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Mars, Something that might be neat.

matsnellings <newfie122@cox.net>
 

Hi all
I was playing around with Starry Night checking out Mars. On the 19th
of June around 3am in the SE, it looks like Mars will be just above
the Moon and should make a really nice view. Using the 8x20
Binoculars field of view guide over haft of the Moon and all of Mars
will fit nicely in it. As I am new and don't have my scope yet I
am not sure if this will be a good photo op or not, because I don't
know the comparisons yet between binoculars field of view and a 8"
scope. But weather permitting I will be watching.

Mat


Re: NLES Pics

Kent Blackwell
 

A telescope rigged up through the skylight above someone's hot tub? Wow, now
that's someone who just can't get enough stargazing. I wonder what kind of
heaters one would need for that telescope's optics? Any you guys & girls
thought the mere outdoor air in Tidewater was humid.

Let's see, Refractor, Newtonian reflector, Catoptrics, Maksutov, Dobsonian,
and finally the JacuzziScope. Man, that last one would be one hot scope.

Kent

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Subject: [backbayastro] Re: NLES Pics


Thanks, Ted for taking such great pictures! What a neat thing for all
of us to be able to access those pics! I'm begining to like this
Yahoo thing! I hope everyone had a good of a time at North Landing
Elementary...I know I did!
One parent at Discovery Night said that he had a telescope rigged up
through the sky light above his HOT TUB! (I wonder if out budget
would allow that Gerry!?)
One lady said that she could just look at the sky all night long, so
I urged her to join BBAA and one guy thanked me for letting him see
Saturn for the first time in his life. Kinda neat!

Rick Bish


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Re: NLES Pics

Rick Bish <2bookworms@cox.net> <2bookworms@...>
 

Thanks, Ted for taking such great pictures! What a neat thing for all
of us to be able to access those pics! I'm begining to like this
Yahoo thing! I hope everyone had a good of a time at North Landing
Elementary...I know I did!
One parent at Discovery Night said that he had a telescope rigged up
through the sky light above his HOT TUB! (I wonder if out budget
would allow that Gerry!?)
One lady said that she could just look at the sky all night long, so
I urged her to join BBAA and one guy thanked me for letting him see
Saturn for the first time in his life. Kinda neat!

Rick Bish


Seeing/Saturn

Kent Blackwell
 

I don't know how many observed on Wednesday evening but the seeing
was just stunning. I rolled the 25" out to do some tweeks. After
tweeking the alignments of the mirrors a bit I pointed the telescope
towards Saturn. Wow, it was the best I've ever seen it. Seriously, I
could easily see Cassini and Crepe Divisions. Encke was a challenge
but visilbe.I could also see the shading in Ring-B. For a split
second I saw spokes in Ring-B. This is only the second time I've ever
seen these spokes.

I've always been an advocate of planet observing in the city. The
pollution certainly helps steady the atmosphere. All you have to do
on this evening is step outside. You can "feel" the stagnant air, and
smell the coal buring fireplaces. A great time to look at Jupe &
Saturn.

Kent Blackwell


Re: It's a BIG DAY!

Dale Carey <stargaz@...>
 

Now everyone    --- HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Give me a L   give me an E  then L  and an A
now what do you have?    LELA    ?(ne)
Dale

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Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2003 2:04 PM
Subject: RE: [backbayastro] It's a BIG DAY!

Thank You Georgie!
-----Original Message-----
From: Georgie <doublestarjune@...> [mailto:doublestarjune@...]
Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2003 12:18 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: [backbayastro] It's a BIG DAY!

Today is Lelane Arneson's Birthday!  (Known to some as Leland
Aresonal!)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LELANE!

georgie



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Re: It's a BIG DAY!

Lelane Arneson <Larneson@...>
 

Thank You Georgie!

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To: backbayastro@...
Subject: [backbayastro] It's a BIG DAY!

Today is Lelane Arneson's Birthday!  (Known to some as Leland
Aresonal!)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LELANE!

georgie



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It's a BIG DAY!

Georgie <doublestarjune@msn.com>
 

Today is Lelane Arneson's Birthday! (Known to some as Leland
Aresonal!)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LELANE!

georgie


Re: NLES Pics

Woody, Denice K <denice.k.woody@...>
 

Looks like y'all had fun! By the time I finished working at 2:45 AM it was
too late for me to come... :-}


Denice

Denice K. Woody
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Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2003 8:13 AM
To: backbayastro@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] NLES Pics


WOW! What a great BBAA turnout at North Landing! Great pictures Ted!
(You're enjoying your new camera aren't you?)

