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Re: APOD 3/29/2020, Going Deep on Orion

Jim Tallman
 

:) Word

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On Sun, Mar 29, 2020 at 6:07 PM -0400, "jimcoble2000 via Groups.Io" <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:

What a great overview. Often observing with a telescope you cannot get an overall big picture setting.

Oddly I have found that 20x80 binoculars in a dark sky reveal much that is hidden by using a telescope. The margin of Barnard's Loop is dead obvious in binoculars. Totally hidden in a telescope.  There is an open cluster that is perfect for seeing the boundary of the large loop. Using this as a guide in a small telescope sets the context.

Seeing M-78 in a telescope is interesting but seeing it in a wide field view is revelatory. Without an understanding of the background, the details are always incomplete and deceptive.

It is trend, understandable, for larger and larger telescopes with narrow fields to be used as primary observation tool. They do reveal details and faint objects that only a large aperture can do but they loose context due to design. Try looking at the entire Veil Nebula in a three inch telescope under a dark sky with a wide eyepiece. It puts it all in context.

On Sunday, March 29, 2020, 4:17:00 PM EDT, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:


Wow, how about a 212 hour exposure of Orion?!!  Deepest I've seen.


Roy


Re: APOD 3/29/2020, Going Deep on Orion

Jim Tallman
 

Very cool!

Jim

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On Sun, Mar 29, 2020 at 4:43 PM -0400, "Roy Diffrient" <mail@...> wrote:

Wow, how about a 212 hour exposure of Orion?!!  Deepest I've seen.


Roy


Re: APOD 3/29/2020, Going Deep on Orion

jimcoble2000
 

What a great overview. Often observing with a telescope you cannot get an overall big picture setting.

Oddly I have found that 20x80 binoculars in a dark sky reveal much that is hidden by using a telescope. The margin of Barnard's Loop is dead obvious in binoculars. Totally hidden in a telescope.  There is an open cluster that is perfect for seeing the boundary of the large loop. Using this as a guide in a small telescope sets the context.

Seeing M-78 in a telescope is interesting but seeing it in a wide field view is revelatory. Without an understanding of the background, the details are always incomplete and deceptive.

It is trend, understandable, for larger and larger telescopes with narrow fields to be used as primary observation tool. They do reveal details and faint objects that only a large aperture can do but they loose context due to design. Try looking at the entire Veil Nebula in a three inch telescope under a dark sky with a wide eyepiece. It puts it all in context.

On Sunday, March 29, 2020, 4:17:00 PM EDT, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:


Wow, how about a 212 hour exposure of Orion?!!  Deepest I've seen.


Roy


APOD 3/29/2020, Going Deep on Orion

Roy Diffrient
 

Wow, how about a 212 hour exposure of Orion?!!  Deepest I've seen.


Roy


Re: Moon, Venus, Pleiades tonight

jimcoble2000
 

sweet

On Saturday, March 28, 2020, 3:19:40 PM EDT, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:


For those with clear skies, check out the conjunction in the west tonight.

Roy




Moon, Venus, Pleiades tonight

Roy Diffrient
 

For those with clear skies, check out the conjunction in the west tonight.

Roy


Re: Clouds and more clouds

Jim Tallman
 

Glad I could help :)

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On Sat, Mar 21, 2020 at 2:37 PM -0400, "jimcoble2000 via Groups.Io" <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:

you give me reason to live another day

On Saturday, March 21, 2020, 2:01:39 PM EDT, Jim Tallman <jctallman@...> wrote:


:)

 

yeah, it was to rainy today to work in the yard also, so I made a small focusing mask for the 60mm and reinstalled my repaired G-11 motor back into the mount. The motor was just fine but the optical encoder some how came loose in the housing and it tapped the encoder disc. The mount had been having problem lately tracking and such, and then it finally gave up trying to slew, I could guide, but any fast movement froze the motor.

 

Luckily Scott Losmandy had me send it in for his shop to test it, and only charged be $40 and shopping for the repair, vice having to buy a new motor at $225 a pop.  I like that deal. :)

 

Never fear though the clouds will go away, as the moon is full again :)

 

Jim   

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Kent Blackwell
Sent: Saturday, March 21, 2020 1:45 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Clouds and more clouds

 

It's wise to say home in the current situation, but it would be nice if we could stargaze if even solo. Although we've experienced some beautiful days it seems clouds roll in every night. We had a brief partial clearing Friday night so I rolled out my 16" f/6 telescope out of the garage,  in my very light polluted yard to see if 8th magnitude Comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS could be seen. Well, I did see it but am here to tell you it is FAINT. Not only was I fighting light pollution but also thick haze, so the prospect might be good in coming weeks when skies clear, plus the comet is brightening as well.

Keep gazing at the skies, it'll keep us occupied and prevent us from going stir crazy. I've been photographing birds, landscapes and bike riding to occupy may time, not to mention yard work! Oh my, has it come to that?


