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Re: JUP-SAT

jimcoble2000
 

Hard to predict those clear skies isn't it?

On Friday, December 18, 2020, 8:11:11 AM EST, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:


Looking good Chuck. Thanks for sharing.

On 12/17/2020 7:22 PM, charles jagow wrote:
OK kids, first image from Rott'n Paws Obs in a while.
Went out to get something from my truck at sundown and noticed CLEAR SKIES!

First set up an 80mm visual rig WHOOOO HAAAAA  then opened the observatory and turned the beast on and viola! It slewed right to it, gotta love that Losmandy mount, hasn't seen power for months comes right on and WORKS!  I took everything using the manual focus knobs on the usually computer controlled Moonlite focuser, didn't want to waste time getting the laptop from the house and hooking it up, took about a hundred images and this was a crop from one of the best.  Telescope was the Explore Scientific 127 with a Televue Powermate 2x barlow and the Canon 60Da.  Effective focal length of close to 2000mm with that barlow and I managed to get both in the FOV.  If it is clear between now and Monday I will get a jump on the game and get Rott'n Pays spun up and ready to go with computerized focus and all that.
--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: JUP-SAT

Ian Stewart
 

Looking good Chuck. Thanks for sharing.

On 12/17/2020 7:22 PM, charles jagow wrote:
OK kids, first image from Rott'n Paws Obs in a while.
Went out to get something from my truck at sundown and noticed CLEAR SKIES!

First set up an 80mm visual rig WHOOOO HAAAAA  then opened the observatory and turned the beast on and viola! It slewed right to it, gotta love that Losmandy mount, hasn't seen power for months comes right on and WORKS!  I took everything using the manual focus knobs on the usually computer controlled Moonlite focuser, didn't want to waste time getting the laptop from the house and hooking it up, took about a hundred images and this was a crop from one of the best.  Telescope was the Explore Scientific 127 with a Televue Powermate 2x barlow and the Canon 60Da.  Effective focal length of close to 2000mm with that barlow and I managed to get both in the FOV.  If it is clear between now and Monday I will get a jump on the game and get Rott'n Pays spun up and ready to go with computerized focus and all that.
--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: JUP-SAT

Jeffrey Thornton
 

Nice,

Your image looks like what I was seeing in the EXT 125 that I bought from you. I had a 26mm Super Plossl for a Magnification of 73X. I attempted to photograph it, but these guys were out of view before I could set it up. I am using a ioptron az mount that woks great, when you get it good and level.

Glad you were able to get a photo.

Jeff


JUP-SAT

charles jagow
 

OK kids, first image from Rott'n Paws Obs in a while.
Went out to get something from my truck at sundown and noticed CLEAR SKIES!

First set up an 80mm visual rig WHOOOO HAAAAA  then opened the observatory and turned the beast on and viola! It slewed right to it, gotta love that Losmandy mount, hasn't seen power for months comes right on and WORKS!  I took everything using the manual focus knobs on the usually computer controlled Moonlite focuser, didn't want to waste time getting the laptop from the house and hooking it up, took about a hundred images and this was a crop from one of the best.  Telescope was the Explore Scientific 127 with a Televue Powermate 2x barlow and the Canon 60Da.  Effective focal length of close to 2000mm with that barlow and I managed to get both in the FOV.  If it is clear between now and Monday I will get a jump on the game and get Rott'n Pays spun up and ready to go with computerized focus and all that.
--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Conjunction Watch Monday, 21 December 4 - 8 PM

George Reynolds
 

It's ON!!!  We have a permit from Chesapeake Parks & Rec to have an event Monday, 21 December at Cornland Park to observe the "Great Conjunction" of Jupiter and Saturn, when they will appear to come within 1/10 of a degree from each other.

Here are the guidelines:
(1) Everyone must wear a mask
(2) We will observe in groups of 10 -- possibly spread out along the parking lot
(3) Drive and park cars on the road and parking area, do not get off into the grass
(4) If many visitors, viewing time for each group of 10 will be limited, so others can come see the planets before they set behind the tree line
(5) "Social distancing" is to be observed

Club members are asked to be at Cornland Park early (I plan to be there by 3:00 PM) to direct visitors and set up telescopes before the crowd comes (if that happens).

The permitted time of the event is from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.  Sunset is about 4:55 PM.  The planets will be getting near the tree-lined horizon by about 6 PM.

