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Re: Is there a skywatch tonight or is that a residual of the calendar?

Kent Blackwell
 

Robert Hitt and I might be there, donning masks and keeping social distancing. I've never looked through my telescope with a mask so that might be fun.

Kent


Re: Is there a skywatch tonight or is that a residual of the calendar?

charles jagow
 

SKY WATCH IS ON

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of "jimcoble2000 via groups.io" <jimcoble2000@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 3:53 PM
To: BBAA Groups Io <backbayastro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Is there a skywatch tonight or is that a residual of the calendar?

 

Is there a skywatch tonight or is that a residual of the calendar?


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Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Is there a skywatch tonight or is that a residual of the calendar?

jimcoble2000
 

Is there a skywatch tonight or is that a residual of the calendar?


Re: Solar report June 7

vp
 

Yeah, Kent, we saw those sunspots Saturday at SUN Day at 
Elizabeth River Park.  It was nice to be able to show visitors something on the sun for a change.

George
On June 7, 2020 11:38 AM Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


There isn’t much to report as far as prominence go i H-alpha light but there’s a fairly small sunspot visible in white light, with three smaller ones next to it in a triangular shape. Visible at 40x in my small refractor, however I could not see any with 10x solar filtered binoculars.

George Reynolds 
VP, Back Bay Amateur Astronomers 
BBAA 
Outreach Coordinator
backbayastro.org



Re: Rich Roberts' A. L. Award

Richard W Roberts
 

This program isn’t too onerous and if anyone wants to take it on, I can help guide you in target selection and utilizing the AAVSO resources necessary to complete it.

 

I do love a good planetary nebula, but since AGB stars are their progenitors, I’d argue that variables should be tackled first.

 

Clear Skies,

Rich Roberts (RRIA)

 

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io [mailto:BackBayAstro@groups.io] On Behalf Of Ted Forte via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2020 8:54 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] Rich Roberts' A. L. Award

 

Good to see some BBAAers doing Astronomical League programs! With over 65 programs, there really is something for everyone. 

 

Of course, everyone should first do the Planetary Nebula Program (but maybe I’m biased?)

 

Ted Forte

Coordinator, Astronomical League Planetary Nebula Program

https://www.astroleague.org/al/obsclubs/planetarynebula/planetneb1.html

 

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of George Reynolds via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2020 3:18 PM
To: BBAA-Group <backbayastro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Rich Roberts' A. L. Award

 

Congratulations to Rich Roberts for earning the Variable Star Observing Program award from the Astronomical League.  His name appeared on page 30 of the latest "Reflector", the quarterly publication of the Astronomical League.

 

Keep up the good work!

 

George

 


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia

Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


Re: Rich Roberts' A. L. Award

Ted Forte
 

Good to see some BBAAers doing Astronomical League programs! With over 65 programs, there really is something for everyone. 

 

Of course, everyone should first do the Planetary Nebula Program (but maybe I’m biased?)

 

Ted Forte

Coordinator, Astronomical League Planetary Nebula Program

https://www.astroleague.org/al/obsclubs/planetarynebula/planetneb1.html

 

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of George Reynolds via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2020 3:18 PM
To: BBAA-Group <backbayastro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Rich Roberts' A. L. Award

 

Congratulations to Rich Roberts for earning the Variable Star Observing Program award from the Astronomical League.  His name appeared on page 30 of the latest "Reflector", the quarterly publication of the Astronomical League.

 

Keep up the good work!

 

George

 


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia

Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


Rich Roberts' A. L. Award

George Reynolds
 

Congratulations to Rich Roberts for earning the Variable Star Observing Program award from the Astronomical League.  His name appeared on page 30 of the latest "Reflector", the quarterly publication of the Astronomical League.

Keep up the good work!

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Solar report June 7

Kent Blackwell
 

There isn’t much to report as far as prominence go i H-alpha light but there’s a fairly small sunspot visible in white light, with three smaller ones next to it in a triangular shape. Visible at 40x in my small refractor, however I could not see any with 10x solar filtered binoculars.


BBAA June 4, 2020 Zoom Meeting Invitation

Jeff Goldstein
 

To all reading this email, greetings:

 

You are all cordially invited to attend our Zoom meeting on Thursday evening.  Here are the details:

Goldstein, Jeff is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: BBAA June Meeting

Time: Jun 4, 2020 07:20 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

The meeting will promptly start at 7:30 PM EDT when Shawn will “bang the gavel”!

Check in a minute or two early to get a good seat!

Webcam is not required, but it’s a nice touch to see you.  You may also check in to Zoom on any smart phone via the App Store or Play Store

If you’re really not into technology, you may check in via telephone using any of the phone numbers listed below.

 

I’ll post a link to the recorded meeting on BBAA Facebook for those that cannot attend.

 

Please forward this email to those not receiving our groups.io

We welcome all local Astronomy Clubs and non-locals that are interested, too!

 

Join Zoom Meeting Link (Click this link to join)

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Meeting ID: 920 575 4517

 

Sincerely,

 

Jeff Goldstein,

BBAA Zoom Coordinator


Re: IC1396 from last night

charles jagow
 

Dogs have owners and masters.

 

 

Cats have,      staff.

