Date   

AL Special award

Ted Forte
 

FYI in case you haven’t heard about this:

 

The AL is offering a new AL Observing Challenge - Special Observing Award to commemorate the Great Conjunction (of Jupiter and Saturn) in 2020.

 

Details are on the web page:

https://www.astroleague.org/content/al-observing-challenge-special-observing-award

 

The award recognizes participants with a certificate (only) and is not restricted to AL members.

 

Notification was sent to a list that you may not have seen.

 

Ted

 


Re: December BBAA Info

jimcoble2000
 

The other day, I think it was Wednesday, when you called Kent about a bright spot on the limb of the moon I was observing with him at the time. I think what you saw was the central peak of Neper which normally can only be seen a bit past full moon. That would put it at the right time. I noticed it too as a very bright spot in a dark background. As few people observe the moon at that time it might come as a surprise to see the spot standing out against a dark limb.

On Monday, December 7, 2020, 8:44:23 PM EST, charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:


Thanks Roy, I think it will be swell.

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Roy Diffrient <mail@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 12:14 PM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] December BBAA Info

 

Congrat’s Chuck on your imminent escape from the rat race.  I remember you looking forward to it from years ago.  Can’t believe it’s finally nearly here.  You’re gonna love it!

 

Roy



On Dec 6, 2020, at 6:18 AM, charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:



BBAA West, CO Section.

 

Sounds great to me.  Today I have three weeks left, sixteen more work days.  It has been a long 44 years since I joined the Navy in 1976.  Now I am looking forward to the next phase.

 

What is going to be hard is going from being so busy I can’t see straight at my government job, to just household stuff and BBAA outreach.  I am turning over the Treasurer’s job to Rich Roberts.

 

Last night at Sky Watch it was just George Reynolds and I who showed up for the club.  I set up the 18 UC and George set up his 80mm refractor.  We had about 6 total visitors.  Last month there was about twenty BBAA participants and close to a hundred visitors.  Yesterday it was cloudy all day, the weather demi-gods had predicted it was supposed to partially clear at about 6:30 PM.  It was looking like about 120% cloud cover at 6:00 PM and then at about 6:10 the Summer Triangle was exposed.  By 6:30 most of the clouds had vanished, we did enjoy a crappy view of Jupiter and Saturn just above that Western Tree line.  But Mars was great, and Uranus was the most brilliant blue I have ever seen it.  I went to Neptune just to make sure it got smaller as I thought the Nexus DSC had gotten confused.  But Neptune was even more brilliant blue than Uranus was and appropriately smaller.  George and I showed the usual suspects before the 6 visitors dwindled away and left George, myself and Meghan.  Meghan works for the park’s department and is our “baby-sitter” while we are at the NWRP.  The Chesapeake COVID Management Team has deemed that we need a chaperone to ensure our telescopes are 6-10 feet apart and we are all wearing masks.  A small price to pay to be able and get out under the stars with the public.  Virginia Beach cut-off all astronomy outreach including the popular Boardwalk Astronomy which has been the primary funding source of the primary scholarship.

 

Karen and I are hoping to have the house sold by the end of March.  And then the truck will be packed and we will be dragging ourselves with five dogs and two cats to Westcliffe CO.  We are going to have a modular home plunked down and we hope to be in it before the first snow flies.  I will tell you that I am not planning on shoveling any snow,  What’s Her Name can learn to wade through it to either the 4-wheel drive or the snow-mobile…

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Ted Forte <tedforte511@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11:12 AM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] December BBAA Info

 

Hey Chuck,

 

First let me welcome you to BBAA West! We’ll have to start referring to ourselves as “Colorado Section” and “Arizona Section”.  I’m very excited for you – I understand well how remarkable it feels to have one’s own dark sky site, a capable observatory, and the free time to enjoy it.  Life gets good!  I can predict that you will, as I do, miss your BBAA family and will miss much about the Tidewater area. But rest assured it will not be the light pollution or congestion that you’ll miss! LOL. Personally, I’d question the sanity of anyone retiring to a place where snow shovels are a thing, but each to their own.

 

As a long-standing member of BBAA, I’d like to thank you for the outstanding role you’ve played in the leadership of the club. Very few can match the continuing dedication and selfless service you’ve displayed over the years. I wish you the very best in your new life and hope you’ll keep in touch.

 

Ted Forte

BBAA West (Arizona section)

 

 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: December BBAA Info

charles jagow
 

Thanks Roy, I think it will be swell.

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Roy Diffrient <mail@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 12:14 PM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] December BBAA Info

 

Congrat’s Chuck on your imminent escape from the rat race.  I remember you looking forward to it from years ago.  Can’t believe it’s finally nearly here.  You’re gonna love it!

 

Roy



On Dec 6, 2020, at 6:18 AM, charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:



BBAA West, CO Section.

 

Sounds great to me.  Today I have three weeks left, sixteen more work days.  It has been a long 44 years since I joined the Navy in 1976.  Now I am looking forward to the next phase.

 

What is going to be hard is going from being so busy I can’t see straight at my government job, to just household stuff and BBAA outreach.  I am turning over the Treasurer’s job to Rich Roberts.