George Reynolds

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


 


Re: BBAA Luncheon TODAY, Dec 12

vp
 

You missed a good meal, Bill, and a chance to honor and say goodbye to Chuck Jagow.  You can watch the award of a certificate and plaque, it was recorded on the Facebook group.

George
On December 14, 2020 2:11 PM preciousmyprecious via groups.io <preciousmyprecious@...> wrote:


I forgot.  

Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean


On Saturday, December 12, 2020, 08:21:28 AM EST, George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...> wrote:


For those of you who get on the computer early in the day, this message is for you:  Don't forget to come to the BBAA Anniversary Luncheon TODAY, Saturday, December 12, at 12 noon at Stripers Restaurant, Norfolk Waterside.

I hope to see you there!

George


George Reynolds

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


 


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



WAVY 10 Jeff Edmondson Request for Conjunction Observation Assistance

Jeff Goldstein
 

For all BBAA and VPAS members, Greetings!

 

If you are not following our Facebook Page, Jeff Edmondson has requested a telescope and camera with live view to be broadcast by Channel 10 live on 12/21.

 

I volunteered to bring my scope and Canon 70D (live camera view) for the request.

He wanted to do this at the WAVY site in Portsmouth.  I asked about his SW horizon, and offered an alternative at Cornland Park (darker and better horizon). 

George Reynolds is in contact with Cornland getting us permission for this.  Now that Channel 10 is involved, this may improve our chances for approval.

 

Latest word from him is that he is checking on a remote crew for Cornland.

 

Sincerely,

Jeff G.


Re: BBAA Luncheon TODAY, Dec 12

preciousmyprecious
 

I forgot.  

Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean


On Saturday, December 12, 2020, 08:21:28 AM EST, George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...> wrote:


For those of you who get on the computer early in the day, this message is for you:  Don't forget to come to the BBAA Anniversary Luncheon TODAY, Saturday, December 12, at 12 noon at Stripers Restaurant, Norfolk Waterside.

I hope to see you there!

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Re: Scholarship fund donations

Jeff Goldstein
 

I’ll help with a one time $10 donation.

 

Jeff G.

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of George Reynolds via groups.io
Sent: Monday, December 14, 2020 12:17 PM
To: BBAA-Group <backbayastro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Scholarship fund donations

 

Because of the COVID-19 cancellations this year of all our Boardwalk Astronomy events, our scholarship fund is very low.  We normally get between $1000 and 1250 from Virginia Beach events, but got nothing this year.  

 

I suggested that if every member of our 100+ club contributes $10, we could add $1000 or more to replenish the scholarship fund, AND, it would be tax-deductible, if you itemize deductions.  Now is the time to get that deduction, before the end of the year.

 

I have decided to donate $10 a month to the scholarship fund, so that will help a little bit.  Who wants to join me?

 

George

 


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia

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


 


Scholarship fund donations

George Reynolds
 

Because of the COVID-19 cancellations this year of all our Boardwalk Astronomy events, our scholarship fund is very low.  We normally get between $1000 and 1250 from Virginia Beach events, but got nothing this year.  

I suggested that if every member of our 100+ club contributes $10, we could add $1000 or more to replenish the scholarship fund, AND, it would be tax-deductible, if you itemize deductions.  Now is the time to get that deduction, before the end of the year.

I have decided to donate $10 a month to the scholarship fund, so that will help a little bit.  Who wants to join me?

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Re: IC405 From Last Few Nights

George Reynolds
 

You're right, Ian.  It's either my old eyes, my cataracts, or my screen, or some combination thereof.  When I put my nose right up next to the screen I could see the plus sign.

Sorry for the false alarm.

George


George Reynolds

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


 


On Sunday, December 13, 2020, 07:14:13 PM EST, Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:


Hey George thanks for looking. I'm pretty sure I had a + sign not a - sign in there. Does the - show up on your screen?

Cheers

Ian

On 12/13/2020 5:57 PM, vp wrote:
Nice shot of IC405, Ian, but I don't think that star shines at magnitude "-6".  It's probably more like mag 6.  :-)

George
On December 12, 2020 12:48 PM Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:


Well it looks like my imaging window has closed for the next few days. I did get out for the last three nights and despite fighting with equipment issues managed to capture one of my favorite nebula the Flaming Star Nebula or IC405. Could have framed it better but I struggled with the mount and got my three nights in slightly different locations so had to do some serious cropping.
Cheers
Ian
IC405

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



Re: IC405 From Last Few Nights

Ian Stewart
 

Hey George thanks for looking. I'm pretty sure I had a + sign not a - sign in there. Does the - show up on your screen?

