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Re: Viewing Sirius on a cold winter night

jimcoble2000
 

It was quite remarkable. The conditions were perfect. That is only the second time in 30 some years I have seen it. It all came together. I am not sure an amateur refractor can do it due to the nature of the diffraction pattern inherent in refractors. Maybe it can though. It would be interesting to see if anyone else has done it that way. The spider diffraction was in a perfect position to view and locate the secondary.  

On Saturday, January 23, 2021, 8:33:07 AM EST, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:


Good job!!

On 1/23/2021 8:18 AM, Kent Blackwell wrote:
Mark O and I split the brilliant star Sirius last night with the 25" from my backyard observatory in Virginia Beach. I've only split it a few times in my 50 years of stargazing. The current separation is 10 arc-seconds. So, what's the big deal, that's not all that close. The problem is Sirius is 10,000 times brighter than Sirius B, often called The Pup.


Re: Viewing Sirius on a cold winter night

Ian Stewart
 

Good job!!

On 1/23/2021 8:18 AM, Kent Blackwell wrote:
Mark O and I split the brilliant star Sirius last night with the 25" from my backyard observatory in Virginia Beach. I've only split it a few times in my 50 years of stargazing. The current separation is 10 arc-seconds. So, what's the big deal, that's not all that close. The problem is Sirius is 10,000 times brighter than Sirius B, often called The Pup.


Viewing Sirius on a cold winter night

Kent Blackwell
 

Mark O and I split the brilliant star Sirius last night with the 25" from my backyard observatory in Virginia Beach. I've only split it a few times in my 50 years of stargazing. The current separation is 10 arc-seconds. So, what's the big deal, that's not all that close. The problem is Sirius is 10,000 times brighter than Sirius B, often called The Pup.


Re: Need info on three past BBAA meetings

Shawn Loescher
 

All of the video from the meetings that Jeff posted are still available online. I took a quick look at them to refresh my memory.

August - After the normal club business you showed a video titled Cosmic Collisions narrated by Robert Redford.
Access Passcode: *XB4W6fb

September - Tom Field gave a presentation on spectroscopy
Access Passcode: *XB4W6fb
Meeting Recording: https://vccs.zoom.us/rec/play/LL1DvDXJJkd9sIBhGCFgcVDzPGem09TrWgR_-_p96uc8j0rCT0bdveePd0ANZmYpwx1CQtKcVw3d4ipp.tF7GrTpnkNgSAvqJ?continueMode=true&_x_zm_rtaid=7KCvWuKRRI6GYxGAsRT4sg.1611328397576.f3710ec67ff2cb0856cfc50f5f1c8d4f&_x_zm_rhtaid=640


November - Elections took most of the meeting time. Also club member Scott Mecca was put in charge of seeing if its feasible for the club to find a location for an observatory.
Access Passcode: BBAA11-5
Meeting Recording: https://vccs.zoom.us/rec/play/L6d5Z4jTJ0vgspUek6fPRBr8yom9PwfXU6uEPg_LhkdGIyOnKI4qV8ko1YWryMF0C2U2bOlsPgBRroem._GN3snzqd-fHVRug?continueMode=true&_x_zm_rtaid=7KCvWuKRRI6GYxGAsRT4sg.1611328397576.f3710ec67ff2cb0856cfc50f5f1c8d4f&_x_zm_rhtaid=640


Need info on three past BBAA meetings

George Reynolds
 

Does anyone remember what was covered in the August, September, and November BBAA meetings?  They are still open in the Night Sky Network, and need to have an event report made.  There were no meeting minutes posted to the BBAA website in 7 out of the 12 months of 2020, so I could not go to the minutes.  Also, we did not have a newsletter all year, so I could not go to the Newsletter for information.

There have been no postings of the newsletter at all in 2020 (in fact, 2020 is not even listed), and the Web site still says that Kayla Robinson is the club secretary.  If I had known no one was taking minutes during the whole year, I would have taken notes and submitted them for minutes.  I thought we were recording the meetings so minutes could be made.  If so, they are not posted on the BBAA website.  Some areas of the website are out of date.

Can anyone help?

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Re: Star Parties and Informational Seminars

Shawn Loescher
 

More information about the Winter Star Party in Florida.

"Hello, attached is a link to a promo video on YouTube for the 2021 Winter Star Party Virtual Edition. We invite your club member to be part of this free online event. The video includes instructions on how to register for the door prizes as well as tune-in information for the star party. If you agve any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Keep looking up. Thank you.
 
 
Sergio Figuera"


Re: Sh2 261 Lower's Nebula

Ian Stewart
 

Added the color data that i got last night to the previous Ha image ... Cheers Ian
Lower's Nebula HaRGB


Re: Sh2 261 Lower's Nebula

RapidEye
 

Gotcha - thanks.

On Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 2:54 PM Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:

Hey Jim, Jellyfish is SH2 248 or IC443 but they do look a lot alike. Here's one of the Jellyfish I took last year ... Cheers Ian

Jellyfish Nebula

On 1/19/2021 12:55 PM, RapidEye wrote:
Is that also called the Jellyfish?
Looks nice in any case


On Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 12:31 PM Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:
Managed some time on Lower's nebula last night. This is the Ha data. I'll try for color tonight if the weather holds ... Cheers Ian
Lower's Nebula


Re: Sh2 261 Lower's Nebula

Ian Stewart
 

Hey Jim, Jellyfish is SH2 248 or IC443 but they do look a lot alike. Here's one of the Jellyfish I took last year ... Cheers Ian

Jellyfish Nebula

On 1/19/2021 12:55 PM, RapidEye wrote:
Is that also called the Jellyfish?
Looks nice in any case


On Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 12:31 PM Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:
Managed some time on Lower's nebula last night. This is the Ha data. I'll try for color tonight if the weather holds ... Cheers Ian
Lower's Nebula


Re: Sh2 261 Lower's Nebula

charles jagow
 

Very good!

Sent from Chuck's iPad

On Jan 19, 2021, at 12:31 PM, Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:

Managed some time on Lower's nebula last night. This is the Ha data. I'll try for color tonight if the weather holds ... Cheers Ian
Lower's Nebula


Re: Sh2 261 Lower's Nebula

RapidEye
 

Is that also called the Jellyfish?
Looks nice in any case


On Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 12:31 PM Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:
Managed some time on Lower's nebula last night. This is the Ha data. I'll try for color tonight if the weather holds ... Cheers Ian
Lower's Nebula


Sh2 261 Lower's Nebula

Ian Stewart
 

Managed some time on Lower's nebula last night. This is the Ha data. I'll try for color tonight if the weather holds ... Cheers Ian
Lower's Nebula


Re: Solar report January 18, 2021

jimcoble2000
 

Thanks for saving me the trouble! The moon has not been much better. I have a small project to observe all the volcanic domes on the moon that can be observed. The last two nights have been a wash. I did find what I was looking for but conditions were too bad to accomplish anything meaningful.

On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 11:40:47 AM EST, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


Looks like the sun is going back to its old way, very little activity the past few day. There are minimum prominences today but a few nice filaments. In white light you'll see two or three small sunspots.


Solar report January 18, 2021

Kent Blackwell
 

Looks like the sun is going back to its old way, very little activity the past few day. There are minimum prominences today but a few nice filaments. In white light you'll see two or three small sunspots.


2021 BBAA Spreadsheet of Events ?

ROBERT POWERS
 

George, Et Al

Annually, BBAA creates a spreadsheet of annual events: Sky Watch, Sun Day, Night Watch, Garden Stars, Board Walk Astro., and Corn Watch. 

Does anyone have/have seen/ can send me subject spreadsheet if it has been created yet ? 

Thanks,

Bruce Powers

ALCOR BBAA



On January 7, 2021 at 2:26 AM George Reynolds <pathfinder027@...> wrote:

After many years of idleness, I dug out my old Urban List and realized I need just FIVE more objects to complete the list!  Bruce, I'm going to try to get it done and send it to you.



Skywatch is ON

George Reynolds
 

Skywatch is ON for tomorrow night.  The weather forecast calls for mostly clear skies, after a cold front comes through tonight with some rain.  Dress warmly!

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Re: Kalamazoo Astronomical Society's five-part Introduction to Amateur Astronomy lecture series

jimcoble2000
 

Thanks Shawn

On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 12:30:52 PM EST, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:


FYI

"The Kalamazoo Astronomical Society's five-part Introduction to Amateur Astronomy lecture series begins on January 23rd at 1:00 pm EST - less than two weeks away! Over 200 people from all over the world have already registered, including members from many astronomy clubs and science organizations. Please consider reminding your membership about this FREE series that covers all the basics of getting started in our wonderful hobby. Hopefully, it'll encourage your novice members to maintain membership for years to come!
 
Please visit the Introduction to Amateur Astronomy web page to learn more and register today:"
 



Re: Star Parties and Informational Seminars

Shawn Loescher
 
Edited

"Please join us for a fun, informative Friday evening 1-22-2021 and Saturday morning 1-23-2021 of virtual astronomy
 


Re: Star Parties and Informational Seminars

Shawn Loescher
 

"Hello, my name is Sergio Figuera and I am one of the organizers of the 2021 Winter Star Party Virtual Edition. I just wanted to take a minute to invite your club members to watch our virtual star party broadcast on Feb 8-11, 7pm to 11pm EST. We are still working out the broadcasting logistics but in the meantime I wanted to provide you with a link where your members can sign up for the door prize drawings. As soon as we have the online broadcast information I will forward it to you so that you can share it with the rest of your members. In the meantime, please share with them the dates and the registration link below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you. Keep looking up.

https://www.scas.org/winter-star-party/virtualregistration.cfm

Sergio F."


Re: Star Parties and Informational Seminars

Shawn Loescher
 

"The Kalamazoo Astronomical Society's FREE five-part Introduction to Amateur Astronomy lecture series begins on January 23rd at 1:00 pm EST - less than two weeks away! Over 200 people from all over the world have already registered, including members from many astronomy clubs and science organizations. Please consider reminding your membership about this FREE series that covers all the basics of getting started in our wonderful hobby. Hopefully, it'll encourage your novice members to maintain membership for years to come!
 
Please visit the Introduction to Amateur Astronomy web page to learn more and register today:"
 
https://www.kasonline.org/amastro.html

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