Re: Clouds and more clouds

jimcoble2000
 

you give me reason to live another day

On Saturday, March 21, 2020, 2:01:39 PM EDT, Jim Tallman <jctallman@...> wrote:


:)

 

yeah, it was to rainy today to work in the yard also, so I made a small focusing mask for the 60mm and reinstalled my repaired G-11 motor back into the mount. The motor was just fine but the optical encoder some how came loose in the housing and it tapped the encoder disc. The mount had been having problem lately tracking and such, and then it finally gave up trying to slew, I could guide, but any fast movement froze the motor.

 

Luckily Scott Losmandy had me send it in for his shop to test it, and only charged be $40 and shopping for the repair, vice having to buy a new motor at $225 a pop.  I like that deal. :)

 

Never fear though the clouds will go away, as the moon is full again :)

 

Jim   

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Kent Blackwell
Sent: Saturday, March 21, 2020 1:45 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Clouds and more clouds

 

It's wise to say home in the current situation, but it would be nice if we could stargaze if even solo. Although we've experienced some beautiful days it seems clouds roll in every night. We had a brief partial clearing Friday night so I rolled out my 16" f/6 telescope out of the garage,  in my very light polluted yard to see if 8th magnitude Comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS could be seen. Well, I did see it but am here to tell you it is FAINT. Not only was I fighting light pollution but also thick haze, so the prospect might be good in coming weeks when skies clear, plus the comet is brightening as well.

Keep gazing at the skies, it'll keep us occupied and prevent us from going stir crazy. I've been photographing birds, landscapes and bike riding to occupy may time, not to mention yard work! Oh my, has it come to that?


Re: Clouds and more clouds

Jim Tallman
 

:)

 

yeah, it was to rainy today to work in the yard also, so I made a small focusing mask for the 60mm and reinstalled my repaired G-11 motor back into the mount. The motor was just fine but the optical encoder some how came loose in the housing and it tapped the encoder disc. The mount had been having problem lately tracking and such, and then it finally gave up trying to slew, I could guide, but any fast movement froze the motor.

 

Luckily Scott Losmandy had me send it in for his shop to test it, and only charged be $40 and shopping for the repair, vice having to buy a new motor at $225 a pop.  I like that deal. :)

 

Never fear though the clouds will go away, as the moon is full again :)

 

Jim   

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Kent Blackwell
Sent: Saturday, March 21, 2020 1:45 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Clouds and more clouds

 

It's wise to say home in the current situation, but it would be nice if we could stargaze if even solo. Although we've experienced some beautiful days it seems clouds roll in every night. We had a brief partial clearing Friday night so I rolled out my 16" f/6 telescope out of the garage,  in my very light polluted yard to see if 8th magnitude Comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS could be seen. Well, I did see it but am here to tell you it is FAINT. Not only was I fighting light pollution but also thick haze, so the prospect might be good in coming weeks when skies clear, plus the comet is brightening as well.

Keep gazing at the skies, it'll keep us occupied and prevent us from going stir crazy. I've been photographing birds, landscapes and bike riding to occupy may time, not to mention yard work! Oh my, has it come to that?


Re: Clouds and more clouds

jimcoble2000
 

See you have a new reason to observe (if possible).


On Saturday, March 21, 2020, 1:45:07 PM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


It's wise to say home in the current situation, but it would be nice if we could stargaze if even solo. Although we've experienced some beautiful days it seems clouds roll in every night. We had a brief partial clearing Friday night so I rolled out my 16" f/6 telescope out of the garage,  in my very light polluted yard to see if 8th magnitude Comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS could be seen. Well, I did see it but am here to tell you it is FAINT. Not only was I fighting light pollution but also thick haze, so the prospect might be good in coming weeks when skies clear, plus the comet is brightening as well.

Keep gazing at the skies, it'll keep us occupied and prevent us from going stir crazy. I've been photographing birds, landscapes and bike riding to occupy may time, not to mention yard work! Oh my, has it come to that?


Clouds and more clouds

Kent Blackwell
 
Edited

It's wise to stay home in the current situation, but it would be nice if we could stargaze if even solo. Although we've experienced some beautiful days it seems clouds roll in every night. We had a brief partial clearing Friday night so I rolled out my 16" f/6 telescope out of the garage,  in my very light polluted yard to see if 8th magnitude Comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS could be seen. Well, I did see it but am here to tell you it is FAINT. Not only was I fighting light pollution but also thick haze, so the prospect might be good in coming weeks when skies clear, plus the comet is brightening as well.

Keep gazing at the skies, it'll keep us occupied and prevent us from going stir crazy. I've been photographing birds, landscapes and bike riding to occupy may time, not to mention yard work! Oh my, has it come to that?


Re: The ISS

Jeffrey Thornton
 

Don’t forget the starlink train tomorrow at 6:36 AM.

