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AL Bio Messier Program

Richard W Roberts
 

I started the Binocular Messier program in February of 2017. 

By November of 2017, I had completed 47 of the 50 required observations. That was the time I started getting obsessed with variables and I dedicated all my observing time to that. 

I logged M53 tonight for my 48th observation. I'm going to pick off a couple more easy ones as they come up and finally put this sucker to bed. 

Clear Skies! 
Rich 


Re: I found it!

Secretary
 

Glad you found it! now it seems you need another "tool box" for astro gear.


Jeff
On May 8, 2021 3:48 PM George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


Praise the Lord, I found the little box with my two Pentax lenses and my dew heater and heater straps! I had told some of you that it was missing since I last used it at the January Skywatch, and I was worried that I had left it somewhere and it was gone forever. I had looked everywhere for it, in the house, in the car, in the woodshop, in the storage loft (where it should have been), with no luck.

Then, yesterday, I "accidentally" spotted it on the cluttered stairs from my woodworking shop to the upstairs storage loft, half-hidden by other stuff that had not been put away either. I had set it on the stairs after unloading the car after that Skywatch, thinking that I would take it upstairs later, when I wasn't so tired. Well, I forgot totally, and it sat there, hidden, for three months! I really need to clean and reorganize my shop and the storage oft, especially the stairway up to the loft.

I am thankful that I found it, and it was not totally gone. I actually missed the dew heaters more than I missed the Pentax eyepieces, but I surely didn't want to lose my two most expensive eyepieces!

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/
Jeffrey Thornton
Secretary,
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers


I found it!

George Reynolds
 

Praise the Lord, I found the little box with my two Pentax lenses and my dew heater and heater straps!  I had told some of you that it was missing since I last used it at the January Skywatch, and I was worried that I had left it somewhere and it was gone forever.  I had looked everywhere for it, in the house, in the car, in the woodshop, in the storage loft (where it should have been), with no luck.

Then, yesterday, I "accidentally" spotted it on the cluttered stairs from my woodworking shop to the upstairs storage loft, half-hidden by other stuff that had not been put away either.  I had set it on the stairs after unloading the car after that Skywatch, thinking that I would take it upstairs later, when I wasn't so tired.  Well, I forgot totally, and it sat there, hidden, for three months!  I really need to clean and reorganize my shop and the storage oft, especially the stairway up to the loft.

I am thankful that I found it, and it was not totally gone.  I actually missed the dew heaters more than I missed the Pentax eyepieces, but I surely didn't want to lose my two most expensive eyepieces!

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Back Bay Amateur Astronomers Meeting May 6 Recording

Jeff Goldstein
 

Topic: BBAA

Start Time : May 6, 2021 06:54 PM

 

Meeting Recording:

https://vccs.zoom.us/rec/share/_n5sccvp54s0ZPRaBXl9SjT5t-0UYO5Ohp0T8y_ATkolwIrjMeb_ztnqh1Wf86mS.9egHwTKgx5CdPBOz

 

Access Passcode: BBAA_0506

 

Jeff Goldstein


Re: Monthly Meeting

vp
 

May 6th BBAA meeting will be on Zoom.

Here is the link, thanks to Jeff Goldstein:

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 968 4080 0899

George

On May 3, 2021 1:45 PM Richard Saunders <rsaun58043@...> wrote:


Is the meeting on 6 May at TCC or will it be another virtual meeting?
R,
Scott

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



Re: Thank you Michael Collins

vp
 

R.I.P, Michael Collins, 10/31/1930 - 04/28/2021.

A real space pioneer and a gentleman.  He will be missed.

George
On April 28, 2021 4:40 PM jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


“I am too old to fly to Mars, and I regret that. But I still think I have been very, very lucky,” he wrote. “I was born in the days of biplanes and Buck Rogers, learned to fly in the early jets, and hit my peak when moon rockets came along. That’s hard to beat.”


Michael Collins Apollo 11 Pilot. 90

April 2021

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



BBAA ZOOM Reminder for May 6th Meeting

Jeff Goldstein
 

Jeff Goldstein is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.  Also, I’m trying to get TCC Science Building JC-12 for June meeting.

 

Topic: BBAA

Time: May 6, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Join Zoom Meeting

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Re: Monthly Meeting

Jeff Goldstein
 

Scott,

I’m all set for the ZOOM virtual meeting.  No word about meeting at TCC, just yet.

 

However, I think we may be able to meet in June at the TCC Science building JC-12 as before.

I’ll email the dean and put the request in.

 

Officially, TCC will be at 25% capacity for Face to Face teaching.  And 50% capacity in September.  That’s good news!

