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NASA Walliops LADEE rocket launch Friday Night

Kent Blackwell
 

This is a reminder to watch the skies Friday night (September 6) for the night launch of LADEE from Wallops Island, VA. It'll only reach 15-degrees from our locale but that should be high enough for a good view. Launch time is scheduled at 11:27 PM EDT, weather permitting. It should be visible from South Carolina to Maine.

 

Kent Blackwell


What's up with the AL? Sept issue

preciousmyprecious
 


Apollo navigational computer. rope memory

preciousmyprecious
 

how cool:
 
Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean


Re: Colorado Skies

RapidEye
 

Make sure you bring me back some of that Western Slope air to hold me over until my next trip back.
I'll bet the aspens are starting to turn up on the higher mountains already.
Safe Travels!



On Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 11:00 PM, Chuck <chuck@...> wrote:
 

Hey folks!

Just like normal, the weather reports for Colorado showed CLEAR skies for this whole week, until of course, I showed up with a telescope. It has rained and been cloudy nearly the entire time. I did manage a couple of clear early mornings at my sister's house about twenty miles North of Denver. Twenty miles North of Denver and the skies at my sisters are BETTER than back home at the NWRP.

Came up to the ranch near Westcliffe CO on Sunday and have managed one early morning and about three hours last night before the clouds took the skies, again. Seen a lot of great things, my SQL meter read 21.54 and 21.58.

We still have six more days up here in the mountains. So I have afew more opportunities to stargaze.

See you all at the next Boardwalk Astronomy.

v/r

Chuck & What's Her Name
Verde Mont Observatory
38°11'27.9348", -105°36'24.6924"
8,740'



BBAA monthly meeting, 9/5/2013, 7:30 pm

backbayastro@...
 

Reminder from:   backbayastro Yahoo! Group
 
Title:   BBAA monthly meeting
 
Date:   Thursday September 5, 2013
Time:   7:30 pm - 9:00 pm (GMT-05.00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Location:   TCC&#92;, Virginia Beach Campus
Notes:   Meetings are usually held in Room JC13 of new science building. (See directions in Backbayastro Files section or monthly newsletter.)
 
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Colorado Skies

charles jagow
 

Hey folks!

Just like normal, the weather reports for Colorado showed CLEAR skies for this whole week, until of course, I showed up with a telescope. It has rained and been cloudy nearly the entire time. I did manage a couple of clear early mornings at my sister's house about twenty miles North of Denver. Twenty miles North of Denver and the skies at my sisters are BETTER than back home at the NWRP.

Came up to the ranch near Westcliffe CO on Sunday and have managed one early morning and about three hours last night before the clouds took the skies, again. Seen a lot of great things, my SQL meter read 21.54 and 21.58.

We still have six more days up here in the mountains. So I have afew more opportunities to stargaze.

See you all at the next Boardwalk Astronomy.

v/r

Chuck & What's Her Name
Verde Mont Observatory
38°11'27.9348", -105°36'24.6924"
8,740'


East Coast Star Party Oct 31, 2013 Reminder

Kent Blackwell
 

ECSP, Halloween Costume Party & Solar Eclipse

Coinjock NC

Hampton Lodge Campground

October 31 - November 2

 

The eclipse occurs Sunday morning (Nov 3) at sunrise. Join us for coffee and donuts along the shoreline of the Currituck Sound and watch the nearly 50% eclipsed sun rise.

 

This should be quite a party.

 

If you have any questions or wish your name be added to my ECSP mailing list email me: If you are on my list but have a new email address please advise.

 

kent at exis.net

 

Kent Blackwell

 


Re: Observer Newsletter

Jason Tackett
 

Ha! Don't worry, Bill...astrophotography hasn't frustrated me out of this hobby just yet. As long as there are cookies, I'll still be around to share some views ;) I'm glad you enjoyed the review! Ethan's Space Place article was really nice to. It is really cool to get the historical perspective on where this madness all began.