Cheers

Ian

On 12/13/2020 5:57 PM, vp wrote:
Nice shot of IC405, Ian, but I don't think that star shines at magnitude "-6".  It's probably more like mag 6.  :-)

George
On December 12, 2020 12:48 PM Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:


Well it looks like my imaging window has closed for the next few days. I did get out for the last three nights and despite fighting with equipment issues managed to capture one of my favorite nebula the Flaming Star Nebula or IC405. Could have framed it better but I struggled with the mount and got my three nights in slightly different locations so had to do some serious cropping.
Cheers
Ian
IC405

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



Re: IC405 From Last Few Nights

vp
 

Nice shot of IC405, Ian, but I don't think that star shines at magnitude "-6".  It's probably more like mag 6.  :-)

George
On December 12, 2020 12:48 PM Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:


Well it looks like my imaging window has closed for the next few days. I did get out for the last three nights and despite fighting with equipment issues managed to capture one of my favorite nebula the Flaming Star Nebula or IC405. Could have framed it better but I struggled with the mount and got my three nights in slightly different locations so had to do some serious cropping.
Cheers
Ian
IC405

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



Re: Solar report for Sunday December 13

vp
 

Bad Santa, Bad Santa!

On December 13, 2020 4:44 PM jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:



NO

On Sunday, December 13, 2020, 11:46:55 AM EST, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


 Hello, it’s your good friend Kent with a solar report.  Remember when I said the activity on the sun is finally increasing after two years of dormant?  Well, the sun has proved me wrong the last few days. There is nothing in H Alpha and nothing in white light. No sunspots.  I’m asking Santa Claus to give us some activity. 

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



Re: Solar report for Sunday December 13

jimcoble2000
 

NO

On Sunday, December 13, 2020, 11:46:55 AM EST, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


 Hello, it’s your good friend Kent with a solar report.  Remember when I said the activity on the sun is finally increasing after two years of dormant?  Well, the sun has proved me wrong the last few days. There is nothing in H Alpha and nothing in white light. No sunspots.  I’m asking Santa Claus to give us some activity. 


Re: Solar report for Sunday December 13

Ian Stewart
 

Wow, nary a speck.

On 12/13/2020 11:46 AM, Kent Blackwell wrote:
 Hello, it’s your good friend Kent with a solar report.  Remember when I said the activity on the sun is finally increasing after two years of dormant?  Well, the sun has proved me wrong the last few days. There is nothing in H Alpha and nothing in white light. No sunspots.  I’m asking Santa Claus to give us some activity. 


Solar report for Sunday December 13

Kent Blackwell
 

 Hello, it’s your good friend Kent with a solar report.  Remember when I said the activity on the sun is finally increasing after two years of dormant?  Well, the sun has proved me wrong the last few days. There is nothing in H Alpha and nothing in white light. No sunspots.  I’m asking Santa Claus to give us some activity. 


Re: IC405 From Last Few Nights

charles jagow
 

Very cool

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 12:48 PM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] IC405 From Last Few Nights

 

Well it looks like my imaging window has closed for the next few days. I did get out for the last three nights and despite fighting with equipment issues managed to capture one of my favorite nebula the Flaming Star Nebula or IC405. Could have framed it better but I struggled with the mount and got my three nights in slightly different locations so had to do some serious cropping.
Cheers
Ian
IC405


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


IC405 From Last Few Nights

Ian Stewart
 

Well it looks like my imaging window has closed for the next few days. I did get out for the last three nights and despite fighting with equipment issues managed to capture one of my favorite nebula the Flaming Star Nebula or IC405. Could have framed it better but I struggled with the mount and got my three nights in slightly different locations so had to do some serious cropping.
Cheers
Ian
IC405


BBAA Luncheon TODAY, Dec 12

George Reynolds
 

For those of you who get on the computer early in the day, this message is for you:  Don't forget to come to the BBAA Anniversary Luncheon TODAY, Saturday, December 12, at 12 noon at Stripers Restaurant, Norfolk Waterside.

I hope to see you there!

George


George Reynolds

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


 

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