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Re: Sunday night casual observing

jimcoble2000
 

That is the best kept secret for Jupiter observing and for the life of me I am surprised no one has mentioned it anywhere that I can see prior to our observations. I suppose it is such a specialized filter no one thought to do it.As a comet filter it is third or second in line with useless filters such as moonglow and broadband filters and limited (very limited) H Beta filters. As a comet filter it would rank right up there as the comets it does work on are far and few between.

On Monday, September 20, 2021, 09:52:56 AM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


Carbon stars, double stars, and planets, OH MY! That’s what I saw and more last night observing in my backyard with the 25”. The 25” is what we call a “light bucket”, not expecting much in revealing planetary detail. But we’ve had stunning seeing  lately. On Saturn I saw Cassini’s Division, The Crepe Ring and no less that 5 moons. I watched Io go beind the planet, The Great Red Spot transit and Europa slip in front of Jupiter. I’m still overwhelmed at how well the Lumicon Comet filter helps seeing intricate detail in the belt system.

Messier 15

(Globular Cluster in Pegasus)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 8:14:14 PM

Comment: Despite a full moon night M 15 appeared bright and cleanly resolved 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Saturn

(Planet in Capricornus)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 8:14:24 PM

Comment: Saturn looked amazing, as always. Cassini's Division and the Crepe Ring easily seen. The 12mm Tele Vue Radian was even better! Moons visible were Dione Enceladus (faintest) Tethys Titan and Rhea.

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Jupiter

(Planet in Capricornus)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 8:14:29 PM

Comment: The best eyepiece for Jupiter and Saturn is the 14mm and 8mm Tele Vue Radian. Also the Lumicon Comet filter shows incredible belt details of Jupiter 

 

Io about to egressing behind Jupiter. Io disappeared at precisely 8:30 pm.

The GRS was just beginning to cross.

 

By 10:30 Europa was ingressing in front of Jupiter and the GRS was headed to the western union limb.

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Messier 2

(Globular Cluster in Aquarius)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 8:35:56 PM

Comment: Even with a full moon M 2 was resolved cleanly 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 127mm F/6 Intes MN 56, 5mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Epsilon Equulei

(Double Star in Equuleus)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 8:37:51 PM

Comment: Bright blue-white primary and an orange secondary 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

12 Aquarii

(Double Star in Aquarius)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 8:48:31 PM

Comment: 2.5"

5.6 & 7.1 magnitude

Pure white primary and a pale orange secondary 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

55 Piscium

(Double Star in Pisces)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 9:14:33 PM

Comment: Orange primary and a pale blue secondary 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

HD 2423

(Star in Pisces)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 9:15:55 PM

Comment: Deep red carbon star 482 times more luminous than the sun 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

HD 2779

(Star in Pisces)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 9:17:34 PM

Comment: Orange-red super giant red star 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

55 Piscium

(Double Star in Pisces)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 9:18:37 PM

Comment: 6.5"

Yellow-orange primary and a deep blue secondary 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Psi1 Piscium

(Variable Double Star in Pisces)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 9:23:49 PM

Comment: 29.6"

Equal pair of 5.6 magnitude blue stars, although they are an optical pair lying at 220 and 240 light years away 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

65 Piscium

(Double Star in Pisces)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 9:26:02 PM

Comment: 4.2"

Nearly equal pair of pure white blue-white stars, magnitudes 5.5 and 6.7

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Mirach - Beta And

(Variable Double Star in Andromeda)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 9:28:21 PM

Comment: Bright deep orange star. Unfortunately it was partially obstructed by a tree so I could not look for the illusive galaxy Mirach's Ghost. 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

65 Piscium

(Double Star in Pisces)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 9:34:22 PM

Comment: 4.2"

Lovely pair of nearly equal 5.5 & 6.2 magnitude blue stars 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Saturn Nebula - NGC 7009

(Planetary Nebula in Aquarius)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 9:50:39 PM

Comment: Looks great with the Tele Vue 8mm Radian eyepiece. I could see the dark center and outer shell but no central star. No doubt due to the full moon tonight 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

IU Aquarii

(Variable Star in Aquarius)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 9:53:51 PM

Comment: Deep orange red giant 1.25° NW of the Saturn Nebula. 1500 times more luminous than our sun.

