday, 6/17 (or possibly Monday 6/16), with an expected attendance of 200.  Before I approve this event, I wopuld like to know if we can have enough BBAA members there with telescopes to handle the crowd.  A minimum of five people with scopes, and as many as 8 or 10 would be helpful.  

 

Please let me know ASAP if you are available one of those dates, preferably 6/17.  

 

This event is one week after Boardwalk Astronomy #2, and two days before another event, so I need responses so I can let the requester and the Cub Scouts know if we can support their event (see https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/club/event-view.cfm?Event_ID=57449).

 

George

 


George Reynolds
 

BBAA Vice President
Outreach Coordinator


Re: Horizons at ECSP

Kent Blackwell
 

In the main observing area about 25°of the horizon is obscured. I kind of like that though because it hides distant light domes. But if you desire more southern horizon you can try imagers row, as some call it. I will post a notice in the campground store for campers not to ride their golf carts at night through our area but occasionally it might occur. Politely ask then to turn off bright lights. It's their campground so lets be respectful. Newcomers will have a good time at ECSP. Those whom have been before will attest to that. For many seasoned star party goers it it was their first indoctrination to star parties. Others are certainly bigger but most aren't as fun. Favorable weather or not I shall try to make certain we all have a good time just being together. Thank you, Kent Blackwell


Episode 8 of Cosmos

preciousmyprecious
 

I really like this one. The roots of astrophysics. It's like an Astronomy 101 course! Hint: watch it w/ your wife. It talks about Pickering's "computers" where we see women were the...well, watch it for yourself.
 
Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean


Re: BBAA Skywatch & the meteor storm

Nick Anderson
 

I've been meaning to post a report of some kind, so here goes:


I haven't been to terribly too many Skywatches just yet (since I'm typically out of the area), but this one was the busiest by far! I had a great time just conversing with some of the BBAA people that I don't generally see too often. I was quite impressed by the skills of others and had some nice astronomy discussions.

In particular, I see Mark Gelach's grandchildren have started working on the Messier list with their [4.5 or 6 inch?] Orion Dob. That's quite admirable to get hooked at such a young age! Kudos to you Mark for starting them off a hobby that could very well last a lifetime! I'll be interested to see what progress they make in the coming months!

I also see that Leigh Anne has been working on some Messiers as well and she hasn't let the technology of a larger scope keep her from starhopping! That's the best way to truly learn how to navigate the sky. But there's already a variety of objects she can reliably find. She especially seemed to like showcasing M65 and M66, galaxies in Leo.

And just because you don't have a telescope doesn't mean you can't be a productive observer. Kurt was always in line to see whatever was being exhibited, but he's a far cry from the stereotypical "armchair astronomer". Keep up the good work with writing down what you've observed. It's quite the commodity to be able to "relive" your observations years later.

As for me, these were the objects I caught in my XT8 (all planets, galaxies, and globulars): Mars, Saturn, M51 (Whirlpool Galaxy) with NGC 5195, M104 (Sombrero Galaxy), NGC 2903, M3, M106, and M5. Mars (12.4 arcseconds in size) had a surprisingly decent display of its albedo features before twilight had ended. The curved Mare Acidalium in the north, the north polar cap, and Mare Erythraeum in the south weren't too difficult to spot at 192x. Noting the concentrated core of M106, it only reinforces the belief that its supernova should be a real challenge.

I was also hoping to catch Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS), but the heavy clouds covered it up during my attempt around 10:30. Then a half hour later, we all evacuated from the rain and impending thunderstorms.

All-in-all though, a great time!

-Nick Anderson

President-elect
Astronomy Club of Virginia Tech

---In backbayastro@..., <kent@...> wrote :

Robert Hitt and I agreed it was good seeing so many BBAAer's and guests at the Skywatch last night. Kadoos to Jim Tallman for showing up after an across country flight from CA. The sky was clear most of the night but a sudden threatening storm moved in just prior to 11:00 pm so we all packed up. I hope you all got out quickly because it rained quite hard on our way home.We got home around 11:30 pm. The rain continued so I set my alarm for 2:50 am. Just as predicted the sky was perfectly clear at that hour, so I attached a camera to my tripod and went outside armed with a large blanket and pillow to watch the new meteor storm. What strorm? I looked from 3:00 - 4:00 and didn't see a single meteorf! Looks like Ted and I were correct in our predictions. How about you, Ted? Did the meteors "rain" down in Arizona?It seems the more media blitz astronomical events get the less they fulfill their predicted excitment. But you know what? Black Cat and I still enjoyed laying outside in the wee hours of the morning gazing up, even if we didn't see any falling stars, as Black Cat calls them.Kent Blackwell


Re: Horizons at ECSP

bob414
 

The center of the ECSP is in a pine thicket.  I, like you, have Norfolk, VA beach, Chesapeake to my normal southern exposure.  However on observers row, the road thru the thicket, south end has had  an excellent Southern exposure in the past.  We see Omega Centauri from the southern end.  Be aware of the houses on the bay and the one behind the pine thicket which a security light make sure they are behind trees and you should be fine.  I don’t know when you are planning to get down there, but I plan on being in that part of the party.

 

Bob

 

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...]
Sent: Monday, May 26, 2014 3:34 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: [backbayastro] Horizons at ECSP

 

 

Hey East Coast Star Party fans! 

 

Does anyone have any insight into the clear-horizons at the observing field? I'm making an imaging plan for the event and am curious what directions are best. Any guesstimates of the altitude of the tree line, especially toward the south (galactic center above Sagittarius)? 

 

Thanks for any info and I'll see you there!

Jason


Horizons at ECSP

Jason Tackett
 

Hey East Coast Star Party fans! 


Does anyone have any insight into the clear-horizons at the observing field? I'm making an imaging plan for the event and am curious what directions are best. Any guesstimates of the altitude of the tree line, especially toward the south (galactic center above Sagittarius)? 


Thanks for any info and I'll see you there!

Jason

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