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Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Ian Stewart
 

Hey Stu, you may be talking about the Mid Atlantic Star Party (MASP). It was held at the boy scout camp near Carthage and then moved to another site nearby  in Robbins. It was a well attended star party. Can't exactly remember why it shut down. I think maybe the original organizer passed away.

Cheers

Ian

On 4/2/2021 8:10 AM, Stu Beaber wrote:
Hey there...I'am late to the thread but have a question...

Does anyone here remember the star party that used to take place somewhere west of Fayetteville, NC. It was several years ago (maybe 10-12) and I only attended once as I think it was their last year before the supporting club folded. This was very early in my "astronomy years" and I'm trying to figure out how I managed a whole week on battery power running a computer, cameras, goto mount, etc. I don't think I had a generator at the time and I don't remember power on the field. I do remember that they had a few portable hot showers set up on the field and the SP lasted all week...

Any help here? some of you 'carolina guys might remember...

Stu


On Mon, Mar 29, 2021 at 11:37 PM vp <vp@...> wrote:
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



Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Stu Beaber
 

Hey there...I'am late to the thread but have a question...

Does anyone here remember the star party that used to take place somewhere west of Fayetteville, NC. It was several years ago (maybe 10-12) and I only attended once as I think it was their last year before the supporting club folded. This was very early in my "astronomy years" and I'm trying to figure out how I managed a whole week on battery power running a computer, cameras, goto mount, etc. I don't think I had a generator at the time and I don't remember power on the field. I do remember that they had a few portable hot showers set up on the field and the SP lasted all week...

Any help here? some of you 'carolina guys might remember...

Stu


On Mon, Mar 29, 2021 at 11:37 PM vp <vp@...> wrote:
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



Re: Tonight's Club Meeting

Jeff Goldstein
 

I am.  But no notice is on FB!

 

I tried to get George by cell phone…. No luck

 

Jeff

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jeffrey Thornton
Sent: Thursday, April 1, 2021 2:29 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Tonight's Club Meeting

 

Anyone have the zoom link to the meeting tonight?


April BBAA Meeting?

Jeff Goldstein
 

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Are we having it, tonight?????

 

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Tonight's Club Meeting

Jeffrey Thornton
 

Anyone have the zoom link to the meeting tonight?


GAP

preciousmyprecious
 

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Mostly clear First Saturday of April.

Bird, do you think it would be possible to fire up the GAP?

Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean


Re: I finally got it!

charles jagow
 

Glad you are getting use out of it!

 

I could not think of a better family to have the sun funnel and the 6i.

 

 

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of "George Reynolds via groups.io" <pathfinder027@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 1:31 PM
To: "BackBayAstro@groups.io" <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] I finally got it!

 

Oh, by the way, Chuck,  three times I tripped on the splayed legs of the table the 6i sits on.  But rather than "curse the darkness", I decided to be more alert and watch where I step!  Emoji

 

Each time I think it messed up the computer object locator's idea of its position, so three times I had to set the scope back to vertical and re-align the computer object locator with a 2-star alignment.  It worked well.  And I am getting used to the red dot finder.  It's a bit hard to adjust the altitude and azimuth of the finder (without moving the whole telescope by accident), but I got it.

 

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, 12:39:11 PM EDT, George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...> wrote:

 

 

THANK YOU, Chuck, for the 6i.  I still haven't decided its ultimate destination, but I am using it when I can.

 

And thank you for the Sun Funnel, which I "borrowed" from you many, many years ago (with no intention to return).  Emoji

 

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


 


--

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!

Jonathan Scheetz
 

I'm also just using an excel spreadsheet with a few modifications. I think that is working OK for me.


Re: I finally got it!

George Reynolds
 

Oh, by the way, Chuck,  three times I tripped on the splayed legs of the table the 6i sits on.  But rather than "curse the darkness", I decided to be more alert and watch where I step!  Emoji

Each time I think it messed up the computer object locator's idea of its position, so three times I had to set the scope back to vertical and re-align the computer object locator with a 2-star alignment.  It worked well.  And I am getting used to the red dot finder.  It's a bit hard to adjust the altitude and azimuth of the finder (without moving the whole telescope by accident), but I got it.

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, 12:39:11 PM EDT, George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...> wrote:


THANK YOU, Chuck, for the 6i.  I still haven't decided its ultimate destination, but I am using it when I can.

And thank you for the Sun Funnel, which I "borrowed" from you many, many years ago (with no intention to return).  Emoji

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!

George Reynolds
 

Yeah, Jeff, I was "night-blind" in my right eye after looking at the almost-full Moon without a filter.  (I was too lazy to screw in my Moon filter.)


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, 10:33:53 AM EDT, Secretary <secretary@...> wrote:


Make sure you use the moon filter! I was looking at the moon last night through my binoculars and I am still seeing spots... LoL

Jeff

> On March 30, 2021 9:33 AM George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
>
>
> 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 (http://www.backbayastro.org/)
> http://www.geocities.com/pathfinder027/spacex.html
>
> http://groups.hamptonroads.com/BBAA/
>
>
> On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 08:31:25 AM EDT, charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:
>
>
> WOOO HOOOO George,
> One correction, it is George’s 6i.
> v/r
> Chuck Jagow
> Member - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (http://www.backbayastro.org/)
> Member – Dark Skies of The Wet Mountain Valley (https://www.darkskiescolorado.org/)
> Member – Colorado Springs Astronomy Association (https://csastro.org/)
> Rott'n Paws Observatory (http://www.jagowds.com/_jap/jap_obs_1.shtml)Moving ToVerde Mont Observatory (http://www.jagowds.com/_jap/sangre.shtml)
> From:<BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of "George Reynolds via groups.io" <pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io>
> 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 (http://www.backbayastro.org/)
>
>
>
> --
>
> v/r
> Chuck Jagow
> Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (http://www.backbayastro.org/)
> Rott'n Paws Observatory (http://www.jagowds.com/_jap/jap.htm)
> N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512 (http://www.jagowds.com/_jap/jap.htm)
>

Jeffrey Thornton
Secretary,
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers






Re: I finally got it!

George Reynolds
 

THANK YOU, Chuck, for the 6i.  I still haven't decided its ultimate destination, but I am using it when I can.

And thank you for the Sun Funnel, which I "borrowed" from you many, many years ago (with no intention to return).  Emoji

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!

George Reynolds
 

Thanks, Jonathan, for the link.  Best wishes on your Urban observing list.  Do you have a good way to log your observations?  I use an Excel spreadsheet of my own making, with columns for  

Object number, Name, Type, Constellation, Observing location, Date, Time, Equipment (telescope & eps), Power, Seeing, Transparency, and Comments.  (Some of the columns are pretty small.)

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, 09:31:45 AM EDT, Jonathan Scheetz <jonathan@...> wrote:


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!

Secretary
 

Make sure you use the moon filter! I was looking at the moon last night through my binoculars and I am still seeing spots... LoL

Jeff

On March 30, 2021 9:33 AM George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


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
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Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA)
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On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 08:31:25 AM EDT, charles jagow <chuck@jagowds.com> wrote:


WOOO HOOOO George,
One correction, it is George’s 6i.
v/r
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From:<BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of "George Reynolds via groups.io" <pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io>
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 (http://www.backbayastro.org/)



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Chuck Jagow
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Rott'n Paws Observatory (http://www.jagowds.com/_jap/jap.htm)
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Jeffrey Thornton
Secretary,
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers


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


 


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v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: 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


 

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