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ISS

Kent Blackwell
 

I missed seeing the Inspiration 4 Falcon 9 rocket by a few minutes but I did capture a picture of the ISS just above Jupiter & Saturn. 


Intro. to Amateur Astronomy given by the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society president Richard Bell

Jeffrey Thornton
 

Just an FYI. This is an email I received from Richard Bell regarding the Introduction to Astronomy course :

Hello, Amateur Astronomers.

 

Thanks to everyone that attended (or at least registered) for the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society's five-part Introduction to Amateur Astronomy lecture series earlier this year. That installment far exceeded our expectations. I am happy to announce that the series will return online in early 2022. We're tentatively planning to begin on January 15th. Registration will likely begin in late October or early November. We will be contacting everyone that registered for the previous installment and astronomy clubs around the country.

 

The main purpose of this email is to inform you about another "semester" of my 11-week Introduction to Astronomy course. Many of you expressed interest in taking this college-level 101-style course in the Fall and I'm happy to announce it will begin on Tuesday, September 28th. Please download the syllabus for full details about the course. Here are the key points to know:

  • The course fee is $150 - a fraction of the cost if you took the course at a community college.
  • We meet every Tuesday and Thursday starting on Sept. 28th from 6:00 - 7:40 pm ET.
  • No class the week of Thanksgiving and we finish-up the week before Christmas.
  • There are no grades, so no stress. You learn for pure enjoyment.
  • If you can't attend at the scheduled time, lectures will be available the following morning at an unlisted link on YouTube.

 

Please feel free to contact me with questions or to register. Thanks and clear skies!

 

Richard Bell
President
Kalamazoo Astronomical Society
https://www.kasonline.org/


Re: Patterson Observatory (Sierra Vista AZ)

Ted Forte
 

We think its pretty cool – I’ve even had feedback from NASA! Patterson is a member of the NASA Museum Alliance and the administrator of that program wrote me to tell me how neat he thought it was! (By the way, that NASA rep is Jeff Nee of JPL and he grew up in Virginia Beach – remembers the Virginia Beach Planetarium.)

 

So, as payment for the tour, I’m supposed to mention that it was produced by the MA-VR-X Lab at CAST (University of Arizona’s College of Applied Science and Technology) and it resides on a US Army server.  That’s at Fort Waa Chew Ka,  Chuck. By the way, if you have a copy of the movie Scent of a Woman (1992), Al Pacino mentions Fort Huachuca and pronounces it correctly.

 

Everything here, it seems, is named either Huachuca or Cochise.

 

Ted

 

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of charles jagow
Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 6:04 AM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] Patterson Observatory (Sierra Vista AZ)

 

Ted,

 

Just now wandered around the online Patterson Observatory, very familiar controls for anyone “house-hunting” these days, very good job and well thought out stopping points.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and with the ability to zoom in almost anywhere, it was like being there in person.  I wonder if we could set something like this up in Kent’s garage, just to view the number and variety of telescopes?

 

 

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Ted Forte <tedforte511@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 1:27 PM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Patterson Observatory (Sierra Vista AZ)

 

I have probably mentioned the Patterson Observatory a few times on this forum.  I’ve been “Director” at this observatory since 2013. It’s sort of the club house for our astronomy club and a center of many of our outreach events. It’s pretty much my second home here.

 

The Patterson Observatory is listed as a NASA Space Place and has a 16 foot dome, housing a Ritchey-Chretien telescope of 20” aperture.

my.matterport.com

The 3D tour of the observatory was created by Ryan Straight, a professor at the University of Arizona, College of Applied Science and Technology cyber program. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Ted

BBAA Southwest


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v/r

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Member – Dark Skies of The Wet Mountain Valley

Member - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Member – San Diego Astronomy Association

Member – Colorado Springs Astronomy Association

Future         Verde Mont Observatory

Gone...        Rott'n Paws Observatory

 

 


Re: Patterson Observatory (Sierra Vista AZ)

Ted Forte
 

Waa-chew-ka

 

 

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of charles jagow
Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 5:58 AM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] Patterson Observatory (Sierra Vista AZ)

 

Ted,

 

How should a nearly blind and bald dude pronounce Huachuca?

