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Re: Computer troubles

Ian Stewart
 

Good job on the memory stick - weather not looking so good.

Cheers

Ian

On 9/28/2021 2:39 PM, Stu Beaber wrote:
In getting ready for SRSP next week it dawned on me that my main computer that I intended to use at the SP was getting slower & slower over the last couple months. Last week it got so bad that if I told it to do 2 things in fairly rapid succession, it would crash, restart and that means big headaches for an imager. Figuring it was the RAM going bad, I found a stick on Amazon. For only $3 more I got same day delivery. Put it in today and HEY...new computer! The only thing better than this might be clear weather all next week!

Stu


Computer troubles

Stu Beaber
 

In getting ready for SRSP next week it dawned on me that my main computer that I intended to use at the SP was getting slower & slower over the last couple months. Last week it got so bad that if I told it to do 2 things in fairly rapid succession, it would crash, restart and that means big headaches for an imager. Figuring it was the RAM going bad, I found a stick on Amazon. For only $3 more I got same day delivery. Put it in today and HEY...new computer! The only thing better than this might be clear weather all next week!

Stu


NGC7822 From Last Night

Ian Stewart
 

Here's NGC7822 an interesting complex in Cepheus. I was surprised I haven't imaged this before since its an easy and very dramatic target.I'll try and get some color data in the next few nights.
Cheers
Ian
NGC7822


Looking for a new refractor

Keegan Morrison
 

Hi Everyone,

I'm in the market for a new refractor. My budget is around $1,000 for a new scope, so I thought I'd reach out to this group to see if anyone has a gently used option. I'd like to be in the 80-100mm range, primarily used for planets and the moon here in light polluted Chesapeake, but occasionally used for DSOs in darker skies. My 10" dob is just too big to fit in the car with kids and everything else, so portability is important.

I don't need anything but the OTA and a tripod (and a case if it has one!) and I'm not interested in a motorized mount. If you have something you think would be a good fit let me know! I've been watching Facebook and Craigslist for a month or so and haven't seen anything of interest.

Thanks,
 -Keegan


Re: Phantom of the Opera Nebula

Ian Stewart
 

Added some color data from last night ... Cheers Ian
SH2 173


Re: Phantom of the Opera Nebula

Roy Diffrient
 

So faint I'll likely never see it in my (or any other) telescope eyepiece.  Thanks Ian - really nice and appropriately ghostly image.

Roy

On 9/25/2021 12:10 PM, Ian Stewart wrote:
This guy's pretty faint. I have 6 hours on SH2-173 as of last night and its still pretty faint. This one is often referred to as the Phantom of the Opera Nebula. Personally I see a cat face.
Cheers
Ian
Phantom of the Opera Nebula


Re: Phantom of the Opera Nebula

Ted Forte
 

Oh, that’s got to be a Mircat

 

But who knows, later today, after an adult beverage or two, maybe that phantom thing will come through.

 

Great image Ian.

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ian Stewart
Sent: Saturday, September 25, 2021 9:10 AM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Phantom of the Opera Nebula

 

This guy's pretty faint. I have 6 hours on SH2-173 as of last night and its still pretty faint. This one is often referred to as the Phantom of the Opera Nebula. Personally I see a cat face.
Cheers
Ian
Phantom of the Opera Nebula


Re: Phantom of the Opera Nebula

charles jagow
 

Very nice and faint!

Sent from Chuck's iPhone

On Sep 25, 2021, at 10:10, Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:

This guy's pretty faint. I have 6 hours on SH2-173 as of last night and its still pretty faint. This one is often referred to as the Phantom of the Opera Nebula. Personally I see a cat face.
Cheers
Ian
Phantom of the Opera Nebula


Phantom of the Opera Nebula

Ian Stewart
 

This guy's pretty faint. I have 6 hours on SH2-173 as of last night and its still pretty faint. This one is often referred to as the Phantom of the Opera Nebula. Personally I see a cat face.
Cheers
Ian
Phantom of the Opera Nebula


Morning Gibbous Moon

Gabriel Dandrade
 

The moon is exceptionally well-rendered this morning. Did not get the telescope out but still managed to take this:


Re: Back Bay Astronomers Boardwalk Astronomy

charles jagow
 

HAHAHAHA.  I have about 1/25 the number of scopes as you!