 

Sincerely,

Jeff Goldstein (TCC Liaison)

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Richard Saunders
Sent: Monday, May 3, 2021 1:45 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Monthly Meeting

 

Is the meeting on 6 May at TCC or will it be another virtual meeting?
R,
Scott


Re: Good site for buying and selling astronomical equipment

joseph_piotrowski <joepiotrowski@cox.net>
 

I have been trying to sell my Celestron outfit. Good advice here. Thanks all.
I have reduced my prices significantly. Take a look all.


Re: Good site for buying and selling astronomical equipment

Tony Mascolo
 

Another thing about Cloudy Nights is that it is run by Astronomics, and once signed up they give members a discount on Astronomics purchases.

Later,

Tony

On Mon, May 3, 2021, 8:43 PM Bird Taylor <birdtaylor@...> wrote:
Hey Tony,

I concur.

Clear Dark Skies,
Bird

On May 3, 2021, at 20:26 07, Tony Mascolo <tsmascolo@...> wrote:

I have sold things on Cloudy Nights with no problems.  Good community, and no additional fees.  Just PayPal fees.

Later,

Tony

On Mon, May 3, 2021, 7:49 PM Bird Taylor <birdtaylor@...> wrote:
Hey Jonathan,

Feel free to post on the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy / Stargazers (VPAS), too… VPAS@groups.io

Clear Dark Skies,
Bird

On May 3, 2021, at 14:47 03, Paul <paultar@...> wrote:

You could always try the club via this forum as well. I know that is one reason I belong to astronomy clubs (purchase equipment from trusted people I know).

On Mon, May 3, 2021 at 10:26 AM Jonathan Scheetz <jonathan@...> wrote:

I am thinking of selling some of my Explore Scientific eye pieces to purchase a 10mm Delos.

What would be a good place on line to do that?

Thanks for any advice you can provide.

Jonathan








Re: Good site for buying and selling astronomical equipment

Bird Taylor
 

Hey Tony,

I concur.

Clear Dark Skies,
Bird

On May 3, 2021, at 20:26 07, Tony Mascolo <tsmascolo@...> wrote:

I have sold things on Cloudy Nights with no problems.  Good community, and no additional fees.  Just PayPal fees.

Later,

Tony

On Mon, May 3, 2021, 7:49 PM Bird Taylor <birdtaylor@...> wrote:
Hey Jonathan,

Feel free to post on the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy / Stargazers (VPAS), too… VPAS@groups.io

Clear Dark Skies,
Bird

On May 3, 2021, at 14:47 03, Paul <paultar@...> wrote:

You could always try the club via this forum as well. I know that is one reason I belong to astronomy clubs (purchase equipment from trusted people I know).

On Mon, May 3, 2021 at 10:26 AM Jonathan Scheetz <jonathan@...> wrote:

I am thinking of selling some of my Explore Scientific eye pieces to purchase a 10mm Delos.

What would be a good place on line to do that?

Thanks for any advice you can provide.

Jonathan








Re: Good site for buying and selling astronomical equipment

Tony Mascolo
 

I have sold things on Cloudy Nights with no problems.  Good community, and no additional fees.  Just PayPal fees.

Later,

Tony

On Mon, May 3, 2021, 7:49 PM Bird Taylor <birdtaylor@...> wrote:
Hey Jonathan,

Feel free to post on the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy / Stargazers (VPAS), too… VPAS@groups.io

Clear Dark Skies,
Bird

On May 3, 2021, at 14:47 03, Paul <paultar@...> wrote:

You could always try the club via this forum as well. I know that is one reason I belong to astronomy clubs (purchase equipment from trusted people I know).

On Mon, May 3, 2021 at 10:26 AM Jonathan Scheetz <jonathan@...> wrote:

I am thinking of selling some of my Explore Scientific eye pieces to purchase a 10mm Delos.

What would be a good place on line to do that?

Thanks for any advice you can provide.

Jonathan





Re: Good site for buying and selling astronomical equipment

Bird Taylor
 

Hey Jonathan,

Feel free to post on the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy / Stargazers (VPAS), too… VPAS@groups.io

Clear Dark Skies,
Bird

On May 3, 2021, at 14:47 03, Paul <paultar@...> wrote:

You could always try the club via this forum as well. I know that is one reason I belong to astronomy clubs (purchase equipment from trusted people I know).

On Mon, May 3, 2021 at 10:26 AM Jonathan Scheetz <jonathan@...> wrote:

I am thinking of selling some of my Explore Scientific eye pieces to purchase a 10mm Delos.

What would be a good place on line to do that?

Thanks for any advice you can provide.

Jonathan





Re: Good site for buying and selling astronomical equipment

Paul
 

You could always try the club via this forum as well. I know that is one reason I belong to astronomy clubs (purchase equipment from trusted people I know).


On Mon, May 3, 2021 at 10:26 AM Jonathan Scheetz <jonathan@...> wrote:

I am thinking of selling some of my Explore Scientific eye pieces to purchase a 10mm Delos.

What would be a good place on line to do that?

Thanks for any advice you can provide.

