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Re: Crap, It happened again...

RapidEye
 

That old adage - no good deed goes unpunished:-)

Your going to be working harder in retirement than you did the last 5 years! 

Going to be over in Larkspur next week, might head over the hill your way if I get some free time. 


On Wed, May 18, 2022, 12:15 AM charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:

Kent,

 

I know I swore to NOT get too involved so I could concentrate on building our observatory and getting some cool deep sky images.  But damned if it didn’t happen anyway.

 

They made me a board member of their Dark Skies Inc. group here about two months ago and then late yesterday at the board meeting, they nominated me and voted me in as President.  The previous President had to resign as his supposedly full remission cancer came back with a vengeance and he is going into Hospice care tomorrow.  Bad things, he is a swell guy.  Kind of a cross between you, Roy, Ted, Charles A. and a rabid lawyer, he was also the county’s lawyer.  And he was rumored to be older than the moon and ate hot dogs and was very thin..

 

And then today, I get a call from the Governor of Colorado, he wants to sign a bill that was just passed establishing a Dark Skies Tourism office at our Smokey Jack Observatory here in Westcliffe MONDAY afternoon.  He figured what better way to sign it than at the first Dark Sky Certified entity in Colorado with a big observatory.  He just needed a list of VIPs and folks who made the Dark Skies Possible,  what a pain, been calling and visiting folks all day…

 

Sure wish I was down in Coinjock at an ECSP about now…

 

 


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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: Workshops for DIY Solar Filter, Dew Strip, Primary Mirror Cleaning etc...

Shawn Loescher
 
Edited

As we discussed at the last meeting we are waiting until May 22nd for everyone who is interested in participating in the Solar Filter Workshop database: https://groups.io/g/BackBayAstro/table?id=33343 to get their information entered. Once we have a firm number on how many club members want to participate I can tally up how much the cost will be for each person.


Re: Crap, It happened again...

Ian Stewart
 

Hey Chuck congrats. I know you'll do great.

On 5/18/2022 12:14 AM, charles jagow wrote:

Kent,

 

I know I swore to NOT get too involved so I could concentrate on building our observatory and getting some cool deep sky images.  But damned if it didn’t happen anyway.

 

They made me a board member of their Dark Skies Inc. group here about two months ago and then late yesterday at the board meeting, they nominated me and voted me in as President.  The previous President had to resign as his supposedly full remission cancer came back with a vengeance and he is going into Hospice care tomorrow.  Bad things, he is a swell guy.  Kind of a cross between you, Roy, Ted, Charles A. and a rabid lawyer, he was also the county’s lawyer.  And he was rumored to be older than the moon and ate hot dogs and was very thin..

 

And then today, I get a call from the Governor of Colorado, he wants to sign a bill that was just passed establishing a Dark Skies Tourism office at our Smokey Jack Observatory here in Westcliffe MONDAY afternoon.  He figured what better way to sign it than at the first Dark Sky Certified entity in Colorado with a big observatory.  He just needed a list of VIPs and folks who made the Dark Skies Possible,  what a pain, been calling and visiting folks all day…

 

Sure wish I was down in Coinjock at an ECSP about now…

 


Re: Planetary Nebulae

Ted Forte
 

Thanks Chuck!

 

Of course in my area, one can only appreciate the irony. A whole article about summer globulars from a place where summer observing is mostly non-existent. I can write the daily forecast for everyday from the last week in June to the first week in September right now: “cloudy with a significant chance of rain”.  Of course that’s better than holding your breath for three months praying not to burn.  March to June, we have HOT, DRY, and WINDY perfect fire weather.

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of charles jagow
Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 5:47 AM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Planetary Nebulae

 

Great Article Master Ted!

 

 


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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: Planetary Nebulae

Tony Mascolo
 

Hello Kent,

Hope you are well.

Beautiful telescope!!

Would not mind taking a look at some planets through that, must be outstanding.

I still remember that one night where everything was perfect looking at Saturn through your 25" on the EQ platform, was absolutely beautiful, looked like a Hubble image.  Still burned into my brain after all these years.  So rare to have good enough seeing for the big scopes to shine with planetary viewing, especially in this area under the jet stream all the time.

Have a great day!!

Later,

Tony


Re: Planetary Nebulae

Kent Blackwell
 

Ted, my notes from 2013 mention the same, the UHC (in my case the Orion UltraBlock) was better than the OIII. I figured I might have a chance with the OIII Type 3 but no such luck. 


Re: Crap, It happened again...

charles jagow
 

Kent,

 

We have ATVs instead of a walker.  Karen rides the fence lines looking for antlers. 