 

2 80mm Orion ED refractors,

1 125mm Explore Scientific Refractor,

1 Meade 10” LX-200GPS

1 Meade ETX-LS 6”

60mm Lunt Solar Scope on a Meade LX65 mount

70mm Celestron refractor (for the Solar Funnel)

18” Obsession UC

20” Obsession Classic (newest to me)

10” Orion Intelliscope

12” Orion Goto XX12G (best mirror of all of them)

 

And What’s Her Name has been spotted counting in the garage…

 

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

 

 

On Wed, Sep 22, 2021 at 06:45 AM, charles jagow wrote:

I sold it on Astromart.  I guess that is part of getting old…

No, Chuck, that's a sign of having too many telescopes. You ought to settle down to one telescope like me.


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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: Back Bay Astronomers Boardwalk Astronomy

Jeffrey Thornton
 

Sounds were also coming off this Nebula...


Re: Back Bay Astronomers Boardwalk Astronomy

Kent Blackwell
 

On Wed, Sep 22, 2021 at 06:45 AM, charles jagow wrote:
I sold it on Astromart.  I guess that is part of getting old…
No, Chuck, that's a sign of having too many telescopes. You ought to settle down to one telescope like me.


Re: Back Bay Astronomers Boardwalk Astronomy

charles jagow
 

Looks like a fine (motely) group to which I would have very much liked to have been a part of.  The good news at the SJO here in Westcliffe is that if we are inundated with clouds, we just yank the cover off of the big screen TV on the back wall of the observatory and fire up the Internet and connect to the World Wide Telescope and run through our list of items.  It’s better than the disappointment of not seeing anything.

 

Boardwalk Astronomy was one of my FAVORITE outreach events followed by SKY WATCH and SUN day on Saturday.

 

I miss everyone and see a few new faces in the group picture.

 

I was running around our garage and storage unit looking for my old 5” Orion refractor.  I was sure I “lost” it somehow.  I spent    h o u r s    looking for it.  Then by chance I was perusing Astromart ads and found my ad there where I sold it a little before we left Virginia.  I had to admit to What’s Her Name that in fact I did not loose it, that I sold it on Astromart.  I guess that is part of getting old…

 

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

 

 

I remember that nebula. It was so bright it was able to shine through the clouds last night.

Here is a copy of the group photo Jeff got in case you wanted to see it.


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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: Back Bay Astronomers Boardwalk Astronomy

Shawn Loescher
 

I remember that nebula. It was so bright it was able to shine through the clouds last night.

Here is a copy of the group photo Jeff got in case you wanted to see it.


Back Bay Astronomers Boardwalk Astronomy

Kent Blackwell
 

Our final Boardwalk Astronomy of the season was met with heavy clouds, but we did get to see an absolutely beautiful Harvest Moonrise. I also got a fantastic view of The Ring Nebula through a telescope with an overabundance of chromatic aberration. 


Boardwalk Astronomy

Kent Blackwell
 

Be aware that are a few tents in the area we set up for Boardwalk Astronomy on preparation for the Neptune Festival.


Re: Sunday night casual observing

jimcoble2000
 

Titan is an interesting place aside from being the easiest moon to see.  There was a published work concerning the long term fate of the planet Earth. Long, Long. Even before the sun does it's end stage thing we will be long gone.

Interesting speculation though that after the solar system is fairly lifeless, if not totally, solar systems have an evolutionary path as does . There is a speculative (very) chance the entire cycle of evolution might take place again after the inner planets are long gone. Titan has a toxic reactive chemical atmosphere and would find itself in the possible continuous habitable zone {CHZ} of an old, enlarged, and evolved sun. Such a reactive atmosphere was in place during the very early Earth. There are likely no other candidates for this to happen again in an evolved solar system. Of course this is educated speculation and a lot can go other directions not envisaged. But an intriguing idea.

On Monday, September 20, 2021, 10:29:38 AM EDT, Jeffrey Thornton <jeff7500@...> wrote:


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/


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/

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