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July Boardwalk Astronomy

Kent Blackwell
 

Despite some clouds and haze about 500 people along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk stopped to look through our telescopes. I set up my small 80mm because kids have no problem reaching the eyepiece. It's nice to see several young new club members, especially Gabriel, who already has a passion and knowledge of observing deep sky objects.

Kent Blackwell


Re: Willmann-Bell is Gone!

George Reynolds
 

Bruce,

I'm sorry to hear about your back problems.  We sure do miss seeing you.  If you plan to sell many of your books (I too have an extensive astronomy library), I'll bet there may be some prospective buyers in the club and on this chat group.

I was able to find a copy of Uranometria Vol 2 (Southern Hemisphere) from a third-party vendor for just $80, not too bad.  I received it a few days later, and now I have both volumes.  The newest edition was to have both hemispheres in one volume, but unless or until someone steps up to replace Willmann-Bell, it is not available.

George



George Reynolds

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


 


On Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 10:01:47 AM EDT, Bruce via groups.io <galaxydoc@...> wrote:


George, BBAA members,

I have many William-Bell titles on my bookshelves. Almost all are like new, never fielded, and I cannot use any longer.
I may have the last Uranometria 2000.0 too. Need to look.

I can no longer field a scope much less a heavy mount since my last back operation.

Let me know what your after. I shall try to catalog my library this summer.

Dr Bruce





Re: OR SP Cancelled

Roy Diffrient
 

Of course I must say that this is completely insignificant compared to the great losses and personal tragedies of those affected by the fires.  Here’s hoping for the best, a quick end to the nightmare, and better times to come.

Roy


On Jul 18, 2021, at 11:36 AM, Ted Forte <tedforte511@...> wrote:



Pretty cool Roy. The cleverness and ingenuity of the ATM crowd never ceases to amaze.  It’s a shame the party was canceled.

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Roy Diffrient
Sent: Sunday, July 18, 2021 8:31 AM
To: BBAA Groups Io <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] OR SP Cancelled

 

Another great star party cancelled for another year – the Oregon SP location has been declared unsafe because of the fires out there.

 

 

Too bad – even though too far to travel often (I’ll get there someday), I always look forward to seeing the results of Mel Bartels’ Telescope Walkabout.  Oregon has a lot of amateur telescope making activity, and the new scopes are exhibited every year at this SP.  Mel conducts this Walkabout to allow each telescope maker to present his work to those appreciative and interested, and discuss the features and innovations, what worked and what could be improved.  Here’s a Walkabout example – how about a 24” f/2.75 automated Newt that crawls around on caterpillar treads and auto-levels?

 

 

Lots of other Walkabout results online.

 

Roy


Re: OR SP Cancelled

Ted Forte
 

Pretty cool Roy. The cleverness and ingenuity of the ATM crowd never ceases to amaze.  It’s a shame the party was canceled.

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Roy Diffrient
Sent: Sunday, July 18, 2021 8:31 AM
To: BBAA Groups Io <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] OR SP Cancelled

 

Another great star party cancelled for another year – the Oregon SP location has been declared unsafe because of the fires out there.

 

 

Too bad – even though too far to travel often (I’ll get there someday), I always look forward to seeing the results of Mel Bartels’ Telescope Walkabout.  Oregon has a lot of amateur telescope making activity, and the new scopes are exhibited every year at this SP.  Mel conducts this Walkabout to allow each telescope maker to present his work to those appreciative and interested, and discuss the features and innovations, what worked and what could be improved.  Here’s a Walkabout example – how about a 24” f/2.75 automated Newt that crawls around on caterpillar treads and auto-levels?

 

 

Lots of other Walkabout results online.

 

Roy


OR SP Cancelled

Roy Diffrient
 

Another great star party cancelled for another year – the Oregon SP location has been declared unsafe because of the fires out there.