 

I am hoping to get set up with four Orion Intelliscopes up on our observatory pad and provide hands on Astronomy experience/training to folks next year.  Just need Orion to get cracking getting scopes in from China…

 

 

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Kent Blackwell <kent@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 6:14 AM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] Crap, It happened again...

 

They couldn't have picked a better person for the job. How impressive is that, the Governor of Colorado calling you. 

PS. At the rate you're going with all those activities, when you build that observatory don't forget to install a ramp so you can get up it with your walker. 

Kent


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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

 

 


Planetary Nebulae

charles jagow
 


Re: Planetary Nebulae

charles jagow
 

My, that’s a long one.

 

 

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Kent Blackwell <kent@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 6:16 AM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Planetary Nebulae

 

I rolled out the 16" f/6 last night in the very light polluted skies of Virginia Beach.

Have any of you seen the illusive planetary nebula NGC 4361 in Corvus? It's an easy target with large telescopes in dark skies but a bit of a challenge in the city. Surprisingly, we even saw it in Mark O. Explore Scientific 127mm refractor using a Lumicon OIII Type 3 filter. We also saw it with one of my favorite filters, the Orion UltraBlock.

I have challenge. Has anyone ever seen the planetary nebula ARO 180 in Hercules? Don't let the fairly bright 12.8 magnitude fool you; the surface brightness is quite low. I saw it in 2013 with the 25" from Coinjock but I pulled out every trick in the bag last night but could not convince myself I was seeing it with the 16". I tried the OIII filter, the OIII Type 3 filter as well as the Orion UltraBlock. No luck.


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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: Crap, It happened again...

Ted Forte
 

It was bound to happen Chuck. (The willing horse pulls the wagon). Congratulations!  I’m sure you’ll be great at it.

 

And good luck with that Dark Skies Tourism office. Exciting stuff. Keep us posted.

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of charles jagow
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 9:15 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Crap, It happened again...

 

Kent,

 

I know I swore to NOT get too involved so I could concentrate on building our observatory and getting some cool deep sky images.  But damned if it didn’t happen anyway.

 

They made me a board member of their Dark Skies Inc. group here about two months ago and then late yesterday at the board meeting, they nominated me and voted me in as President.  The previous President had to resign as his supposedly full remission cancer came back with a vengeance and he is going into Hospice care tomorrow.  Bad things, he is a swell guy.  Kind of a cross between you, Roy, Ted, Charles A. and a rabid lawyer, he was also the county’s lawyer.  And he was rumored to be older than the moon and ate hot dogs and was very thin..

 

And then today, I get a call from the Governor of Colorado, he wants to sign a bill that was just passed establishing a Dark Skies Tourism office at our Smokey Jack Observatory here in Westcliffe MONDAY afternoon.  He figured what better way to sign it than at the first Dark Sky Certified entity in Colorado with a big observatory.  He just needed a list of VIPs and folks who made the Dark Skies Possible,  what a pain, been calling and visiting folks all day…

 

Sure wish I was down in Coinjock at an ECSP about now…

 

 


--

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: Planetary Nebulae

Ted Forte
 

ARO 180 might be better known as Abell 39. I also tried it from Virginia Beach skies (in the 18-inch) without success.

 

Even with the 30-inch in 21.5 skies it’s a bit difficult.  My notes say that the UHC worked and that the OIII didn’t. It’s large, round and extremely faint.

 

Ted

BBAA Southwest

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Kent Blackwell
Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 5:17 AM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Planetary Nebulae

 

I rolled out the 16" f/6 last night in the very light polluted skies of Virginia Beach.

Have any of you seen the illusive planetary nebula NGC 4361 in Corvus? It's an easy target with large telescopes in dark skies but a bit of a challenge in the city. Surprisingly, we even saw it in Mark O. Explore Scientific 127mm refractor using a Lumicon OIII Type 3 filter. We also saw it with one of my favorite filters, the Orion UltraBlock.

I have challenge. Has anyone ever seen the planetary nebula ARO 180 in Hercules? Don't let the fairly bright 12.8 magnitude fool you; the surface brightness is quite low. I saw it in 2013 with the 25" from Coinjock but I pulled out every trick in the bag last night but could not convince myself I was seeing it with the 16". I tried the OIII filter, the OIII Type 3 filter as well as the Orion UltraBlock. No luck.


