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Re: Possible Supernova in M61

Roy Diffrient
 

The good news: It’s officially a Type 1A supernova now.
The bad news: Thanks to the end of DST tonight, you’ll need to view it an hour earlier.
The discovery image:
 
 
Roy
 
 

Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:10 PM
Subject: [backbayastro] Possible Supernova in M61
 


But it’s currently only about mag 13.4 and viewable at about 6 AM.
 
 
Roy


Sketch of Ceres and 4 Vesta from July 2014

Nick Anderson
 

Hi all,

I finally got around to posting this sketch (the only one I've ever accomplished with curious visitors dropping by):


And here's a description:

"The asteroid belt encompasses a region roughly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It is thought that gravitational perturbations from Jupiter prevented planetary formation in this region. Instead, numerous small bodies known as asteroids (Greek for “star-like”) occupy this region.

In 1801, Ceres became the first body of the asteroid belt to be discovered. It was initially classified as a planet, but this status was cut short in the 1850’s after the discovery of over a dozen “planets” in the same orbital region. This prompted the reclassification of all these bodies to asteroids.

Ceres is the most massive asteroid, containing approximately a third of the asteroid belt’s mass. However, it never achieves an apparent magnitude brighter than 6.7, beyond the typical naked eye limit. However, 4 Vesta—the third largest asteroid—can reach a brightness exceeding that of Uranus. Contrary to popular belief, the belt is sparsely populated and most asteroids are very small. From essentially any given asteroid, an observer would typically require optical aid to see another (except in the case of a close encounter).

Featured in this sketch is a unique view of asteroids Ceres and Vesta, at the time only about 10 arcminutes away from each other! Perhaps more significantly, the Dawn spacecraft could be found somewhere in between the duo, en route to Ceres from Vesta (where it completed its 14-month Vesta orbital mission in September 2012). Dawn is scheduled to reach Ceres in March or April of 2015, preceding the upcoming New Horizons flyby of Pluto by just a few months."


Clear skies and good seeing,

-Nick Anderson

President
Astronomy Club of Virginia Tech


Re: Possible Supernova in M61

Nick Anderson
 

Awesome, thanks for the info. 13.4 mag. already puts it within reach of an 8-inch! Looks like I'll have to do some morning observing soon before the Moon takes over morning sky.

Anyone here see it yet?


Clear skies and good seeing,

-Nick Anderson

President
Astronomy Club of Virginia Tech


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But it’s currently only about mag 13.4 and viewable at about 6 AM.
 
 
Roy


Re: Orion

Jim Tallman
 

I left it alone :)

 

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...]
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:24 AM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: RE: [backbayastro] Orion

 

 

I like Orion, please don’t shoot.  Photos are OK.

 

Bob

 

From: backbayastro

 

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Possible Supernova in M61

Roy Diffrient
 

But it’s currently only about mag 13.4 and viewable at about 6 AM.
 
 
Roy


Two large solar prominences

Kent Blackwell
 

There are two large prominences of the eastern limb. I wonder if we'll have another huge sunspot. The one last week was the largest in 25 years.

 

Kent Blackwell



Re: Orion

bob414
 

I like Orion, please don’t shoot.  Photos are OK.

 

Bob

 

From: backbayastro

 

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Re: ECSP Photos

Kent Blackwell
 

How neat! In case you weren't at ECSP Bob B. was flying a minature drone, outfiltted with digital camera aboard. Awesome pictures, Bob.

 

What was most amazing at the cookout, you might ask? I only ate ONE hamburger and nothing else!

 

Kent Blackwell


BBAA Monthly Meeting and ELECTIONS

VegaGaze
 

Thursday, November 6th.  7:30 pm

TCC Virginia Beach, Science Building J.  Rm JC13 - room subject to change.


Please make it out to the Nov 6th meeting for the annual election of the board.

After business and elections, we will move to the planetarium for a presentation.


We look forward to seeing everyone there.


Re: Orion

charles jagow
 

Pay attention BELOW you, I want some damn jerky.

v/r
Chuck Jagow
NCRR #1495 & Newsletter Editor
Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers
Rott'n Paws Observatory
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-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Tallman jctallman@cox.net [backbayastro] [mailto:backbayastro@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2014 06:24 AM
To: backbayastro@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [backbayastro] Orion

Out at Northwest Annex sitting in  tree stand. Orion is beautiful when it pops out of the clouds. 


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Orion

Jim Tallman
 

Out at Northwest Annex sitting in  tree stand. Orion is beautiful when it pops out of the clouds. 


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone


Re: Launch

galacticprobe
 

Trust me: after dealing with military and some cryptographic items for two-thirds of my career, even the smallest light bulb has to be totally destroyed for the government to be satisfied. If they find one melted, charred, cracked bit of crypto equipment in that wreckage (or would that be carnage?), they'll smash it to powder before declaring the site "clean".

Dino.

-----Original Message-----
From: RapidEye RapidEye.US@... [backbayastro]
To: Backbay Group
Sent: Wed, Oct 29, 2014 8:29 am
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Launch

 
So on the news this morning, they stated that there was classified payload onboard and the entire scene was off limits until they could determine that the classified items were in fact destroyed.  Hard to believe anything could have survived that explosion.



Re: ECSP Photos

bob414
 

I posted some of the aerial  shots today.

 

Bob B

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...]
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:12 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] ECSP Photos

 

 

Good point, Jim.  But I’ll bet the rest of us would like to see some of those shots too if they’re ready for viewing.

