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Welcome

Robert Schonk
 

On behalf of the Officers of BBAA, let me welcome you to the Back Bay
Amateur Astronomers Group.

We intend for this group to be a resource for club members as well as
the rest of the amateur community.

It's a place where you can post observing reports, events, questions,
answers, photos and information of interest to the community.

Most of all, it's intended to be fun, so let's have a spirited
discussion with no personal attacks.

Rob


Welcome from Ted

twforte@...
 

Welcome to the backbayastro list! We hope this will be an improvement over
the mass email list that we have used in the past. This will also be a place
that you can upload files, photos, observing reports and the like that you
want to share with other members.

You can also just post your reports, comments, and suggestions about the
club, and just about anything you think is of interest to the other club
members. We should be able to have some lively debates, share our observing
experiences, and get to know each other better.

Please try to stay "on-topic." Good subjects are astronomy, telescopes,
observing, astro-photography, club administration, projects, and events. Bad
subjects are politics, and religion.

Ted Forte


Re: The Galactic Core Gazette

twforte@...
 

In a message dated 2/10/03 2:17:07 PM Eastern Standard Time,
robschonk@... writes:

<< http://my.core.com/~carhart/ >>


AEPC. Yup. Got it bad.

Ted


Shuttle article

twforte@...
 

This article is pretty long, but really chilling and prophetic. Really worth
reading.
<A HREF="http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2001/popupsubscribe.html">
Spaceshuttle Article</A>

Ted


The Galactic Core Gazette

Robert Schonk
 

Guys,

Here's a great website for astronomy news. 8-/

http://my.core.com/~carhart/

Be sure to check out the back issues.

http://my.core.com/~carhart/oldcopy.htm

Just gotta have one of those Nagler Type 12's.

Rob


Hello from Kent

Kent Blackwell
 

This is mainly a test to make sure everything is going smoothly at
this new address.

Let's all keep looking up, even during periods of the full moon.
There are lots of nice open clusters and planetary nebulae which can
be observed under city lights and moonlight. Forget globulars and
galaxies though; save those for dark skies.

Kent Blackwell


Western Branch Intermediate

twforte@...
 

Just a reminder that we have an event at Western Branch Intermediate tonight, Tuesday, February 11. 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The school is located at 4013 Terry Drive in Chesapeake. 494-7355

The weather doesn't look too bad, we might have some clear sky. We can hope anyway. See you there!

Ted


Re: Hello from Kent

George Reynolds
 

Thanks for the encouragement, Kent.  Unfortunately, I have been battling a lingering illness since Christmas, and have been reluctant to go out in the cold night air.  Usually, I am so healthy . . . that it makes me sick!    I plan to be at W. Branch tonight.

 

 "kentblackwell " wrote:

This is mainly a test to make sure everything is going smoothly at
this new address.

Let's all keep looking up, even during periods of the full moon.
There are lots of nice open clusters and planetary nebulae which can
be observed under city lights and moonlight. Forget globulars and
galaxies though; save those for dark skies.

Kent Blackwell


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Tonight's Event

crvrj@...
 

Can't make it.  Good luck to all.

Gerry


Western Branch tonight....

astrowoody2002 <denice.k.woody@icn.siemens.com> <denice.k.woody@...>
 

I wish I could be at Western Branch tonight but my workload is
keeping me tied to my chair. Have a great time with the kids tonight!


Western Branch

Georgie <doublestarjune@msn.com>
 

On behalf of BBAA, THANK YOU Ted Forte, George "3" Reynolds, Rick
Bish and Dick Moncure for volunteering at Western Branch
Intermediate Science Expo last night and for "Bringing Astronomy to
the People of Hampton Roads!"

Thanks for volunteering!

georgie :)


Shuttle Pictures with Webcam

Robert Schonk
 

Guys,

We were talking at the meeting last Thursday about NASA using K3CCD
Tools to process images of the shuttle.

Now it appears that the picture attributed to the Air Forces Starfire
tracking station showing damage to the left wing was actually shot by
some engineers there playing around with a webcam and a 3.5" scope.

See the article at:

http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/space/02/12/shuttle.photo.ap/index.html

Rob


Fan Mountain visit

twforte@...
 

I accompanied Dr Salgado and Dr Miller from Norfolk State to the University
of Virginia yesterday. We spoke to several members of the astronomy
department about a possible collaboration with them in building a remote
robotic observatory on Fan Mountain.

We later toured the observatory and discussed possible sites for the NSU
telescope. Dr Salgado asked me to attend because BBAA will be an important
partner in the observatory project.

You can read all about it in next month's newsletter or you can go to the
files section of the backbayastro site and download (or read) the full
report. I've also uploaded some pictures from Fan Mountain. (Click on
photos and then open the Fan Mountain album.) I'll try to do a page soon on
our HR.Com website too.

The short version is that we got a very positive response from UVA and the
project looks like it could go forward with a funding request in January ...
then who knows. I hope to arrange an observing session at Fan Mountain
sometime this year, along with Dr Sagaldo and a few interested BBAA members,
to help evaluate the site ...