Jason

--- In backbayastro@..., William McLean <preciousmyprecious@...> wrote:

Jason wrote an excellent review of an astrophotography book he read. When Jason wrote he was getting into this arena of our hobby, I feared for him. Then he wrote of this book he was going to get and I figured we had lost him to the frustrations of this realm. Turns out the book was a brilliant introduction for him as evidenced by the photo in his article.
Well done Jason
Kent wrote a glowing Boardwalk report describing the fun of this public outreach event. Coming from a guy who has spilled more photons than I have ever observed through an optical instrument- this means a lot!
Good job: Paul for putting this edition together and George's non-meeting meeting report and anyone else I forgot.
 
Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean


BBAA monthly meeting, 9/5/2013, 7:30 pm

backbayastro@...
 

Reminder from:   backbayastro Yahoo! Group
 
Title:   BBAA monthly meeting
 
Date:   Thursday September 5, 2013
Time:   7:30 pm - 9:00 pm (GMT-05.00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Location:   TCC&#92;, Virginia Beach Campus
Notes:   Meetings are usually held in Room JC13 of new science building. (See directions in Backbayastro Files section or monthly newsletter.)
 
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Observer Newsletter

preciousmyprecious
 

Jason wrote an excellent review of an astrophotography book he read. When Jason wrote he was getting into this arena of our hobby, I feared for him. Then he wrote of this book he was going to get and I figured we had lost him to the frustrations of this realm. Turns out the book was a brilliant introduction for him as evidenced by the photo in his article.
Well done Jason
Kent wrote a glowing Boardwalk report describing the fun of this public outreach event. Coming from a guy who has spilled more photons than I have ever observed through an optical instrument- this means a lot!
Good job: Paul for putting this edition together and George's non-meeting meeting report and anyone else I forgot.
 
Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean


Re: Saturday 9/7

Jim Tallman <jctallman@...>
 

Nope my bad.  It is the 7th.   Do we have a time?  Do I need to contact their POC and coordinate?

 

 

Jim

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of Jim Tallman
Sent: Monday, September 02, 2013 8:57 AM
To: backbayastro@...
Cc: 'Matt McLaughlin'; 'Bruce Bodner'; 'Neill Alford'; 'Courtney Flonta'
Subject: RE: [backbayastro] Saturday 9/7

 

 

George I can be at that event but isn’t it the 6th?

 

 

Jim

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of George Reynolds
Sent: Monday, September 02, 2013 8:45 AM
To: group backbayastro
Cc: Matt McLaughlin; Bruce Bodner; Neill Alford; Courtney Flonta
Subject: [backbayastro] Saturday 9/7

 

 

Something has come up and I will be out of town on Saturday, Sep 7, so I cannot participate in the SPCA event.  I'm sorry.  I hope it goes OK.

 

Matt McLaughlin and I did a presentation at the VB  SPCA several years ago.  

 

George

 


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia

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


 


Re: Saturday 9/7

Jim Tallman <jctallman@...>
 

George I can be at that event but isn’t it the 6th?

 

 

Jim

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of George Reynolds
Sent: Monday, September 02, 2013 8:45 AM
To: group backbayastro
Cc: Matt McLaughlin; Bruce Bodner; Neill Alford; Courtney Flonta
Subject: [backbayastro] Saturday 9/7

 

 

Something has come up and I will be out of town on Saturday, Sep 7, so I cannot participate in the SPCA event.  I'm sorry.  I hope it goes OK.

 

Matt McLaughlin and I did a presentation at the VB  SPCA several years ago.  

 

George

 


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia

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


 


Saturday 9/7

George Reynolds
 

Something has come up and I will be out of town on Saturday, Sep 7, so I cannot participate in the SPCA event.  I'm sorry.  I hope it goes OK.

Matt McLaughlin and I did a presentation at the VB  SPCA several years ago.  

George
 

George Reynolds

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


 


File - Forum Guidelines Backbayastro.doc

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Re: Cleaning out the observatory

jmzawodny <Joe@...>
 

I mistyped, the ETX is an ETX-125 with a white tube rather than the traditional Meade Blue.

Joe


Fw: IDA eNews: Night Watch 1 September 2013

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Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean

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Eyes on the Sky: Aug26 thru Sept1
1 September 2013 - Vol. 5 Iss. 17 
   
Breaking News
Registration Open - IDA's Annual General Meeting  
 Registration is open! Visit IDA's website to sign up to attend the 25th Annual General Meeting. The meeting will take place in Tucson, AZ November 15th, 2013. For more details and to register visit our website.
 