 

Last night at Sky Watch it was just George Reynolds and I who showed up for the club.  I set up the 18 UC and George set up his 80mm refractor.  We had about 6 total visitors.  Last month there was about twenty BBAA participants and close to a hundred visitors.  Yesterday it was cloudy all day, the weather demi-gods had predicted it was supposed to partially clear at about 6:30 PM.  It was looking like about 120% cloud cover at 6:00 PM and then at about 6:10 the Summer Triangle was exposed.  By 6:30 most of the clouds had vanished, we did enjoy a crappy view of Jupiter and Saturn just above that Western Tree line.  But Mars was great, and Uranus was the most brilliant blue I have ever seen it.  I went to Neptune just to make sure it got smaller as I thought the Nexus DSC had gotten confused.  But Neptune was even more brilliant blue than Uranus was and appropriately smaller.  George and I showed the usual suspects before the 6 visitors dwindled away and left George, myself and Meghan.  Meghan works for the park’s department and is our “baby-sitter” while we are at the NWRP.  The Chesapeake COVID Management Team has deemed that we need a chaperone to ensure our telescopes are 6-10 feet apart and we are all wearing masks.  A small price to pay to be able and get out under the stars with the public.  Virginia Beach cut-off all astronomy outreach including the popular Boardwalk Astronomy which has been the primary funding source of the primary scholarship.

 

Karen and I are hoping to have the house sold by the end of March.  And then the truck will be packed and we will be dragging ourselves with five dogs and two cats to Westcliffe CO.  We are going to have a modular home plunked down and we hope to be in it before the first snow flies.  I will tell you that I am not planning on shoveling any snow,  What’s Her Name can learn to wade through it to either the 4-wheel drive or the snow-mobile…

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Ted Forte <tedforte511@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11:12 AM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] December BBAA Info

 

Hey Chuck,

 

First let me welcome you to BBAA West! We’ll have to start referring to ourselves as “Colorado Section” and “Arizona Section”.  I’m very excited for you – I understand well how remarkable it feels to have one’s own dark sky site, a capable observatory, and the free time to enjoy it.  Life gets good!  I can predict that you will, as I do, miss your BBAA family and will miss much about the Tidewater area. But rest assured it will not be the light pollution or congestion that you’ll miss! LOL. Personally, I’d question the sanity of anyone retiring to a place where snow shovels are a thing, but each to their own.

 

As a long-standing member of BBAA, I’d like to thank you for the outstanding role you’ve played in the leadership of the club. Very few can match the continuing dedication and selfless service you’ve displayed over the years. I wish you the very best in your new life and hope you’ll keep in touch.

 

Ted Forte

BBAA West (Arizona section)

 

 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 



Re: December BBAA Info

charles jagow
 

George,

 

DANG, forgot Samantha and Chloe.

 

The treasurer has received the $5, but no info????

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of "Vice President BackBayAstro.org" <vp@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 11:17 PM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] December BBAA Info

 

Chuck,

 

You forgot to mention that Samantha was there with her 8" Dob, getting better views than my little ShortTube 80 refractor.  

 

And you didn't tell me you got Neptune in your scope.  Samantha, Chloe, and I would have liked to see it.  :-(

 

Did you get Chloe's A.L. dues (in PayPal) and the photo of her application for associate membership?

 

George

On December 6, 2020 6:17 AM charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:

 

 

BBAA West, CO Section.

 

Sounds great to me.  Today I have three weeks left, sixteen more work days.  It has been a long 44 years since I joined the Navy in 1976.  Now I am looking forward to the next phase.

 

What is going to be hard is going from being so busy I can’t see straight at my government job, to just household stuff and BBAA outreach.  I am turning over the Treasurer’s job to Rich Roberts.

 

Last night at Sky Watch it was just George Reynolds and I who showed up for the club.  I set up the 18 UC and George set up his 80mm refractor.  We had about 6 total visitors.  Last month there was about twenty BBAA participants and close to a hundred visitors.  Yesterday it was cloudy all day, the weather demi-gods had predicted it was supposed to partially clear at about 6:30 PM.  It was looking like about 120% cloud cover at 6:00 PM and then at about 6:10 the Summer Triangle was exposed.  By 6:30 most of the clouds had vanished, we did enjoy a crappy view of Jupiter and Saturn just above that Western Tree line.  But Mars was great, and Uranus was the most brilliant blue I have ever seen it.  I went to Neptune just to make sure it got smaller as I thought the Nexus DSC had gotten confused.  But Neptune was even more brilliant blue than Uranus was and appropriately smaller.  George and I showed the usual suspects before the 6 visitors dwindled away and left George, myself and Meghan.  Meghan works for the park’s department and is our “baby-sitter” while we are at the NWRP.  The Chesapeake COVID Management Team has deemed that we need a chaperone to ensure our telescopes are 6-10 feet apart and we are all wearing masks.  A small price to pay to be able and get out under the stars with the public.  Virginia Beach cut-off all astronomy outreach including the popular Boardwalk Astronomy which has been the primary funding source of the primary scholarship.

