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Re: Just like the old days

Roy Diffrient
 

Very deep sky stuff for a 4" scope, Mark!  Sh 2 and Vdb objects are usually cause for eye strain here.  But no discouragement intended -- as someone famously said, you can't get a ticket for trying.  Nice report.


On Jun 28, 2017, at 7:24 AM, Mark Ost <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:

Another fine night. As it did not get dark until very late, around 2330, I decided to lay down until the appointed hour of 2300. It occurred to me that I have not come very far in 63 years fro 40 years ago. It was just like having the midwatch. Eat at 1730. Try to sleep or do something until 2330. Get up. Stare at something until the wee hours of the morning and repeat again. Except this is 40 years later..................slow learner.

Sharpless objects were the project for the night as it was very transparent and a fine temperature. Did the entire Veil at very low power. A few Vdb objects seen to creep into the line up. Things got dark around 2345 so functioned until 0120 when it seemed enough. Glad a moon is getting in the way as my will power is a bit lacking and I might do this again. It is feast or famine for East Coast observers. The milky way was excellent at one in the morning, observed naked eye and with the "minion" binoculars. The Vixens give a detailed view of all of Sagittarius and huge swaths of the densest part of the galactic plane. Low humidity, late hour, and very good transparency made the galaxy shine even from here. Fortunately Williamsburg is not lit like a Christmas tree and there are two major military reservations with lots of open land so little in the way of lights to my south. The river and creeks also help here too.


Just like the old days

jimcoble2000
 

Another fine night. As it did not get dark until very late, around 2330, I decided to lay down until the appointed hour of 2300. It occurred to me that I have not come very far in 63 years fro 40 years ago. It was just like having the midwatch. Eat at 1730. Try to sleep or do something until 2330. Get up. Stare at something until the wee hours of the morning and repeat again. Except this is 40 years later..................slow learner.

Sharpless objects were the project for the night as it was very transparent and a fine temperature. Did the entire Veil at very low power. A few Vdb objects seen to creep into the line up. Things got dark around 2345 so functioned until 0120 when it seemed enough. Glad a moon is getting in the way as my will power is a bit lacking and I might do this again. It is feast or famine for East Coast observers. The milky way was excellent at one in the morning, observed naked eye and with the "minion" binoculars. The Vixens give a detailed view of all of Sagittarius and huge swaths of the densest part of the galactic plane. Low humidity, late hour, and very good transparency made the galaxy shine even from here. Fortunately Williamsburg is not lit like a Christmas tree and there are two major military reservations with lots of open land so little in the way of lights to my south. The river and creeks also help here too.


Finally a good night.

jimcoble2000
 

Cool temperatures and fairly clear skies necessitated staying up late last night to make up for what seems months of inactivity on the astronomical front. I could detect that it got dark about six seconds earlier than in the previous month. Relief. Clouds drifted through occasionally for most of the evening with a good stretch of clear skies from about 2230 to 0100 when clouds returned to the sky. Ophiuchus and the northern part of Scorpius were the areas of choice. After two decades of observing with large aperture I still enjoy the 4 inch telescopes I now use. One thing the Genesis does so well is offer wide field views with acceptable magnification and of course superb resolution. You have to work a bit harder on dim objects but when it comes to aesthetic views of multiple objects it is easily the tool of choice.

Using a 14mm Pentax and my 19mm Televue eyepieces the view of Antares / NGC 6144 / M4 makes a spectacular combination. 6144 is a bit extended and subsequently dimmer but still visible in the view of all the objects. These views give an appearant third dimension to deep sky observing. You get a sense of the larger view. Another combination observed was the set of NGC 6356 / M9 in Ophiuchus. There may be a third globular in the field but it is quite dim requiring higher magnification to see thus negating the wide field view. I tried another globular / star combination but the globular was way too diffuse to be detected in the 4 inch and I suspect in larger scopes too. I see where it should be but 8th magnitude spread over 13 arc minutes is pretty spread out. I was going to go to Cygnus but clouds decided otherwise around 0100. I was going t wait it out but after 15 minutes retreat seemed the better option as it did not look like a break was coming in a reasonable time.  