IDA is also currently looking for speakers to present at IDA's 25th Anniversary Annual General Meeting. If you would like to present a project about light pollution email us.  
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 IDA Has a New Dark Sky Park:
 
New Mexican Skies Protected with Dark Sky Park Designation 
The 34,000-acre Chaco Culture National Historical Park is home to many ancient wonders including the remains of a civilization that thrived over 1,000 years ago. The park, which has been protecting its archaeological riches since it was established in 1907, is now protecting its views of the starry skies too. It has just been named as the International Dark-Sky Associationʼs newest Dark Sky Park...
 
 
Loss of Night Citizens Science Blogg:  


Our intent for this blog is to allow communication and coordination between the app's users from around the world and the scientists who are behind the app's development. The goal of the project is to produce a time series of night sky brightness measurements for inhabited areas all over the Earth, using the human eye as a sensor. In this post, I'd like to explain what skyglow is, and how and why the app was developed...  
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Dark Sky Updates                       
The Darkest Skies in the Country
By Zach Thompson, 1011 Now - Nebraska, USA, 9 August 2013
It's a party like no other and one of cosmic proportions. The Nebraska Star Party is the meetingground for astronomy and outdoor enthusiasts and celebrates an important milestone this year.
Come out to the Sandhills of Nebraska, in Cherry county, and you will see more stars than you've ever seen in your life. That's because these are some of the most clear and dark skies in the country. And for one week in August, this is where the Nebraska Star Party happens...
 
Rural to Urban
By Leslee Bassman, Impact News - 8 August 2013
To preserve the nighttime darkness and visibility of the sky, Bee Cave does not have streetlights at intersections within its subdivisions, according to the city's lighting ordinance. Translucent signs are prohibited, and shielded outdoor lights without exposed bulbs are required by code. The city's lighting ordinance also sets out specific guidelines as to how much lighting is permissible in various settings-from an outdoor event to a gas station pump island...
  
Light Pollution is Robbing us of our Sense of Wonder
By Scott Sutherland, Yahoo News - USA, 11 August 2013
Just like recent studies that showed the full moon can disrupt your sleep schedule, light pollution does this as well. Not only are bright street and parking lot lamps, which can shine right into our bedroom windows, left on overnight but the glow over the city means that we never experience full night. Since our brains evolved to expect a much deeper level of darkness when we sleep, we suffer as a result.
However, there's a psychological aspect to this as well, as it takes away our sense of wonder about the universe around us. We live under near-constant illumination and a dull, nearly featureless ceiling. Only a few of the brightest stars twinkle against that ceiling, rather than the panorama of the Milky Way Galaxy stretching from horizon to horizon every night...
 
Dark Sky over Lassen Volcanic National Park
Red Bluff Daily News - USA, 17 August 2013
Participation in Lassen's second annual Dark Sky Festival was out of this world! More than 4,200 visitors attended the three-day festival from August 9 - 11. The festival celebrated one of the park's most spectacular and often overlooked resources - it's incredible, dark night sky. Excellent viewing conditions, a stunning meteor shower, and pronounced appreciation for a threatened resource combined to make this year's festival truly unforgettable...
 
Bringing Back the Night: The Fight Against Light Pollution
By Paul Bogard, Environment 360 - 19 August 2013
Until recently, efforts to restrain our use of light have been primarily in response to the astronomical light pollution erasing starry nights. But researchers are increasingly focusing on the impacts of so-called ecological light pollution, warning that disrupting these natural patterns of light and dark, and thus the structures and functions of ecosystems, is having profound impacts...
 
Seeing Stars in Tucson's Brilliant Night Sky
By Julian Smith, The Washington Post - Arizona, USA, 22 August 2013
The law was first passed in 1972 to conserve energy and to preserve the crystal clarity of the dry desert air, which has drawn professional astronomers for more than a century. Today, astronomy and its spinoff industries are big business in southern Arizona. Many of the state's dozens of federal and university observatories are within a few hours of Tucson. And the city's forward-thinking regulations have made it a center of the dark-sky movement, aimed at reducing the creeping tide of light pollution...
 