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Homam - Zeta Peg

(Double Star in Pegasus)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 10:10:00 PM

Comment: A young blue star 4.5 times the size of our sun 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

55 Pegasi

(Variable Star in Pegasus)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 10:11:26 PM

Comment:  A 4.5 magnitude red giant star 440 light years away and 330 times more luminous than the sun 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

57 Pegasi

(Variable Double Star in Pegasus)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 10:13:17 PM

Comment: Colorful pair of stars. The primary is a red giant and the secondary is a 10.5 magnitude indigo star. The primary is 3500 times more luminous than our sun 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

V346 Pegasi

(Variable Star in Pegasus)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 10:15:25 PM

Comment: Deep red 7th magnitude long period variable star lying 1000 light years away!

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

HD 220512

(Double Star in Pisces)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 10:18:00 PM

Comment: ! Absolutely beautiful colorful pair. The primary is deep orange and the secondary is light blue.

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Andromeda Galaxy - M 31

(Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 10:23:49 PM

Comment: A night of the near full moon is hardly a time to look at The Andromeda Galaxy but at least the condensed core is bright. I also saw M 32 and NGC 205, or M110. Some claim Messier never saw or cataloged it. Harvard professor Owen Gingrich is credited to naming it M110.

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Pinwheel Galaxy - M 33

(Spiral Galaxy in Triangulum)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 10:33:37 PM

Comment: Challenging to see on a full moon night. I was able to see a haze as I rocked the scope back and forth using the Meade 2", 28mm UWA eyepiece.

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 67° H 92%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9


Re: Sunday night casual observing

Jeffrey Thornton
 

Very nice. Your observation of Saturn moons got me searching on the Google machine and I came across this NASA website regarding Titan: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/moons/saturn-moons/titan/overview/


Sunday night casual observing

Kent Blackwell
 
Edited

Carbon stars, double stars, and planets, OH MY! That’s what I saw and more last night observing in my backyard with the 25”. The 25” is what we call a “light bucket”, not expecting much in revealing planetary detail. But we’ve had stunning seeing  lately. On Saturn I saw Cassini’s Division, The Crepe Ring and no less that 5 moons. I watched Io go beind the planet Jupiter. The Great Red Spot transit and Europa slip in front of Jupiter. I’m still overwhelmed at how well the Lumicon Comet filter helps seeing intricate detail in the belt system.

Messier 15

(Globular Cluster in Pegasus)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 8:14:14 PM

Comment: Despite a full moon night M 15 appeared bright and cleanly resolved 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Saturn

(Planet in Capricornus)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 8:14:24 PM

Comment: Saturn looked amazing, as always. Cassini's Division and the Crepe Ring easily seen. The 12mm Tele Vue Radian was even better! Moons visible were Dione Enceladus (faintest) Tethys Titan and Rhea.

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Jupiter

(Planet in Capricornus)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 8:14:29 PM

Comment: The best eyepiece for Jupiter and Saturn is the 14mm and 8mm Tele Vue Radian. Also the Lumicon Comet filter shows incredible belt details of Jupiter 

 

Io about to egressing behind Jupiter. Io disappeared at precisely 8:30 pm.

The GRS was just beginning to cross.

 

By 10:30 Europa was ingressing in front of Jupiter and the GRS was headed to the western union limb.