 

 

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Ted Forte <tedforte511@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 1:27 PM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Patterson Observatory (Sierra Vista AZ)

 

I have probably mentioned the Patterson Observatory a few times on this forum.  I’ve been “Director” at this observatory since 2013. It’s sort of the club house for our astronomy club and a center of many of our outreach events. It’s pretty much my second home here.

 

The Patterson Observatory is listed as a NASA Space Place and has a 16 foot dome, housing a Ritchey-Chretien telescope of 20” aperture.

my.matterport.com

The 3D tour of the observatory was created by Ryan Straight, a professor at the University of Arizona, College of Applied Science and Technology cyber program. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Ted

BBAA Southwest


--

v/r

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Member – Dark Skies of The Wet Mountain Valley

Member - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Member – San Diego Astronomy Association

Member – Colorado Springs Astronomy Association

Future         Verde Mont Observatory

Gone...        Rott'n Paws Observatory

 

 


Re: Patterson Observatory (Sierra Vista AZ)

charles jagow
 

Ted,

 

Just now wandered around the online Patterson Observatory, very familiar controls for anyone “house-hunting” these days, very good job and well thought out stopping points.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and with the ability to zoom in almost anywhere, it was like being there in person.  I wonder if we could set something like this up in Kent’s garage, just to view the number and variety of telescopes?

 

 

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Ted Forte <tedforte511@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 1:27 PM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Patterson Observatory (Sierra Vista AZ)

 

I have probably mentioned the Patterson Observatory a few times on this forum.  I’ve been “Director” at this observatory since 2013. It’s sort of the club house for our astronomy club and a center of many of our outreach events. It’s pretty much my second home here.

 

The Patterson Observatory is listed as a NASA Space Place and has a 16 foot dome, housing a Ritchey-Chretien telescope of 20” aperture.

my.matterport.com

The 3D tour of the observatory was created by Ryan Straight, a professor at the University of Arizona, College of Applied Science and Technology cyber program. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Ted

BBAA Southwest


--

v/r

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Member – Dark Skies of The Wet Mountain Valley

Member - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Member – San Diego Astronomy Association

Member – Colorado Springs Astronomy Association

Future         Verde Mont Observatory

Gone...        Rott'n Paws Observatory

 

 


Re: Patterson Observatory (Sierra Vista AZ)

charles jagow
 

Ted,

 

How should a nearly blind and bald dude pronounce Huachuca?

 

 

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Ted Forte <tedforte511@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 1:27 PM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Patterson Observatory (Sierra Vista AZ)

 

I have probably mentioned the Patterson Observatory a few times on this forum.  I’ve been “Director” at this observatory since 2013. It’s sort of the club house for our astronomy club and a center of many of our outreach events. It’s pretty much my second home here.

 

The Patterson Observatory is listed as a NASA Space Place and has a 16 foot dome, housing a Ritchey-Chretien telescope of 20” aperture.

my.matterport.com

The 3D tour of the observatory was created by Ryan Straight, a professor at the University of Arizona, College of Applied Science and Technology cyber program. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Ted

BBAA Southwest


--

v/r

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Member – Dark Skies of The Wet Mountain Valley

Member - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Member – San Diego Astronomy Association

Member – Colorado Springs Astronomy Association

Future         Verde Mont Observatory

Gone...        Rott'n Paws Observatory

 

 


Re: Observing Jupiter & Saturn

charles jagow
 

The seeing here was poor could barely see cloud bands on Jupiter, the Cassini division was on vacation…

 

Early Wednesday morning, checking out Orion in my 20” and the seeing was worse than the previous evening.  It sure looked nice and sparkly in the 38 degree morning temps here on my driveway.