Why We Need to Keep Our Night Skies Dark (Video)
Slashdot - 27 August 2013
Kelly Beatty has a unique perspective on the world of astronomy: Beatty's been on the staff ofSky & Telescope magazine for nearly 40 years as a writer and editor, including a stint heading "Night Sky" magazine. He's also written what's been called "the definitive guide for the armchair astronomer," and teaches astronomy to people of all ages. (He even has an asteroid named after him.) Besides being fascinated with the objects we can see in Earth's skies, Beatty takes the skies themselves seriously: his Twitter handle is NightSkyGuy for a reason. We talked a few weeks ago, in dark-skied rural Maine, about his involvement with theInternational Dark-Sky Association, and why you should care about ubiquitous light pollution, even if you don't have a deep interest in star-gazing. (And it's not just to be courteous to your neighbors.)  
Astrophoto: Flames of the Milky Way
By Phil Plait, Slate - South Africa, 29 August 2013
Photographer Florian Breuer-who took the incredible Namibian Quiver Trees photo-has created another breathtaking shot: The Milky Way arcing over Theewaterskloof Dam in South Africa. The arcing isn't real; that's due to the use of a wide-angle lens. The light on the horizon is from clouds illuminated by the nearby towns of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. And while I am no fan of light pollution, it does provide a pretty dramatic scene, like the Milky Way itself is erupting into flames as it approaches the horizon...
 
MSU: Is light polluting the sky? Answers could keep you up at night
Christian County Headliner - Missouri, USA, 28 August 2013
Light pollution, as defined by the International Dark Sky Association, is any adverse effect of artificial light, including sky glow, glare, light trespass, light clutter, decreased visibility at night and energy waste. Three economists from Missouri State University -- Drs. Terrel Gallaway, David Mitchell and Reed Olsen -- have published several articles on their recent studies of light pollution and the value of a dark sky, and they see economic effects in addition to the biologic and conservation issues...
 When Light Actually Hides the Big Picture
 By Chuck Ebeling, Lake Geneva News - USA, 27 August 2013
Scientists now know that some 50 percent of the light on earth seen from space is wasted energy, serving no purpose, accidentally spilling upward. An estimated one and a half billion dollars a year of such wasted light energy is emitted skyward from the U.S. alone. Now, some two-thirds of the night sky around our globe is clouded by such man-made light pollution... 
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Wildlife
 
First Sea Turtle Nest Excavated on Beach 
By Bob Petcher, Fort Myers Beach Observer- Florida, USA, 7 August 2013 
Now that hatchlings have begun to emerge from nests, the so-called Turtle Lady says it is vital to follow the basic rules of sea turtle season by removing beach furniture at night, shielding outdoor lights and using amber LED light bulbs. It is against state law to disturb or trap a sea turtle. Disturbance includes flash photography...
 
Light Ordinance in France has Benefits for Wildlife
Environmental News Network - France, 19 August 2013
Researchers are increasingly focusing on the impacts of so-called ecological light pollution, warning that disrupting these natural patterns of light and dark, and thus the structures and functions of ecosystems, is having profound impacts.
Some 30 percent of vertebrates and more than 60 percent of invertebrates are nocturnal, and many of the rest are crepuscular - active at dawn and dusk. All are potentially impacted by our burgeoning use of artificial light, scientists say. "We have levels of light hundreds and thousands of time higher than the natural level during the night," explains Italian astronomer Fabio Falchi, a creator of the World Atlas of the Artificial Night Sky Brightness, the computer-generated maps that dramatically depict the extent of light pollution across the globe. "What would happen if we modified the day and lowered the light a hundred or a thousand times?" That would be much worse, he concedes. But his point? "You cannot modify [light] half the time without consequences," says Falchi...
 
Feds Keep Pushing for Turtle Enforcement
By Lois Swoboda, The Apalachicola Times - USA, 21 August 2013
Lehnhoff said USFW is now asking the sheriff's office to enforce the county ordinance. If that doesn't work, she said, USFW plans to enforce the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on St. George Island . County law requires that both interior and exterior light be completely shielded so that neither the bulb nor its reflection can be seen by nesting sea turtles and hatchlings. The county is also supposed to see that lighting fixtures and window treatments are compliant for all construction that occurs seaward of the Coastal Construction Control Line...
 