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of "jimcoble2000 via groups.io" <jimcoble2000@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Monday, June 1, 2020 at 5:36 PM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] IC1396 from last night

 

You should own a cat and see how being a servant is!

 

On Monday, June 1, 2020, 3:01:13 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:

 

 

Thanks guys. The noise just keeps me from bringing out more of the detail in the nebula. More exposure time would help too but it is Daylight Savings time and my dog gets me up at 6am regardless of how late I'm out ... Cheers Ian


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Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: IC1396 from last night

jimcoble2000
 

You should own a cat and see how being a servant is!

On Monday, June 1, 2020, 3:01:13 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:


Thanks guys. The noise just keeps me from bringing out more of the detail in the nebula. More exposure time would help too but it is Daylight Savings time and my dog gets me up at 6am regardless of how late I'm out ... Cheers Ian


Re: IC1396 from last night

Ian Stewart
 

Thanks guys. The noise just keeps me from bringing out more of the detail in the nebula. More exposure time would help too but it is Daylight Savings time and my dog gets me up at 6am regardless of how late I'm out ... Cheers Ian


Re: IC1396 from last night

charles jagow
 

Looks fine to me

Sent from Chuck's iPhone

On Jun 1, 2020, at 09:56, Stu Beaber <wd4sel@...> wrote:


Looks great to me Ian...I caved last night...maybe tonight

Stu

On Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 9:19 AM Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:
Well fought the moon all night so a little noisy but here's a look at IC1396a the Elephants Trunk Nebula.
Cheers
Ian
https://ianstewart.zenfolio.com/p267909993/he8b49ba2#he8b49ba2


Re: IC1396 from last night

Stu Beaber
 

Looks great to me Ian...I caved last night...maybe tonight

Stu


On Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 9:19 AM Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:
Well fought the moon all night so a little noisy but here's a look at IC1396a the Elephants Trunk Nebula.
Cheers
Ian
https://ianstewart.zenfolio.com/p267909993/he8b49ba2#he8b49ba2


IC1396 from last night

Ian Stewart
 
Edited

Well fought the moon all night so a little noisy but here's a look at IC1396a the Elephants Trunk Nebula.
Cheers
Ian
IC1396


Solar Prominence

Kent Blackwell
 

Welcomed, June 1. A good day to start with an excellent prominence on the northern limb of the sun. It has been inactive what seems like years.


Re: We Saw ISS & Crew Dragon Flyby

charles jagow
 

Good observation!

Please tell us of any progress at the campground?

Sent from Chuck's iPhone

On May 31, 2020, at 12:12 AM, Kent Blackwell <kent@exis.net> wrote:

Bob & I saw the ISS low in the northern sky, the passing under Vega. We were lucky to have a clear area of the sky but it soon clouded up and we did not see the Dragon.

Sent from my iPhone 6 Plus

On May 30, 2020, at 10:22 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@farparsecs.com> wrote:

Just observed a pass of the ISS followed only a couple minutes later on the same path (34 deg up max) by Crew Dragon chasing it. Wow! I didn't know what to expect from the Dragon vehicle – it was surprisingly easily visible, just not quite as bright as the ISS (mag 3). We had partly cloudy, hazy conditions so I didn't expect much, but Dee and I were thrilled to see both. The Heavens Above site has predictions now for both, and I also used the Sputnik app.

Roy

Sent from my iPhone



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Re: We Saw ISS & Crew Dragon Flyby

Kent Blackwell
 

Bob & I saw the ISS low in the northern sky, the passing under Vega. We were lucky to have a clear area of the sky but it soon clouded up and we did not see the Dragon.

Sent from my iPhone 6 Plus

On May 30, 2020, at 10:22 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@farparsecs.com> wrote:

Just observed a pass of the ISS followed only a couple minutes later on the same path (34 deg up max) by Crew Dragon chasing it. Wow! I didn't know what to expect from the Dragon vehicle – it was surprisingly easily visible, just not quite as bright as the ISS (mag 3). We had partly cloudy, hazy conditions so I didn't expect much, but Dee and I were thrilled to see both. The Heavens Above site has predictions now for both, and I also used the Sputnik app.

Roy

Sent from my iPhone


We Saw ISS & Crew Dragon Flyby

Roy Diffrient
 

Just observed a pass of the ISS followed only a couple minutes later on the same path (34 deg up max) by Crew Dragon chasing it. Wow! I didn't know what to expect from the Dragon vehicle – it was surprisingly easily visible, just not quite as bright as the ISS (mag 3). We had partly cloudy, hazy conditions so I didn't expect much, but Dee and I were thrilled to see both. The Heavens Above site has predictions now for both, and I also used the Sputnik app.

Roy


Re: Mercury & Venus

Paul
 

Hi Kent! I keep thinking this would have been a great weekend for ECSP!

I was able to Venus & Mercury along with a razor thin ~28-hr Moon just after sunset. Wow, so delicate and so beautiful!!


On Sat, May 23, 2020 at 1:32 PM Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:
The skies have been cloudy the past few evenings but I just managed to see both Mercury and Venus at 1:30 pm Saturday afternoon. The two are slowing slipping apart but still less than 3 degrees from each other. The pair did not fit in the same field of view with my 4” f/8 refractor. Venus’s crescent in razor thin and beautiful. Mercury is merely a tiny white dot again a deep blue sky.

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