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Messier 2

(Globular Cluster in Aquarius)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 8:35:56 PM

Comment: Even with a full moon M 2 was resolved cleanly 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 127mm F/6 Intes MN 56, 5mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Epsilon Equulei

(Double Star in Equuleus)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 8:37:51 PM

Comment: Bright blue-white primary and an orange secondary 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

12 Aquarii

(Double Star in Aquarius)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 8:48:31 PM

Comment: 2.5"

5.6 & 7.1 magnitude

Pure white primary and a pale orange secondary 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

55 Piscium

(Double Star in Pisces)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 9:14:33 PM

Comment: Orange primary and a pale blue secondary 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

HD 2423

(Star in Pisces)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 9:15:55 PM

Comment: Deep red carbon star 482 times more luminous than the sun 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

HD 2779

(Star in Pisces)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 9:17:34 PM

Comment: Orange-red super giant red star 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

55 Piscium

(Double Star in Pisces)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 9:18:37 PM

Comment: 6.5"

Yellow-orange primary and a deep blue secondary 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Psi1 Piscium

(Variable Double Star in Pisces)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 9:23:49 PM

Comment: 29.6"

Equal pair of 5.6 magnitude blue stars, although they are an optical pair lying at 220 and 240 light years away 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

65 Piscium

(Double Star in Pisces)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 9:26:02 PM

Comment: 4.2"

Nearly equal pair of pure white blue-white stars, magnitudes 5.5 and 6.7

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Mirach - Beta And

(Variable Double Star in Andromeda)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 9:28:21 PM

Comment: Bright deep orange star. Unfortunately it was partially obstructed by a tree so I could not look for the illusive galaxy Mirach's Ghost. 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

65 Piscium

(Double Star in Pisces)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 9:34:22 PM

Comment: 4.2"

Lovely pair of nearly equal 5.5 & 6.2 magnitude blue stars 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Saturn Nebula - NGC 7009

(Planetary Nebula in Aquarius)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 9:50:39 PM

Comment: Looks great with the Tele Vue 8mm Radian eyepiece. I could see the dark center and outer shell but no central star. No doubt due to the full moon tonight 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

IU Aquarii

(Variable Star in Aquarius)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 9:53:51 PM

Comment: Deep orange red giant 1.25° NW of the Saturn Nebula. 1500 times more luminous than our sun.

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Homam - Zeta Peg

(Double Star in Pegasus)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 10:10:00 PM

Comment: A young blue star 4.5 times the size of our sun 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

55 Pegasi

(Variable Star in Pegasus)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 10:11:26 PM

Comment:  A 4.5 magnitude red giant star 440 light years away and 330 times more luminous than the sun 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

57 Pegasi

(Variable Double Star in Pegasus)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 10:13:17 PM

Comment: Colorful pair of stars. The primary is a red giant and the secondary is a 10.5 magnitude indigo star. The primary is 3500 times more luminous than our sun 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

V346 Pegasi

(Variable Star in Pegasus)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 10:15:25 PM

Comment: Deep red 7th magnitude long period variable star lying 1000 light years away!

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

HD 220512

(Double Star in Pisces)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 10:18:00 PM

Comment: ! Absolutely beautiful colorful pair. The primary is deep orange and the secondary is light blue.

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Andromeda Galaxy - M 31

(Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 10:23:49 PM

Comment: A night of the near full moon is hardly a time to look at The Andromeda Galaxy but at least the condensed core is bright. I also saw M 32 and NGC 205, or M110. Some claim Messier never saw or cataloged it. Harvard professor Owen Gingrich is credited to naming it M110.

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 75° H 76%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Pinwheel Galaxy - M 33

(Spiral Galaxy in Triangulum)

Observed: Sep 19, 2021 at 10:33:37 PM

Comment: Challenging to see on a full moon night. I was able to see a haze as I rocked the scope back and forth using the Meade 2", 28mm UWA eyepiece.

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 95% 67° H 92%

Equipment: 25" F/5, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9


Video of the impact on Jupiter last week

jimcoble2000
 


Lets go

jimcoble2000
 


Re: Permits

charles jagow
 

Corn Watch dates need to be included in ygg he r Corn Watch special use permit and submitted back to park’s review ,  Skywatch dates need to be in a chippokes special use permit and submitted back to supervisor if chippokes.

I turned this info over to the new Treasurer and/or Secretary.