 

https://www.satflare.com/track.asp?q=starlinklaunch&sck=1#LIST

 

Jeff Thornton

 

From: Kent Blackwell
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 10:51 AM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: [BackBayAstro] The ISS

 

Be looking tonight (Thursday March 21) at 8:08 as the International Space Station climbs nearly 80 degrees and reaches magnitude -3.5 as it passes very close to the star Castor in Gemini. We can all stay at home and observe it. We can stay at home and the clouds can stay away!

Kent Blackwell

 


The ISS

Kent Blackwell
 

Be looking tonight (Thursday March 21) at 8:08 as the International Space Station climbs nearly 80 degrees and reaches magnitude -3.5 as it passes very close to the star Castor in Gemini. We can all stay at home and observe it. We can stay at home and the clouds can stay away!

Kent Blackwell


Re: historic anniversary

Jim Tallman
 

Yeah. But a bit short of 14 days by my count :)

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On Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 5:57 PM -0400, "Ted Forte" <tedforte511@...> wrote:

Today is the 55th anniversary of the first spacewalk.  Alexei Lenonov of the Soviet Union spent 12 minutes and 9 seconds outside of his Voskhod 2 spacecraft 500km above the Earth.  Talk about self-isolating, huh?

 

Ted

 

 


Re: historic anniversary

George Reynolds
 

No germs up there where he was!

George


George Reynolds

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


 


On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 12:36:11 PM EDT, Ted Forte <tedforte511@...> wrote:


Today is the 55th anniversary of the first spacewalk.  Alexei Lenonov of the Soviet Union spent 12 minutes and 9 seconds outside of his Voskhod 2 spacecraft 500km above the Earth.  Talk about self-isolating, huh?

 

Ted

 

 


historic anniversary

Ted Forte
 

Today is the 55th anniversary of the first spacewalk.  Alexei Lenonov of the Soviet Union spent 12 minutes and 9 seconds outside of his Voskhod 2 spacecraft 500km above the Earth.  Talk about self-isolating, huh?

 

Ted

 

 


Re: BBAA Public Events Cancelled / Postponed

jimcoble2000
 

What about computer virus🙄


On Mar 14, 2020, at 2:08 AM, Jeff Goldstein <jeffgold1@...> wrote:

This college closure status may also impact our April 2nd BBAA Club meeting.

TCC is also closed to students.  All Professors will be doing “Remote Instruction”.  Cool!  But much extra work!

 

The President of the college will make a decision to continue this remote instruction the last week in March.  So it may be moot and back to normal classes.  However, if not, we will have no place to meet. 

 

Given the contingency with no place to meet perhaps the club could hold a Google Hangout.  Live Video/Audio meeting.  I’m sure Shawn could set one up and the BoD could practice it.  Just a suggestion.  My $0.02.

 

Jeff G.

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Shawn Loescher
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2020 3:19 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] BBAA Public Events Cancelled / Postponed

 

I just received word from Kent that the planetarium is closed until further notice due to the coronavirus.  I checked the Virginia Beach Public Schools website earlier and now both them and the Chesapeake Public Schools have cancelled all extra curricular activities, including the planetarium.


Re: BBAA Public Events Cancelled / Postponed

Jeff Goldstein
 

This college closure status may also impact our April 2nd BBAA Club meeting.

TCC is also closed to students.  All Professors will be doing “Remote Instruction”.  Cool!  But much extra work!

 

The President of the college will make a decision to continue this remote instruction the last week in March.  So it may be moot and back to normal classes.  However, if not, we will have no place to meet. 

 

Given the contingency with no place to meet perhaps the club could hold a Google Hangout.  Live Video/Audio meeting.  I’m sure Shawn could set one up and the BoD could practice it.  Just a suggestion.  My $0.02.

 

Jeff G.

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Shawn Loescher
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2020 3:19 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] BBAA Public Events Cancelled / Postponed

 

I just received word from Kent that the planetarium is closed until further notice due to the coronavirus.  I checked the Virginia Beach Public Schools website earlier and now both them and the Chesapeake Public Schools have cancelled all extra curricular activities, including the planetarium.


Re: BBAA Public Events Cancelled / Postponed

Matthew Cook
 

All Virginia schools closed for two weeks by order of the Governor.  


On Mar 13, 2020, at 15:19, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:

I just received word from Kent that the planetarium is closed until further notice due to the coronavirus.  I checked the Virginia Beach Public Schools website earlier and now both them and the Chesapeake Public Schools have cancelled all extra curricular activities, including the planetarium.


Re: BBAA Public Events Cancelled / Postponed

Shawn Loescher
 

I just received word from Kent that the planetarium is closed until further notice due to the coronavirus.  I checked the Virginia Beach Public Schools website earlier and now both them and the Chesapeake Public Schools have cancelled all extra curricular activities, including the planetarium.

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