Date   

Re: I finally got it!

Ted Forte
 

Good job George!  Congrats.  Now, of course, I know you’re working on the planetary nebula program next.

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of George Reynolds via groups.io
Sent: Monday, March 29, 2021 8:18 PM
To: BBAA-Group <backbayastro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] I finally got it!

 

I finally got the 100th object and the last one I was missing for the Astronomical League's Urban Program, NGC3242, The Ghost of Jupiter!  I got in the ballpark with Chuck Jagow's Orion Starblast 6i, but could not see it.  I got out my trusty Orion UltraView 8x42 binoculars, and star-hopped from Alphard (Alpha Hydrae) down to nu1, then up to nu2 and lambda, then down to mu Hya.  I had sort of memorized the star patterns south of mu, so I star-hopped through them, and -- Voila!  There was NGC3242!  At 120X and at 240X it was a fuzzy blob, but it was there.  And it didn't look at all like Jupiter (maybe a ghost of ... something).

 

If I had found all the objects in the Urban List back in 2003 or 2004 when I got 90% of the objects, I would be done now, but the A.L. had ADDED one new requirement.  I have to observe Algol (again), and this time I have to watch it over a period of time and estimate its brightness and sketch it.  

 

That's a project for another night.

 

George

 


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia

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


 


Re: I finally got it!

George Reynolds
 

I must clarify how I finally got to NGC 3242.  It was a combination of the Starblast 6i to get me in the right area, the binoculars to star-hop to its vicinity, but I finally SAW it in Samantha's 8-inch Dob (which lives at my house).  I found Mu Hya in the 30mm eyepiece (40X), stepped up to the 25mm ep (48X), then the 10mm (120X -- which is where I first saw the fuzzy blob that was "The Eye Nebula", a.k.a., "The Ghost of Jupiter"), and finally I tried my seldom-used 5.2mm Lanthanum eyepiece (231X) and magnified the fuzzy blob.  I could tell it was not a star out of focus, because I could see a small, dim star nearby, in focus.

I was aided by the fact that the waning gibbous Moon did not rise until about 20:41, and although I was observing after 22:00, the Moon was blocked by my house.  After finding my target, the Moon appeared, and I looked at it in the 8-inch Dob, without a Moon filter (Boy, was it bright!), with all 4 eyepieces.  With the 5.2, I felt like an astronaut in orbit above the surface of the Moon.  Now I am inspired to try to do the "Lunar II" program of the Astronomical League.

George

George Reynolds

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


 


On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 08:31:25 AM EDT, charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:


WOOO HOOOO George,

 

One correction, it is George’s 6i.

 

 

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of "George Reynolds via groups.io" <pathfinder027@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Monday, March 29, 2021 at 11:18 PM
To: BBAA-Group <backbayastro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] I finally got it!

 

I finally got the 100th object and the last one I was missing for the Astronomical League's Urban Program, NGC3242, The Ghost of Jupiter!  I got in the ballpark with Chuck Jagow's Orion Starblast 6i, but could not see it.  I got out my trusty Orion UltraView 8x42 binoculars, and star-hopped from Alphard (Alpha Hydrae) down to nu1, then up to nu2 and lambda, then down to mu Hya.  I had sort of memorized the star patterns south of mu, so I star-hopped through them, and -- Voila!  There was NGC3242!  At 120X and at 240X it was a fuzzy blob, but it was there.  And it didn't look at all like Jupiter (maybe a ghost of ... something).

 

If I had found all the objects in the Urban List back in 2003 or 2004 when I got 90% of the objects, I would be done now, but the A.L. had ADDED one new requirement.  I have to observe Algol (again), and this time I have to watch it over a period of time and estimate its brightness and sketch it.  

 

That's a project for another night.

 

George

 


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia

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


 


Re: I finally got it!

Jonathan Scheetz
 

That's great George!  I'm been struggling with the Galaxies at my house.  Seems to take me three or four tries before I can see them with averted vision.  When I do see them they are very faint and I certainly am not making out any details yet. 
I am most concerned about being able to make out M84 and M86.  The calculated surface brightness for them is 14 and I can barely make out M81 which has calculated SB of 13.2.  M84 and M86 are highest in the sky so I guess I will know then.
So, far I have been able to see each AL Urban Program object when conditions are favorable but I am beginning to doubt that I will be able to see every object but I am going to give it my best shot.