Planetary Nebulae

Kent Blackwell
 

I rolled out the 16" f/6 last night in the very light polluted skies of Virginia Beach.
Have any of you seen the illusive planetary nebula NGC 4361 in Corvus? It's an easy target with large telescopes in dark skies but a bit of a challenge in the city. Surprisingly, we even saw it in Mark O. Explore Scientific 127mm refractor using a Lumicon OIII Type 3 filter. We also saw it with one of my favorite filters, the Orion UltraBlock.
I have challenge. Has anyone ever seen the planetary nebula ARO 180 in Hercules? Don't let the fairly bright 12.8 magnitude fool you; the surface brightness is quite low. I saw it in 2013 with the 25" from Coinjock but I pulled out every trick in the bag last night but could not convince myself I was seeing it with the 16". I tried the OIII filter, the OIII Type 3 filter as well as the Orion UltraBlock. No luck.


Re: Crap, It happened again...

Kent Blackwell
 

They couldn't have picked a better person for the job. How impressive is that, the Governor of Colorado calling you. 

PS. At the rate you're going with all those activities, when you build that observatory don't forget to install a ramp so you can get up it with your walker. 

Kent


Re: Crap, It happened again...

Roy Diffrient
 

Congratulations Mr. President!  I forget who said promotions come fast in volunteer organizations.  Good luck with it.

Roy


On May 18, 2022, at 12:15 AM, charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:



Kent,

 

I know I swore to NOT get too involved so I could concentrate on building our observatory and getting some cool deep sky images.  But damned if it didn’t happen anyway.

 

They made me a board member of their Dark Skies Inc. group here about two months ago and then late yesterday at the board meeting, they nominated me and voted me in as President.  The previous President had to resign as his supposedly full remission cancer came back with a vengeance and he is going into Hospice care tomorrow.  Bad things, he is a swell guy.  Kind of a cross between you, Roy, Ted, Charles A. and a rabid lawyer, he was also the county’s lawyer.  And he was rumored to be older than the moon and ate hot dogs and was very thin..

 

And then today, I get a call from the Governor of Colorado, he wants to sign a bill that was just passed establishing a Dark Skies Tourism office at our Smokey Jack Observatory here in Westcliffe MONDAY afternoon.  He figured what better way to sign it than at the first Dark Sky Certified entity in Colorado with a big observatory.  He just needed a list of VIPs and folks who made the Dark Skies Possible,  what a pain, been calling and visiting folks all day…

 

Sure wish I was down in Coinjock at an ECSP about now…

 

 


--

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

 

 


Crap, It happened again...

charles jagow
 

Kent,

 

I know I swore to NOT get too involved so I could concentrate on building our observatory and getting some cool deep sky images.  But damned if it didn’t happen anyway.

 

They made me a board member of their Dark Skies Inc. group here about two months ago and then late yesterday at the board meeting, they nominated me and voted me in as President.  The previous President had to resign as his supposedly full remission cancer came back with a vengeance and he is going into Hospice care tomorrow.  Bad things, he is a swell guy.  Kind of a cross between you, Roy, Ted, Charles A. and a rabid lawyer, he was also the county’s lawyer.  And he was rumored to be older than the moon and ate hot dogs and was very thin..

 

And then today, I get a call from the Governor of Colorado, he wants to sign a bill that was just passed establishing a Dark Skies Tourism office at our Smokey Jack Observatory here in Westcliffe MONDAY afternoon.  He figured what better way to sign it than at the first Dark Sky Certified entity in Colorado with a big observatory.  He just needed a list of VIPs and folks who made the Dark Skies Possible,  what a pain, been calling and visiting folks all day…

 

Sure wish I was down in Coinjock at an ECSP about now…

 

 


--

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: The Sun Today

Ian Stewart
 

Nice!

On 5/17/2022 10:00 AM, Kent Blackwell wrote:
There are some nice surface details on the sun this morning (May 17, 2022). Here's a quick B&W and color picture I took early morning when the seeing was good. 


Re: Follow on solar report

jimcoble2000
 

I enjoyed Kent's story about his early Herschel Wedge, the kind that incinerated anyone passing in back of the scope. I can't believe they made that version in the 60's to 70's. Safety was low priority back then.

On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 09:56:58 AM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


Yes, the seeing is very good. Mark O just dropped by with his Herschel Wedge for a wonderful view of the sunspots. 


The Sun Today

Kent Blackwell
 

There are some nice surface details on the sun this morning (May 17, 2022). Here's a quick B&W and color picture I took early morning when the seeing was good. 


Re: Follow on solar report

Kent Blackwell
 

Yes, the seeing is very good. Mark O just dropped by with his Herschel Wedge for a wonderful view of the sunspots. 


Follow on solar report

jimcoble2000
 

Seeing here is excellent with very good solar surface detail. The two large sunspot groups are very active with extensive hot regions surround the groups.

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