 

 

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Member – Dark Skies of The Wet Mountain Valley

Member - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Member – San Diego Astronomy Association

Member – Colorado Springs Astronomy Association

Future         Verde Mont Observatory

Gone...        Rott'n Paws Observatory

 

 

Despite hazy skies Tuesday night the seeing was incredible. Saturn and Jupiter looked better than I have ever seen them in the 25”. Saturn was 3-D like at 250x. Color filters often help to see details in Jupiter’s belts. I often use a green filter such as a Wratten 56 or 58. Just by chance I tried a Lumicon Comet filter. You won’t believe how much intricate belt detail is visible with that filter. If you have such a filter look at Jupiter the next time you’re observing. 


--

v/r

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Member – Dark Skies of The Wet Mountain Valley

Member - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Member – San Diego Astronomy Association

Member – Colorado Springs Astronomy Association

Future         Verde Mont Observatory

Gone...        Rott'n Paws Observatory

 

 


Oh a different satellite report

jimcoble2000
 

Forgot to mention last night we saw a satellite passing under the moon which would normally not merit comment but as it went under the moon it lit up quite brightly. Those of you who have spent some time under the skies can recall the Iridium constellation of satellites that flared and then faded on a remarkably predictable schedule. All those are now de-orbited so it is odd to see a satellite flare and fade now. I suppose that the moon's light was reflected off the solar panels when the satellite came into the right window to reflect lunar reflected light. Double reflected light so to speak.  The satellite faded quickly after passing away from the moon.


Photo of Jupiter

jimcoble2000
 

The photo sourced from the internet site Spaceweather shows the two dark ovals we saw tonight. There was definitely no remnant of the impact tonight as we observed that area for hours.



Re: Observing Jupiter & Saturn

jimcoble2000
 

Thanks for a great night. It was a planet night for sure. We saw a blizzard of Saturn's moons in the 25. I was able to see three of the faint moons close to the planet in the five inch.

I would not have believed that a comet filter showed what it did on Jupiter. It is sort of a supercharged 56 or 58 green on steroids. Very rarely seen bands in the polar region were accessible tonight in traditional green and the comet filter. Between the main two equatorial belts the comet filter showed many details not visible under normal conditions.

I followed the red spot across the planet tonight for a few hours. The goal was to see if perhaps any trace of the reported impact could be seen. It seems to have left no trace but there was so much else to see that the chase was worth it. Two very dark ovals were visible in the northern equatorial belt. The great red spot is a bit pale this year but the Southern Equatorial belt is intense red. There is dark turbulence in front of the red spot. Jupiter rotates at quite high speed so it only took about 4.5 hours to watch it traverse the face tonight.

We visited Neptune in the 25 inch and I believe we saw Triton tonight with averted vision. I have seen it several times in dark skies with an 18 inch scope and maybe my 12.5 . In the 25 it took careful observation from the suburbs but it was in the correct position and right magnitude 13.5.

The sky looked terrible at 7 but by midnight things had progressed nicely.

On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 11:28:06 PM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


Despite hazy skies Tuesday night the seeing was incredible. Saturn and Jupiter looked better than I have ever seen them in the 25”. Saturn was 3-D like at 250x. Color filters often help to see details in Jupiter’s belts. I often use a green filter such as a Wratten 56 or 58. Just by chance I tried a Lumicon Comet filter. You won’t believe how much intricate belt detail is visible with that filter. If you have such a filter look at Jupiter the next time you’re observing. 


Re: Possible Jupiter impact

jimcoble2000
 

After observing Jupiter tonight for 4 hours I saw no trace of any unusual remnants from the reported impact. The site rotated on the face around 0000. While detail was excellent no trace of impact was seen.


On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 12:44:44 AM EDT, galacticprobe via groups.io <lambulambu@...> wrote:


Looks like there's no "maybe" about this one. I saw a notice in my SpaceWeather e-newsletter after reading the post. They've got some details on the impact at

 https://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=15&month=09&year=2021. (I've included the full url in case someone doesn't get a chance to view the article today. If I just put up the main url (https://spaceweather.com/) and someone visits it on the 16th, they'll get whatever news is posted for that day. That said, there is a red "archives" date selection just to the right of the article so you can view past items of interest. Simply choose the month, day, and year, from the pull-down selection and then click the "view" button.)

