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Re: Saturday SUN Day coming up

Jim Tallman
 

And Bird would be a welcome sight if he showed up :-),

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Re: Saturday SUN Day coming up

Jim Tallman
 

George,
I can be there with a CPC 800 and a solar scope.


Re: Saturday SUN Day coming up

Jim Tallman
 

George,

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Re: Saturday SUN Day coming up

Jim Tallman
 

Pretty sure they don't Bird

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Re: Saturday SUN Day coming up

Bird Taylor
 

Doesn’t BBAA have a Personal Solar Telescope hydrogen-alpha?

On May 25, 2021, at 15:49 11, Secretary <secretary@backbayastro.org> wrote:


Re: Saturday SUN Day coming up

Secretary
 

Hello George,

I can help with the event, but I only have a white light solar filter for my ETX 90. Also, I am no expert by any stretch of the imagination on our Sun. I will definitely need some expert help out there. Maybe someone with a true solar telescope?

Jeff Thornton

On May 25, 2021 1:00 PM George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


Saturday SUN Day is coming up this Saturday, 29 May from 1000 to 1300 at Elizabeth River Park. Grab your solar filters and mark your calendars to attend, weather permitting. And pray that there will be some sunspots to see!

I will not be able to attend this one, because I will be visiting family in the Richmond area that weekend. And one of our "regulars". Chuck Jagow, will no longer be a part of SUN Day. (He may have to start his own SUN Day in Colorado.) Some of our regulars include Mel Spruill, Jeff Thornton, Eddie Parris, and Mike Webster.

Others are invited to come enjoy the Sun and chat with visitors who come by to gaze through the telescopes.

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


Lunar II program

George Reynolds
 

I am currently working on the Lunar II observing program of the Astronomical League. I am thankful that we have been having clear skies regularly, because I need to see lunar features as they emerge out of darkness and enter the daylight portion of the Moon, beyond the terminator. I have been using my correct-image 80mm refractor some, with a zoom eyepiece, but my "workhorse" scope has been my new Orion Starblast 6i. I am getting used to the reversed, inverted image of the Moon. That scope has a really good mirror, and gives extremely clear images of features on the Moon. I have been consistently using the 25mm ep with a 2x Barlow lens, for 60x, and often exchanging the 25 for my 14mm Pentax ep, or my 7-22mm zoom ep, for up to 107x. Anything higher, and focusing gets to be a problem, as does vibration and the apparent speed of the lunar surface across the field of view. 

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Saturday SUN Day coming up

George Reynolds
 

Saturday SUN Day is coming up this Saturday, 29 May from 1000 to 1300 at Elizabeth River Park.  Grab your solar filters and mark your calendars to attend, weather permitting.  And pray that there will be some sunspots to see!

I will not be able to attend this one, because I will be visiting family in the Richmond area that weekend.  And one of our "regulars". Chuck Jagow, will no longer be a part of SUN Day.  (He may have to start his own SUN Day in Colorado.)  Some of our regulars include Mel Spruill, Jeff Thornton, Eddie Parris, and Mike Webster.  

Others are invited to come enjoy the Sun and chat with visitors who come by to gaze through the telescopes.

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Re: star party

Jim Tallman
 

Dude! I told you to never fart in that small trailer!

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Re: star party

charles jagow
 

Dale,

 

If I get my trailer back in time, a long story, I am planning on the Okie-Tex star party as well.  It would be good to see you and Connie.  Lets keep our fingers crossed for good weather.

 

A bunch of the folks I ran into/with during the AL convention in Florida in 2019 frequent the Okie-Tex every year and invited us to come on down.

 

 

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of "Dale Carey via groups.io" <vbstargazer@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Monday, May 24, 2021 at 12:34 PM
To: "backbayastro@groups.io" <backbayastro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] star party

 

they canceled Green Bank and Staunton River, so I just registered for the Okie Tex Star Party in Oklahoma. 

Oct 1-9. Camping at Black Mesa State Park (5miles from SP). Connie is joining me for the first time,

 she's going to work from camper during day. I've always wanted to go here.

Dale Carey


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Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

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Re: star party

Dale Carey
 

Stu, I'm going to mark those for future adventures. Now that we just about have the covid on the run,
can get out more. Got both shots, and a new camper that's hollering at me. And I've wanted to go to OT for a long time.
Back on the road again......
DC


-----Original Message-----
From: Stu Beaber <wd4sel@...>
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Sent: Mon, May 24, 2021 1:31 pm
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] star party

Dale...I don't think Staunton River SP is cancelled (yet). Unless I missed it, it's scheduled for Oct 4-10, 2021. Also you can still go there anytime now and setup near the pool parking lot, but just can't camp on the observing field...call 434 572 4623...