Re: Eclipse Stamps

VegaGaze
 

I picked up a couple sheetsas soon as they issued them. They're awesome!!


On Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 6:11 PM, 'Charles JAGOW' chuck@... [backbayastro]
wrote:
 

Karen just surprised me with a sheet of those cool stamps!

v/r
Chuck Jagow
President - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers
Rott'n Paws Observatory | N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512
Member - Norfolk County Rifle Range #1495

>-----Original Message-----
>From: George Reynolds pathfinder027@... [backbayastro] [mailto:backbayastro@...]
>Sent: Monday, June 26, 2017 12:43 PM
>To: 'Roy Diffrient' mail@... [backbayastro]
>Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Eclipse Stamps
>
>Cool!  I just picked up two sheets of 16 stamps and a black eclipse envelope at the post office
>George.
>
>George Reynolds
>
>"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, VirginiaBack Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
>http://www.backbayastro.org
>

>
>
>On Thursday, June 22, 2017, 9:24:24 PM EDT, 'Roy Diffrient' mail@... [backbayastro] wrote:
>

>
>Attention space stamp fans, and you know who you are, Leigh Anne – the USPS has come out with a really cool Forever stamp commemorating the upcoming coast-to-coast eclipse. 
>The view on the stamp actually changes – it really_has_to be cool to show the eclipse!  If you warm up a stamp, like by putting your finger on it for a few seconds, the view changes to the full moon, and then back to the eclipse shortly after the warmth is removed.  Is that cool or what?  There’s also a special black Total Solar Eclipse envelope available ($0.25) for a full sheet of 16 stamps.  Now available at your local post office and on-line: https://store.usps.com/store/browse/productDetailSingleSku.jsp?productId=S_475304 Roy


Re: Eclipse Stamps

charles jagow
 

Karen just surprised me with a sheet of those cool stamps!

v/r
Chuck Jagow
President - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers
Rott'n Paws Observatory | N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512
Member - Norfolk County Rifle Range #1495

-----Original Message-----
From: George Reynolds pathfinder027@... [backbayastro] [mailto:backbayastro@...]
Sent: Monday, June 26, 2017 12:43 PM
To: 'Roy Diffrient' mail@... [backbayastro]
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Eclipse Stamps

Cool!  I just picked up two sheets of 16 stamps and a black eclipse envelope at the post office
George.

George Reynolds

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

 


On Thursday, June 22, 2017, 9:24:24 PM EDT, 'Roy Diffrient' mail@... [backbayastro] <backbayastro@...> wrote:

 

Attention space stamp fans, and you know who you are, Leigh Anne – the USPS has come out with a really cool Forever stamp commemorating the upcoming coast-to-coast eclipse. 
The view on the stamp actually changes – it really_has_to be cool to show the eclipse!  If you warm up a stamp, like by putting your finger on it for a few seconds, the view changes to the full moon, and then back to the eclipse shortly after the warmth is removed.  Is that cool or what?  There’s also a special black Total Solar Eclipse envelope available ($0.25) for a full sheet of 16 stamps.  Now available at your local post office and on-line: https://store.usps.com/store/browse/productDetailSingleSku.jsp?productId=S_475304 Roy


Re: Eclipse Stamps

George Reynolds
 

Cool!  I just picked up two sheets of 16 stamps and a black eclipse envelope at the post office

George.


George Reynolds

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


 




On Thursday, June 22, 2017, 9:24:24 PM EDT, 'Roy Diffrient' mail@... [backbayastro] wrote:


 

Attention space stamp fans, and you know who you are, Leigh Anne – the USPS has come out with a really cool Forever stamp commemorating the upcoming coast-to-coast eclipse. 
The view on the stamp actually changes – it really_has_to be cool to show the eclipse!  If you warm up a stamp, like by putting your finger on it for a few seconds, the view changes to the full moon, and then back to the eclipse shortly after the warmth is removed.  Is that cool or what?  There’s also a special black Total Solar Eclipse envelope available ($0.25) for a full sheet of 16 stamps.  Now available at your local post office and on-line:
 