 

Karen and I are hoping to have the house sold by the end of March.  And then the truck will be packed and we will be dragging ourselves with five dogs and two cats to Westcliffe CO.  We are going to have a modular home plunked down and we hope to be in it before the first snow flies.  I will tell you that I am not planning on shoveling any snow,  What’s Her Name can learn to wade through it to either the 4-wheel drive or the snow-mobile…

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Ted Forte <tedforte511@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11:12 AM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] December BBAA Info

 

Hey Chuck,

 

First let me welcome you to BBAA West! We’ll have to start referring to ourselves as “Colorado Section” and “Arizona Section”.  I’m very excited for you – I understand well how remarkable it feels to have one’s own dark sky site, a capable observatory, and the free time to enjoy it.  Life gets good!  I can predict that you will, as I do, miss your BBAA family and will miss much about the Tidewater area. But rest assured it will not be the light pollution or congestion that you’ll miss! LOL. Personally, I’d question the sanity of anyone retiring to a place where snow shovels are a thing, but each to their own.

 

As a long-standing member of BBAA, I’d like to thank you for the outstanding role you’ve played in the leadership of the club. Very few can match the continuing dedication and selfless service you’ve displayed over the years. I wish you the very best in your new life and hope you’ll keep in touch.

 

Ted Forte

BBAA West (Arizona section)

 

 

 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 

 

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


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: December BBAA Info

vp
 

Chuck,

You forgot to mention that Samantha was there with her 8" Dob, getting better views than my little ShortTube 80 refractor.  

And you didn't tell me you got Neptune in your scope.  Samantha, Chloe, and I would have liked to see it.  :-(

Did you get Chloe's A.L. dues (in PayPal) and the photo of her application for associate membership?

George
On December 6, 2020 6:17 AM charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:


BBAA West, CO Section.

 

Sounds great to me.  Today I have three weeks left, sixteen more work days.  It has been a long 44 years since I joined the Navy in 1976.  Now I am looking forward to the next phase.

 

What is going to be hard is going from being so busy I can’t see straight at my government job, to just household stuff and BBAA outreach.  I am turning over the Treasurer’s job to Rich Roberts.

 

Last night at Sky Watch it was just George Reynolds and I who showed up for the club.  I set up the 18 UC and George set up his 80mm refractor.  We had about 6 total visitors.  Last month there was about twenty BBAA participants and close to a hundred visitors.  Yesterday it was cloudy all day, the weather demi-gods had predicted it was supposed to partially clear at about 6:30 PM.  It was looking like about 120% cloud cover at 6:00 PM and then at about 6:10 the Summer Triangle was exposed.  By 6:30 most of the clouds had vanished, we did enjoy a crappy view of Jupiter and Saturn just above that Western Tree line.  But Mars was great, and Uranus was the most brilliant blue I have ever seen it.  I went to Neptune just to make sure it got smaller as I thought the Nexus DSC had gotten confused.  But Neptune was even more brilliant blue than Uranus was and appropriately smaller.  George and I showed the usual suspects before the 6 visitors dwindled away and left George, myself and Meghan.  Meghan works for the park’s department and is our “baby-sitter” while we are at the NWRP.  The Chesapeake COVID Management Team has deemed that we need a chaperone to ensure our telescopes are 6-10 feet apart and we are all wearing masks.  A small price to pay to be able and get out under the stars with the public.  Virginia Beach cut-off all astronomy outreach including the popular Boardwalk Astronomy which has been the primary funding source of the primary scholarship.

 

Karen and I are hoping to have the house sold by the end of March.  And then the truck will be packed and we will be dragging ourselves with five dogs and two cats to Westcliffe CO.  We are going to have a modular home plunked down and we hope to be in it before the first snow flies.  I will tell you that I am not planning on shoveling any snow,  What’s Her Name can learn to wade through it to either the 4-wheel drive or the snow-mobile…

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Ted Forte <tedforte511@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11:12 AM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] December BBAA Info

 

Hey Chuck,

 

First let me welcome you to BBAA West! We’ll have to start referring to ourselves as “Colorado Section” and “Arizona Section”.  I’m very excited for you – I understand well how remarkable it feels to have one’s own dark sky site, a capable observatory, and the free time to enjoy it.  Life gets good!  I can predict that you will, as I do, miss your BBAA family and will miss much about the Tidewater area. But rest assured it will not be the light pollution or congestion that you’ll miss! LOL. Personally, I’d question the sanity of anyone retiring to a place where snow shovels are a thing, but each to their own.


As a long-standing member of BBAA, I’d like to thank you for the outstanding role you’ve played in the leadership of the club. Very few can match the continuing dedication and selfless service you’ve displayed over the years. I wish you the very best in your new life and hope you’ll keep in touch.


Ted Forte

BBAA West (Arizona section)

 

 



--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512



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



Re: LBN777 The Baby Eagle

Ted Forte
 

Oh yeah, I see a vulture’s head.  (Don’t ask me what type of chemical enhancement I’m using – I’ll never tell).

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Roy Diffrient
Sent: Sunday, December 6, 2020 8:16 AM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] LBN777 The Baby Eagle

 

Wow.  Nice shot Ian, but pardon me if I don’t try for that ghost visually.

 

Roy



On Dec 6, 2020, at 9:26 AM, Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:

Well here's a real faint and fuzzy for you. LBN777 from last night. Also known as the Vulture Head or Baby Eagle Nebula. I've tried this before with little success. Even after 6 hours its still very faint.
Cheers
Ian
LBN777


Re: December BBAA Info

vp
 

Ted,

My wife says you need to learn to say, "No".

Just reading your list of jobs makes me tired.

George
On December 6, 2020 10:33 AM Ted Forte <tedforte511@...> wrote:


Well, Chuck, I wish you luck with that “just household stuff” retirement.  Before I retired, I thought I was busy at my job too. Silly me.