We're so lucky to have so many BBAA members that volunteer their time. It's
so great to see some of our newer members volunteering also! YEAH!

Way to go guys and Marla! I'm proud of ya'll!

georgie

P.S. - Rick Bish, I heard you and your wife volunteered for some Chesapeake
Girl Scouts a few weeks ago! Thanks a kajillion!

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Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2003 7:30 AM
Subject: [backbayastro] NLES Pics

I've uploaded just a few of the pictures taken at North Landing Elementary
School last night. Go to the Yahoo group homepage
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/backbayastro
<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/backbayastro> and open the NorthLanding
album. It was a great turnout.

Ted

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Re: NLES Pics

Georgie <doublestarjune@msn.com>
 

WOW!  What a great BBAA turnout at North Landing!  Great pictures Ted!  (You're enjoying your new camera aren't you?)
 
We're so lucky to have so many BBAA members that volunteer their time. It's so great to see some of our newer members volunteering also!  YEAH!
 
Way to go guys and Marla!  I'm proud of ya'll!
 
georgie  
 
P.S. - Rick Bish, I heard you and your wife volunteered for some Chesapeake Girl Scouts a few weeks ago!  Thanks a kajillion!

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Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2003 7:30 AM
Subject: [backbayastro] NLES Pics

I've uploaded just a few of the pictures taken at North Landing Elementary School last night.  Go to the Yahoo group homepage http://groups.yahoo.com/group/backbayastro and open the NorthLanding album.  It was a great turnout. 

Ted

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Re: NLES Pics

George Reynolds
 

Good pics, Ted. They capture the "flavor" of the event. I saw a lot
of excited kids, and some fascinated adults, as well.

G3

--- In backbayastro@yahoogroups.com, twforte@a... wrote:
I've uploaded just a few of the pictures taken at North Landing
Elementary School last night. Go to the Yahoo group homepage
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/backbayastro and open the NorthLanding
album. It was a great turnout.

Ted


NLES Pics

twforte@...
 

I've uploaded just a few of the pictures taken at North Landing Elementary School last night. Go to the Yahoo group homepage http://groups.yahoo.com/group/backbayastro and open the NorthLanding album. It was a great turnout.

Ted


Re: North Landing Elementary

George Reynolds
 

We did have a good time, Kent, a good crowd of people and nine (count 'em, 9!) to represent BBAA!  We had two scopes outside looking at Saturn and the Great Orion Nebula, and two scopes inside on display.

We gave out a lot of literature, and a lot of people found out that Virginia Beach has a planetarium.  Chesapeake, too.

 "kentblackwell " wrote:

I was planning to attend tonight but forgot I'm alergic to children.
Have a great event.

Kent Blackwell (who else...or is it whom else?)



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North Landing Elementary

Kent Blackwell
 

I was planning to attend tonight but forgot I'm alergic to children.
Have a great event.

Kent Blackwell (who else...or is it whom else?)


Re: Tonight's Planetarium Show

Woody, Denice K <denice.k.woody@...>
 

I'd help but I'm stuck at work....

Denice

-----Original Message-----
From: twforte@aol.com [mailto:twforte@aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2003 4:58 PM
To: backbayastro@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [backbayastro] Re: Tonight's Planetarium Show


In a message dated 2/18/03 3:46:32 PM Eastern Standard Time,
MFRYE@VBCPS.K12.VA.US writes:

<< We realize tonight is the Discovery Night at North Landing Elementary and

some of you plan to attend. We are expecting a full house at the Virginia
Beach Planetarium tonight. Since it appears that it will be a clear night,
we
wanted to invite one or two BBAA members to set up a telescope or two
outside
after the program (about 8pm).
>>

Since most of the "usual suspects" will be at North Landing tonight, this
would be a great time for someone that would like to get more involved to
help out at the Virginia Beach Planetarium. All you have to do is set up a
scope outside the exit and show folks Saturn or Jupiter as they leave the
show. Its easy and its fun. I know Chuck will really appreciate it. Try
to
let Chuck know that you plan to be there so he can tell his audience about
it. The planetarium's phone number is 431-4067. Be sure to call before 7
p.m. when the presentation starts.