"Keep looking up!"
Dino.


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From: jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...>
To: kentblackwell <kent@...>; Roy Diffrient <mail@...>; BBAA-Group <backbayastro@groups.io>
Sent: Tue, Sep 14, 2021 4:14 pm
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Possible Jupiter impact

It may be that something hit Jupiter last night. I saw no indications of anything unusual but maybe we should monitor the planet for the next few days. May change or may not but it would be a pity to miss a repeat of the great impact years ago.


Re: Possible Jupiter impact

galacticprobe
 

Looks like there's no "maybe" about this one. I saw a notice in my SpaceWeather e-newsletter after reading the post. They've got some details on the impact at

 https://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=15&month=09&year=2021. (I've included the full url in case someone doesn't get a chance to view the article today. If I just put up the main url (https://spaceweather.com/) and someone visits it on the 16th, they'll get whatever news is posted for that day. That said, there is a red "archives" date selection just to the right of the article so you can view past items of interest. Simply choose the month, day, and year, from the pull-down selection and then click the "view" button.)

"Keep looking up!"
Dino.


-----Original Message-----
From: jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...>
To: kentblackwell <kent@...>; Roy Diffrient <mail@...>; BBAA-Group <backbayastro@groups.io>
Sent: Tue, Sep 14, 2021 4:14 pm
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Possible Jupiter impact

It may be that something hit Jupiter last night. I saw no indications of anything unusual but maybe we should monitor the planet for the next few days. May change or may not but it would be a pity to miss a repeat of the great impact years ago.


Observing Jupiter & Saturn

Kent Blackwell
 

Despite hazy skies Tuesday night the seeing was incredible. Saturn and Jupiter looked better than I have ever seen them in the 25”. Saturn was 3-D like at 250x. Color filters often help to see details in Jupiter’s belts. I often use a green filter such as a Wratten 56 or 58. Just by chance I tried a Lumicon Comet filter. You won’t believe how much intricate belt detail is visible with that filter. If you have such a filter look at Jupiter the next time you’re observing. 


Possible Jupiter impact

jimcoble2000
 

It may be that something hit Jupiter last night. I saw no indications of anything unusual but maybe we should monitor the planet for the next few days. May change or may not but it would be a pity to miss a repeat of the great impact years ago.


Re: The sky for the last two nights

Kent Blackwell
 

I stand by my opinion seeing is often better in cities than dark sky sites. Too bad we can't see stars fainter than magnitude 3.5 naked-eye.


Re: The sky for the last two nights

jimcoble2000
 

Yes a fair bit of humidity but good temp. Of course seeing is so local so results may vary with user.

On Monday, September 13, 2021, 10:20:58 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:


Oh and 71 degrees and 83 percent humidity


On Sep 13, 2021, at 10:05 PM, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:


Yep seeing a little iffy tonight. I got 21.58 on the sky meter. Moon was a little reddish. Good views along the terminator though. Alpine valley was great and a stellar view of Aristillus. Jupiter was ok Saturn seemed better. Cassini was no problem, no Encke though. Out viewing in September in t shirt and shorts.
Cheers
Ian


On Sep 13, 2021, at 8:43 PM, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


We are once again suffering from the effects of the fires out west. Last night the moon had yellow orange cast as did Jupiter. Both are silvery bright under normal skies. I noticed that during the day the skies had an opaque look that went beyond the humid haze of a summer day. The satellite photo even showed a blanket of hazy air over the mid Atlantic coming from the south west and reaching offshore for some distance. This was a high level layer of ash and dust being transported across the country by high altitude winds.

Tonight I am observing the two planets and seeing is fairly good but the transparency of the sky looks bad. I really can't tell from where I am as the sky is so bad as to almost make it impossible to say if there is a cloud layer unless it is very thick. or the clouds are random discrete cumulus clouds. Jupiter does not look quite as yellow as last night but is not the right color tonight. Bands and the great red spot are not so great this year. The red spot is fairly pale this go around.  A couple of weeks ago we did have a few good nights that showed very fine detail and vortexes on the surface of Jupiter but tonight there is not much to see.