Jonathan


Monthly Meeting

Richard Saunders
 

Is the meeting on 6 May at TCC or will it be another virtual meeting?
R,
Scott


Re: Good site for buying and selling astronomical equipment

RapidEye
 

Astromart used to be the goto place, but then the jerk who owned it got greedy in addition to being a complete jerk and started charging out the wazoo for everything.
Cloudynights is where I'd look now.
<RE>

On Mon, May 3, 2021 at 10:26 AM Jonathan Scheetz <jonathan@...> wrote:

I am thinking of selling some of my Explore Scientific eye pieces to purchase a 10mm Delos.

What would be a good place on line to do that?

Thanks for any advice you can provide.

Jonathan


Good site for buying and selling astronomical equipment

Jonathan Scheetz
 

I am thinking of selling some of my Explore Scientific eye pieces to purchase a 10mm Delos.

What would be a good place on line to do that?

Thanks for any advice you can provide.

Jonathan


Sky Watch May 1st

charles jagow
 

The weather looks like it will cooperate for tomorrow's Sky Watch.  This Sky Watch will be my last!   ☹  I have specifically not packed up my 12" DOB yet, just in case we were delayed on our departure to Colorado.

 

The installation of vinyl siding on our house in Chesapeake has been delayed again, now set to start on Wednesday the 5th.  We were planning on picking up our rental truck on Saturday the 8th and being on our way to Colorado on the morning of the 10th.  Now it looks like we will be moving that date to the right a few days.

 

We closed on our home in Colorado   https://www.zillow.com/homes/310-S-5th-St-Westcliffe-Co-81252_rb/128491834_zpid/  on April 27th, so now we are in the UN-enviable position of having double mortgage payments until our Chesapeake home sells.   While our new home is not actually on our homesteaded land it is within 11 miles and hopeful sometime after this COVID era of price gouging is over, we will pursue building a place up there once again.  I do plan on building the Verde Mont Observatory by the end of the summer up on the homestead.  If the Chesapeake house sells quick, it will be a bit larger observatory big enough to hold the 18” DOB and my imaging equipment.  I am leaning towards building a roll-off roof design, if the Chesapeake house lingers on, a Sky Shed POD may be in my immediate future.

 

I have been monitoring Jupiter’s progress in the early pre-dawn skies.  It is looking to be quite high in the sky as compared to last year.  I plan on packing the 12” DOB towards the end of the Truck so I can have access to it as soon as we get into Westcliffe.  I just can’t wait to play under the dark skies.

 

The local astronomy club there is a bit of a powerhouse for the size of the community.  They do provide a full-ride scholarship for two applicants every spring.  I was invited to dial in to their last “business” meeting earlier this month.  BOY!  Am I glad I am NOT their Treasurer, they have a half dozen accounts and annuities to wrangle.  Who would have thought a club in a town less than 800 people would be so “BIG”.  They have their very own public roll-off roof observatory, the Smokey Jack Observatory https://www.darkskiescolorado.org/smokey-jack-observatory.  The land was donated by the town of Westcliffe and the materials were donated by local folks and a few of the valley professional builders donated time and equipment to erect it.  It has a 14” SCT tied to a video setup that they can project on a screen outside of the observatory for many people to see, or they can rig it up for individual viewing.  I am already scheduled to take their training on the observatory so I can jump into the “mix” and begin hosting star parties at the Observatory, which is seems to be a nightly event. 

 

I hope to see folks at Sky Watch and I plan on being able to Zoom into the May meeting. 

 

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Member - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Member – Dark Skies of The Wet Mountain Valley

Member – Colorado Springs Astronomy Association

Rott'n Paws Observatory   Transitioning to   Verde Mont Observatory

 


Re: Thank you Michael Collins

Ian Stewart
 

Ahmen!

On 4/28/2021 6:06 PM, jimcoble2000 via groups.io wrote:
yes indeed.

On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 5:46:01 PM EDT, Matthew Cook via groups.io <lt_mrcook@...> wrote:


What a life!


On Apr 28, 2021, at 16:40, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


“I am too old to fly to Mars, and I regret that. But I still think I have been very, very lucky,” he wrote. “I was born in the days of biplanes and Buck Rogers, learned to fly in the early jets, and hit my peak when moon rockets came along. That’s hard to beat.”


Michael Collins Apollo 11 Pilot. 90

April 2021


Re: Thank you Michael Collins

jimcoble2000
 

yes indeed.

On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 5:46:01 PM EDT, Matthew Cook via groups.io <lt_mrcook@...> wrote:


What a life!


On Apr 28, 2021, at 16:40, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


“I am too old to fly to Mars, and I regret that. But I still think I have been very, very lucky,” he wrote. “I was born in the days of biplanes and Buck Rogers, learned to fly in the early jets, and hit my peak when moon rockets came along. That’s hard to beat.”


Michael Collins Apollo 11 Pilot. 90

April 2021

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