I completed the Algol observations.  I did them twice.  I found a calculator for the minima and you might find it helpful.  I couldn't make sense of the one suggested on the AL program page.
See: https://skyandtelescope.org/observing/the-minima-of-algol/ 

Congratulations again!

Jonathan


Re: I finally got it!

charles jagow
 

WOOO HOOOO George,

 

One correction, it is George’s 6i.

 

 

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of "George Reynolds via groups.io" <pathfinder027@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Monday, March 29, 2021 at 11:18 PM
To: BBAA-Group <backbayastro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] I finally got it!

 

I finally got the 100th object and the last one I was missing for the Astronomical League's Urban Program, NGC3242, The Ghost of Jupiter!  I got in the ballpark with Chuck Jagow's Orion Starblast 6i, but could not see it.  I got out my trusty Orion UltraView 8x42 binoculars, and star-hopped from Alphard (Alpha Hydrae) down to nu1, then up to nu2 and lambda, then down to mu Hya.  I had sort of memorized the star patterns south of mu, so I star-hopped through them, and -- Voila!  There was NGC3242!  At 120X and at 240X it was a fuzzy blob, but it was there.  And it didn't look at all like Jupiter (maybe a ghost of ... something).

 

If I had found all the objects in the Urban List back in 2003 or 2004 when I got 90% of the objects, I would be done now, but the A.L. had ADDED one new requirement.  I have to observe Algol (again), and this time I have to watch it over a period of time and estimate its brightness and sketch it.  

 

That's a project for another night.

 

George

 


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia

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


 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: I finally got it!

Ian Stewart
 

Excellent job George!

On 3/29/2021 11:18 PM, George Reynolds via groups.io wrote:
I finally got the 100th object and the last one I was missing for the Astronomical League's Urban Program, NGC3242, The Ghost of Jupiter!  I got in the ballpark with Chuck Jagow's Orion Starblast 6i, but could not see it.  I got out my trusty Orion UltraView 8x42 binoculars, and star-hopped from Alphard (Alpha Hydrae) down to nu1, then up to nu2 and lambda, then down to mu Hya.  I had sort of memorized the star patterns south of mu, so I star-hopped through them, and -- Voila!  There was NGC3242!  At 120X and at 240X it was a fuzzy blob, but it was there.  And it didn't look at all like Jupiter (maybe a ghost of ... something).

If I had found all the objects in the Urban List back in 2003 or 2004 when I got 90% of the objects, I would be done now, but the A.L. had ADDED one new requirement.  I have to observe Algol (again), and this time I have to watch it over a period of time and estimate its brightness and sketch it.  

That's a project for another night.

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

vp
 

The BBAA does not have the problem of the Delmarva club, thankfully.  Although we have a few of us in our 70s, and some in their 60s, we are blessed with a lot of members in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, and a few teenagers as well.  Those teens will grow up and go off to college, but if they come back to this area they can once again rejoin the club.  If they move away, I hope they will find a local astronomy club near their new location, and get involved.

Our outreach events and efforts inspire a lot of kids and their parents to consider amateur astronomy.

I am proud of my granddaughters Samantha (age 18, senior in high school), and Chloe (age 13, in middle school), who are associate members of the BBAA.

Another granddaughter, Elena, who lives in Goochland, is also interested in astronomy.  Her family is coming down for spring break, and she wants to come to Nightwatch with me.  :-)

George
On March 28, 2021 8:49 PM vp <vp@...> wrote:


 What happened to the DelMarva Stargazers club?  Why is it gone?

George
On March 24, 2021 8:28 PM Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:


Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

Roy



On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:

Greetings MERAL officers, presidents and AlCors,

Please share this email with your club members:

As the pandemic slowly comes under control, we are hoping to be able to hold in-person events later this year. So now is the time to make travel plans!

To that end, below is a list I have accumulated, with input from MERAL clubs, that lists all the large regional events I am aware of in MERAL territory (mostly). A couple of these are not in the MERAL territory, but they are so well known that I thought they should be included. 

Not all the events have been confirmed at this point, so I have included links to the websites for all the events if they are available. The events are in chronological order, with the events that have not determined a date at the bottom of the list.