Ted


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Re: Current Comets

Kent Blackwell
 

By the comet referred to as "it" in my last backbayastro post, I was of
course speaking of Comet C/2002 V1 (NEAT). For those who don't know, the
names LINEAR, NEAT, etc. are the names of the satellite which discovered the
comet. Real people who discover comets have their names assigned to comets
as well, but their names are not listed in all caps; these caps are
abbreviations for the satellite's full name.

Isn't a comet more interesting when a human being discovered it? You know,
it used to be a real challenge to discover a comet, now with all those
searching satellites out there it's nearly impossible. I guess the
satellites requires less sleep than we so they have more viewing hours.

Kent

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Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2003 2:49 PM
Subject: [backbayastro] Current Comets


Because trees obscured my western view I didn't get to see it when it
brightened higher than 6th magnitude. If you didn't see it either
don't despair, there are several nice comets to view this month. Here
are their position this Friday evening, which is BBAA's Skywatch
night. I shall list them in order of RA:

154P/Brewington
Psc
00h 19m
+12 34', 11.9 magnitude

C/2001 HT 50
Monoceros
06h 41m
+02 18, 11.5 magnitude

C/2001 RX 14 (LINEAR)
UMa
11h 50m
+41 06, 10.7 magnitude

C2002 Y1
Draco
19h 36 +
+60 56' 8.1 mangnitude

Good luck. At least one of these should be visible with moderate
binoculars.

Kent Blackwell











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Current Comets

Kent Blackwell
 

Because trees obscured my western view I didn't get to see it when it
brightened higher than 6th magnitude. If you didn't see it either
don't despair, there are several nice comets to view this month. Here
are their position this Friday evening, which is BBAA's Skywatch
night. I shall list them in order of RA:

154P/Brewington
Psc
00h 19m
+12 34', 11.9 magnitude

C/2001 HT 50
Monoceros
06h 41m
+02 18, 11.5 magnitude

C/2001 RX 14 (LINEAR)
UMa
11h 50m
+41 06, 10.7 magnitude

C2002 Y1
Draco
19h 36 +
+60 56' 8.1 mangnitude

Good luck. At least one of these should be visible with moderate
binoculars.

Kent Blackwell


Re: North Landing Elementary Discovery Night

Georgie <doublestarjune@msn.com>
 

Have a great time tonight at North Landing!  I hope the clouds go away long enough for some small person to get a glimpse of something "cool!" 
 
I'll be thinking about ya'll!
 
georgie

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2003 6:10 PM
Subject: [backbayastro] North Landing Elementary Discovery Night

Just a reminder to all BBAA-ers that North Landing Elementary School
is having their "Discovery Night" Tuesday night at 7:00 until 8:30.
Now, if this event is anything like last week's Science Expo, it's
going to be great, not only for the kids who show up, but also for
the parents and teachers as well!
Actually, I think some of the older folks were as excited at seeing
Saturn, the weather bands on Jupiter, and the craters on the moon, as
much as the kids were!
Just remember:you don't have to be an astronomy expert to help out!
If that was the case, I wouldn't be able to go!
Dick Moncure, Ted Forte, George Reynolds, and I had four scopes set
up last week. We seemed to have a non-stop line (of kids and adults)
by each scope until time to go. It was really a fun evening!
Tomorrow's event is supposed to be even bigger! I know we can use
more scopes for this event (six would be nice!)and some folks to
remain inside to talk and pass out materials, as well.
It seemed as though all of us who went last week had a great time. I
know we all left in great moods. The smiles on the kids faces as they
looked up from my eyepiece, things they said like: "Awesome!"
and "Cool!" made the trip out to Chesapeake more than worth it. It
was a thrill to know that some of these kids were discovering these
celestial objects for the first time in their lives.
I thought to myself, Who knows...maybe there's a Ken Broun in the
crowd? Mr. Broun got his start in astronomy by viewing Saturn for the
first time through a friend's telescope...did you know that?
The address is: North Landing Elementary School, 2929 North Landing
Road in Virginia Beach (behind the VoTech School). 427-6600 Our Point
of contact is Ms. Tracy Coffin. 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Come on out, if you can make it!
Rick Bish 




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Re: C/2002 V1 (NEAT)

George Reynolds
 

And did you see those coronal mass ejections in the MPG movie?  Wow!

George '3'

 Louis Snellings wrote:

There is a link in the upper left to go to English

 

Mat


 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: twforte@... [mailto:twforte@...]
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2003 11:32 AM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] C/2002 V1 (NEAT)

 

In a message dated 2/18/2003 9:42:57 AM Eastern Standard Time, twforte@... writes:
Until it is corrected, the images may be seen at the following mirror site:
>  http://star.mpae.gwdg.de/

Sorry.  I didn't realize this site is in German ... just double click on the (blue) image and it will eventually animate comet Neat's passage.