 
Roy


Eclipse Stamps

Roy Diffrient
 

Attention space stamp fans, and you know who you are, Leigh Anne – the USPS has come out with a really cool Forever stamp commemorating the upcoming coast-to-coast eclipse. 
The view on the stamp actually changes – it really_has_to be cool to show the eclipse!  If you warm up a stamp, like by putting your finger on it for a few seconds, the view changes to the full moon, and then back to the eclipse shortly after the warmth is removed.  Is that cool or what?  There’s also a special black Total Solar Eclipse envelope available ($0.25) for a full sheet of 16 stamps.  Now available at your local post office and on-line:
 
 
Roy


Re: Eclipse interest

Kent Blackwell
 

Oh yea! I went on one total solar eclipse expedition in the Arctic Circle on a cruise ship. We were the only ship in the area for hundreds and hundreds of miles. All I could think is I hope we don't have mechanical issues with the ship, or worse because no one was anywhere nearby.


PS. It's the only eclipse out of 14 that I was clouded out. Ouch. But you know what? I had more fun than any others because I didn't have to worry about the weather anymore, or what exposure to shoot the eclipse. Just enjoy partying with others. I'm glad I had an inside cabin on that trip because even at midnight it was still daylight outside.


Re: Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17

vabeachdave
 

Postponed again. 

Launch update: Clouds are preventing the launch of the Terrier-Improved Malemute, next attempt is Saturday, June 24 from 9:07-9:22 p.m.


On Jun 19, 2017 7:07 PM, David Manvell <VABeachDave@...> wrote:
It's never going to launch... 


NASA Terrier-Improved Malemute launch, postponed to 6/20 because of weather. The launch on 6/ 20, has a window from 9:06 - 9:21 p.m.

On Jun 19, 2017 3:26 PM, "'Jeff Goldstein' jeffgold1@... [backbayastro]" <backbayastro@...> wrote:
 

Fingers crossed on this one!

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...]
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017 10:48 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17

 

 

Never mind – I found a notice on Space Weather that it was scrubbed because of unfavorable winds.  Next launch window is tomorrow, Monday 6/19, 9:05 – 9:20 pm.

 

Roy

 

 

Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017 10:25 PM

Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17

 




Anyone see anything from this tonight?  I didn't see a notice that it was scrubbed again.  Also looked and looked for the launch but did not see that either.  But we saw lots of haze, etc. around, so we could have been clouded out.

 

Roy


On Jun 16, 2017, at 6:19 PM, David Manvell vabeachdave@... [backbayastro] <backbayastro@...> wrote:

The launch of NASA Terrier Improved Malemute is now scheduled for Sunday, June 18, with a window from 9:05 to 9:20 p.m.

 

On Jun 15, 2017 8:02 PM, "'Roy Diffrient' mail@... [backbayastro]" <backbayastro@...> wrote:

 

Launch postponed to Friday June 16, 9:05 – 9:20 PM, per the NASA web site referenced below, because of weather.

 

Roy

 

 

Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 4:24 PM

Subject: [backbayastro] Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17

 

 

NASA is putting on a fireworks show again.  Launch now scheduled for tomorrow night, Thursday June 15 between 9:05 – 9:20 PM.  Will be postponed if the weather is not good, so stay tuned.

 

 

 

Roy

 

 

 




Re: Blue Moon Festival @ Hunt Club Farms

charles jagow
 

Mark,

It is listed correctly as the 28th on the NSN calendar.  Where is the confusion?  Did we list it incorrectly at the meeting?

Sent from Chuck's iPhone

On Jun 19, 2017, at 4:21 PM, gerlach.mark@... [backbayastro] <backbayastro@...> wrote:

 

Please note that the date for the Blue Moon Festival is Friday, July 28th, not the 29th.


Re: Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17

vabeachdave
 

It's never going to launch... 


NASA Terrier-Improved Malemute launch, postponed to 6/20 because of weather. The launch on 6/ 20, has a window from 9:06 - 9:21 p.m.