Clear skies,

Don Knabb, MERAL Chair


Northeast Astronomy Forum, April 10 – 11, Rockland Community College, NY (Not in MERAL). Virtual event - https://www.neafexpo.com/

Astronomy Day, May 15, Northern Virginia Astronomy Club - C.M. Crockett Park, Midland, VA.  This event might need to be virtual this year due to health concerns, that is yet to be determined. https://www.novac.com/wp/outreach/astronomyday/

Cherry Springs Star Party, June 10-13. https://www.facebook.com/CherrySpringsStarParty/

Green Bank Star Quest, July 7-10 Green Bank WV. Final decision yet to be made. http://www.greenbankstarquest.org/

Stellafane, August 5-8 (Not in MERAL), Springfield, Vermont. Website indicates the event is a go. https://stellafane.org/

Almost Heaven Star Party at Spruce Knob Mountain Center in Circleville, WV over Labor Day weekend, 3 -7 Sep, 2021.  https://www.ahsp.org/

York County Star Party Sept 8-12 and Oct 6-11. http://www.skyshedpodpa.com/york-county-star-party.html

Blackwater Falls Astronomy Weekend, September 9 – 11, Blackwater Falls State Park, WV. http://kvas.org/events.html

Staunton River Star Party (Fall), October 4 - 10, 2021, Staunton River State Park, Virginia http://chaosastro.org/starparty/

Northern Virginia Astronomy, Star Gaze, 10/9 Typically hosted at C.M. Crockett Park, Midland, VA. https://www.novac.com/wp/outreach/stargaze/

South Jersey Astronomy Club Star Party. No fall star party date is currently listed. http://www.sjac.us/star-party/

Mega Meet, Pulpit Rock, PA. No date is currently listed. https://lvaas.org/page.php?page=megameet

Black Forest Star Party, the date is to be determined. https://bfsp.org/

Delmarva Star Watch, Trap Pond DE. No information available, no website.


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



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



I finally got it!

George Reynolds
 

I finally got the 100th object and the last one I was missing for the Astronomical League's Urban Program, NGC3242, The Ghost of Jupiter!  I got in the ballpark with Chuck Jagow's Orion Starblast 6i, but could not see it.  I got out my trusty Orion UltraView 8x42 binoculars, and star-hopped from Alphard (Alpha Hydrae) down to nu1, then up to nu2 and lambda, then down to mu Hya.  I had sort of memorized the star patterns south of mu, so I star-hopped through them, and -- Voila!  There was NGC3242!  At 120X and at 240X it was a fuzzy blob, but it was there.  And it didn't look at all like Jupiter (maybe a ghost of ... something).

If I had found all the objects in the Urban List back in 2003 or 2004 when I got 90% of the objects, I would be done now, but the A.L. had ADDED one new requirement.  I have to observe Algol (again), and this time I have to watch it over a period of time and estimate its brightness and sketch it.  

That's a project for another night.

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Re: New Nova In Cass

Jim Tallman
 

As many as you can eat in a hour.:)

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


Re: New Nova In Cass

Jim Tallman
 

Hotdogs

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


Re: New Nova In Cass

jimcoble2000
 

a hot dog at minimum

On Sunday, March 28, 2021, 8:47:37 PM EDT, Jim Tallman <jctallman@...> wrote:


It might be a hot dog or two in it for you :-)

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


Re: New Nova In Cass

jimcoble2000
 

minimum wage?

On Sunday, March 28, 2021, 8:47:15 PM EDT, Jim Tallman <jctallman@...> wrote:


I need some new fence post Doug Mark come on over and dig those holes :-)

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

vp
 

 What happened to the DelMarva Stargazers club?  Why is it gone?

George
On March 24, 2021 8:28 PM Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:


Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

Roy



On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:

Greetings MERAL officers, presidents and AlCors,

Please share this email with your club members:

As the pandemic slowly comes under control, we are hoping to be able to hold in-person events later this year. So now is the time to make travel plans!

To that end, below is a list I have accumulated, with input from MERAL clubs, that lists all the large regional events I am aware of in MERAL territory (mostly). A couple of these are not in the MERAL territory, but they are so well known that I thought they should be included. 

Not all the events have been confirmed at this point, so I have included links to the websites for all the events if they are available. The events are in chronological order, with the events that have not determined a date at the bottom of the list.