Endangered Green Sea Turtles Nesting Season Threatened by Light Pollution
By Danielle Elliot, CBS News - Florida, USA, 22 August 2013
Instead, many end up racing in the opposite direction, towards the headlights of cars and illuminated porches of beachfront homes. The combined glow of these artificial lights is known as skyglow. "Hatchlings use light to find the ocean. And if they don't find the ocean, they will die. They depend on a natural light field that is brighter over the ocean than it is over the land," Witherington explained. But because of skyglow, thousands of hatchlings "wind up wandering around in circles, end up in dunes or in pools, or smashed on roadways."
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Lighting
 
Seaside City Council Approves Light Ordinance; Accepts Bids
By Aaron Fiedler, The Daily Astorian - Oregon, USA, 13 August 2013
"Dark skies" are coming to Seaside following the City Council's unanimous approval of Ordinance 2013-05 Tuesday night. The ordinance, a long-planned change to the Seaside code, establishes an outdoor lighting regulation, maintenance provision and nuisance lighting abatement procedures. The purpose of the ordinance is to prevent light pollution from outdoor lighting fixtures. It establishes "dark sky" provisions that will make the night sky more visible within the city...
 
City Spreads Word on Dark Sky Ordinance
By Jim Linette, Captiva Current - Florida, USA, 22 August 2013
The city adopted the Dark Sky Ordinance in 2000. While all new construction and redevelopment since were required to comply, the ordinance does not become fully effective until Jan. 1, 2015.The video reviews the purpose of the ordinance and makes recommendations on how to comply with the lighting codes...

Chard: Darker Skies at Night
View From Publishing - UK, 23 August 2013
Phase one of a three year trial has begun with further street lamps in Brushford, Brompton Regis, Churchstanton, Dulverton, Exford, Exton, Keinton Mandeville, Leigh on Mendip, Monksilver, South Petherton and Winsford also being switched off between 12midnight and 5.30am. This part-night lighting will reduce energy consumption while revealing the hidden beauty of the night's sky...
 
Access Fixtures Announces New Trutle Friendly LED Bollard Lights
Digital Journal - Massachusetts, USA, 21 August 2013
Access Fixtures is introducing LED turtle friendly lights to protect sea turtle hatchlings. Also known as wildlife lights, the turtle friendly LED bollard lightsuse 7 watt amber LEDs that are visible to humans, but not to turtles. The bollard lights are ideal for waterfront areas that are visible from the beach, including private properties, condos, country clubs and marinas. Furthermore, the LEDs are energy efficient, long-lasting, and require low maintenance...
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Human Safety
 
Red Night Light Better for Blue Mood: Animal Study
Health Day- USA, 10 August 2013
In addition to shift workers, others may benefit from limiting their light at night from computers, televisions and other electronic devices, the researchers pointed out. And, if light is needed, the color may matter. "If you need a night light in the bathroom or bedroom, it may be better to have one that gives off red light rather than white light," study co-author Tracy Bedrosian, a former graduate student at Ohio State who is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Salk Institute, said in the news release...
IDA Dark Sky Places                     
  

Canadian Park Designated World's Dark Sky Preserve 
Hindustantimes - Canada, 7 August 2013
By Nina Sen, Space.com - USA, 10 August 2013
Amateur night sky photographer Adam Brooks sent SPACE.com this image on July 25. Covering roughly 520 square miles in south and middle Wales, Brecon Beacons National Park is a diverse area of moorlands and mountains, including the Brecon Beacons mountain range, which runs through the center. The International Dark-Sky Association recently recognized the Welsh park as an International Dark Sky Reserve... 
  
Big Plans: Emmet County Exploring $1-2 Million Pier, Other Projects for Headlands International Dark Sky Park
By Brandon Hubbard, Petoskey News - Michigan, USA, 27 August 2013
MACKINAW CITY -- A planetarium, a museum, a community center and $1.5 million fishing pier overhaul are officially in the planning stage for the Emmet County-owned Headlands International Dark Sky park west of Mackinaw City. Work orders have been submitted to Emmet County's contracted engineering firm AECOM for $41,420 for conceptual designs for a multi-use building that would house a museum, community center and planetarium...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: NWRP mini report

Jim Tallman <jctallman@...>
 

Yes it was a great night Bill.  We had Bill “Cookie pusher” Mclean, Bruce “ I hate my ETX mount” Powers, Vince “Time zones R not us” Pendleton , and myself there last night.  Just poking Vince, I’m glad you brought the gear out last night so we could figure out what was wrong/  The skies were excellent and the view of the Milky Way was “The best I’ve ever seen” at NWRP.   We had a ton of visitors last night with many from Kenny’s classes out with us.   We started out with Venus and then Saturn and once it got dark we all went off on various objects.  Before we know it is was 11:15PM and the mist was rolling in.  Bruce, Vince and I left around 1145 or so.