Also the York county SP (in Penn) is scheduled at a state park (and is on) for Sept 8-12 and Oct 6-11, 2021...

But hey, the Okie-Tex SP is nice too!

Stu

On Mon, May 24, 2021 at 12:34 PM Dale Carey via groups.io <vbstargazer=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
they canceled Green Bank and Staunton River, so I just registered for the Okie Tex Star Party in Oklahoma. 
Oct 1-9. Camping at Black Mesa State Park (5miles from SP). Connie is joining me for the first time,
 she's going to work from camper during day. I've always wanted to go here.
Dale Carey


Re: star party

Stu Beaber
 

Dale...I don't think Staunton River SP is cancelled (yet). Unless I missed it, it's scheduled for Oct 4-10, 2021. Also you can still go there anytime now and setup near the pool parking lot, but just can't camp on the observing field...call 434 572 4623...

Also the York county SP (in Penn) is scheduled at a state park (and is on) for Sept 8-12 and Oct 6-11, 2021...

But hey, the Okie-Tex SP is nice too!

Stu


On Mon, May 24, 2021 at 12:34 PM Dale Carey via groups.io <vbstargazer=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
they canceled Green Bank and Staunton River, so I just registered for the Okie Tex Star Party in Oklahoma. 
Oct 1-9. Camping at Black Mesa State Park (5miles from SP). Connie is joining me for the first time,
 she's going to work from camper during day. I've always wanted to go here.
Dale Carey


star parties

Dale Carey
 

they canceled Green Bank and  Staunton River, so I just registered for the Okie Tex Star Party 
in Oklahoma. Oct 1-9. Camping at Black Mesa State Park (5miles from SP). 
Connie is joining me for the first time, but she's going to work from camper during day.
I've always wanted to attend this, now's my chance.
Dale


star party

Dale Carey
 

they canceled Green Bank and Staunton River, so I just registered for the Okie Tex Star Party in Oklahoma. 
Oct 1-9. Camping at Black Mesa State Park (5miles from SP). Connie is joining me for the first time,
 she's going to work from camper during day. I've always wanted to go here.
Dale Carey


Observing last night.......................Martha what is that strange glow??

jimcoble2000
 

We did have a nice night. Temperatures were more like early March than almost June. I was wearing my down jacket which functions across a wide range of temperatures but no insulated pants or boots were required. In fact a wet suit might be the more useful dress as the relative humidity was a whopping 88%EmojiEmoji

Seeing was excellent as Kent indicated. I started on the moon early in the evening before it got dark. You can see much of what you want without messing up your night vision (what is left of it anyways) by getting your lunar fix in early. That is when you really see the difference in seeing. I was using my prism diagonal and a 6mm ortho to see very tiny debris fields from the Copernicus area. When seeing was just even the least bit worse these fine features disappeared as if they did not exist at all leaving no hint of what was missing. When the atmosphere stabilized they magically appeared, sharp as day out of the background of the maria. I still prefer my mirror diagonal though for doubles and deep sky.

We used the 1.6 mm Vixen to examine a 0.4 arc second star. Of course splitting it was optically beyond the limits for a 5 inch refractor but we could see it was egg shaped at 610x. I asked Kent if he had a barlow but he just looked at me as if I had three heads. The view though was very well defined at 610x though, not at all soft.

We also had "Coffee from the Apocalypse" as I called it. I had been antique shopping the two days prior and had acquired some glass dated from 1929 to 1939. This type glass is called "depression" or "Vaseline" glass due to its  period of manufacture or color. The original Vaseline product was a shade greener than it is today. The glass was mass produced during the depression, mostly in the Ohio region, and was inexpensive to absolutley free. Many were even included in cereal boxes, as a gift and sales incentive, also to lighten the emotional and econimic load of the depression years. Quite a few types of the green pieces are also called "uranium glass" due to the coloration created by including uranium oxide in the glass mix. Uranium is highly fluorescent and glows even in the sunlight due to the UV component of the sun. Under a black light they look like something from the old TV show "The Outer Limits" We did not drink our coffee from these as the elements can leach from the glass but they are harmless to own and handle. Great conversation starters in the bar.

And besides, I am beyond reproductive age.

They did not seem to influence the limit of seeing though. Perhaps Kent could send along a picture he took of them after dark. Even the cat ran out of the yard during that picture.

Excellent astronomy night with good friends who now are easier to see after dark.


