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Re: Comet tonight

jimcoble2000
 

zero oxygen, clouds, heat, here. zero comet too

On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 9:34:52 AM EDT, RapidEye <rapideye.us@...> wrote:


Same here - was a bit murky and some lightening up to the north, but southern Milky Way and the Comet were outstanding in binoculars.


On Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 10:09 PM Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:
Clear skies tonight and a beautiful view of the comet. Also some great binocular views scanning the milky way from Sag up to Cygnus.
Cheers
Ian


Re: Comet tonight

RapidEye
 

Same here - was a bit murky and some lightening up to the north, but southern Milky Way and the Comet were outstanding in binoculars.


On Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 10:09 PM Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:
Clear skies tonight and a beautiful view of the comet. Also some great binocular views scanning the milky way from Sag up to Cygnus.
Cheers
Ian


Re: Comet tonight

Ian Stewart
 

Clear skies tonight and a beautiful view of the comet. Also some great binocular views scanning the milky way from Sag up to Cygnus.
Cheers
Ian


Re: picnic

Jim Tallman
 

.....which isn't saying that there aren't those in the BBAA that I do trust, because I do.

 It's the folks I don't know that I cannot trust.

Jim


On Jul 21, 2020 at 05:51, Jim Tallman <jctallman@...> wrote:

George,
Given the current situation, I know that I won't be there. I just don't trust people to have been doing the right thing. Even if we are outside

Jim


On Jul 20, 2020 at 23:03, vp <vp@...> wrote:

Forwarding Chuck's message.

Should we cancel this Saturday's picnic?  no one has responded that they will be there.

George
---------- Original Message ----------
From: Charles Jagow <chuck@...>
To: President <president@...>, Vice President <vp@...>, Secretary <secretary@...>, Charles Jagow <treasurer@...>
Date: July 20, 2020 9:49 PM
Subject: picnic


We have three members who have signed up in the picnic database, the Treasurer, VP and ALCOR for six people.

 

Is it worth doing all the work for less than 10 people, assuming the president shows up?

 

Maybe we should just cancel the darn thing.

 

Need to know by about 0900 as that is when I am heading to SAM’s club.

 

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range


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





Re: Comet tonight

Jeffrey Thornton
 

Thanks Roy,

Just have to hope the weather opens up and we can get a clear night before this comet leaves the neighborhood. It will be a long time before it returns again...:)


Re: Comet tonight

Roy Diffrient
 

Way better than I’ve done...

Roy


On Jul 21, 2020, at 8:29 AM, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


Ha! I see that one pixel............................almost

On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 8:13:54 AM EDT, Jeffrey Thornton <jeff7500@...> wrote:


I was able to see it from the dock of the ODU sailing center last night at around 9:30. As Jim reported, the sky was very hazy and I could barely make the comet out with my 12x36 binoculars, but I was able to photograph it with my trusty cell phone camera. 


BBAA SUMMER PICNIC FOR 2020 has been CANCELLED due to the COVID19 Epidemic.

charles jagow
 

BBAA SUMMER PICNIC FOR 2020 has been CANCELLED due to the COVID19 Epidemic.

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v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: Comet tonight

jimcoble2000
 

Ha! I see that one pixel............................almost

On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 8:13:54 AM EDT, Jeffrey Thornton <jeff7500@...> wrote:


I was able to see it from the dock of the ODU sailing center last night at around 9:30. As Jim reported, the sky was very hazy and I could barely make the comet out with my 12x36 binoculars, but I was able to photograph it with my trusty cell phone camera. 


Re: Comet tonight

Jeffrey Thornton
 

I was able to see it from the dock of the ODU sailing center last night at around 9:30. As Jim reported, the sky was very hazy and I could barely make the comet out with my 12x36 binoculars, but I was able to photograph it with my trusty cell phone camera. 


Re: picnic

jimcoble2000
 

Between heat, the current situation, and the fact that Hampton Roads is now the state hot spot, I fear there is really only one responsible option. The guiding principle is "abundance of caution" when dealing with uncertainty and considering the high cost of making a mistake. There will be picnics to come in the future.

On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 5:51:00 AM EDT, Jim Tallman <jctallman@...> wrote:


George,
Given the current situation, I know that I won't be there. I just don't trust people to have been doing the right thing. Even if we are outside

Jim


On Jul 20, 2020 at 23:03, vp <vp@...> wrote:

Forwarding Chuck's message.

Should we cancel this Saturday's picnic?  no one has responded that they will be there.

George
---------- Original Message ----------
From: Charles Jagow <chuck@...>
To: President <president@...>, Vice President <vp@...>, Secretary <secretary@...>, Charles Jagow <treasurer@...>
Date: July 20, 2020 9:49 PM
Subject: picnic


We have three members who have signed up in the picnic database, the Treasurer, VP and ALCOR for six people.