 

Excellent night.  Thanks to those who came out to make the night a success.  Remember you don’t have to know much about the sky to share the views in your scope.

 

 

 

Jim

 

 

 

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of William McLean
Sent: Saturday, August 31, 2013 12:15 PM
To: BBAA
Subject: [backbayastro] NWRP mini report

 

 

We had a great time at the park last night. I think we had 4 scopes up and running for the tremendous number of guests and Kenny students that visited.

 

 Lines formed at Jim's scope several times. There were people hanging out with us at least till I left at 11ish. 

 

I'm sure others will have a much more detailed report. 

 

Thank's Jim for opening up!

 

Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean


NWRP mini report

preciousmyprecious
 

We had a great time at the park last night. I think we had 4 scopes up and running for the tremendous number of guests and Kenny students that visited.

 Lines formed at Jim's scope several times. There were people hanging out with us at least till I left at 11ish. 

I'm sure others will have a much more detailed report. 

Thank's Jim for opening up!
 
Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean


Fw: [vpas] 6.Sep.13 GAP & LADEE

preciousmyprecious
 



 
Launchgazers,

I plan on watching the LADEE launch next Friday during our regular 1st Friday Observation Session out at Grundland Astronomy Park (GAP). Current schedule is for 11:27pm EDT launch window open. The Minotaur V is launching out of the Wallops Flight Facility up on the Eastern Shore. Destination is the Moon! I'm so psyched!

We've seen a few of the Minotaur launches for the TacSat missions from Buckroe Beach and several other solid fuel sounding rockets from all over the Peninsula. They were all really bright. Can't wait for next Friday to get here.

I'd love it if some of you astroimagers could grab some solid rocket photons on her way up and out.

Clear Dark Skies,
Bird




Cleaning out the observatory

jmzawodny <Joe@...>
 

Hi,  I posted this over on FaceBook earlier today and it was suggested that I should also list this equipment here.  Thanks, Joe

I need to find a good home for some underutilized telescope equipment. Let's start with a list of four telescopes I have for sale. We'll do astrophotography equipment next time and misc stuff later in the weekend.

1) Brand new package, never been mounted
130EDFGT AP 130mm f6.3 StarFire EDF "Gran Turismo", includes case and all covers.
67PF562     2.7" Field Flattener for 130EDF
47RING       4.7" Mounting Rings
SBD12        12" Sliding bar Losmandy style dovetail

Sell as a package only. First light will be yours. I was on the waiting list for 9 YEARS for this telescope. Two recent auctions of just the 130EDFGT have gone for $7600 on AstroMart. First firm offer of $8000 takes it all.

2) Used Meade 10" LX200GPS, includes Giant tripod, JMI wheely bar, metallized mylar cover, dew shields (2), heater, Large rectangular eyepiece tray under mount, Ultra Wedge, brake pad upgrade, Bob's knobs, focus knob upgrade, finder scope, Losmandy mounting rail on top, hand controller, power supply, and a few other items. First $2000 takes it all.

3) Lightly used Meade 7" Maksutov OTA, Losmandy mounting plate, dew shields. Out of production, these big Maks are getting hard to find. Pristine optics, never seen dew, kept indoors. Asking $1500.

4) Nearly new ETX 150 OTA with uncoated optics, passes UV and IR. Excellent for those special targets or to experiment with imaging beyond the visible range. Asking $200

Please message/email me if you are interested or have questions. Please use Google if you do not know what these items are. As items are sold I will post a comment, so read the thread before messaging me. I'll prioritize offers in FIFO fashion with firm offers locking in a place in line. I will not ship any of these items. You'll need to come by and inspect things before I'll accept your money - I want you to be happy with your purchase. I live in Poquoson though.