 

Since moving here, the “hobby jobs” piled up so fast, that it could make your head spin. Seems the opportunities for someone with time, energy and motivation is boundless in the “life after work” world. 

 

First it was the local astronomy club where I became part of the leadership within two months of arrival, and my community’s  Road Improvement and Maintenance District of which I was eventually elected chair.  I first became a Solar System Ambassador and then added OSIRIS REx mission ambassador to the mix.,  Then there is the University South Foundation and the directorship of the Patterson Observatory. I am an active member of the NASA Museum Alliance and the creator and administrator of our “Bob Gent Science Center”. I write a monthly “Backyard Astronomer” column for the local newspaper, and serve at the Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Vista where I run the astronomy programs.  There was the Outdoor Lighting Task Force and the lobbying of the Sierra Vista City Council, Cochise County Board of Supervisors and their planning and zoning departments to bring about meaningful improvements in the county and city light pollution codes.  I serve in a sort of adjunct position on both the City of Sierra Vista’s Tourism Commission and the County’s Tourism Bureau as an advisor on dark sky and astronomy issues and as a frequent host for guests from out of the area. I’ve become the Star Party Coordinator at Kartchner Caverns State Park and a docent for the Planetary Science Institute. 

 

I’ve resigned from the RIMD and the Lighting task force has been dissolved but all of the other jobs remain in force and some even increased in intensity; I wear like seven hats for the club these days and serve on three committees within the foundation.  And until Covid, I was “working” on the UA campus quite frequently hosting school field trips for K-12 students from all over the county.  And there are always extra temporary projects like the astronomy display I just helped set up at our local museum.  This is all on top of the hobby jobs I brought with me like the coordinator role on the AL’s PN program and the writing gig at Sky & Telescope.

 

I’m thinking of going back to work so I can catch a break.

 

Ted

 

 

 

 

 

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of charles jagow
Sent: Sunday, December 6, 2020 4:18 AM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] December BBAA Info


BBAA West, CO Section.

 

Sounds great to me.  Today I have three weeks left, sixteen more work days.  It has been a long 44 years since I joined the Navy in 1976.  Now I am looking forward to the next phase.

 

What is going to be hard is going from being so busy I can’t see straight at my government job, to just household stuff and BBAA outreach.  I am turning over the Treasurer’s job to Rich Roberts.

 

Last night at Sky Watch it was just George Reynolds and I who showed up for the club.  I set up the 18 UC and George set up his 80mm refractor.  We had about 6 total visitors.  Last month there was about twenty BBAA participants and close to a hundred visitors.  Yesterday it was cloudy all day, the weather demi-gods had predicted it was supposed to partially clear at about 6:30 PM.  It was looking like about 120% cloud cover at 6:00 PM and then at about 6:10 the Summer Triangle was exposed.  By 6:30 most of the clouds had vanished, we did enjoy a crappy view of Jupiter and Saturn just above that Western Tree line.  But Mars was great, and Uranus was the most brilliant blue I have ever seen it.  I went to Neptune just to make sure it got smaller as I thought the Nexus DSC had gotten confused.  But Neptune was even more brilliant blue than Uranus was and appropriately smaller.  George and I showed the usual suspects before the 6 visitors dwindled away and left George, myself and Meghan.  Meghan works for the park’s department and is our “baby-sitter” while we are at the NWRP.  The Chesapeake COVID Management Team has deemed that we need a chaperone to ensure our telescopes are 6-10 feet apart and we are all wearing masks.  A small price to pay to be able and get out under the stars with the public.  Virginia Beach cut-off all astronomy outreach including the popular Boardwalk Astronomy which has been the primary funding source of the primary scholarship.

 

Karen and I are hoping to have the house sold by the end of March.  And then the truck will be packed and we will be dragging ourselves with five dogs and two cats to Westcliffe CO.  We are going to have a modular home plunked down and we hope to be in it before the first snow flies.  I will tell you that I am not planning on shoveling any snow,  What’s Her Name can learn to wade through it to either the 4-wheel drive or the snow-mobile…

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Ted Forte <tedforte511@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11:12 AM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] December BBAA Info

 

Hey Chuck,

 

First let me welcome you to BBAA West! We’ll have to start referring to ourselves as “Colorado Section” and “Arizona Section”.  I’m very excited for you – I understand well how remarkable it feels to have one’s own dark sky site, a capable observatory, and the free time to enjoy it.  Life gets good!  I can predict that you will, as I do, miss your BBAA family and will miss much about the Tidewater area. But rest assured it will not be the light pollution or congestion that you’ll miss! LOL. Personally, I’d question the sanity of anyone retiring to a place where snow shovels are a thing, but each to their own.


As a long-standing member of BBAA, I’d like to thank you for the outstanding role you’ve played in the leadership of the club. Very few can match the continuing dedication and selfless service you’ve displayed over the years. I wish you the very best in your new life and hope you’ll keep in touch.


Ted Forte

BBAA West (Arizona section)

 

 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512




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



Re: December BBAA Info

Roy Diffrient
 

Congrat’s Chuck on your imminent escape from the rat race.  I remember you looking forward to it from years ago.  Can’t believe it’s finally nearly here.  You’re gonna love it!

Roy


On Dec 6, 2020, at 6:18 AM, charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:



BBAA West, CO Section.