Sent from Chuck's iPhone

On Sep 16, 2021, at 09:22, George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...> wrote:


Chuck,

When do we have to coordinate with Chippokes Plantation State Park on next year's permit?  I have the Nightwatch dates in our calendar, but I need to confirm them with the Park.  Who is our point of contact?

I sent our 2022 dates to Meghan Roberts at Chesapeake Parks & Rec.  Is there any other coordination we need to do with Chesapeake?

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Re: Permits

charles jagow
 

 Corn Watch is separate.  I gave the pass down if who does what when to either or both the new Treasurer and the Secretary.  Corn Watch is a special use permit and should be submitted with a copy of the proof of insurance also our insurance needs to mention specifically the city of Chesapeake as insured.  

Sent from Chuck's iPhone

On Sep 16, 2021, at 09:24, George Reynolds <pathfinder027@...> wrote:


Chuck,

Does our coordination with Meghan include our Cornwatch dates at Cornland Park?  Or do we have to do something different for Cornwatch?

George


George Reynolds

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


 


On Thursday, September 16, 2021, 11:22:24 AM EDT, George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...> wrote:


Chuck,

When do we have to coordinate with Chippokes Plantation State Park on next year's permit?  I have the Nightwatch dates in our calendar, but I need to confirm them with the Park.  Who is our point of contact?

I sent our 2022 dates to Meghan Roberts at Chesapeake Parks & Rec.  Is there any other coordination we need to do with Chesapeake?

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Re: Permits

George Reynolds
 

Chuck,

Does our coordination with Meghan include our Cornwatch dates at Cornland Park?  Or do we have to do something different for Cornwatch?

George


George Reynolds

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


 


On Thursday, September 16, 2021, 11:22:24 AM EDT, George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...> wrote:


Chuck,

When do we have to coordinate with Chippokes Plantation State Park on next year's permit?  I have the Nightwatch dates in our calendar, but I need to confirm them with the Park.  Who is our point of contact?

I sent our 2022 dates to Meghan Roberts at Chesapeake Parks & Rec.  Is there any other coordination we need to do with Chesapeake?

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Permits

George Reynolds
 

Chuck,

When do we have to coordinate with Chippokes Plantation State Park on next year's permit?  I have the Nightwatch dates in our calendar, but I need to confirm them with the Park.  Who is our point of contact?

I sent our 2022 dates to Meghan Roberts at Chesapeake Parks & Rec.  Is there any other coordination we need to do with Chesapeake?

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Re: ISS

George Reynolds
 

Nice!

George


George Reynolds

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


 


On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 09:49:05 PM EDT, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


Emoji

On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 09:37:03 PM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


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. 


Re: The sky for the last two nights

Ian Stewart
 

Yep I'm there with you George on the old eyes.

On 9/16/2021 9:57 AM, George Reynolds via groups.io wrote:
Ian,

I'm glad to see another person observing the Moon.  I just earned the Lunar II Award of the Astronomical League.  I enjoy observing the Moon and learning its craters, mountains, and other features.  With my old, bad eyes, it is refreshing to be able to SEE something in the night sky.  When I'm out with my granddaughter Chloe, she says, "See that star?" and I say, "What star?"

George


George Reynolds

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


 


On Monday, September 13, 2021, 10:05:12 PM EDT, 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: ISS

George Reynolds
 

I watched the launch.  It was fabulous!  I was at church for our Royal Rangers meeting, and I set up my Chromebook in the Royal Rangers office, watching SpaceX.com.  I told one of the other men that we would be able to see the launch from the beach by looking south.  He went out in the church parking lot, and saw the fiery rocket thrust trail!  He saw it heading toward the bright waxing gibbous Moon, and took a picture of it with his cell phone.  He lost it in the Moon's brightness right after that.


George


George Reynolds

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


 


On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 09:37:03 PM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


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. 


Re: The sky for the last two nights

George Reynolds
 

Ian,

I'm glad to see another person observing the Moon.  I just earned the Lunar II Award of the Astronomical League.  I enjoy observing the Moon and learning its craters, mountains, and other features.  With my old, bad eyes, it is refreshing to be able to SEE something in the night sky.  When I'm out with my granddaughter Chloe, she says, "See that star?" and I say, "What star?"