 

Roy

 

 

Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:37 PM

Subject: RE: [backbayastro] ECSP Photos

 




We took pictures Roy, put the cameras were pointing up for some reason.

 

 

Jim

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...]
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:54 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] ECSP Photos

 

 

Ten ECSP photos finally uploaded.  But I got nothing from that wild & crazy bunch at the south end of Imager’s Row.  Anyone have any photos (or should I say “evidence”)?  Hey, what happens at ECSP stays at ECSP!

 

Roy

 

 

Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 2:24 PM

Subject: [backbayastro] ECSP Photos

 





I managed to set up an album and add two photos before being Yahooed – The album is “ECSP October 2014” in the group photo section.

 

Roy


Re: ECSP Photos

Jim Tallman
 

I have this rough Horsehead I took. 10min 1000iso with the TAK and a Canon t3i

 

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...]
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:12 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] ECSP Photos

 

 

Good point, Jim.  But I’ll bet the rest of us would like to see some of those shots too if they’re ready for viewing.

 

Roy

 

 

Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:37 PM

Subject: RE: [backbayastro] ECSP Photos

 




We took pictures Roy, put the cameras were pointing up for some reason.

 

 

Jim

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...]
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:54 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] ECSP Photos

 

 

Ten ECSP photos finally uploaded.  But I got nothing from that wild & crazy bunch at the south end of Imager’s Row.  Anyone have any photos (or should I say “evidence”)?  Hey, what happens at ECSP stays at ECSP!

 

Roy

 

 

Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 2:24 PM

Subject: [backbayastro] ECSP Photos

 





I managed to set up an album and add two photos before being Yahooed – The album is “ECSP October 2014” in the group photo section.

 

Roy


Re: ECSP Photos

Roy Diffrient
 

Good point, Jim.  But I’ll bet the rest of us would like to see some of those shots too if they’re ready for viewing.
 
Roy
 
 

Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:37 PM
Subject: RE: [backbayastro] ECSP Photos
 


We took pictures Roy, put the cameras were pointing up for some reason.

 

 

Jim

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...]
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:54 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] ECSP Photos

 

 

Ten ECSP photos finally uploaded.  But I got nothing from that wild & crazy bunch at the south end of Imager’s Row.  Anyone have any photos (or should I say “evidence”)?  Hey, what happens at ECSP stays at ECSP!

 

Roy

 

 

Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 2:24 PM

Subject: [backbayastro] ECSP Photos

 




I managed to set up an album and add two photos before being Yahooed – The album is “ECSP October 2014” in the group photo section.

 

Roy


Re: ECSP Photos

Jim Tallman
 

We took pictures Roy, put the cameras were pointing up for some reason.

 

 

Jim

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...]
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:54 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] ECSP Photos

 

 

Ten ECSP photos finally uploaded.  But I got nothing from that wild & crazy bunch at the south end of Imager’s Row.  Anyone have any photos (or should I say “evidence”)?  Hey, what happens at ECSP stays at ECSP!

 

Roy

 

 

Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 2:24 PM

Subject: [backbayastro] ECSP Photos

 




I managed to set up an album and add two photos before being Yahooed – The album is “ECSP October 2014” in the group photo section.

 

Roy


Re: Solar eclipse at ECSP

Kent Blackwell
 

Thanks, Roy.

 

The number of total eclipses Robert Hitt and I have observed stands at 14; the first being from my backyard in on March 7, 1970. Since then we have traveled to Canada, The Indian Ocean off the cost of Africa, Mexico, South America, South China Sea, Caribbean, Greece, Cape Town, between Easter Island and Pitcain Island (of Mutiny on the Bounty fame), Egypt, the Arctic Circle, off the coast of Iwo Jima and finally Australia.

 

The only one clouded out was the Arctic Circle. But we knew it was going to be cloudy so 700 passengers on the cruise ship Disvovery partied all day instead of worrying about what lens and what exposure to use to photography it!

 

An eclipse cruise is the way to go to see an eclipse. The ship can move to clear places along the path, drastically increasing your chances of clear skies.


Re: Solar eclipse at ECSP

Roy Diffrient
 

Certainly can tell who is the eclipse expert!  How many does this make, Kent?  Do you have to count them by five’s or ten’s?  Or have you lost count after all these years?
 
Roy
 
 

Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 10:48 AM
Subject: [backbayastro] Solar eclipse at ECSP
 


What a lovely site we had to view the solar eclipse, on the causeway near Hampton Lodge campground. It couldn't have been more beautiful.

 

I posted two pictures in a folder labeled sunset solar eclipse. One taken through my 80mm f/6 TMB refractor and another wide-angle shot with a 40 year old Leica 180mm lens. Wow, I had to shoot it at 1/8000-second!

 

Kent Blackwell

 


Re: ECSP Last Weekend

Kent Blackwell
 

Just to make sure you're on my invite list for future ECSP contact me offline.

 

Kent Blackwell

 

Kent at exis.net


Solar eclipse at ECSP

Kent Blackwell
 

What a lovely site we had to view the solar eclipse, on the causeway near Hampton Lodge campground. It couldn't have been more beautiful.

 

I posted two pictures in a folder labeled sunset solar eclipse. One taken through my 80mm f/6 TMB refractor and another wide-angle shot with a 40 year old Leica 180mm lens. Wow, I had to shoot it at 1/8000-second!

 

Kent Blackwell


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