Too bad – even though too far to travel often (I’ll get there someday), I always look forward to seeing the results of Mel Bartels’ Telescope Walkabout.  Oregon has a lot of amateur telescope making activity, and the new scopes are exhibited every year at this SP.  Mel conducts this Walkabout to allow each telescope maker to present his work to those appreciative and interested, and discuss the features and innovations, what worked and what could be improved.  Here’s a Walkabout example – how about a 24” f/2.75 automated Newt that crawls around on caterpillar treads and auto-levels?


Lots of other Walkabout results online.

Roy


BBAA Summer Picnic photos 2021

Shawn Loescher
 

Here is the link to the photos of the BBAA Summer Picnic 2021.  Enjoy!
https://photos.app.goo.gl/m6fNZUacwEn5ZJJ4A


Re: Willmann-Bell is Gone!

Troy Riedel
 

William,

It wasn't the pandemic.  It was essentially a husband & wife operation and they retired ... they're "up there" in age.  I frankly expected an announcement by now who'd pick-up their inventory and/or continue their titles.

Troy


Re: Willmann-Bell is Gone!

Bruce
 

George, BBAA members,

I have many William-Bell titles on my bookshelves. Almost all are like new, never fielded, and I cannot use any longer.
I may have the last Uranometria 2000.0 too. Need to look.

I can no longer field a scope much less a heavy mount since my last back operation.

Let me know what your after. I shall try to catalog my library this summer.

Dr Bruce


Astronomy Equipment Estate Sell

Shawn Loescher
 

Jim Browder from the Richmond Astronomical Society sent me this email and asked me to pass this on to you. I have attached the pdf to this message. If interested in purchasing any of this equipment please contact Jim. Thanks.

Gary Cowardin, one of our Richmond Astronomical Society members passed away last year and his wife is selling his astronomy equipment to settle his estate.  Attached is a list of the equipment for sale.  Please pass along to your members.  If anyone is interested, they can contact me at president@... and I will put them in contact with Gary's wife.
 
Thanks for your help and best regards,
 
Jim Browder
(Richmond Astronomical Society)


Re: Willmann-Bell is Gone!

William Rust
 

What a loss.  I didn't know.  I have purchased many books and from them.  I guess the Pandemic sunk them.

The Naval Observatory went down a couple of years ago, and data is scarce.  It seems like blind luck to find what I need.

What next?


From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 6:02 PM
To: BBAA-Group <backbayastro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Willmann-Bell is Gone!
 
I just found out, about six months late, that astronomy book publisher Willmann-Bell is gone!  Apparently, they closed their doors without any warning at the end of 2020.  Who else knew about it?

Their Web site is still up, but that is misleading.  I wanted to buy an updated version of Uranometria 2000.0, and kept getting error messages when trying to put it into my shopping cart.  Then I found another site that said they had closed.

They had a lot of good astronomy books.  What a loss!

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Re: Garden Stars Thursday 7/15

charles jagow
 

George,

 

I wish I could be there as well. 

 

 

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of "George Reynolds via groups.io" <pathfinder027@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 7:23 PM
To: BBAA-Group <backbayastro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Garden Stars Thursday 7/15

 

Garden Stars is scheduled for this Thursday, July 15, at 8:30 pm.  I could always count on Chuck Jagow to be there, be no he (sniff, sniff) is many miles away in Colorado.  I could use some help to set up telescopes on the patio behind the building at Norfolk Botanical Garden that night.

 

RSVP if you can.

 

 

George

 


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia

Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Garden Stars Thursday 7/15

George Reynolds
 

Garden Stars is scheduled for this Thursday, July 15, at 8:30 pm.  I could always count on Chuck Jagow to be there, be no he (sniff, sniff) is many miles away in Colorado.  I could use some help to set up telescopes on the patio behind the building at Norfolk Botanical Garden that night.

RSVP if you can.


George


George Reynolds

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


 


Re: Willmann-Bell is Gone!

Ted Forte
 

One of our members got this response from Perry Remaklus a couple of days ago after inquiring where she might purchase the Year Round Messier Marathon:

 

“We are in the process of securing a new outlet for our books. Hopefully, in a few weeks that organization can make an announcement of availability.

Best

Perry”

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Roy Diffrient
Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 4:14 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] Willmann-Bell is Gone!