 

Is it worth doing all the work for less than 10 people, assuming the president shows up?

 

Maybe we should just cancel the darn thing.

 

Need to know by about 0900 as that is when I am heading to SAM’s club.

 

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range


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




Re: picnic

Jim Tallman
 

George,
Given the current situation, I know that I won't be there. I just don't trust people to have been doing the right thing. Even if we are outside

Jim


On Jul 20, 2020 at 23:03, vp <vp@...> wrote:

Forwarding Chuck's message.

Should we cancel this Saturday's picnic?  no one has responded that they will be there.

George
---------- Original Message ----------
From: Charles Jagow <chuck@...>
To: President <president@...>, Vice President <vp@...>, Secretary <secretary@...>, Charles Jagow <treasurer@...>
Date: July 20, 2020 9:49 PM
Subject: picnic


We have three members who have signed up in the picnic database, the Treasurer, VP and ALCOR for six people.

 

Is it worth doing all the work for less than 10 people, assuming the president shows up?

 

Maybe we should just cancel the darn thing.

 

Need to know by about 0900 as that is when I am heading to SAM’s club.

 

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range


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




Re: picnic

Kayce Cover
 

Sorry the picnic is not getting the enthusiasm it deserves.  The world seems so topsy-turvy right now, and with the heat, the virus, the imperative to grow food, just in case, it is hard to just keep up.

Anyway, this is a great club.  We had to let our membership lapse at renewal time, but can rejoin now.  Can someone tell me what the dues are now, and can we just pay again, or do we need to go through a process to join again.  

Thanks.

Best wishes,
Kayce


Kayce Cover,
Syn Alia Training Systems http://synalia.com



On Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 11:03 PM vp <vp@...> wrote:
Forwarding Chuck's message.

Should we cancel this Saturday's picnic?  no one has responded that they will be there.

George
---------- Original Message ----------
From: Charles Jagow <chuck@...>
To: President <president@...>, Vice President <vp@...>, Secretary <secretary@...>, Charles Jagow <treasurer@...>
Date: July 20, 2020 9:49 PM
Subject: picnic


We have three members who have signed up in the picnic database, the Treasurer, VP and ALCOR for six people.

 

Is it worth doing all the work for less than 10 people, assuming the president shows up?

 

Maybe we should just cancel the darn thing.

 

Need to know by about 0900 as that is when I am heading to SAM’s club.

 

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range


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



picnic

vp
 

Forwarding Chuck's message.

Should we cancel this Saturday's picnic?  no one has responded that they will be there.

George
---------- Original Message ----------
From: Charles Jagow <chuck@...>
To: President <president@...>, Vice President <vp@...>, Secretary <secretary@...>, Charles Jagow <treasurer@...>
Date: July 20, 2020 9:49 PM
Subject: picnic


We have three members who have signed up in the picnic database, the Treasurer, VP and ALCOR for six people.

 

Is it worth doing all the work for less than 10 people, assuming the president shows up?

 

Maybe we should just cancel the darn thing.

 

Need to know by about 0900 as that is when I am heading to SAM’s club.

 

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range


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



Comet tonight

jimcoble2000
 

Pretty hazy conditions tonight but with some potential, I went over to Kent's to look for the comet below Ursa. Though there were a few passing clouds we had the impression that there was thin haze low down in the 85 degree temperature. I was seeing stars fairly clearly but it was that time of night when you are really not sure of conditions.

It was better than last night which was a total washout.

Took a bit but I spotted the comet using the 20x80 binoculars about 26 degrees up. As the night wore on a bit, around 2130, I found the comet and was just barely able to discern a tail but not to the extent that the morning view brought a few weeks ago. The comet has dimmed by a magnitude since it's morning appearance but is still decent. Only was able to follow the comet for 1/2 hour before real clouds moved in and spoiled the view. I am not sure if I could detect it naked eye in the haze. Only a maybe. At least I can say I have seen the same comet in the morning and the evening.  I suspect it will start to dim now as we get into the end of July but who knows.


The sun report July 20, 2020

Kent Blackwell
 

This will come as no surprise but there is absolutely nothing happening on the sun today either in H-alpha light or white light. The sun has been so b-o-r-i-n-g forever.


Summertime deep sky observing

Kent Blackwell
 
Edited

Although I dabble in astrophotography now and then my passion is visual observing. What better time to see some gorgeous open and globular clusters than the summer Milky Way overhead? Here are some of the objects I looked at last night from my backyard in Va Beach after viewing comet NEOWISE. 

List: 20/07/18 16” Comet NEOWISE in 16”

 

C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)

(Comet in Ursa Major)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 9:34:07 PM

Comment: The coma was very bright in the 16 and the tail extended toward the northeast. Actually the comet was more impressive in the Nikon 12x50 binoculars!