Garden Stars last night

George Reynolds
 

We had a good Garden Stars event last night. About 15 enthusiastic people looked through our three telescopes at the Moon, Mizar/Alcor, M5 globular cluster, and a few other things., We saw a pass of the ISS from 9:32 to about 9:37. I pointed out the bright stars Arcturus, Spica, Procyon, Castor and Pollux, and the constellations Ursa Major and Minor, Bootes, Virgo, Leo, and Gemini. Two young elementary school-age girls were very interested and knew a lot about the Moon from their school studies. We had many good questions from the visitors, and all were glad they came. Jeff Thornton, Shawn Loescher, and me, George Reynolds set up telescopes after my brief indoor presentation on the Moon and the constellations.

George

George Reynolds

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


 


Re: Object in southern sky

Matthew Cook
 

Yes sir


On May 16, 2021, at 16:15, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


Yes nowadays dark skies are in short supplies unless you travel.

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, 4:00:17 PM EDT, Matthew Cook via groups.io <lt_mrcook@...> wrote:


Lucky


On May 16, 2021, at 15:41, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


private site way down in NC

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, 2:11:25 PM EDT, Matthew Cook via groups.io <lt_mrcook@...> wrote:


Where are you observing from?


On May 16, 2021, at 13:18, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


That was so weird. I frankly don't know if a stationary satellite could do that. Seems it would do it every night in that case but a friend just sent the picture of the weather balloon and that was definitely what we saw in the binoculars. I have just finished a two night run in astounding dark conditions with little sleep so I may be a bit groggy. But what observing! Just amazing skies. 12th magnitude galaxies in a 4 inch easy. If you are ever offered a choice of "you can only have one; what do you want, dark sky or big scope"? Take the sky every time.

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, 1:10:15 PM EDT, Matthew Cook via groups.io <lt_mrcook@...> wrote:


Thanks Mark!  That was my fall back guess, but I didn’t think you could get visuals of the geosynchronous satellites due to altitude and angle of incidence of the suns rays.  Pretty cool to know that’s not the case.  Though based on your 50+ year, single observance timeline I hope I get to see another one.


On May 16, 2021, at 12:27, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


Or was the two ISS passes Friday night? I am burned out....................

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, 11:43:27 AM EDT, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


That was an amazing observation last night (I assume you are speaking of that). I have never seen anything liike it in 50 years+ of observing. I thought for a moment it was Venus but could not figure out for the life of me how it got there or why I had not seen it the night before. Then it turned a dull red in the twilight and then disappeared in the space of a minute. I understand it was a geosynchronous satellite that just caught the right reflection.

I can see where a lot of Alien spacecraft reports come from. I can't speak to abduction as I am too poor a specimen to collect being somewhat weak of mind. Remarkable sighting. The previous night we watched TWO, count em TWO space stations orbiting very close. The ISS was in back of the Chinese station on the exact trajectory. That one had me stumped also.

Maybe they were looking for gas, or take out, or each other, or racing.................................
On Saturday, May 15, 2021, 8:10:35 PM EDT, Matthew Cook via groups.io <lt_mrcook@...> wrote:


Anyone know what the bright white object is almost due south?






Re: Object in southern sky

jimcoble2000
 

Yes nowadays dark skies are in short supplies unless you travel.

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, 4:00:17 PM EDT, Matthew Cook via groups.io <lt_mrcook@...> wrote:


Lucky


On May 16, 2021, at 15:41, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


private site way down in NC

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, 2:11:25 PM EDT, Matthew Cook via groups.io <lt_mrcook@...> wrote:


Where are you observing from?


On May 16, 2021, at 13:18, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


That was so weird. I frankly don't know if a stationary satellite could do that. Seems it would do it every night in that case but a friend just sent the picture of the weather balloon and that was definitely what we saw in the binoculars. I have just finished a two night run in astounding dark conditions with little sleep so I may be a bit groggy. But what observing! Just amazing skies. 12th magnitude galaxies in a 4 inch easy. If you are ever offered a choice of "you can only have one; what do you want, dark sky or big scope"? Take the sky every time.

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, 1:10:15 PM EDT, Matthew Cook via groups.io <lt_mrcook@...> wrote:


Thanks Mark!  That was my fall back guess, but I didn’t think you could get visuals of the geosynchronous satellites due to altitude and angle of incidence of the suns rays.  Pretty cool to know that’s not the case.  Though based on your 50+ year, single observance timeline I hope I get to see another one.


On May 16, 2021, at 12:27, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


Or was the two ISS passes Friday night? I am burned out....................

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, 11:43:27 AM EDT, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


That was an amazing observation last night (I assume you are speaking of that). I have never seen anything liike it in 50 years+ of observing. I thought for a moment it was Venus but could not figure out for the life of me how it got there or why I had not seen it the night before. Then it turned a dull red in the twilight and then disappeared in the space of a minute. I understand it was a geosynchronous satellite that just caught the right reflection.