Ted



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Fw:

Dale Carey <stargaz@...>
 

 

To all MERAL club presidents,

The Astronomical League is looking for ways at making its regions more effective and more responsive to the individual clubs' needs. Below is a recent letter from Regional Structure Study Chair Jerry Sherlin describing the situation. Your comments, ideas and suggestions are welcome.

John Jardine Goss
MERAL Chair




Ladies & Gentlemen:                                                                2/14/2003


   Let me briefly introduce myself to those who don't know me.....my name is Jerry Sherlin and I am a past president the Astronomical League (as well as a past vice-president and executive secretary).  Currently I am the MARS region's representative.

   At last year's ALCon in Salt Lake City, League President Bob Gent asked  John Goss, Pat Carr, and me to take on the task of investigating the League's regional structure.  From the current Reflector I've gathered your names as regional reps. or chairpersons plus I know several of you are no longer regional officer.....but as no matter whether you are a current or past officer we solicit your comments and ideas.

   I agreed to chair this committee because I, like the League President, see a need for examining the League's regional infrastructure.  To begin with, you should know that this regional structure has remained unchanged, except for the addition of new regions, since the League was formed in 1947.  I believe the regional system was needed (at that time) because travel and "getting together" was quite different (in 1947) than it is now.  By having regions within the League, with regional meetings, it was easier for League members to come together.  There were also, at that time, far fewer "star parties" than there are now so, again, the regional convention acted as a meeting place for members within a more compact 5 or 6 state contiguous region.

   The question now arises, is this system outdated, in need of overhaul, left alone.....or just what?   In some capacity I've been working for the League for over 40 years, both as a regional and national officer, and I've seen, oh how I've seen, the fortunes of regions change.  Some regions have consistently, year after year, been strong and active while others have floundered or, at best, swung between periods of activity and dormancy.  The key of course is competent and dedicated leadership but I have seen, and even participated in "shang haiing" people into regional office.  When Dr. Bob Stencel and I resuscitated the MARS region (about 7 years ago) the two men listed as regional officers had disappeared so long ago that nobody remembered them; I doubt seriously that this is an isolated example.  With a system that relies completely on volunteer labor, regions sometime just cannot find leadership or regional leadership becomes enmeshed in political squabbles.  Another problem that has come up, from time to time, is the rigidity of the regional boundary system.  Some clubs have felt tied to a particular region while the League's system of drawing political boundaries has placed them into another region.  One final point is the matter of money.....some regional treasuries are reasonably well off while others are bankrupt and have great difficulty in building and sustaining a regional treasury.  It's these kinds of problems  that beg the question of whether it is time to change this system.  The world has changed a lot, and certainly the Astronomical League has grown and changed a lot since 1947.  

   Because of this, I am asking for your opinions, ideas, and suggestions.  You are all involved, or have been involved, with regional politics and programs and you've encounter these, and other, problems.  What is the solution?   I think it is possible for us to build a consensus from the collective wisdom and experience of all of you.  Our committee solicits your input so we can prepare a report to President Bob Gent by the time of the ALCON 2003 in Nashville.   Your support will be appreciated.

Most sincerely,
Jerry M. Sherlin
MARS Regional Representative  


Re: Tonight's Planetarium Show

twforte@...
 

In a message dated 2/18/03 3:46:32 PM Eastern Standard Time,
MFRYE@VBCPS.K12.VA.US writes:

<< We realize tonight is the Discovery Night at North Landing Elementary and
some of you plan to attend. We are expecting a full house at the Virginia
Beach Planetarium tonight. Since it appears that it will be a clear night, we
wanted to invite one or two BBAA members to set up a telescope or two outside
after the program (about 8pm).
>>

Since most of the "usual suspects" will be at North Landing tonight, this
would be a great time for someone that would like to get more involved to
help out at the Virginia Beach Planetarium. All you have to do is set up a
scope outside the exit and show folks Saturn or Jupiter as they leave the
show. Its easy and its fun. I know Chuck will really appreciate it. Try to
let Chuck know that you plan to be there so he can tell his audience about
it. The planetarium's phone number is 431-4067. Be sure to call before 7
p.m. when the presentation starts.

Ted