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 31mm Nagler

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

Messier 19

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 9:57:30 PM

Comment: Beautifully resolved to the core tonight .

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

Messier 62

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:00:04 PM

Comment: Although low in the southern sky M62 still resolved quite well 

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 6293

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:03:29 PM

Comment: A small but bright globular cluster. I could not resolve it 

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 6374

(Open Cluster in Scorpius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:07:53 PM

Comment: Large sparce open cluster containing one bright 6th magnitude yellow star 

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 6369

(Planetary Nebula in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:14:05 PM

Comment: Annular PNe, much like M57 The Ring Nebula. Responds very well to the OIII filter 

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

Messier 9

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:17:06 PM

Comment: Large but not all that bright. I can't say for sure I was able to resolve it 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 18.81, 81°, H81%

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 6544

(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:29:38 PM

Comment: A large and bright loose globular cluster 

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 6553

(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:30:35 PM

Comment: Large and faint globular cluster. I'm certain I was only seeing the brighter core.

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 6520

(Open Cluster in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:32:03 PM

Comment: Gorgeous open cluster 

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

CB 107

(Dark Nebula in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:32:51 PM

Comment: Very obvious dark Barnard 86 region next to the bright open cluster NGC 6520.

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

HD 164361

(Star in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:34:55 PM

Comment: Pretty gold star only twice as large as the sun. Lies involved with the globular cluster Djorg 2, which I could not see 

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

Wray 16-350

(Planetary Nebula in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:38:38 PM

Comment: Faint blue PNe slightly larger than stellar. I could not see it without the OIII filter.

 

 

Location: Virginia Beach, SQM 18.7, 80°, H 83%

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 6522

(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:47:00 PM

Comment: Small bright globular cluster partially resolved 

Location: Virginia Beach, SQM 18.7, 80°, H 83%

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

Butterfly Cluster - M 6

(Open Cluster in Scorpius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:48:55 PM

Comment: This 4th magnitude cluster is one of the finest open clusters in the sky. There are so many stars they spill out of the field of view 

Location: Virginia Beach, SQM 18.7, 80°, H 83%

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

Tom Thumb Cluster - NGC 6451

(Open Cluster in Scorpius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:51:54 PM

Comment: Nice little cluster of stars and a nicely named one as well 

Location: Virginia Beach, SQM 18.7, 80°, H 83%

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

Jupiter

(Planet in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:54:32 PM

Comment: Not much exciting on Jupiter tonight. No shadow transits or GRS.

Location: Virginia Beach, SQM 18.7, 80°, H 83%

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 


Comet NEOWISE

Kent Blackwell
 

 I was ready to hop on my bicycle to find a good place to look at the comet Friday night but before I left I saw it from my own front yard.  It was only about 5° above the tree line but that gave me enough time to roll my 16 inch telescope out to look at it.  Wow, the coma was bright.  But before any envy builds up that I saw it in a 16 inch telescope let me tell you it looked better in my 12 x 50 binoculars!  I remember back in the Comet Hale-Bopp days people lined up to look at it in my 12.5” but I told them it looks better in binoculars. No one took my advice. Look for it Saturday night below the bowl of the Big Dipper. At 9:30 pm it’ll be 16 degrees altitude with an azimuth of 316 degrees. Use a compass or the compass in your smartphone to estimate its position ahead of time.


Chippokes Tonight

charles jagow
 

Anyone heading out to Chippokes this evening?

Sent from Chuck's iPhone


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*v/r*

*Chuck Jagow*

*Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers ( http://www.backbayastro.org/ )*

*Rott'n Paws Observatory ( http://www.jagowds.com/_jap/jap.htm )*

*N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512 ( http://www.jagowds.com/_jap/jap.htm )*


Re: Venus and Moon conjunction.

jimcoble2000
 

Seeing was awful last night. Nothing worth reporting.

On Saturday, July 18, 2020, 7:03:17 AM EDT, Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:


Very nice. Still looking good around 5am this morning.

Cheers

Ian

On 7/17/2020 4:18 PM, jimcoble2000 via groups.io wrote:
For some reason I was up at 4 this morning. Not for observing but just because. The moon and Venus were next to each other in conjunction so I snapped a quick photo before going back to bed. Jupiter would have been worth observing but earlier in the evening I just ran out of motivation. So here is the Moon Venus shot.


Re: Venus and Moon conjunction.

Ian Stewart
 

Very nice. Still looking good around 5am this morning.

Cheers

Ian

On 7/17/2020 4:18 PM, jimcoble2000 via groups.io wrote:
For some reason I was up at 4 this morning. Not for observing but just because. The moon and Venus were next to each other in conjunction so I snapped a quick photo before going back to bed. Jupiter would have been worth observing but earlier in the evening I just ran out of motivation. So here is the Moon Venus shot.

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