I can see where a lot of Alien spacecraft reports come from. I can't speak to abduction as I am too poor a specimen to collect being somewhat weak of mind. Remarkable sighting. The previous night we watched TWO, count em TWO space stations orbiting very close. The ISS was in back of the Chinese station on the exact trajectory. That one had me stumped also.

Maybe they were looking for gas, or take out, or each other, or racing.................................
On Saturday, May 15, 2021, 8:10:35 PM EDT, Matthew Cook via groups.io <lt_mrcook@...> wrote:


Anyone know what the bright white object is almost due south?






Re: Object in southern sky

Matthew Cook
 

Lucky


On May 16, 2021, at 15:41, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


private site way down in NC

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, 2:11:25 PM EDT, Matthew Cook via groups.io <lt_mrcook@...> wrote:


Where are you observing from?


On May 16, 2021, at 13:18, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


That was so weird. I frankly don't know if a stationary satellite could do that. Seems it would do it every night in that case but a friend just sent the picture of the weather balloon and that was definitely what we saw in the binoculars. I have just finished a two night run in astounding dark conditions with little sleep so I may be a bit groggy. But what observing! Just amazing skies. 12th magnitude galaxies in a 4 inch easy. If you are ever offered a choice of "you can only have one; what do you want, dark sky or big scope"? Take the sky every time.

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, 1:10:15 PM EDT, Matthew Cook via groups.io <lt_mrcook@...> wrote:


Thanks Mark!  That was my fall back guess, but I didn’t think you could get visuals of the geosynchronous satellites due to altitude and angle of incidence of the suns rays.  Pretty cool to know that’s not the case.  Though based on your 50+ year, single observance timeline I hope I get to see another one.


On May 16, 2021, at 12:27, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


Or was the two ISS passes Friday night? I am burned out....................

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, 11:43:27 AM EDT, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


That was an amazing observation last night (I assume you are speaking of that). I have never seen anything liike it in 50 years+ of observing. I thought for a moment it was Venus but could not figure out for the life of me how it got there or why I had not seen it the night before. Then it turned a dull red in the twilight and then disappeared in the space of a minute. I understand it was a geosynchronous satellite that just caught the right reflection.

I can see where a lot of Alien spacecraft reports come from. I can't speak to abduction as I am too poor a specimen to collect being somewhat weak of mind. Remarkable sighting. The previous night we watched TWO, count em TWO space stations orbiting very close. The ISS was in back of the Chinese station on the exact trajectory. That one had me stumped also.

Maybe they were looking for gas, or take out, or each other, or racing.................................
On Saturday, May 15, 2021, 8:10:35 PM EDT, Matthew Cook via groups.io <lt_mrcook@...> wrote:


Anyone know what the bright white object is almost due south?






Re: Object in southern sky

jimcoble2000
 

private site way down in NC

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, 2:11:25 PM EDT, Matthew Cook via groups.io <lt_mrcook@...> wrote:


Where are you observing from?


On May 16, 2021, at 13:18, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


That was so weird. I frankly don't know if a stationary satellite could do that. Seems it would do it every night in that case but a friend just sent the picture of the weather balloon and that was definitely what we saw in the binoculars. I have just finished a two night run in astounding dark conditions with little sleep so I may be a bit groggy. But what observing! Just amazing skies. 12th magnitude galaxies in a 4 inch easy. If you are ever offered a choice of "you can only have one; what do you want, dark sky or big scope"? Take the sky every time.

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, 1:10:15 PM EDT, Matthew Cook via groups.io <lt_mrcook@...> wrote:


Thanks Mark!  That was my fall back guess, but I didn’t think you could get visuals of the geosynchronous satellites due to altitude and angle of incidence of the suns rays.  Pretty cool to know that’s not the case.  Though based on your 50+ year, single observance timeline I hope I get to see another one.


On May 16, 2021, at 12:27, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


Or was the two ISS passes Friday night? I am burned out....................

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, 11:43:27 AM EDT, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


That was an amazing observation last night (I assume you are speaking of that). I have never seen anything liike it in 50 years+ of observing. I thought for a moment it was Venus but could not figure out for the life of me how it got there or why I had not seen it the night before. Then it turned a dull red in the twilight and then disappeared in the space of a minute. I understand it was a geosynchronous satellite that just caught the right reflection.

I can see where a lot of Alien spacecraft reports come from. I can't speak to abduction as I am too poor a specimen to collect being somewhat weak of mind. Remarkable sighting. The previous night we watched TWO, count em TWO space stations orbiting very close. The ISS was in back of the Chinese station on the exact trajectory. That one had me stumped also.

Maybe they were looking for gas, or take out, or each other, or racing.................................
On Saturday, May 15, 2021, 8:10:35 PM EDT, Matthew Cook via groups.io <lt_mrcook@...> wrote:


Anyone know what the bright white object is almost due south?





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