Clear skies,

Don Knabb, MERAL Chair


Northeast Astronomy Forum, April 10 – 11, Rockland Community College, NY (Not in MERAL). Virtual event - https://www.neafexpo.com/

Astronomy Day, May 15, Northern Virginia Astronomy Club - C.M. Crockett Park, Midland, VA.  This event might need to be virtual this year due to health concerns, that is yet to be determined. https://www.novac.com/wp/outreach/astronomyday/

Cherry Springs Star Party, June 10-13. https://www.facebook.com/CherrySpringsStarParty/

Green Bank Star Quest, July 7-10 Green Bank WV. Final decision yet to be made. http://www.greenbankstarquest.org/

Stellafane, August 5-8 (Not in MERAL), Springfield, Vermont. Website indicates the event is a go. https://stellafane.org/

Almost Heaven Star Party at Spruce Knob Mountain Center in Circleville, WV over Labor Day weekend, 3 -7 Sep, 2021.  https://www.ahsp.org/

York County Star Party Sept 8-12 and Oct 6-11. http://www.skyshedpodpa.com/york-county-star-party.html

Blackwater Falls Astronomy Weekend, September 9 – 11, Blackwater Falls State Park, WV. http://kvas.org/events.html

Staunton River Star Party (Fall), October 4 - 10, 2021, Staunton River State Park, Virginia http://chaosastro.org/starparty/

Northern Virginia Astronomy, Star Gaze, 10/9 Typically hosted at C.M. Crockett Park, Midland, VA. https://www.novac.com/wp/outreach/stargaze/

South Jersey Astronomy Club Star Party. No fall star party date is currently listed. http://www.sjac.us/star-party/

Mega Meet, Pulpit Rock, PA. No date is currently listed. https://lvaas.org/page.php?page=megameet

Black Forest Star Party, the date is to be determined. https://bfsp.org/

Delmarva Star Watch, Trap Pond DE. No information available, no website.


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



Re: New Nova In Cass

Jim Tallman
 

It might be a hot dog or two in it for you :-)

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


Re: New Nova In Cass

Jim Tallman
 

I need some new fence post Doug Mark come on over and dig those holes :-)

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


Re: New Nova In Cass

Ian Stewart
 

Nice

On 3/28/2021 11:25 AM, Ted Forte wrote:

I haven’t been out to try it myself – I don’t do bright moon nights. But several of my club mates have been chiming in. HAC member J.D. Maddy shared his image of it (attached) from several days ago.

 

Ted

BBAA Southwest

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ian Stewart
Sent: Sunday, March 28, 2021 7:37 AM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: [BackBayAstro] New Nova In Cass

 

Anybody have a look yet?
https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/observing-news/bright-nova-erupts-in-cassiopeia/


Re: New Nova In Cass

Ted Forte
 

I haven’t been out to try it myself – I don’t do bright moon nights. But several of my club mates have been chiming in. HAC member J.D. Maddy shared his image of it (attached) from several days ago.

 

Ted

BBAA Southwest

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ian Stewart
Sent: Sunday, March 28, 2021 7:37 AM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: [BackBayAstro] New Nova In Cass

 

Anybody have a look yet?
https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/observing-news/bright-nova-erupts-in-cassiopeia/


Solar report Sunday March 28

Kent Blackwell
 

The sun came out briefly on this rather blustery day. There are a few fairly nice prominences on the southeastern limb in H-alpha light.

Unfortunately there are no sunspots in white light.  The sun has been basically boring for too many years now. 


Re: New Nova In Cass

Ian Stewart
 

Yep pretty low from here.

On 3/28/2021 10:41 AM, jimcoble2000 via groups.io wrote:
pretty poor part of the sky right now. I might have to dig a holeEmoji

On Sunday, March 28, 2021, 10:37:03 AM EDT, Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:



Re: New Nova In Cass

jimcoble2000
 

pretty poor part of the sky right now. I might have to dig a holeEmoji

On Sunday, March 28, 2021, 10:37:03 AM EDT, Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:


Anybody have a look yet?
https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/observing-news/bright-nova-erupts-in-cassiopeia/


New Nova In Cass

Ian Stewart
 

Anybody have a look yet?
https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/observing-news/bright-nova-erupts-in-cassiopeia/

761 - 780 of 53377