 

Sounds great to me.  Today I have three weeks left, sixteen more work days.  It has been a long 44 years since I joined the Navy in 1976.  Now I am looking forward to the next phase.

 

What is going to be hard is going from being so busy I can’t see straight at my government job, to just household stuff and BBAA outreach.  I am turning over the Treasurer’s job to Rich Roberts.

 

Last night at Sky Watch it was just George Reynolds and I who showed up for the club.  I set up the 18 UC and George set up his 80mm refractor.  We had about 6 total visitors.  Last month there was about twenty BBAA participants and close to a hundred visitors.  Yesterday it was cloudy all day, the weather demi-gods had predicted it was supposed to partially clear at about 6:30 PM.  It was looking like about 120% cloud cover at 6:00 PM and then at about 6:10 the Summer Triangle was exposed.  By 6:30 most of the clouds had vanished, we did enjoy a crappy view of Jupiter and Saturn just above that Western Tree line.  But Mars was great, and Uranus was the most brilliant blue I have ever seen it.  I went to Neptune just to make sure it got smaller as I thought the Nexus DSC had gotten confused.  But Neptune was even more brilliant blue than Uranus was and appropriately smaller.  George and I showed the usual suspects before the 6 visitors dwindled away and left George, myself and Meghan.  Meghan works for the park’s department and is our “baby-sitter” while we are at the NWRP.  The Chesapeake COVID Management Team has deemed that we need a chaperone to ensure our telescopes are 6-10 feet apart and we are all wearing masks.  A small price to pay to be able and get out under the stars with the public.  Virginia Beach cut-off all astronomy outreach including the popular Boardwalk Astronomy which has been the primary funding source of the primary scholarship.

 

Karen and I are hoping to have the house sold by the end of March.  And then the truck will be packed and we will be dragging ourselves with five dogs and two cats to Westcliffe CO.  We are going to have a modular home plunked down and we hope to be in it before the first snow flies.  I will tell you that I am not planning on shoveling any snow,  What’s Her Name can learn to wade through it to either the 4-wheel drive or the snow-mobile…

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Ted Forte <tedforte511@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11:12 AM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] December BBAA Info

 

Hey Chuck,

 

First let me welcome you to BBAA West! We’ll have to start referring to ourselves as “Colorado Section” and “Arizona Section”.  I’m very excited for you – I understand well how remarkable it feels to have one’s own dark sky site, a capable observatory, and the free time to enjoy it.  Life gets good!  I can predict that you will, as I do, miss your BBAA family and will miss much about the Tidewater area. But rest assured it will not be the light pollution or congestion that you’ll miss! LOL. Personally, I’d question the sanity of anyone retiring to a place where snow shovels are a thing, but each to their own.

 

As a long-standing member of BBAA, I’d like to thank you for the outstanding role you’ve played in the leadership of the club. Very few can match the continuing dedication and selfless service you’ve displayed over the years. I wish you the very best in your new life and hope you’ll keep in touch.

 

Ted Forte

BBAA West (Arizona section)

 

 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: December BBAA Info

Ted Forte
 

Well, Chuck, I wish you luck with that “just household stuff” retirement.  Before I retired, I thought I was busy at my job too. Silly me.

 

Since moving here, the “hobby jobs” piled up so fast, that it could make your head spin. Seems the opportunities for someone with time, energy and motivation is boundless in the “life after work” world. 

 

First it was the local astronomy club where I became part of the leadership within two months of arrival, and my community’s  Road Improvement and Maintenance District of which I was eventually elected chair.  I first became a Solar System Ambassador and then added OSIRIS REx mission ambassador to the mix.,  Then there is the University South Foundation and the directorship of the Patterson Observatory. I am an active member of the NASA Museum Alliance and the creator and administrator of our “Bob Gent Science Center”. I write a monthly “Backyard Astronomer” column for the local newspaper, and serve at the Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Vista where I run the astronomy programs.  There was the Outdoor Lighting Task Force and the lobbying of the Sierra Vista City Council, Cochise County Board of Supervisors and their planning and zoning departments to bring about meaningful improvements in the county and city light pollution codes.  I serve in a sort of adjunct position on both the City of Sierra Vista’s Tourism Commission and the County’s Tourism Bureau as an advisor on dark sky and astronomy issues and as a frequent host for guests from out of the area. I’ve become the Star Party Coordinator at Kartchner Caverns State Park and a docent for the Planetary Science Institute. 

 

I’ve resigned from the RIMD and the Lighting task force has been dissolved but all of the other jobs remain in force and some even increased in intensity; I wear like seven hats for the club these days and serve on three committees within the foundation.  And until Covid, I was “working” on the UA campus quite frequently hosting school field trips for K-12 students from all over the county.  And there are always extra temporary projects like the astronomy display I just helped set up at our local museum.  This is all on top of the hobby jobs I brought with me like the coordinator role on the AL’s PN program and the writing gig at Sky & Telescope.

 

I’m thinking of going back to work so I can catch a break.

 

Ted

 

 

 

 

 

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of charles jagow
Sent: Sunday, December 6, 2020 4:18 AM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] December BBAA Info

 

BBAA West, CO Section.

 

Sounds great to me.  Today I have three weeks left, sixteen more work days.  It has been a long 44 years since I joined the Navy in 1976.  Now I am looking forward to the next phase.