Ted


TeleVue Panoptic 35mm for sale

rdickson23692 <dickson@jlab.org>
 

I have an excellent condition Panoptic 35mm that I placed
for sale on Astromart for $280 that I will sell to a local
member for $250. This assumes I do not have to pay shipping
and can just hand off in person. It also assumes you will
not just flip it for a quick buck. :) The street price
new for this guy is $365 plus shipping. See my add on
Astromart for details and a photo. The optics are "as new".
You can reply through Astromart and mention you are a club
member for the cheaper price.

Thanks,
Richard Dickson


Re: TeleVue Panoptic 35mm for sale

Dale Carey <stargaz@...>
 

Richard
I'll take it
Dale

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2003 3:59 PM
Subject: [backbayastro] TeleVue Panoptic 35mm for sale

I have an excellent condition Panoptic 35mm that I placed
for sale on Astromart for $280 that I will sell to a local
member for $250. This assumes I do not have to pay shipping
and can just hand off in person. It also assumes you will
not just flip it for a quick buck. :)   The street price
new for this guy is $365 plus shipping.  See my add on
Astromart for details and a photo. The optics are "as new".
You can reply through Astromart and mention you are a club
member for the cheaper price.

Thanks,
Richard Dickson


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Re: TeleVue Panoptic 35mm for sale

Dale Carey <stargaz@...>
 

No problem and I can use any assistance on the album I can get
Dale

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2003 5:06 PM
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] TeleVue Panoptic 35mm for sale

Sorry Dale, I already sold it. It sold a
few minutes after I posted to the group.

On another topic, my wife is willing to help
you with the photo album. She is pretty
knowledgable about that kind of thing.
Her name is Karen and she will be in touch
with you.

Sorry about the eyepiece,
Richard

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Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
dickson@...
(757)269-5082

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Re: TeleVue Panoptic 35mm for sale

rdickson23692 <dickson@jlab.org>
 

Sorry Dale, I already sold it. It sold a
few minutes after I posted to the group.

On another topic, my wife is willing to help
you with the photo album. She is pretty
knowledgable about that kind of thing.
Her name is Karen and she will be in touch
with you.

Sorry about the eyepiece,
Richard

--
Richard Dickson
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
dickson@...
(757)269-5082


New / Used Scopes

matsnellings <newfie122@cox.net>
 

Hi all

As I am a new member to BBAA I was looking at getting some advice
from the membership. As it stands now I am looking at ordering a new
Meade LX90 next month (w/UHTC). This will be my first scope. I have
been looking at Astromart over the last month and have seen some nice
deals….. At least what I think are some nice deals. I was
wondering if I could get some input from you all on what you think of
New / Used and any experiences good or bad anyone has had dealing
through Astromart. Any info that might help so I can make a informed
decision would be great.

Thanks much

Mat


Re: New / Used Scopes

Dale Carey <stargaz@...>
 

Mat
I've been dealing on astromart for 3 yrs. buying and selling and have never been
ripped.  I notice allot of the LX200 8" for sale. You can buy a new one for $1999 + ship
I've seen them for 1200 or less (always make a counter offer) I have a LX, awesome machines.
Two of our members have Lx90's and are performing just as well as the LX200's. The difference is
for long exposure photography and a few extra's. The 90 is a great scope for the price.
Dale Carey.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2003 6:05 PM
Subject: [backbayastro] New / Used Scopes

Hi  all

As I am a new member to BBAA I was looking at getting some advice
from the membership. As it stands now I am looking at ordering a new
Meade LX90 next month (w/UHTC). This will be my first scope. I have
been looking at Astromart over the last month and have seen some nice
deals….. At least what I think are some nice deals. I was
wondering if I could get some input from you all on what you think of
New / Used and any experiences good or bad anyone has had dealing
through Astromart. Any info that might help so I can make a informed
decision would be great.

Thanks much

Mat



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Re: New / Used Scopes

Kent Blackwell
 

I have never been burned at Astromart, and think it's a valuable source for
an amateur. However, you should be versed on what you're buying. Remember,
if you're not completely satisfied there is no recourse when buying
something used.

Along the lines of Meade telescopes I will say I cannot remember seeing bad
optics from them. Quite the contrast, both they and Celestron are making
better optics now than ever in their history. The mechanics/electronics are,
however, varied. And forget those instruction manuals! Still, it's amazing
they can sell complete telescopes for the price they do.

Kent Blackwell

----- Original Message -----
From: <newfie122@...>
To: <backbayastro@...>
Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2003 6:05 PM
Subject: [backbayastro] New / Used Scopes


Hi all

As I am a new member to BBAA I was looking at getting some advice
from the membership. As it stands now I am looking at ordering a new
Meade LX90 next month (w/UHTC). This will be my first scope. I have
been looking at Astromart over the last month and have seen some nice
deals... At least what I think are some nice deals. I was
wondering if I could get some input from you all on what you think of
New / Used and any experiences good or bad anyone has had dealing
through Astromart. Any info that might help so I can make a informed
decision would be great.

Thanks much

Mat



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