George


George Reynolds

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


 


On Monday, September 13, 2021, 10:05:12 PM EDT, 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: Last Night's Viewing

George Reynolds
 

That's using your head, Chuck!  Emoji

We miss you at our BBAA events.  Glad you're having a good time out there.  Does your club do any other kinds of outreach?

International Observe the Moon Night (IOMN) is coming up one month from now, on Saturday, 16 October.

George

George Reynolds

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


 


On Monday, September 13, 2021, 10:51:03 AM EDT, charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:


Greetings all!

 

I am sorry I can no longer join in on the Skywatch fun at the NWRP.  Many, Many fond memories.

 

However, last night was my first Solo gig at the SJO (Smokey Jack Observatory) here in Westcliffe.  The night started off kind of cloudy with quarter moon peeking through the clouds.

 

The way the SJO works at present is that folks reserve a night of observing, so it is basically having one family (or a couple or three families) having a private observing session.  The SJO is a 16’x16’ roll-off roof observatory with a Paramount ME mount with a Celestron 14” SCT attached and integrated using the SkyX software.

 

Usually, the session involves a computer operator who commands and controls the mount while the “host” selects the night sky objects and adjusts the eyepiece to be viewable by the participants while provideing a step ladder and assistance as necessary for the viewers to look through the telescope.  The host also provides commentary and explanation on what is visible, what it is, and why it is different or similar to the previous object.

 

As I said, last night was my “solo” as host.  I was acting as both host and computer operator, my guide, mentor, watchdog was none other than the President of the Dark Skies of the Wet Mountain Valley group – literally no-pressure!

 

We viewed for two and a half hours straight with seven participants.  We started off looking at the moon, then progressed to Jupiter and Saturn.  Copiously using the laser pointer we were able to show many things including the Milky Way from horizon to horizon (no shadows generated with the moon out though - Jeff).  We next moved to the Swan nebula, followed by the Blue Snowball and Ring Planetary Nebulae.  We then observed several globular clusters including M3, M13, and M22 followed by open clusters the Wild Duck and Double Cluster.  Next came the Andromeda, Whirlpool and Pinwheel galaxies.  I had to show off some variable stars, the Garnet star (SAO33693) and La Superba (SAO44317) which are nice carbon stars.  I finished out the night with Neptune and a request to return visit to Saturn and Jupiter.

 

When we were locking up, my Watchdog Clint’s only suggestion was that I rambled on a bit much at times, imagine that – me talking too much.  He didn’t say it was a bad thing, but to “time” the yaking to periods when the scope was slewing about and while adjusting the eyepiece.  After all, the participants were there to SEE the night sky sights and not to listen to the nearly blind, bald, fat guy ramble on.

 

The manner in which we conduct outreach at the SJO is a departure to what I am used to at SKYWATCH but just enjoyable all the same.  All in all, it was a good night, and NOW I will get my own set of keys to the SJO!

 

And with the 14” SCT on the Paramount ME mount, we don’t care if they use the scope or the counter-weight bar as a handle…   That darn thing is massive – I learned a healthy “respect” for that counter-weight bar last night, my bleeding scalp was not noticed until I arrived home and removed my BBAA cap with a new red splotch on it!

 

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Member - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Member – Dark Skies of The Wet Mountain Valley

Member – San Diego Astronomy Association

Member – Colorado Springs Astronomy Association

Future         Verdemont Observatory

Gone...        Rott'n Paws Observatory

 


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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: ISS

Ian Stewart
 

Cool beans!


On Sep 15, 2021, at 9:49 PM, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


Emoji

On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 09:37:03 PM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


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. 
<IMG_7323 Sept 15 2021 Canon 70D A_edited-2.jpg>


Re: ISS

jimcoble2000
 

Emoji

On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 09:37:03 PM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


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. 


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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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


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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

 

 

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