 

What is going to be hard is going from being so busy I can’t see straight at my government job, to just household stuff and BBAA outreach.  I am turning over the Treasurer’s job to Rich Roberts.

 

Last night at Sky Watch it was just George Reynolds and I who showed up for the club.  I set up the 18 UC and George set up his 80mm refractor.  We had about 6 total visitors.  Last month there was about twenty BBAA participants and close to a hundred visitors.  Yesterday it was cloudy all day, the weather demi-gods had predicted it was supposed to partially clear at about 6:30 PM.  It was looking like about 120% cloud cover at 6:00 PM and then at about 6:10 the Summer Triangle was exposed.  By 6:30 most of the clouds had vanished, we did enjoy a crappy view of Jupiter and Saturn just above that Western Tree line.  But Mars was great, and Uranus was the most brilliant blue I have ever seen it.  I went to Neptune just to make sure it got smaller as I thought the Nexus DSC had gotten confused.  But Neptune was even more brilliant blue than Uranus was and appropriately smaller.  George and I showed the usual suspects before the 6 visitors dwindled away and left George, myself and Meghan.  Meghan works for the park’s department and is our “baby-sitter” while we are at the NWRP.  The Chesapeake COVID Management Team has deemed that we need a chaperone to ensure our telescopes are 6-10 feet apart and we are all wearing masks.  A small price to pay to be able and get out under the stars with the public.  Virginia Beach cut-off all astronomy outreach including the popular Boardwalk Astronomy which has been the primary funding source of the primary scholarship.

 

Karen and I are hoping to have the house sold by the end of March.  And then the truck will be packed and we will be dragging ourselves with five dogs and two cats to Westcliffe CO.  We are going to have a modular home plunked down and we hope to be in it before the first snow flies.  I will tell you that I am not planning on shoveling any snow,  What’s Her Name can learn to wade through it to either the 4-wheel drive or the snow-mobile…

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Ted Forte <tedforte511@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11:12 AM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] December BBAA Info

 

Hey Chuck,

 

First let me welcome you to BBAA West! We’ll have to start referring to ourselves as “Colorado Section” and “Arizona Section”.  I’m very excited for you – I understand well how remarkable it feels to have one’s own dark sky site, a capable observatory, and the free time to enjoy it.  Life gets good!  I can predict that you will, as I do, miss your BBAA family and will miss much about the Tidewater area. But rest assured it will not be the light pollution or congestion that you’ll miss! LOL. Personally, I’d question the sanity of anyone retiring to a place where snow shovels are a thing, but each to their own.

 

As a long-standing member of BBAA, I’d like to thank you for the outstanding role you’ve played in the leadership of the club. Very few can match the continuing dedication and selfless service you’ve displayed over the years. I wish you the very best in your new life and hope you’ll keep in touch.

 

Ted Forte

BBAA West (Arizona section)

 

 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: LBN777 The Baby Eagle

charles jagow
 

NICE LOOKING GHOST OF A BUZZARD HEAD.

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 9:26 AM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] LBN777 The Baby Eagle

 

Well here's a real faint and fuzzy for you. LBN777 from last night. Also known as the Vulture Head or Baby Eagle Nebula. I've tried this before with little success. Even after 6 hours its still very faint.
Cheers
Ian
LBN777


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: LBN777 The Baby Eagle

Roy Diffrient
 

Wow.  Nice shot Ian, but pardon me if I don’t try for that ghost visually.

Roy


On Dec 6, 2020, at 9:26 AM, Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:

Well here's a real faint and fuzzy for you. LBN777 from last night. Also known as the Vulture Head or Baby Eagle Nebula. I've tried this before with little success. Even after 6 hours its still very faint.
Cheers
Ian
LBN777


LBN777 The Baby Eagle

Ian Stewart
 

Well here's a real faint and fuzzy for you. LBN777 from last night. Also known as the Vulture Head or Baby Eagle Nebula. I've tried this before with little success. Even after 6 hours its still very faint.
Cheers
Ian
LBN777


Comet ATLAS

Kent Blackwell
 

I suspected seeing Comet ATLAS (in Auriga) two nights ago in my 5" refractor from my backyard Kempsville Observatory but definitely saw it in my 16" Dobsonian last night. Surprisingly the skies cleared nicely by 9:30 pm last night.
 
 


Re: December BBAA Info

Ian Stewart
 

Sounds wonderful Chuck. Looking forward to some great pics from the new location.

On 12/6/2020 6:17 AM, charles jagow wrote:

BBAA West, CO Section.

 

Sounds great to me.  Today I have three weeks left, sixteen more work days.  It has been a long 44 years since I joined the Navy in 1976.  Now I am looking forward to the next phase.

 

What is going to be hard is going from being so busy I can’t see straight at my government job, to just household stuff and BBAA outreach.  I am turning over the Treasurer’s job to Rich Roberts.