On Jun 19, 2017 3:26 PM, "'Jeff Goldstein' jeffgold1@... [backbayastro]" <backbayastro@...> wrote:
 

Fingers crossed on this one!

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...]
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017 10:48 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17

 

 

Never mind – I found a notice on Space Weather that it was scrubbed because of unfavorable winds.  Next launch window is tomorrow, Monday 6/19, 9:05 – 9:20 pm.

 

Roy

 

 

Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017 10:25 PM

Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17

 




Anyone see anything from this tonight?  I didn't see a notice that it was scrubbed again.  Also looked and looked for the launch but did not see that either.  But we saw lots of haze, etc. around, so we could have been clouded out.

 

Roy


On Jun 16, 2017, at 6:19 PM, David Manvell vabeachdave@... [backbayastro] <backbayastro@...> wrote:

The launch of NASA Terrier Improved Malemute is now scheduled for Sunday, June 18, with a window from 9:05 to 9:20 p.m.

 

On Jun 15, 2017 8:02 PM, "'Roy Diffrient' mail@... [backbayastro]" <backbayastro@...> wrote:

 

Launch postponed to Friday June 16, 9:05 – 9:20 PM, per the NASA web site referenced below, because of weather.

 

Roy

 

 

Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 4:24 PM

Subject: [backbayastro] Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17

 

 

NASA is putting on a fireworks show again.  Launch now scheduled for tomorrow night, Thursday June 15 between 9:05 – 9:20 PM.  Will be postponed if the weather is not good, so stay tuned.

 

 

 

Roy

 

 

 



Re: Eclipse reservation

gerlach.mark
 

The Jarvis twins and myself will be going to Santee, SC.  It looked to me to be the closest point from VB to the line of totality.  I made my reservations on March 1 and got two nights at Rodeway Inn for 3 adults for under $120!   I expect it is considerably higher now.

  Dale told me he is going to be at a state park right outside of Santee.


Re: Blue Moon Festival @ Hunt Club Farms

gerlach.mark
 

Please note that the date for the Blue Moon Festival is Friday, July 28th, not the 29th.


Re: Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17

Jeff Goldstein
 

Fingers crossed on this one!

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...]
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017 10:48 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17

 

 

Never mind – I found a notice on Space Weather that it was scrubbed because of unfavorable winds.  Next launch window is tomorrow, Monday 6/19, 9:05 – 9:20 pm.

 

Roy

 

 

Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017 10:25 PM

Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17

 




Anyone see anything from this tonight?  I didn't see a notice that it was scrubbed again.  Also looked and looked for the launch but did not see that either.  But we saw lots of haze, etc. around, so we could have been clouded out.

 

Roy


On Jun 16, 2017, at 6:19 PM, David Manvell vabeachdave@... [backbayastro] <backbayastro@...> wrote:

The launch of NASA Terrier Improved Malemute is now scheduled for Sunday, June 18, with a window from 9:05 to 9:20 p.m.

 

On Jun 15, 2017 8:02 PM, "'Roy Diffrient' mail@... [backbayastro]" <backbayastro@...> wrote:

 

Launch postponed to Friday June 16, 9:05 – 9:20 PM, per the NASA web site referenced below, because of weather.

 

Roy

 

 

Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 4:24 PM

Subject: [backbayastro] Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17

 

 

NASA is putting on a fireworks show again.  Launch now scheduled for tomorrow night, Thursday June 15 between 9:05 – 9:20 PM.  Will be postponed if the weather is not good, so stay tuned.

 

 

 

Roy

 

 

 


Re: Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17

Roy Diffrient
 

Never mind – I found a notice on Space Weather that it was scrubbed because of unfavorable winds.  Next launch window is tomorrow, Monday 6/19, 9:05 – 9:20 pm.
 
Roy
 
 
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017 10:25 PM
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17
 


Anyone see anything from this tonight?  I didn't see a notice that it was scrubbed again.  Also looked and looked for the launch but did not see that either.  But we saw lots of haze, etc. around, so we could have been clouded out.
 