Re: The sky for the last two nights

jimcoble2000
 

We had exactly the same night. Seeing was pretty good here. I was wondering about transparency as my view of that is not so good. Nice temperature and that was good. Oh by the way I used the vibration dampers with the tripod. The scope does settle out quicker after I move it. just one or two oscillations and then steady.  The discs don't prevent a bit of shake but it goes away quickly.

Lets see what the night looks like tonight.

On Monday, September 13, 2021, 10:48:41 PM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


I briefly rolled out the 25". Transparency was awful but seeing was amazing. Wow, Saturn's image looked refractor-like in the 25”. I counted 6 moons. Jupiter was nearly equal. Using a Wratten 58A green filter several thin bands between the NEB and SEB stood out quiet prominently.


Re: The sky for the last two nights

Kent Blackwell
 
Edited

I briefly rolled out the 25". Transparency was awful but seeing was amazing. Wow, Saturn's image looked refractor-like in the 25”. I counted 6 moons. Jupiter was nearly equal. Using a Wratten 58A green filter several thin bands between the NEB and SEB stood out quite prominently.


Re: The sky for the last two nights

Ian Stewart
 

Oh and 71 degrees and 83 percent humidity


On Sep 13, 2021, at 10:05 PM, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:

Yep seeing a little iffy tonight. I got 21.58 on the sky meter. Moon was a little reddish. Good views along the terminator though. Alpine valley was great and a stellar view of Aristillus. Jupiter was ok Saturn seemed better. Cassini was no problem, no Encke though. Out viewing in September in t shirt and shorts.
Cheers
Ian


On Sep 13, 2021, at 8:43 PM, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


We are once again suffering from the effects of the fires out west. Last night the moon had yellow orange cast as did Jupiter. Both are silvery bright under normal skies. I noticed that during the day the skies had an opaque look that went beyond the humid haze of a summer day. The satellite photo even showed a blanket of hazy air over the mid Atlantic coming from the south west and reaching offshore for some distance. This was a high level layer of ash and dust being transported across the country by high altitude winds.

Tonight I am observing the two planets and seeing is fairly good but the transparency of the sky looks bad. I really can't tell from where I am as the sky is so bad as to almost make it impossible to say if there is a cloud layer unless it is very thick. or the clouds are random discrete cumulus clouds. Jupiter does not look quite as yellow as last night but is not the right color tonight. Bands and the great red spot are not so great this year. The red spot is fairly pale this go around.  A couple of weeks ago we did have a few good nights that showed very fine detail and vortexes on the surface of Jupiter but tonight there is not much to see.


Re: The sky for the last two nights

Ian Stewart
 

Yep seeing a little iffy tonight. I got 21.58 on the sky meter. Moon was a little reddish. Good views along the terminator though. Alpine valley was great and a stellar view of Aristillus. Jupiter was ok Saturn seemed better. Cassini was no problem, no Encke though. Out viewing in September in t shirt and shorts.
Cheers
Ian


On Sep 13, 2021, at 8:43 PM, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


We are once again suffering from the effects of the fires out west. Last night the moon had yellow orange cast as did Jupiter. Both are silvery bright under normal skies. I noticed that during the day the skies had an opaque look that went beyond the humid haze of a summer day. The satellite photo even showed a blanket of hazy air over the mid Atlantic coming from the south west and reaching offshore for some distance. This was a high level layer of ash and dust being transported across the country by high altitude winds.

Tonight I am observing the two planets and seeing is fairly good but the transparency of the sky looks bad. I really can't tell from where I am as the sky is so bad as to almost make it impossible to say if there is a cloud layer unless it is very thick. or the clouds are random discrete cumulus clouds. Jupiter does not look quite as yellow as last night but is not the right color tonight. Bands and the great red spot are not so great this year. The red spot is fairly pale this go around.  A couple of weeks ago we did have a few good nights that showed very fine detail and vortexes on the surface of Jupiter but tonight there is not much to see.

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