 

Last night at Sky Watch it was just George Reynolds and I who showed up for the club.  I set up the 18 UC and George set up his 80mm refractor.  We had about 6 total visitors.  Last month there was about twenty BBAA participants and close to a hundred visitors.  Yesterday it was cloudy all day, the weather demi-gods had predicted it was supposed to partially clear at about 6:30 PM.  It was looking like about 120% cloud cover at 6:00 PM and then at about 6:10 the Summer Triangle was exposed.  By 6:30 most of the clouds had vanished, we did enjoy a crappy view of Jupiter and Saturn just above that Western Tree line.  But Mars was great, and Uranus was the most brilliant blue I have ever seen it.  I went to Neptune just to make sure it got smaller as I thought the Nexus DSC had gotten confused.  But Neptune was even more brilliant blue than Uranus was and appropriately smaller.  George and I showed the usual suspects before the 6 visitors dwindled away and left George, myself and Meghan.  Meghan works for the park’s department and is our “baby-sitter” while we are at the NWRP.  The Chesapeake COVID Management Team has deemed that we need a chaperone to ensure our telescopes are 6-10 feet apart and we are all wearing masks.  A small price to pay to be able and get out under the stars with the public.  Virginia Beach cut-off all astronomy outreach including the popular Boardwalk Astronomy which has been the primary funding source of the primary scholarship.

 

Karen and I are hoping to have the house sold by the end of March.  And then the truck will be packed and we will be dragging ourselves with five dogs and two cats to Westcliffe CO.  We are going to have a modular home plunked down and we hope to be in it before the first snow flies.  I will tell you that I am not planning on shoveling any snow,  What’s Her Name can learn to wade through it to either the 4-wheel drive or the snow-mobile…

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Ted Forte <tedforte511@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11:12 AM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] December BBAA Info

 

Hey Chuck,

 

First let me welcome you to BBAA West! We’ll have to start referring to ourselves as “Colorado Section” and “Arizona Section”.  I’m very excited for you – I understand well how remarkable it feels to have one’s own dark sky site, a capable observatory, and the free time to enjoy it.  Life gets good!  I can predict that you will, as I do, miss your BBAA family and will miss much about the Tidewater area. But rest assured it will not be the light pollution or congestion that you’ll miss! LOL. Personally, I’d question the sanity of anyone retiring to a place where snow shovels are a thing, but each to their own.

 

As a long-standing member of BBAA, I’d like to thank you for the outstanding role you’ve played in the leadership of the club. Very few can match the continuing dedication and selfless service you’ve displayed over the years. I wish you the very best in your new life and hope you’ll keep in touch.

 

Ted Forte

BBAA West (Arizona section)

 

 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: December BBAA Info

Stu Beaber
 

Congrats Chuck...You are gonna love it...and soon to have dark skies on top of that...

Stu


On Sun, Dec 6, 2020 at 6:18 AM charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:

BBAA West, CO Section.

 

Sounds great to me.  Today I have three weeks left, sixteen more work days.  It has been a long 44 years since I joined the Navy in 1976.  Now I am looking forward to the next phase.

 

What is going to be hard is going from being so busy I can’t see straight at my government job, to just household stuff and BBAA outreach.  I am turning over the Treasurer’s job to Rich Roberts.

 

Last night at Sky Watch it was just George Reynolds and I who showed up for the club.  I set up the 18 UC and George set up his 80mm refractor.  We had about 6 total visitors.  Last month there was about twenty BBAA participants and close to a hundred visitors.  Yesterday it was cloudy all day, the weather demi-gods had predicted it was supposed to partially clear at about 6:30 PM.  It was looking like about 120% cloud cover at 6:00 PM and then at about 6:10 the Summer Triangle was exposed.  By 6:30 most of the clouds had vanished, we did enjoy a crappy view of Jupiter and Saturn just above that Western Tree line.  But Mars was great, and Uranus was the most brilliant blue I have ever seen it.  I went to Neptune just to make sure it got smaller as I thought the Nexus DSC had gotten confused.  But Neptune was even more brilliant blue than Uranus was and appropriately smaller.  George and I showed the usual suspects before the 6 visitors dwindled away and left George, myself and Meghan.  Meghan works for the park’s department and is our “baby-sitter” while we are at the NWRP.  The Chesapeake COVID Management Team has deemed that we need a chaperone to ensure our telescopes are 6-10 feet apart and we are all wearing masks.  A small price to pay to be able and get out under the stars with the public.  Virginia Beach cut-off all astronomy outreach including the popular Boardwalk Astronomy which has been the primary funding source of the primary scholarship.

 

Karen and I are hoping to have the house sold by the end of March.  And then the truck will be packed and we will be dragging ourselves with five dogs and two cats to Westcliffe CO.  We are going to have a modular home plunked down and we hope to be in it before the first snow flies.  I will tell you that I am not planning on shoveling any snow,  What’s Her Name can learn to wade through it to either the 4-wheel drive or the snow-mobile…

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Ted Forte <tedforte511@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11:12 AM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] December BBAA Info

 

Hey Chuck,

 

First let me welcome you to BBAA West! We’ll have to start referring to ourselves as “Colorado Section” and “Arizona Section”.  I’m very excited for you – I understand well how remarkable it feels to have one’s own dark sky site, a capable observatory, and the free time to enjoy it.  Life gets good!  I can predict that you will, as I do, miss your BBAA family and will miss much about the Tidewater area. But rest assured it will not be the light pollution or congestion that you’ll miss! LOL. Personally, I’d question the sanity of anyone retiring to a place where snow shovels are a thing, but each to their own.

 

As a long-standing member of BBAA, I’d like to thank you for the outstanding role you’ve played in the leadership of the club. Very few can match the continuing dedication and selfless service you’ve displayed over the years. I wish you the very best in your new life and hope you’ll keep in touch.