Roy


On Jun 16, 2017, at 6:19 PM, David Manvell vabeachdave@... [backbayastro] <backbayastro@...> wrote:

The launch of NASA Terrier Improved Malemute is now scheduled for Sunday, June 18, with a window from 9:05 to 9:20 p.m.
 
On Jun 15, 2017 8:02 PM, "'Roy Diffrient' mail@... [backbayastro]" <backbayastro@...> wrote:
 
Launch postponed to Friday June 16, 9:05 – 9:20 PM, per the NASA web site referenced below, because of weather.
 
Roy
 
 
Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 4:24 PM
Subject: [backbayastro] Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17
 


NASA is putting on a fireworks show again.  Launch now scheduled for tomorrow night, Thursday June 15 between 9:05 – 9:20 PM.  Will be postponed if the weather is not good, so stay tuned.
 
 
 
Roy
 
 
 


Re: Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17

Roy Diffrient
 

Anyone see anything from this tonight?  I didn't see a notice that it was scrubbed again.  Also looked and looked for the launch but did not see that either.  But we saw lots of haze, etc. around, so we could have been clouded out.

Roy


On Jun 16, 2017, at 6:19 PM, David Manvell vabeachdave@... [backbayastro] <backbayastro@...> wrote:

The launch of NASA Terrier Improved Malemute is now scheduled for Sunday, June 18, with a window from 9:05 to 9:20 p.m.

On Jun 15, 2017 8:02 PM, "'Roy Diffrient' mail@... [backbayastro]" <backbayastro@...> wrote:
 

Launch postponed to Friday June 16, 9:05 – 9:20 PM, per the NASA web site referenced below, because of weather.
 
Roy
 
 
Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 4:24 PM
Subject: [backbayastro] Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17
 


NASA is putting on a fireworks show again.  Launch now scheduled for tomorrow night, Thursday June 15 between 9:05 – 9:20 PM.  Will be postponed if the weather is not good, so stay tuned.
 
 
 
Roy
 
 


Re: Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17

vabeachdave
 

The launch of NASA Terrier Improved Malemute is now scheduled for Sunday, June 18, with a window from 9:05 to 9:20 p.m.

On Jun 15, 2017 8:02 PM, "'Roy Diffrient' mail@... [backbayastro]" <backbayastro@...> wrote:
 

Launch postponed to Friday June 16, 9:05 – 9:20 PM, per the NASA web site referenced below, because of weather.
 
Roy
 
 
Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 4:24 PM
Subject: [backbayastro] Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17
 


NASA is putting on a fireworks show again.  Launch now scheduled for tomorrow night, Thursday June 15 between 9:05 – 9:20 PM.  Will be postponed if the weather is not good, so stay tuned.
 
 
 
Roy
 
 


Re: Skywatch @ Northwest River Park

jctallman <jctallman@...>
 

Hey Shawn, if you open the event, then select EDIT EVENT. You can go to the very bottom and then selected Canceled. Then save. The event will then show canceled on all calendars and then brings up a message to send out.

Jim

-------- Original message --------
From: "shawn.loescher@... [backbayastro]" <backbayastro@...>
Date: 6/16/17 3:41 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: [backbayastro] Skywatch @ Northwest River Park

 

Due to a forecast calling for afternoon storms and cloudy conditions afterwards the June Skywatch event is now canceled. We hope to see you at the July Skywatch instead.



Skywatch @ Northwest River Park

Shawn Loescher
 

Due to a forecast calling for afternoon storms and cloudy conditions afterwards the June Skywatch event is now canceled. We hope to see you at the July Skywatch instead.



Re: Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17

Roy Diffrient
 

Launch postponed to Friday June 16, 9:05 – 9:20 PM, per the NASA web site referenced below, because of weather.
 
Roy
 
 
Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 4:24 PM
Subject: [backbayastro] Wallops Launch Thursday ~9 PM 6/15/17
 


NASA is putting on a fireworks show again.  Launch now scheduled for tomorrow night, Thursday June 15 between 9:05 – 9:20 PM.  Will be postponed if the weather is not good, so stay tuned.
 
 
 
Roy
 
 

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