 

Hi George,

I found the announcement online last fall – it was too late to buy anything when this, the notice I found, appeared:

 

https://www.willbell.com/

 

 But what I have NOT found or heard since then is any word on who is going to be selling off their inventory, or even better taking over the entire business.

 

Roy

 

 



On Jul 13, 2021, at 6:02 PM, George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...> wrote:



I just found out, about six months late, that astronomy book publisher Willmann-Bell is gone!  Apparently, they closed their doors without any warning at the end of 2020.  Who else knew about it?

 

Their Web site is still up, but that is misleading.  I wanted to buy an updated version of Uranometria 2000.0, and kept getting error messages when trying to put it into my shopping cart.  Then I found another site that said they had closed.

 

They had a lot of good astronomy books.  What a loss!

 

George

 


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia

Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


Re: Willmann-Bell is Gone!

Roy Diffrient
 

Hi George,
I found the announcement online last fall – it was too late to buy anything when this, the notice I found, appeared:

https://www.willbell.com/

 But what I have NOT found or heard since then is any word on who is going to be selling off their inventory, or even better taking over the entire business.

Roy




On Jul 13, 2021, at 6:02 PM, George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...> wrote:


I just found out, about six months late, that astronomy book publisher Willmann-Bell is gone!  Apparently, they closed their doors without any warning at the end of 2020.  Who else knew about it?

Their Web site is still up, but that is misleading.  I wanted to buy an updated version of Uranometria 2000.0, and kept getting error messages when trying to put it into my shopping cart.  Then I found another site that said they had closed.

They had a lot of good astronomy books.  What a loss!

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Willmann-Bell is Gone!

George Reynolds
 

I just found out, about six months late, that astronomy book publisher Willmann-Bell is gone!  Apparently, they closed their doors without any warning at the end of 2020.  Who else knew about it?

Their Web site is still up, but that is misleading.  I wanted to buy an updated version of Uranometria 2000.0, and kept getting error messages when trying to put it into my shopping cart.  Then I found another site that said they had closed.

They had a lot of good astronomy books.  What a loss!

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Re: The sun

jimcoble2000
 

so are the clouds

On Saturday, July 10, 2021, 5:38:32 PM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


Well, the sun is back to its boring self. No sunspots as of yesterday. We had a nice group last week though. 


The sun

Kent Blackwell
 

Well, the sun is back to its boring self. No sunspots as of yesterday. We had a nice group last week though. 


BBAA picnic

George Reynolds
 

Don't forget the BBAA family picnic is next Saturday, July 17 from about 1100 to about1500. Let Shawn know how many you are bringing with you, so we can plan to have enough dogs and burgers.

We'll be in the Osprey shelter at Elizabeth River Park, where we have our monthly SUN Days.

George


Re: NYC Busses picture

charles jagow
 

Most excellent adventure Kent!

 

Great job on getting the images to S & T!

 

 

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Kent Blackwell <kent@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 3:08 PM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] NYC Busses picture

 

HaHa...my busses picture made it to the front page of Sky & Telescope's "GALLERY" section under Miscellaneous Scenes and Skies.

I thought for sure they'd think it too non-scientific and reject it. Glad someone shares my somewhat warped sense of humor. It was so much fun chasing New York busses to snap pictures. 

Astronomy Pictures: Sky & Telescope's Online Gallery Archives - Sky & Telescope - Sky & Telescope (skyandtelescope.org)


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: NYC Busses picture

jimcoble2000
 

Speaks well of them. They are often far too serious most always anyways.

On Thursday, July 8, 2021, 5:08:32 PM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


HaHa...my busses picture made it to the front page of Sky & Telescope's "GALLERY" section under Miscellaneous Scenes and Skies.

I thought for sure they'd think it too non-scientific and reject it. Glad someone shares my somewhat warped sense of humor. It was so much fun chasing New York busses to snap pictures. 

Astronomy Pictures: Sky & Telescope's Online Gallery Archives - Sky & Telescope - Sky & Telescope (skyandtelescope.org)

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