 

Ted Forte

BBAA West (Arizona section)

 

 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: December BBAA Info

charles jagow
 

BBAA West, CO Section.

 

Sounds great to me.  Today I have three weeks left, sixteen more work days.  It has been a long 44 years since I joined the Navy in 1976.  Now I am looking forward to the next phase.

 

What is going to be hard is going from being so busy I can’t see straight at my government job, to just household stuff and BBAA outreach.  I am turning over the Treasurer’s job to Rich Roberts.

 

Last night at Sky Watch it was just George Reynolds and I who showed up for the club.  I set up the 18 UC and George set up his 80mm refractor.  We had about 6 total visitors.  Last month there was about twenty BBAA participants and close to a hundred visitors.  Yesterday it was cloudy all day, the weather demi-gods had predicted it was supposed to partially clear at about 6:30 PM.  It was looking like about 120% cloud cover at 6:00 PM and then at about 6:10 the Summer Triangle was exposed.  By 6:30 most of the clouds had vanished, we did enjoy a crappy view of Jupiter and Saturn just above that Western Tree line.  But Mars was great, and Uranus was the most brilliant blue I have ever seen it.  I went to Neptune just to make sure it got smaller as I thought the Nexus DSC had gotten confused.  But Neptune was even more brilliant blue than Uranus was and appropriately smaller.  George and I showed the usual suspects before the 6 visitors dwindled away and left George, myself and Meghan.  Meghan works for the park’s department and is our “baby-sitter” while we are at the NWRP.  The Chesapeake COVID Management Team has deemed that we need a chaperone to ensure our telescopes are 6-10 feet apart and we are all wearing masks.  A small price to pay to be able and get out under the stars with the public.  Virginia Beach cut-off all astronomy outreach including the popular Boardwalk Astronomy which has been the primary funding source of the primary scholarship.

 

Karen and I are hoping to have the house sold by the end of March.  And then the truck will be packed and we will be dragging ourselves with five dogs and two cats to Westcliffe CO.  We are going to have a modular home plunked down and we hope to be in it before the first snow flies.  I will tell you that I am not planning on shoveling any snow,  What’s Her Name can learn to wade through it to either the 4-wheel drive or the snow-mobile…

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Ted Forte <tedforte511@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11:12 AM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] December BBAA Info

 

Hey Chuck,

 

First let me welcome you to BBAA West! We’ll have to start referring to ourselves as “Colorado Section” and “Arizona Section”.  I’m very excited for you – I understand well how remarkable it feels to have one’s own dark sky site, a capable observatory, and the free time to enjoy it.  Life gets good!  I can predict that you will, as I do, miss your BBAA family and will miss much about the Tidewater area. But rest assured it will not be the light pollution or congestion that you’ll miss! LOL. Personally, I’d question the sanity of anyone retiring to a place where snow shovels are a thing, but each to their own.

 

As a long-standing member of BBAA, I’d like to thank you for the outstanding role you’ve played in the leadership of the club. Very few can match the continuing dedication and selfless service you’ve displayed over the years. I wish you the very best in your new life and hope you’ll keep in touch.

 

Ted Forte

BBAA West (Arizona section)

 

 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: December BBAA Info

Ted Forte
 

Hey Chuck,

 

First let me welcome you to BBAA West! We’ll have to start referring to ourselves as “Colorado Section” and “Arizona Section”.  I’m very excited for you – I understand well how remarkable it feels to have one’s own dark sky site, a capable observatory, and the free time to enjoy it.  Life gets good!  I can predict that you will, as I do, miss your BBAA family and will miss much about the Tidewater area. But rest assured it will not be the light pollution or congestion that you’ll miss! LOL. Personally, I’d question the sanity of anyone retiring to a place where snow shovels are a thing, but each to their own.

 

As a long-standing member of BBAA, I’d like to thank you for the outstanding role you’ve played in the leadership of the club. Very few can match the continuing dedication and selfless service you’ve displayed over the years. I wish you the very best in your new life and hope you’ll keep in touch.

 

Ted Forte

BBAA West (Arizona section)

 

 


(Cancelled) Elijah Muhlendorf's 13th Birthday/Bar Mitzvah celebration Saturday, 12/12/2020

George Reynolds
 

Sorry to say, the event originally scheduled for Saturday night 12 December at East Beach has been cancelled.

I hope to see as many as possible Saturday 12/12 at noon at the luncheon at Stripers.

That Saturday night is now totally open for whoever wants to attend Nightwatch at Chippokes.

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Skywatch Saturday, Dec 5

George Reynolds
 

Skywatch is ON for Saturday night, from 5 to at least 9 pm.  Sunset is just before 5.

I hope to see you there.  Remember, you can always RSVP on the calendar.  Or you can just show up.

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Solar activity December 4 2020

Kent Blackwell
 

Although clouds are moving in Friday December 4 in Virginia Beach, VA I caught a few glimpses of the sun in both H-alpha light and white light. Both telescopes showed interesting details. There are several fairly large prominences on the eastern limb and beautiful surface detail in A-alpha light. In white light sunspot 2786 has moved towards the western limb while sunspot 2790 has moved from the eastern limb to near the solar meridian. Solar activity has been dormant the past 2 or 3 years but things are finally getting active again.

661 - 680 of 52974